Our fiji trip did not get off to a great start. We initially were going to stay at Oarsman's bay resort but they really messed us about and if it wasn't for the very helpful people at Turtle Airways we would have been stranded. We ended up having to stay the first night in Nadi and then catch the sea plane the next day.
I get sea sick so not spending 4.5 hours on a boat was a great relief. The staff at Turtle were great and the experience was amazing. When we landed at Turtle Island we were again supposed to be picked up by Oarsman's taxi but they left us there for an hour. We decided to just go straight to Blue Lagoon. The helpful people at Turtle Island Resort called the Blue Lagoon taxi and they were there in 20mins - fantastic!
Once we arrived we knew we were in the right place. The lagoon is stunning and staff were very helpful in organizing accommodation as we were a day early. We got to meet the managers who were both great and went out of their way to look after the guests. In fact when one of our friends got sick, one of the managers comped a stack of meds to our friend's partner.
We decided stay in one of the deluxe bures right on the beach. The room was nice and cool and the indoor/outdoor bathroom was amazing! We literally stepped out of our room onto a postcard perfect beach! It was a bit strange that we didn't have air conditioning even though we heard the dorm rooms did. Perhaps this is part of the strive to be environmentally friendly but some of the guests from cooler climates struggled a bit. The ceiling was fine for us though.
The food was a really pleasant surprise. It was fresh and the meal plans are a good idea - no worrying about cash or tabs. I felt that there was a good selection of food at lunch and they mixed the set menus up well at night. My wife and I loved meeting and eating with new people - we made some great friends! This was something we weren't expecting and was a great bonus to our trip.
A few of us got absolutely smashed by mosquitoes/sand flies/things that bite. Some of us had 50+ bites even though we used insect repellent. This is a reality in any tropical environment but the dining area seemed to be the common feeding ground for these creatures - beware!
We both snorkeled on the reef and I did some SCUBA diving as well. Visibility wasn't that good mostly due to the wet season. The guides were very helpful none the less. The cave trip was definitely a highlight and a must for anyone who goes out to the Yasawa islands. Some have said it's dangerous but our guides made us all feel quite safe - including one older gentleman who wasn't a strong swimmer. The cave water was crystal clear and the speedboat ride was lots of fun. Perhaps a few more life jackets would make others feel safe.
One of the things I have noticed about some of the other Fijian resorts is an oppresive attitude by management to the locals. I did not get that impression at Blue Lagoon and it was great to see the locals be so involved in everything that we were doing. I also appreciated that things ran on time - not fijian time.
While there are definitely more up market resorts around Fiji I can't imagine there being a better location. We had such a great time and I'm sure we'll be back. Thanks to everyone who looked after us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new stylish resort located on one of the best beaches in the Yasawas. Right in the middle of the blue lagoon region, the resort is located on a white sandy beach with all tide swimming. Dive shop, snorkeling and many activities. Open planned restaurant and bar with espresso bar and live music nightly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Lagoon Beach Hotel Nacula Island
- Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Fiji/Nacula Island