I had a week in Fiji at the end of October and wanted a small friendly resort. I was traveling on my own before meeting up with a group for more South Pacific diving. I didn’t want a posh resort filled with honeymooners, but I didn’t want a backpackers hovel either!
Daku proved to be the perfect answer! The resort is exactly as it describes itself: “upscale budget” – “comfortable accommodation in traditional bures and villas with stunning views over the bay, a reasonable price, and a staff whose friendliness and warmth give you all the joy of a vintage Fiji holiday.”
Raj, the manager, met me at the airport and soon had me at Daku. Kenni, the host/activities director, made sure that I settled in quickly and invited me to the lecture (in-progress) from a local marine biologist, Johnny Singh. You are definitely part of the family from the time you arrive until you depart.
J.J., the owner, was on-site from the second day. J.J. will definitely keep you entertained! The day I left J.J. took me to the airport and stayed with me until we had worked out an alternative plan to get back to Nadi, due to fog/poor visibility canceling flights in/out of Savusavu (a group of us went to Labasa and got a flight with no problems).
The rooms are very clean and comfortable. I loved the outdoor shower in my room. Each day you return to find fresh flowers scattered around the room/bath. There is a kettle to make tea/coffee and a little fridge for drinks, etc. The ceiling fans kept things cool and comfortable so not having A/C didn’t pose a problem. The windows had screens so bugs couldn’t fly in and out. AND I had almost not mosquito bites!!! Amazing as I am a mozzie magnet!
Meals at Daku are served family style and were very good -- Lots of fish and vegetarian options. Indian night was great as was the BBQ night. I ended up eating all meals except 2 at Daku. The prices are very reasonable and will not break your budget at all.
The dive package they have is very good value for money. You get 7 nights accommodation and 5 days (2 tank per day) of diving at L’Aventure the dive operation at the Cousteau Resort down the road. The dive shop assigns you a locker and keeps your dive gear for you until your last day of diving with them.
The diving around Savusavu was very good (I’ve not dove in other parts of Fiji – FYI). A wide variety from the Pacific cast of critters appeared on each dive. The sea conditions were good. A couple of days were overcast – apart from not having full color in the reef, the diving wasn’t impacted at all. Water temp was 25C so I wore a 5mm wetsuit and was comfortable.
I was very lucky and able to get on a trip to Namena during my time there. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and the diving lived up to my expectations. The soft corals were unbelievable!
I didn’t do any snorkeling, but there are a number of good sites very close to Daku (including the beach across the road).
During my stay, there was a group of seniors from the US who were on a snorkel trip. They were an interesting group of active people. I was able to attend most of the cultural activities that they had planned for the week. The village visit (including kava!) with dancing and singing was a real highlight!
Daku host a variety of classes from yoga to singing to bird-watching. These are definitely worth considering.
If you are looking for the luxury and amenities of a 5-start resort, Daku isn’t for you. However, if you want a comfortable, friendly resort where you’ll be looked after, Daku is a great choice.
I am definitely planning a return trip to Fiji, and a stay at Daku will feature in these plans!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Daku Resort is Vintage Fiji at Vintage Prices. All the pleasures of a bure in a traditional bayside resort without the prices of five star resort life. Accommodation - ranging from villas with their own pools to simple bures around the main resort pool. Food - ranging from gourmet dinners taken at the resort's communal table, through traditional Fijian dishes to a plate of fries for the kids when needed. Drinks - ranging from the exotic "Dakuree" cocktail through a competitively priced wine list to a bowl of Kava with the friendliest staff you'll ever meet. Activities - ranging from diving,snorkeling, kayaking and trekking to Yoga, and writing, painting and singing courses. Daku is no ordinary Fijian resort. It's for those who want something different. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Daku Hotel Savusavu
- Daku Resort Savusavu
- Daku Resort Fiji/Savusavu