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“A glimse into the REAL Fiji”

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Danny's Village Homestay
Ranked #1 of 3 Namatakula B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 7, 2011

Well what a lovely experience! This was my first, but I certainly hope not my last trip to Fiji. I had a super time. I took the bus from the airport to Namatakula and arrived at the village. As suggested on the website, I approached someone who happened to be near where the bus stopped, and asked where Danny's Homestay was. They pointed me in the right direction and I found the hidden gem that is Danny's by the beach along with my very welcoming hosts. The beach hut where I stayed was basic, however I had all I needed with a mosquito net over my double bed, a chair and a table. The hut was right next to the beach and I could hear the waves. All very relaxing.

I was made to feel extremely welcome by my hosts and their family, and it was the perfect way to see a little of Fiji, particularly as a lone traveller. During my time in Namatakula I visited the school (which was much larger than I expected), went on the Hot Springs tour with Tupou, snorkelled at the beach, went to the local market and swam at a neighbouring waterfall. The food at Danny's was local and lovely - and tea, coffee and water were available all the time.

If you're looking to experience a little bit of the REAL Fiji, then I recommend that you seriously consider Danny's for at least a portion of your trip, if not all of it. I stayed here a week, and I would go back there in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

We recently stayed at Danny's Homestay and had a really wonderful experience with Sake & Taupo and their Family. After reading all the reviews on Trip Advisor we eagerly looked forward to travelling to Danny's Homestay from Canada and it certainly met all our expectations. We were jet-lagged upon arrival in Fiji and so pre-arranged for Sake to collect us in Nadi.....the extra cost was well worth it and Sake was very punctual and very welcoming. Taupo had prepared a lovely lunch for us when we arrived and showed us to our very clean cheerful accommodation with an excellent mosquito net over/around the bed. The traditional Fijian meals were made with great love & effort ...generous portions for everyone....tropical and very tasty. The day trips were arranged with ease to a beautiful waterfall, a relaxing Hot Springs, a kava ceremony in a village family home where we were made to feel very welcome, a visit to the village schoolchildren with lots of singing and laughter, a traditional Lovo feast on our last night....and big hugs and sad farewell at the bus stop on our last morning. If you come with the realistic view that this is a Homestay......not a hotel....then you will be happy & very satisfied with your stay. Sake & Taupo make a huge effort to make your time with them happy & comfortable and to give you a genuine Fijian experience away from the touristy hotels and travel packages.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Gema28
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Reviewed March 7, 2011

Having constantly used tripadvisor as our travel bible, we believe in the knowledge and honestly in most of the reviews posted there and we think it's a fantastic barometer of what to expect in most places. After reading reviews on Danny's we enthusiastically decided to visit Fiji. We weren't prepared for a shock which greeted us. Once we arrived to Namatakula village on a local bus we had to walk with bags through the village looking for our hosts cabins. It was Sunday so everybody was in the local church. Our hosts finally appeared and we were led to our cabin. The cabin itself was very basic which we knew from previous reviews, but there were no mosquitos nets. The outside toilet and cubical for showers was a short walk in the bush from the cabin. To our surprise the shower cubicle was very open so anybody could look in - there was no curtain or anything on the huge window opening at the back of it. In the night we were eaten by mosquitos and ants in the bed. The beach was a huge dissapointment, it was littered with rubbish, dirty, neglected and not nice to walk on. The food while pleasantly and willingly prepared was very low standard. We only enjoyed bananas and papayas freshly picked from the trees and we would have liked more variety and better quality food and drink to be offered for 130FD per day per person! We did not feel at home at all – we felt it was a very commercial and expensive operation in the Fijan village. If you can spend 260FD a day per couple choose other place in Fiji as here you will be looked upon as a walking ATM machine – we do not appreciate this attitude at all. We spent 2 nights there and were very relieved when it came time to leave. It was very expensive holiday venue and we felt we should have chosen a totally different place where you get better value for money. Overall we do not recommend Danny's village homestay, by all means go and visit a village if you're in Fiji, but think twice if you want to spend a night there. We do travel a lot and this was the only time when tripadvisor reviews let us down, so we decided to share our experience at Danny's.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank izakrak
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

i had a really good time at danny's village. I stayed in namatakula for 2 weeks and i'v never felt more welcomed into someones home and community. It was like leaving home again when it was time for me to go!! There was always someone to visit, kids to play with, adventures to be had. I really can't believe that everyone doesn't stay in a homestay when they go to fiji! Sake and tupou are such wonderfull hosts and their friends and family in the village are just as kind and helpfull! I'll definately be returning soon!

  • Stayed: January 2011
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2  Thank fay_scott
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Reviewed February 8, 2011

We were staying at the Shangri La and had read some reviews about Dannys and the day tour they did. We were able to organise on short notice a day trip out to the Waterfall and Namatakula Village. WOW!!! What a day. Sake, Topou and Henry picked us up at 9am from the Hotel reception. We drove into Sigatoka town for the collection of supplies. As we knew we were going to be visiting a school later in the day, we decided to buy some supplies for the school. $50FJD (22AUD) bought a fair few things from the book store. We also bought $10FJD worth of Kave root as this would be our welcome gift to the village.

