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Takalana Bay Resort
Ranked #7 of 51 Viti Levu B&B and Inns
Vienna, Austria
Level 5 Contributor
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“Would you stay in a room with rats ?”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

The two days we had at Takalana Bay Retreat were supposed to have been the highlight of our two weeks in the Pacific. This was the one place I had insisted we go. What could be better than to see the dolphins and stay at a relaxed place with such raving reviews. We arrived early evening on the last day of October .... and was well received by Jay (who by the way was very quick in answering our emails and making sure we had the right directions to get there). Sophie and Fraser are indeed great hosts and the retreat does stand high with a great view of the surroundings And the food is great (although I now wonder what the hygiene conditions are in the kitchen).

The fact is just after dinner we noticed the retreat cat quite agitated and we followed the movement and the gaze and sure enough we saw the rat climbing the inside roof beam just over our bed ... it disappeared from view and of course we almost packed up and left .... but this was 9 at night and quite a distance from Suva ... Sophie was not surprised we had seen a rat and suggested we make sure the cat stays around ... so we tucked ourselves under the mosquito net and made sure the cat was comfy on the bed next to us and survived the first night .... next morning sure enough quite a few rat droppings around the room, on a couple of beds and even over our mosquito net.

We insisted that something had to be done while we went off to see the dolphins. Rat poison was put in our room including next to our bed .... and during dinner my wife fixed her eyes on the ceiling insisting that we should leave if the rat appeared again. Luckily when the rat did appear I was the only one to see as she had left the room for a while. We survived the first night under the mosquito net so my reasoning was not to tell her that the rat was still around (after all it is not as if it had anywhere else to go) and tuck ourselves once again under the mosquito net and leave next morning as early as possible. And this is what we did. The rat poison next to our bed was gone in the morning which is probably a hopeful sign for the next guests coming their way.

However dreamy, however well received, I can only remember the lack of importance regarding this major issue by our hosts which makes me conclude that indeed rats are supposed to be part of the experience.

I for one refuse to go to a place that has rats.

Perhaps we were just the unlucky ones that experienced this ... I would be curious if any other guests bumped into any of these night creatures.

So we will not be coming back.

Room Tip: Don't go if you are musophobic
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2012

My family and I did a day trip to Takalana to do the dolphin tour and we were blown away by it. It was better than we expected.

We arrived around 10:30 in the morning and greeted warmly by the staff with morning tea and pastries. Then we boarded a boat which took us about 4 miles out to the moon reef. We saw no less than 50 dolphins ---- swimming, spinning, back flipping, jumping ---- that were just having fun. Our guides were informative and very knowledgable. Afterwards, we swam and snorkeled in the beautiful waters of the pacific. When we got back, we were offered a bure to shower and change, then we were introduced to a lovely lunch with a scenic view.

The staff was wonderful. Jay, congratulations on a the Eco tourism you are doing and we wish you nothing but success. Thank you Junior, James, Sofie 1 and 2, Joanna, Frazier, and the rest of the staff for making our visit great and memorable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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brisbane
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147 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We loved out stay at takalana bay. Sophie and Fraser were so wonderful, nothing was 2 much trouble.The weather was not the greatest, so we had heaps of time to relax and do not much.

The food was amazing, considering how far we were away from Suva the meals were great, especially the fresh fish!

The dolphin trip is a must!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bendigo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2012

We stayed 6 nights here and were totally relaxed when we left. The family were fantastic, friendly,have great voices, informative and great cooks. We enjoyed the trip(s) to the reef and the dolphins as well as the snorkelling and the waterfall was worth the walk but it was really just the atmosphere and we live in the country so it wasn't just the peace and quiet. Yes it is basic and yes it is miles from anywhere as we learnt on the taxi ride from Korovou in the wet on a bumpy, slippery road but the next morning as the sun rose over the reef it was all worth while. We visited the village several times and were well received wherever we wandered, swam or paddled.

Room Tip: The bigger room is better but the light isn't too good in there and we were in both.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2012

We arrived by 5.15pm bus from Suva to Korovou (approx 1.25hrs), followed by a one hour ($FJ50) 4WD taxi ride to Takalana Resort & were probably a bit shell-shocked on arrival without the city lights of Suva, with "lights out" (generator shut down) at 10pm & hundreds of flying critters in our welcoming, well lit, airy (open-windowed) cabin. But it didn't stop us enjoying the well-prepared dinner .... and sleeping solid for 9 hours.

The resort is basic but comfortable. We had the smaller of the two connected cabins & it was fine for two people, especially when you don't spend too much time indoors.

The staff are super friendly, informative & willing to assist with any request. They cranked up a bonfire on our second night & did an informal kava ceremony on our last day because my travelling companion hadn't tried yaqona yet (we paid $FJ4 for enough local kava to mix up two big bowls). They tried to help us out with a fishing trip (which didn't eventuate - but the possibility is there if pre-arranged) & they seemed quite receptive to comments/feedback on the food so we scored two meals of amazing river mussels with ginger, garlic & coconut milk, and far too many fresh pancakes with local honey.

We only stayed two nights, which was enough for a trip to see the spinner dolphins & go for a snorkel; walk to the waterfall; walk to the Natalie Eco Lodge & past the nearby beach-side villages; and collect lots of sea shells. Not much time left over for kicking back & chilling with a book, so a longer stay would be recommended if that's what you were after.

The only confusion with the place is that it's "co-managed" (?) with the Natalie Eco Lodge, so you kinda might be told you're staying at one location & end up at the other depending on bookings. I'd have been happy with either place, but Takalana has more privacy & less people (I think), as well as the more interesting outlook down the hill to the ocean & horizon.

Overall - well recommended with great food & staff.

Room Tip: There's a larger cabin that sleeps 5 (1 x dbl, 1 x bunk + 1 x single) that's really roomy &a...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

Takalana is in an incredible location with panoramic views of land and sea. It's secluded and very peaceful but with large grounds. It's only a small capacity accommodation wise, which keeps it quiet and relaxing. Bures (rooms) are medium or large, pleasant and have en suite bathroom and kitchen.

Fresh meals were very tasty and plentiful, served by extremely friendly locals who were lovely to chat to.

I was collected from and dropped back to Suva (maybe a 1.5hr - 2hr drive away), which made it easy to get to.

Overall a fantastic trip and would recommend a little extra effort to visit.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Nadi, Fiji
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

we went from Nadi.It was easy to fing the place. Just go straight, no turn from Korovou town.We recommend to go by 4WD.(local bus is another option)
Place is simple but clean and garden was beautiful.
Boat trip to Moon reef was wonderful.I realized that moon reef is much closer to mainland than expected. So close to the mainland but water is crystal clear and coral is lively.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Takalana Bay Resort
Address: 35 km Northwest of Korovou, Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu
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Ranked #7 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Viti Levu
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Takalana Bay Retreat Hotel Viti Levu
Takalana Bay Resort Fiji/Viti Levu

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