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Wananavu Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Rakiraki
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

What an amazing holiday! Wananavu is a hidden gem. It's located on the north of the main island and is not a busy tourist destination which makes you feel like you have the entire coast to yourself. The service at Wananavu is amazing - the staff are all friendly and know your name by the first day - and remember it. The food is fabulous and the menu changed daily. It's a great place to relax. They also offer a range of activities daily - snorkelling trips, coconut talks, local village visits, waterfalls and rafting, cultural tours etc. We spent 3 day diving with Ra Divers and found the diving amazing. I was a little concerned about the previous reviews about Ra Divers but found them great. The diving was relaxed and organised and we had no complaints. We would highly recommend Wananavu - it looks as good as it does in the photos and the staff are just lovely.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

Wananavu resort sits in the northwest corner of Viti Levu, and is the closest resort to the Bligh Waters. Our beach front bure was a bit smaller than some we’ve had in Fiji, but well laid out. The king size bed had good reading lights and the room featured two ceiling fans and air conditioning (although we chose to turn it off). The two sink bath ran the full length of the bure and featured a large glass walled (with privacy screen) shower. Bures have a partially covered front patio with table and chairs, and foot bath. Mosquito repellent is recommended.
The main building, at the crest of the well manicured property had a large inside and outside dining area. We chose Wananavu, in part, because food service was overseen by Beato, who was head chef during our 2005 visit to Lalati. Meals were good and varied and the wait staff was very friendly, quickly learning everyone’s name and personality, as we did theirs. We found ourselves looking forward to Vulo’s hearty greetings and Ma’s birdlike laugh. The Fiji 3 PM culture presentations by Evaluni should not be missed.
Diving services are provided by Ra Divers, which maintains a building at the resort beach. Equipment was new and well-maintained, and rinsed and dried for you by Vinie at the end of every day’s dives. Ra’s two 35’ aluminum Robinsons were spacious, provided good overhead cover, and had oxygen, first aid kit, GPS and cell phone communication. Each dive was preceded by a thorough briefing and diagram of the dive site, and dive masters Bulo, Joe, and Bob went out of their way to find macro subjects for us. The Bligh waters, where most of the diving was conducted, were alive with soft corals and gorgonians of every color. The bommies held clouds of small fish, and we saw gray reef and white tip sharks about every other dive. We also saw a number of goby/blind shrimp pairs. While we have dived Fiji 3 times before (as well as Sipidan and Sulawesi), this trip introduced us to a number of nudibranchs of the facelindae and eubranchidae families which we’ve never seen before.
On a dive at “Breath Taker” we lay on the reef at 50’ for 15 minutes watching sharks, schools of barracuda, jacks and snappers patrol the drop-off looking for prey.
The prices for dives and equipment rental seemed reasonable, until you realized they were quoted in Fiji dollars (57 cents US), and then they were very reasonable. The same was true for drinks at the resort ($6 Fiji for local beer, $8 Fiji for premium European beers).

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We traveled to Fiji with a dive group of around 25 people. Traveled on Thanksgiving Day. Long, long flight. Well worth it though, once we finally got to our destination Wananuvu Beach Resort!! What a beautiful place, staffed with beautiful friendly people. We were treated like family by everyone working at the resort. The excursions were fun, entertaining and educational. The diving was great. Although I was not impressed with the lack of basic medical knowledge by dive staff when we had an incident on the first day out. The diver survived but it was dicey. Visibility could have been better but they had just dealt with a week of heavy rain. Dive operation not owned by Wananuvu Resort. The management at the resort was particularly wonderful Rachael and Ben could not have been more friendly and accomadating. If you plan a trip to Fiji seriously consider Wanauvu Beach Resort. I give it a 10 out of 10.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2011

My husband and I picked the Wanavu Resort after a great deal of research and emailing for our destination wedding...we literally were blown away with the place! They were fantastic, all around!! Rachel Plummer the resort manager was so incredibly helpful and worked tirelessly to give me the wedding that far surpassed my expectations. Every detail was covered from flowers strewn across the aisle at our wedding site, to setting up 2 fully ready to go ceremony sites (one outdoors, one covered) incase it decided to rain we could have a last minute switch, to planning the perfect menu for our guests...the food was awesome and despite some of the reviews I read, I was very pleased with the quality and the diversity of the all-inclusive plan. They were so kind and accomodating to all our guests, everyone had a wonderful time! The resort offers a lot of activities, including snorkling off the pier, kayaking and volleyball for free. They also offered and planned a wide variety of paid activities that were well done and easy to schedule. The crab racing was a hoot! Despite the mixed drinks being over-priced, the wine and beer was extremely reasonable to purchase. We stayed in the beachfront honeymoon bure and it was ridiculously lavish! It was immaculately clean and comfortable (the bed was a bit hard, but that happens a lot to us when we stay at hotels). I cannot say enough about this resort, we would not hestitate at all to return!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

We booked a 6 night stay with diving at this resort due to very good reviews. Our shuttle driver picked us up at the airport in an old station wagon with a falling apart, rusty body and worn-out seats and drove us to the resort, nicely stopping to pick up cold medicine for me. The resort is off the main highway on a dirt road some 4 miles in. The last 2 miles are on a deeply rutted dirt/mud private road in serious need of regrading. The desk staff were helpful, efficient, and friendly; the restaurant staff was also exceptionally friendly, except for one, and they learned and used our names all week.

