We spent one week at Naigani with our children. And it was really terrible. The only good thing was the snorkelling at Picnic Beach which was real nice but the rest was very very disappointing
The transfer from Suva to the Island was not fun. No one to wait for us at the airport (Suva airport is a very small airport without any modern amenities). Fortunately we managed to buy the last phonecard available form the small newsstand, and after a few trials we reached the Naigani reservation desk where we were told to wait one hour for the taxi to come. After one hour and a half the taxi did come but with people inside waiting to go to Suva. After half an hour of discussion, the other people agreed to go to Suva with an ordinary taxi, and we finally got into the van. The one hour and a half trip to Naigani was quite difficult as much of the road is unpaved and the small wooden bridges are quite shaky. Besides the van doesn’t have aircon (but some cockroaches) and back passengers feel very hot. We reached a small jetty where a very small boat, so small that we couldn’t get into it with our luggage. 45 minutes later we reached the island (no jetty here you jump on directly in shallow water on sand or dead corals depending on tide). Very low key greeting: 1 guitarist, 2 minutes information at the island office and no one to offer us a simple glass of water. Then we had to wait 2 and a half hour for our luggage to come and waited in travel outfit.
What about food. To make a long story short, being on the meal plan, we all lost weight during this week! Don’t dream to drink fresh fruit juice or fresh coconuts. Only canned or dehydrated fruit juice (2 flavours on the first day orange and pineapple then after only orange), but plenty of sodas (which we don’t like to drink) and some beer. We were told that coconut were to be had only on Monday for the weekly coconut festival. On the next Monday there was nothing, no festival. We finally had coconuts two times on the next days. What is strange is that the resort is full of palm trees. So full, that you cannot rest on the beach at high tide because big coconuts keep falling regularly with a loud big thump everywhere.
What about the beach. The sand beach is very small, always full of algae deposited by tide and with no lounging chairs. At high tide beware of coconuts, but you can swim. At low tide you’re too close to the corals (we got some scratches). So the real neat thing is to take everyday the small boat to Picnic beach (15 F$ per person) whose slope is steeper and where there is some fantastic snorkelling to be done lots of corals (soft and hard) lots of fishes all size and colours. The resort is lending some bad and scarce snorkelling equipment (goggles seem to be missing at anytime) and towels (20 year old towels and in short quantities, on one morning we were told that we wouldn’t have one for the day – we got some after speaking loud). But if your idea is simply relaxing at the beach, sunbathe and swim a little forget about it.
There is small pool with a water slide that doesn’t work between 3 and 5 pm when the power is off on the entire island for saving purposes. After two days the water slide got broken and was not repaired during our stay. There is a small pool bar that doesn’t offer much apart from canned juices, sodas and beer.
What about accommodation. Family bures are big but the furniture is really old (paint is holding wood pieces together) and our bathroom was full of ants. Towels were changed 1 or 2 times during the week (and nothing really dry on the island). The bed was way too soft and any move would send waves and ripples! We had hot water for shower only on the first day.
What was really frustrating was knowing all what Fiji has to offer and being stranded on this tiny resort
(well, calling that a resort is really exaggerated) with not much to do. With only one phone at the reception desk and only the small boat of the resort it is quite impossible to organize some alternative plan.
- Also Known As:
- Naigani Island Hotel Lomaiviti Islands
- Naigani Island Hotel
- Naigani Island
- Naigani Island Resort Fiji/Lomaiviti Islands
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small, mid-priced island resort with the old world charm of Fiji. Located off the coast of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, Naigani Island is 540 acres of lush tropical vegetation and white sand beaches. Naigani Island Resort caters to those adventurers who seek seclusion, a cultural experience and fun in beautiful tropical surrounds. Untouched but reachable. ... more less
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