We then headed off to the waterfall. Its a good walk from the car park to the waterfall itself but its so scenic you hardly notice it. Our little boy rode a horse up ($15FJD), and he loved every minute of it. Henry rode on the back, as our 6 year old had never been on a horse before. The waterfall was spectacular. The water was icy cold but refreshing as it was so hot. Topou had mad some sandwiches for lunch, as well as bringing along some fruit and water. We had lunch at the waterfall and then headed back down to the cars. The village that looks after the waterfall had crafts in the Community Hall for sale, which made wonderful gifts for relatives back home. They are much cheaper than Sigatoka markets and the money stays in the village.

After this we went on to Namatakula Village. It really looks like any village in Fiji. Topou took us into her home and offered us a cold drink. Henry showed us around the village, and we were greeted with big smiles and loud "Bulas". We then headed out to the school across the road to see what it is like for Fijians. The Kindergarten children were doing PE and were so excited when our little boy joined in. We had a look around the school and couldnt help but feel sad about the conditions in which these kids had to learn. The teacher was ecstatic about the gifts we gave her. They get less than $6000FJD per term to run a school of 188 children, but the kids didnt seem to care.

We then returned to the village and watched them prepare our "Lovo". All the vegetables came from the village so it seemed like we would have a special meal. While we were waiting, Henry took us to the village elders house for a Kava ceremony. They did a prayer and a traditional welcome. We then shared Kava with the villagers whilst our little boy played with the local kids. They are such wonderful people at all ages. Kava is pretty tasteless but it was the social aspect we enjoyed. After a few bowls of Kava it was time to head back for our Lovo meal.

The food was amazing!!! Topou and her daughter Luisa made an amazing meal. We had chicken and beef cooked in Lovo, as well as Taro, Breadfruit and Kumara. Toupo also made us some accompanying dishes that were amazing. A salad with coconut cream and wild spinach she picked whilst walking to the waterfall. We were stuffed and the table was still full. If you like it spicy, ask Henry to get fresh chilli from the garden!

After dinner they organised a taxi to take us home. All the way home all we could talk about was what a wonderful day we all had. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank stevied72
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

We caught the local bus from Nadi airport down to Danny's Village Homestay. This was a great way to see how fijians travel and to experience their friendly culture. After arriving at Danny's we were greeted by Saki and Tupou and their friendly staff. These guys are the real highlight of the homestay experience. They are friendly, and welcoming people who are always willing to make your stay a memorable experience. The food prepared and cooked at Danny's is traditional Fijian fare. Meals are served in the communal dining area with generous, delicous portions. We had six big guys in our traveeling group and all of us were completely full and satisfied after each meal. There are a range of activities you can participate in whilst staying at Danny's which can be organised by the Henry. We mainly snorkelled and canoed out the front in the reef pass. We also did a bit of spearfishing in this reef pass and scored some nice Mangrove Jack and various other reef species. If you are interested in spearfishing (Isso) is the guy to hook up with at Danny's. His local knowledge and experience is invaluable when spearfishing around the local area. We also had the opportunity to interact in the local village by playing volleyball and beach rugby with the local villages each afternoon. This is a great experience that one would not be able to experience in a resort setting. Probably the highlight of the saty was the lovo that was prepared by the staff at Danny's on our final night of our stay. We were able to help prepare the food as well as helping with the cooking in the lovo with Henry. The meal was then served under the stars in a beach front setting. What a fantastic way to end a memorable trip. If you are after a real fijian experience then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank ozziespearo
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Reviewed January 4, 2011

My son and I stayed at Danny's in November 2010. It was the very first place we stayed in Fiji after flying into Nadi, and after staying with Sake and Tupou, we stayed at a bed & breakfast in Levuka, a resort in Denerau, and spent a week on a cruise. Although we "visited" villages and a school on our cruise, during the rest of our trip, we never really experienced Fiji like we did staying with Sake and Tupou. It is more like going to stay with friends or relatives. The family cabin is very roomy and comfortable, and right on the beach. The bathroom is in a separate building, and there is a cold water shower, which has a water bag than can be heated by the sun. There is plenty to eat. You have all of your meals in the family home. There are lots of local foods to try- babakau for breakfast, spinach in coconut cream, taro, cassava, chicken "lovo", lamb curry, and palusami (taro leaves with corned beef, onion, garlic and coconut cream) We were taken around the village by Sake's nephew Ettie (Etuate) and a highlight was the visit to the school. It was my birthday, and the children sang for us and demonstrated their reading to us. We also drank Kava in the evening with Grass and Frances. In the afternoon, there is a huge volleyball game and rugby game on the beach. The little girls from the village stopped into our cabin for a visit. If you want to experience Fijian culture, food, language and way of life, this is the best way to do it.

Stayed: November 2010
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Additional Information about Danny's Village Homestay

Address: Queens Road, Namatakula, Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Namatakula
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Namatakula
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hello! We are Sake and Tupou, the owners of Danny's Village Homestay. We welcome you to come and stay with us! We are part of Namatakula village, a traditional Fijian village on the Coral Coast. We have operated our homestay since 2010 and have had guests from all around the world. We have cabins for families, groups, singles and couples. All cabins are just metres from the beach. Our price is $100FJ per person per night for adults and $65FJ for children. Activities available include horse riding, canoeing, massage, fishing and tours (Sigatoka market, village, school, waterfalls, etc). We have heard another place is calling itself Danny's Guesthouse, but we are the original on the beach and we are still operating. ... more   less 
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Danny`s Village Homestay Hotel Namatakula
Danny's Village Homestay Fiji/Namatakula

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