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“My new Fijian family” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bamboo Hostel
Ranked #1 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Nadi
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Waimanalo, Hawaii
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“My new Fijian family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

Prior to arriving in Fiji, I only booked my first night at Bamboo as I was not sure what my plans would be and where they would take me. By the end of my trip I had spent my entire 9 days in Fiji at Bamboo and have no regrets. Not only did I make traveling friends from all over the world that I've made plans to meet up with elsewhere, but I made connections and established relations with the staff and they became my second family.
The hostel is located on the beach next to another hotel, yet it feels isolated and quiet. The rooms are clean and bright, and kept tidy daily by the staff. The hostel has a very "homey" feel in that sense that the dorm doors are not locked and people come and go, yet never did I have a fear for my luggage or valuables. The food is delicious and convenient as the supermarket is a 20 minute walk away, or you could catch the bus the picks up right outside Bamboo. The pool is big and surrounded by lounge chairs for those that enjoy soaking up the Fiji sun. The friendly and helpful staff can help you book any tour, from mud pools to a PADI diving course. Make sure to join in on the Kava circles/jam sessions, it's the easiest way to bond with the guys and meet new hostel guests.
One girl that I met on my last day said that I had missed out on the best parts of Fiji by not making it out to the other islands. However, to me establishing such great relations with the people I met completely made my trip. It's the reason that I will be returning to Fiji and will have another opportunity to visit the islands. All I can say is thank you to everyone at Bamboo that made my solo Fiji trip better than I could ever have imagined! I'll be seeing you soon!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

We stayed here as our first stop of our 3 weeks in Fiji. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming with recommendations of places to see. The room was clean but very basic (only cold showers etc.) We didn't find this a problem as were out most of the time and it was a cool place to come back to. They picked us up from the airport and all the staff were lovely. The food and entertainment is also great value! Wifi is free but also very slow but okay for checking emails. We stayed in both the private en suite room and the mixed dorm. Both were clean and basic. Overall a nice little first stop!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nadi, Fiji
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

I arrived in fiji in May and have based myself at bamboo for the last 5 months. The atmosphere is like living with a fijian family and the staff are so friendly and helpful. I'll definitely stay here again next time i'm in fiji. This place is more than just a gateway to the islands, it's a destination to visit in nadi.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank jimi993
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Stuttgart, Deutschland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

a friend of mine and I stayed 7 days in October 2013 at Bamboo.
When we hit the road we always stay in Hostels, therefore we know a lot of them and what to expect. But Bamboo really surprised us.

We booked a private double room with our own bathroom. The room was quite big and the bathroom was clean. The rooms have a fan or an air-conditioning. If anybody is writing about the fact that the rooms are to small I don´t know what those people expect from a hostel.
To clear the case if you are not used to backpacker travel and you need the norm of a hotel, don´t book a hostel. But if you love to meet other travelers, to get in touch with the locals and to have a cheap but good accomondation -> Bamboo is the right place for you.

The breakfast is free if you book the private double room.
For dinner you can eather eat directly at Bamboo or you can easily reach other restaurants and bars. We often ate at Bamboo and always enjoyed our dinner.

Tha hostels is located directly at the beach but also offers a small pool.
The internet flatrates are the cheapest ones of all hostels on our tripp on Fiji.

I have never met any staff being more friendly, more polite or more helpfull than here.
There are a lot of activities you can book here, we went to the Garden of the sleeping giant, the mud pools, the hot springs, we went to Natadola Beach and to Cloude 9 (a must see !!). There are a lot more things to do if you want to.
At night the guys from the hostels played the guitar for us we had cava session together and enjoyed the bonfire at the beach. They tried everything to invole us into Fijian Art of living and the Fijin spirit.

