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Botaira for a single?

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Botaira for a single?

Hi, I am looking for more peace and quiet but wonder if botaira is too mellow for 5 nights? I am looking for relaxation, not partying.

I am a social creature but need a few days of peace!

I will snorkel, hike, ....

I would appreciate your opinions!

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1. Re: Botaira for a single?

Hi fijinz2006single,

Botaira is mellow!! However, there are always people around, new ones arriving and others going. People at Botaira organize trips to the nearby village, snorkling trips, swimming with Manta Rays (although I'm not sure if it's still the season for this), spear throwing contests (and they are fun), etc. While we were there, there were singles staying at Botaira. One guy stayed for at least 6 days. He kept extending his stay at Botaira. One girl extended her stay by 1 or 2 days, and when she finally did decide to leave for another resort, she regretted this afterwards (I know because we stay in contact). In total I think she stayed for 4 nights. Am curious what you decide. I'm envious of you in any case.....

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2. Re: Botaira for a single?

Can't think of a better place. The only time you need to socialise meal times, If you stay in a bure there is enough space between you and your neighbour to give the privacy you need Bure 1, 2 or 7 are the most private. Each bure has access directly in front to the beach which is big enough to secure you your own space. The snorkelling off shore is great and there is a pontoon in the bay to loll around on. There are some good hikes from the resort which give amazing views of the Yasawa group. You can do as much or as little as you like with no pressure put on you to join in.

You wouldn't want to miss the meke though one of the best I've seen in many years of travelling in Fiji. We are going back in May '07 and are really looking forward to the relaxation.

I honestly can't think of a better place for what you are looking for.

There is Lawaki on Beqa Island off Pacific Harbour. This mini resort has only two bures and a 6 bed dorm. You could find yourself the only person there. Again good walks from the resort, snorkelling out front. Meals are great and Christine & Sam the best hosts. We love this place. Very quiet - very special.

Hope this helps

Barb

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3. Re: Botaira for a single?

thanks "hooked"!

I am finding botaira out of my budget - though i could indulge for a night or two, but i am leaning toward the following - and would appreicate your feedback:

David's Place - seems like a nice beach and mellow place.

Oarsman - though it seems bigger and busier than i want - and have read some not so favorable reviews, but still...

manta ray, gold coast, blue star and wayalaihia are also on the list.

also, i will arrive in fiji in a few days and have been told it's ok to choose a place at the nadi airport - i arrive early morning, so i do not have to stay in nadi in the beginning. oh, and i am not too worried about not having the first night or two pre-booked.

Your thoughts?

Thanks so much!

cheers.

joel

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4. Re: Botaira for a single?

Hi!

I stayed at Davids Place on Tavewa Island a few months ago. The bures were nice, def not luxury but full of character! The beach there is beautiful, great snorkling about 150m up the beach from the resort. Main downside was the food, it was very very average... But, you can get great cakes for $2 at afternoon tea time at Fanny and Ottos which is only a few minutes walk away. Staff were friendly, and activities were organised each day if there were enough guests wanting to participate. Excellent sunrises and sunsets.

If you are interested, I have posted some photos of Davids Place and its beach at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gowds01

- they are mainly on page 2 i think...

Hope this helps :)

Ps, I havent been there personally, but some people we met when we were staying at Davids Place seemed to think Oarsmans was much better with a far superior beach. But, its Fiji, wherever you go will be beautiful!!

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5. Re: Botaira for a single?

Also, when are you planning on going?

I will be back in Fiji in February 2007 and have booked to stay at White Sandy Beach Resort, Wayalailai Eco Resort and of course my favourite Toberua Island Resort (a luxury island that is a bit of a splurge, but since I will be there for my birthday I think that justifies the extra indulgence!!)

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6. Re: Botaira for a single?

lucy - you are a gem!

thanks for the photos and the points of view. I think I might try to stay at either David's or oarsman. Botaira sounds great, but a bit pricey for my overall budget and it seems like a great place for a couple - I am traveling solo (I am renting a mini camper in NZ after Fiji - gotta watch me dollars!).

I will be in fiji 27/11 - 2/12, then nz until 25/12 - or at least that is when my ticket says I have leave!

Cheers, and happy travels...and an early Happy Birthday!

Joel

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7. Re: Botaira for a single?

oh yeah lucy,

i just saw your second post. what do you like about sandy beach and wayalaihia...i considered both...

thanks again!

joel

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8. Re: Botaira for a single?

I booked White Sandy Beach because last time I was in Fiji I stayed at one of its neighbouring resorts, Korovou.

I was really disappointed with Korovou - I found it overpriced, and not good value. Plus it didnt have the same authentic Fijian atmosphere as many other places have, lots of concrete pathways and loud techno-ish music circa 1990s...

But, the island itself (Naviti) was beautiful with a long white beach and decent walking trails. I had a bit of a stickybeak at WSB while I was at Korovou and it looked pretty nice, smaller and more personal than Korovou with some friendly staff and a cute looking restaurant/bar which was right on the beach (picture sand as the floor and views out over the water!). So, I thought Id give it a try this time.

Wayalailai I havent been to before, but picked based on positive recommendations from another forum poster plus any pictures of it Ive found on the web look good. Its always a bit of an adventure trying new places, and its awful when you are left disappointed, but more often than not if you go with the right attitude and reasonable expectations then you will have a ball!!

I would be curious to try Oarsmans - maybe next time. I also thought Botaira looked nice, as does Octopus and Nanuya, but for me these are just slightly outside of my price range. Again, maybe next time :)

Hope you have a great trip, make sure you post about your experiences after you return!

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9. Re: Botaira for a single?

Ps, Davids Place is probably a good place for a single purely because it is walking distance to 'Otto and Fannys' and also 'Coral View Resort', so youve got a better chance of meeting a wider range of people than at some of the other resorts. But, its worth noting that Davids Place is not part of any of the Yasawa Flyer package deals at the moment which means it gets fewer younger people than some of the ones that are routinely used in the packages like Kuata or Manta Ray. This could be considered a plus if you are after some quiet time but would be a minus if you want to meet heaps and heaps of the type of backpackers who get excited by deals with names like 'lazy threesome' or 'tropical awegasm'! :)

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10. Re: Botaira for a single?

Just returned from Fiji, and stayed at both Oarsmans Bay and Botaira. You could do a few nights at each!

We could only get a dorm on Botaira, but as my hubby and I were the only dormers there, we had the whole huge bure to ourselves :) The snorkelling right off the beach was superb, and the cooked breakfast (eggs any way you want) were lush! It seemed to be mostly couples while we were there, but if you want to be on your own, why not?

At Oarsmans, there was a lot more singles and some organised activities etc. Food was good but brekkies not as good as Botaira, and snorkelling was best if you took a boat trip. The bure was nice.

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