If you want to still 'connected' with the rest of the world and be around lots of other people, do not go there. But if you want to get off the grid this is the place. The sun is your light during the day and at night you have kerosene lamps to light your dinner table. To get to your Bura you hike the steep paths lighted by your own torch, (english for 'flashlight') or the solar powered small desk light provided by the resort. There is only one small 12v floresent light in the bathroom that lights your bura at night. Power to the bura's is provided by solar planels that store the voltage, during daylight hours, for night use. No vehicles, no roads, just jungle paths to venture around on. Bring your bug spray, or the Mosseys, (english for mosquitos) will dine on you mercilessly. The staff, mostly natives from a village a mile or to walk from the resort are truely warm and friendly. By the second day they know you by your first name and always great you with a warm Bula which is catching and you quickly get into the Bula, Bula and Vinaka mood yourself. Most of the visitors are Aussies and Kiwi's so US citizens and others get a lesson in the queens english. Bura's are airey, literally. Thatched walls and roofs. No A/C, no fans, buring insect coils and your own bug spray, with deets, is your protection from the flying, bitting, critters. No TV, no radio, no internet for general use, you are out of contact from the rest of the world for your stay. Bring you own good book for the afternoons after diving or pick one up at their library in the main Bura if you are not out doing the afternoon dive or hiking the trails. With only 22 buras there are no crowded places, true quiet an peacefulness. The dive operation is well run. We were there in October the water was colder than we expected, 77F, so a full 3mm - 5mm is required. The food was wonderfully. They have their own organic garden that provided much of what you eat. Lunches and dinners were a treat every meal. Maggie made every meal an entertaining and funny experience with off the wall comments and dissertations on what we were eating. The only down side to the resort is getting to it if you live in the northern hemisphere, long plane rides, long layovers, long boat ride to get there. But then you are "off the grid".
Lower rooms are easier to get to, less of a hike.
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Bula Captchris !
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Thank you for writing a review of your stay and we hope your comments will help other travellers considering a trip to Kadavu Island and a stay with us.
We are in the process of upgrading the resort's communications system and soon will be offering Wi-Fi services to guests.....As sign of the times unfortunately....Nevertheless, we will still recommend guest switch off that iPadGalaxyNote/Smartphone gadget, bury it in your travel bag, forget it exists and unplug from the Matrix for a truly relaxing break from the stressful modern world....Or I guess you can play Halo 4 under the palm trees...
I would rather go diving !
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and thanks again for sharing your experiences.
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