I always felt like visiting old friends of mine and that made it really hard for me to leave this awesome place. We will definitely come back to Fiji and we will for sure stay at Bamboo again. I really miss the guys and I think often about the great time we had there.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

I never stayed at Bamboo Backpackers. This review is entirely based on my view that when it came down to it, they did not do the right thing. I was meant to stay here on my last night in Fiji after spending time diving in Kadavu. I had made a reservation on booking.com but was meant to pay when I arrived. I ended up with decompression sickness and instead of arriving on a flight from Kadavu to spend the night in Nadi at Bamboo Backpackers before departing for home I ended up in hospital in Suva having treatments in the hyperbaric chamber. The first chance I had, when I got out of hospital, which was the day before I was meant to fly from Kadavu to Nadi, I contacted Bamboo to advise them of my circumstances. I was not going to be able to come to Nadi as I had to undergo several more treatments in the chamber. I realise that the policy might be to charge for the room with only 24 hours notice of cancellation, but I feel that given the circumstances (medical emergency) the right thing to do was to not charge me for the room. They charged my credit card even though I had given them as much notice as possible and was unable to be there due to a medical situation which I am still suffering the effects of. Very disappointing.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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the_fiji_islander, Manager at Bamboo Hostel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Bula vinaka,

We are very sorry to hear about your situation and wish you all the best with your recovery. Our Management is completely unaware of your story and cannot find reference to it on our email or any other form of communication, and our accounts team has simply followed procedure. As we are not sure of reviewer’s identities, we have no means to address these unfortunate issues. We see that you must have had a terrible Fiji experience and we sincerely sympathise with your unfortunate situation...and we always seek to do the right thing by our guests :)

Vinaka and best wishes and we warmly invite you to return to experience our hostel one day.

The Bamboo Tribe
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

If you want to experience real Fiji atmosphere, go to this backpacker. All the staff is so friendly and helpful, we felt like part of the family there. I almost cried when we had to leave and in case I will come back, I´ll definately go there again. I agree with everyone here, it´s the best place we´ve ever visited and if I want to come back just to one place, it´s this one. Vinaka guys!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank ffrreeee1702
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Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

I travel many places in the world, I slept in hundreds of hostels but it's difficult to find something like the Bamboo Backpackers in Nadi. First of all the incredible hospitality of the Fijian people is priceless: they are genuine, caring, always helpful and they really want you to enjoy your stay without trying to rip you off or to have something in return. The hostel is located in a strategic position, between the airport and Nadi Town. Wailoaloa beach is nice and offer a wonderful sunset. The cocktails served by the super funny Enrico (Rico) are awesome and cheap. The rooms are simple but you don't want to spend your time in a room in Fiji don't you?
Really recommended, especially for the different packages that you can buy for a very discounted price.

Bulaaaa!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Micio E
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Property: Bamboo Hostel
Address: 33 New Town Beach, Wailoaloa Beach, Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Nadi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Nadi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bamboo Hostel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fiji is a cluster of 333 tropical islands and is home to almost 1 million of the happiest, friendliest people on Earth! Bamboo is a fun budget spot to use as a Fiji base. Located within a cluster of cool hostels in the midst of Nadi's Backpacker Beach, it's an ideal spot to stay to acclimatise, meet people, craft travel plans, and then launch out to some islands! Relax under a huge traditional Fijian thatch hut, swim and play down the sandy stretch of Wailoaloa Beach, swing in a hammock and enjoy the tropical surroundings. In a nutshell, Bamboo offers: - Free 24 hour Airport pick up - Free WIFI - A location in the heart of Nadi's Backpacker Beach that is on the bus route and just a 10 minute drive from Nadi International Airport - a Swimming Pool on the beach - 24 hour Reception - A travel hut for island trip planning with local promotions - A variety of clean and comfortable rooms - Delicious, cheap food at 'Cafe BAMBOO', featuring daily specials and traditional Fijian cuisine. - An island-style beach bar - Live acoustic Fiji-style music every night - Bamboo Surf School - ATM onsite ... more   less 
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