we have been to Fiji at the end of May 2012 for 6 days and only stayed at Safe Landing as we didnt have more time to explore and wanted to enjoy and calm down a bit. This is the reason why we havent taken the opportunity to island-hop, which must be amazing!
Safe Landing is a nice and basic place in a beautiful location but lets go point by point. First of all the trip there is a bit long as it takes around 5-6 hours, which added to the trip by plane from Melbourne was quite exhausting. And we havent realized this when we booked it and thought it would be only and hour or two, which was an interesting surprise as you might imagine. Nacula Island lies right at the end of Yasawa Islands and is probably one of the larger islands there so if you are an explorer and like hiking the hills its a good place, though the pathways often end in the middle of nowhere :)
For us it was paradise as when we arrived there were less guests than staff (there were 6 guests including us) so the beach was empty and we had it all for us alone.
The "hotel" is a basic place as most are in Fiji, but in terms of accommodation all was fine. We hat one of the bungalows and nothing was missing. Having the beach literally at your doorstep and a hammock to lie and read in was awesome. One little bugger we had was a frequent visitor, which was a small mouse crawling out of the sewer system used, which used to go through the trash. The staff planted a cat into the room to catch or scare it away, but then we just plugged the hole from which it came and we havent seen it again. Sleeping there was great and we always were full of energy, though the early breakfast at 8am was a bit of a stretch.
The staff as well as the Australian owners were very friendly, always helpful and there was a lot to do, like learning about the natural medicines form plants they use, peeling a coconut, making wristbands, kayaking, night snorkelling and drinking kava in the evenings as well as some group activities of which we werent that fond of as we wanted to be alone and relax.
The beach was nice esp. when the tide is high as there is enough of a sand patch to swim and mess around. If it is low there is a lot of see weed and its not ideal to swim in, so I wouldnt give the beach more than 3/5. But it was still beautiful and relaxing with no one there.
There is a reef and patches of corals just outside if you swim for a few minutes although its smaller, but the fish are plentiful and much of the coral is in great shape. The only downside is the current since the reef is near the end of the island and the open ocean creates a heavy drag so be careful.
In terms of snorkelling and diving there are many opportunities although we only took snorkelling trips around, looked at the blue lagoon beach etc. Corals in Fiji are in great shape and comparable with the great barrier reef at places. The staff took us through a number of different reefs and we saw a lot of fish, some turtles, squid etc. We later went there by foot (for free) and have spend a nice afternoon at the reefs and had a great walk as well.
There are other trips like the famous Sawa-I-Lau Cave, which was kinda cool and adventurous but also a bit disappointing since the "story" that we were promised on how the cave was created to be told was skipped. The staff there didnt speak much english (almost at all) so when we asked no one knew what to answer and since there were crowds of people waiting in the water to dive under the rock it was kinda rushed and then without any light to explore the cave we just waited till we can swim out finally. I would recommend the trip though, since I think at times its probably better and after all you dont get to swim in a cave in turquoise water every day. We did not do any other trips besides hiking, which i will upload some photos of.
The only real downside for us was the food, which although good was very repetitive and mostly consisted of rice and carrots and some meat, mostly fish that was only served at dinners (not all dinners at that). The breakfast was good though and you could eat as much as you liked (and was made). However my fiancee and I both often found that we were hungry in between the meals. There is cake stand nearby which is open for a few hours every day where you can get homemade cake and tea or coffee which quelled the hunger a bit. Dont know but what I heard from other guests (island-hoppers) there was a lot of food in other resorts on other islands and no meat scarcity.
Perhaps one more thing that we were delighted about, electricity ran only a few hours a day (around 4) so we could really shut down everything and just relax. For some people this might be a bit of a problem. Internet is available but extremely slow and only on the owners staff computer, and for a fee, which is understandable that far away from the main island.
Overall Safe Landing is a great place to go, for a very good price compared to other resorts if (that is if youre not island-hopping). The beach, water and corals were beautiful as was the surrounding nature (rocks, hills). We would definitely recommend it if you're on a budget and would return if there would be a bit more food and a variety of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the unspoiled beach of Nacavacola, this all-inclusive hotel is just 500 m from Naisi'sili Village. It offers bungalows with a veranda and direct access to the beachfront lagoon. All bungalows at Safe Landing Beach Resort feature wooden furnishings, tiled floors and a ceiling fan. A private en suite with shower is provided. Meals served at the restaurant are prepared with vegetables. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Safe Landing Hotel Nacula Island
- Safe Landing Resort Fiji/Nacula Island