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“The isolation makes Tiliva special” 5 of 5 stars
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c/o P O Naleca, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Kadavu Island
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“The isolation makes Tiliva special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed at Tiliva on Kandavu in November of 2010.We visited Taveuni on this trip also.
I am the diver half. I found the diving to be absolutely spectacular on the Astrolab!!!
Tiliva resort staff picked us up by boat from the airport and it was an hour boat ride to the resort.
We were welcomed by Barbara and Kemu and treated like family. I would actually describe our visit there as a home stay. We loved the freshly grown veggies and home style cooking. Kemu made a pepper soup that was heavenly! We loved the isolation and back to nature type of stay-
peace and tranquility-except for the bats at night that raided the mango tree. Way cool!!
I enjoyed the usual land crabs and bird watching.There were lots to look at snorkeling just off shore. Our bure was comfortable-king size bed,sitting area,running hot and cold water and safe to drink.
One thing I cannot stress enough BRING DEET!! and if you think you have packed enough
PACK MORE! We ran out 2 days after arriving and my husband was almost eaten alive.

The diving was not princess diving like I'm used to and the boat captain found himself pulling the "fat lady" into the small boat like a fish he had caught. I saw some really old growth coral, huge sea fans,leopard shark,large schools of potato cod,turtles,pipefish,a scallop that was probably about 2 feet from top to bottom,pufferfish the size of basketballs...There was SO MUCH to see.
We also took school supplies to the neighboring village and the teachers were very grateful.
the whole village seemed to come out and say hello to us. We also bought some Kava from the the villagers-brought it home and our Fijian friends in Canada said it was excellent quality.

Tiliva is a special off the grid type of place. It takes a "different type" of traveler to appreciate
the isolation and serenity. Or perhaps just a dive nut like I am?

Room Tip: We had the bure right at the beach with the nice sundeck! Good for tanning!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

Tiliva Resort and Kadavu Island exceeded all our expectations! We wanted a true Fijian experience, off the beaten tourist track, with great diving and we certainly got it.
We loved that TIliva Resport is boutique style accommodation with only 6 bures, and has been beautifully set in its surroundings to ensure maximum privacy for its guests. We loved sharing meal times with the fabulous and friendly owners, Barbara and Kem and learning about Fiji through their experiences.
We were lucky enough to visit the neighbouring village for a ceremony marking the opening of the new kindgergarten, which we found fascinating. The locals were so warm and welcoming, it was a highlight of our trip.
The main purpose of our trip was to dive the astrolobe reef. We were so pleasantly surprised by the standard of accommodations given we were on a remote island - not something you expect on a diving trip. We definitely plan on going back!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Tiliva Resort, starting with the exhilarating boat journey from the airport up the coast of Kandavu. A highlight was sitting on the veranda of the main bure, drink in hand as the evening drew in, watching the colourful Kadavu parrots doing “fly pasts”.
Barbara, Kim and their staff were very gracious and friendly hosts. The food was delicious – e.g. vegetables straight from the garden, fish caught that day.
The bures have privacy, nestled in the gardens. They are spacious with verandas looking over the sea and gentle cooling breezes. Each night the waves lapping on the shore sent me quickly to sleep. Not that I had been energetic during the day – Kadavu was at the end of a month’s travelling and I didn’t use the diving facilities, just some gentle snorkelling and reading and snoozing in the shade of a palm tree. Heaven!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Black Forest, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

We loved the Tiliva Resort. We stayed there a week in April, and had the most relaxing, stress-free vacation we've ever had. The owners are very welcoming, the bures are nice, and the food is basic but good. This is not the sort of resort where people are running you drinks at the beach, providing massages and handing you towels at the pool. It is a small, low-key, family-run place where the same person who cleans and makes up your bure also serves you your meals. This happened to be exactly what we were looking for, so we had a wonderful time scuba diving in the morning, relaxing in the afternoon, having dinner and then relaxing on the veranda of the main lodge afterwards. You can be as active or lazy as you want. Tiliva is REMOTE, so, if you're looking for action, this isn't the place for you. But, if you are looking for a friendly, relaxing place to stay where you don't have to dress up, this is your place. The only disappointment was the beach; it was mostly crunched up coral and rocks and impossible to navigate without footwear. There was decent snorkeling off the resort.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

My wife and I are both busy professional and wanted to go somewhere tropical, quiet and slow for some R&R. We picked Tiliva because we wanted to somewhere on Kadavu island where it is isolated yet close to dive sites as well as having good accommodation options. We wanted somewhere quiet hence weren't too keen on places that cater for backpackers. Having stayed for 3 weeks in Fales in Samoa on a previous trip we were looking for something more comfortable than the traditional Fiji bures.

The owners formerly had professional careers in the UK. Their tastes and expectations of quality is evident throughout the resort. The bures are self contained cabins to the quality of any good B&Bs in Europe, North America or Australia. Nothing was too much trouble for the host, who organised our dive trip as well as tips on currents and wind for when we went sea kayaking. We saw two live nautilus in the water, in the middle of the strait between Ono Island and Kadavu when kayaking from Ono Island back to Kadavu. It took ~1hr of easy paddling to do the crossing.

When we weren’t diving or sea kayaking we simply relaxed on the beach or on our balcony and read (the resort has a good selection of novels also, which was great as we finished the books we brought along half way through our stay).

On the diving side, the Astrolabe Reef had very dense hard and soft coral coverage. However, the fish life is less than what one would expect probably due to over fishing in the past. If I was to compare the reef I would say it has slightly better coral than the Great Barrier Reef but less fish life, and overall not as good as the Coral Sea. Saw the usual tropical reef life + a lone barracuda and few turtles. The local hunt turtles as a food source which explains why they’re few and far between. Didn’t see any Mantas. The currents were strong to the extent that it was almost impossible to swim against. Whilst it was not overly difficult to remain stationary for those interested in underwater photography, it was logistically difficult as despite the excellent visibility (30m+) it doesn’t take long for the rest of the dive group to drift beyond visual range.

As a resort, Tiliva delivered all that we had hoped for. I would rate it as a solid 3.5-4 star resort for where it is, which is in the middle of nowhere on a nice coastline with lovely beaches and reefs nearby (my opinion of a 6 star resort in comparable remoteness is one with a personal butler and chef, which we had at Olonana Masi Mara). The owners were very accommodating and made every attempt to look after us, including organising airport pickup and guide arrangement for us for our Nadi layover.

On the down side, to which there were few and all relates to the dive operations in the area. The diving operation in the area has suffered greatly in recent years due to decline in tourism and is only picking up. As a cost saving measure all the dive operations we came across operated out of small boats. The owners of Tiliva have a proper twin engine dive boat, which they can organise with the dive operators to use instead of the smaller boats either at extra cost to cover for fuel or if there were 6 or more divers on the day. The boat drivers we had were very good and knowledgeable which gave us confidence in their dive operations. The air fills were good and they look after their equipment. Whilst the dive masters knew that dive sites, they didn’t do a very good job in looking after the clients in the water given the strong currents. Some of the sites were not simple straight forward dives and involved several change in directions (in current). Most dives were on walls with bottoms in excess of 60m. There was very little control over dive depth or how far the group separated. As mentioned above, it was extremely easy to lose sight of the DM at a drift rate of a few Knots if one stopped for a moment to investigate the reef. On occasions where the group did separate no attempts were made by the DM to stop and wait. Those at the back simply had to catch up and hope that they caught up and hope the others haven’t taken a turn somewhere.

As a resort, Tiliva delivered all that we had hoped for. I would rate it as a solid 3.5-4 star resort for where it is, which is in the middle of nowhere on a nice coastline with lovely beaches and reefs nearby (my opinion of a 6 star resort in comparable remoteness is one with a personal butler and chef, which we had in Masi Mara).

One last comment. For those who need to keep in touch with the rest of the world while on leave, Tiliva has good mobile 3G coverage when the mobile tower is in operation. The area is serviced by a single mobile tower hence reliability of the link is dependent on the reliability of this tower. Due to the remoteness when the tower is damaged it takes days to weeks for the repair crew to come out.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ireland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

My partner and myself stayed at Tiliva Resort last December and had an absolutely wonderful time. Tiliva Resort on Kadavu is definitely Paradise on Earth. Kemu and Barbara are more than happy to go that extra mile to make your holiday special. The staff make you feel so welcome and simply cannot do enough for you.
The vegetable gardens at Tiliva are a delight to see, all that wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables which compliment the delicious meals. We had breakfast and lunch every day on the open veranda overlooking the gardens. The food is terrific just the very best of western and Fijian cuisine.
We went diving on the Astrolabe Reef and had some of the best dives ever. Kayaking around the coastline and the guided tour to the waterfall was the best. Sireli just knows everyone and is very happy to point out the different vegetation.
We were so sorry when we had to leave and it was definitely our best holiday every and would be more than happy to recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2009

Tiliva is the perfect relaxing getaway. Everything, from the hosts, to the bures, to the staff, to the food, manage to surpass your expectations without slipping across that fine line into pretence. The resort is set in a beautiful natural garden, with the famous Kadavu shining parrot often stopping in, so it's a great place to hang out. There's also plenty to do for those who are a little more active: walks through the forest to neighbouring villages, snorkelling off the beach, diving on the famous and exquisite Astrolabe reef, fishing, swimming, kayaking, or just reading a book. No matter what you do it'll be made easy for you and you'll be made to feel genuinely welcome in the process. I've lived for a year in Fiji. My parents recently came to visit and I had to pick one place from the whole country to take them and my girlfriend. I chose Tiliva and it was perfect. I couldn't recommend it more highly to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: c/o P O Naleca, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Kadavu Archipelago > Kadavu Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Kadavu Island
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Tiliva Hotel Kadavu Island
Tiliva Resort Fiji/Kadavu Island

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