The ocean view Bures in row #17-22 are newer with less plant life blocking the view from the balconies. They had large bathrooms with lots of counter space and separation between compartments to allow use of all 3 without getting wet from any of the other 2. The bedrooms were large with firm queen beds, table and 2 chairs at the foot with views out the glass entry doors, 2 nightstands, and a wet bar area with fridge, sink, counter space and shelving area. The Bures were obviously built in the past couple years and looked great. Unfortunately, there was a paper wasp nest in the rafters above our Bure, and the resort only had Black Flag to spray on them. We were politely moved to another Bure in a row below our first one.

This Bure, like the ones above, was a duplex and separated from the next Bure by a fence. This was an older row (#9-16) of buildings. We had a large covered deck with 2 chairs and a table and 2 glass doors that latched open with screen doors to keep out insects. The sleeping area was smaller, and the queen bed was actually 2 twins connected at the legs. The sheets and blankets were for a queen bed, and the mattress was firm. There was a light in the ceiling fan, reading lights above the bed and an AC unit above our head. There were 2 small lower wooden slat “windows” on either side of the doors and on either side of the bed, which looked out onto a wall, and neither had much air flow. Carved wooden spears were used as hooks on the one wall with a large closet on the other wall. The closet was split into a 2-door hanging area, a 2-door area with shelves, and above them were cupboards with more shelving. The living area was about 10 x 8 feet and had a table and 2 chairs facing large windows that opened up for a view partially obscured by overgrown trees. There were screens on the windows, altho no locks. The bathroom was small, esp after seeing the 1st Bure, with a walk-in shower, small one sink counter and toilet, all in one 10 x 6 foot room. Shaving was difficult because the light was situated such that when standing in front of the mirror, the back of the head was lit. There was 1 towel rack and 2 hooks on the door, and the counter had 2 shelves below the sink. Overall, the Bures in this row have some wear and tear and need paint and wood resurfacing, esp as the doors and windows don't close properly, but otherwise they were pleasant to stay in, esp as both our neighbors were quiet.

The meal plan was buffet breakfast from 7-9, lunch (choice of 2 courses) from 12-2, and dinner (choice of 3 courses) from 6-8:30. The buffet had 5 different dry cereals, fresh fruit, rolls, muffins, different toast breads, jam, butter, coffee/tea, fruit juices, and then eggs/pancakes/French toast to order. Lots to eat and all good. There was an all day menu (8-18FJD) that had light salads, soup, sandwiches, pasta or curry of the day, also a daily lunch menu (8-22FJD) that had 1-2 choices for each course: salad/soup, main, and dessert. Dinner menu (8-28FJD) had 4 courses, appetizer, salad/soup, main, and dessert. The food was the best we had in Fiji. The presentation was attractive and tasty, the mains never overcooked, plenty of veggies, and always 2-3 options for the vegetarian, the lighter eater, and for those who prefer no creams or sauces. Portions sizes were reasonable. Desserts were varied with 4 choices per meal, and something for everyone. The fruit oriented desserts were flavorful, decorative, and original.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

This is one of the best places we have stayed as a family. We had a very comfortable two bedroom villa with it's own beach for just $250 a night for a family of five!
The location is perfect, snorkelling, fishing, great food, great staff, few people and close to villages. This is a quiet resort, no kids club and not too many other kids but perfectly safe and excellent activities for the family. We loved it and will be back!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 25, 2011

My Wife and I returned to the resort after a stay in May of 2010 which we have reviewed . our second visit was better than the first We arrived very late on Xmas eve after a flight delay but the resort team made sure that a meal was ready for us which was delivered by the fantastic security guys. Beato meet us at reception with a reception team member then the General Manager Ben came from his home to make sure all was OK (see if you get that at any of the big international hotels). The next day was Christmas. When we walked into the dining room for breakfast the team greeted us as old friends - what a reception. Ben with his wife Rachel invited us to sit with his family and friends for Lunch as we did not know anyone at the resort and they didn,t want us to be left out on Christmas Day. Over the next 12 days we had a ball I had my fishing gear with me expecting to catch the big one but I didn't even go out as the relaxing time swimming drinking and eating was just terrific.New Years Eve was a blast with a fireworks display with the food being another highlight. Staying at the resort is not for weight loss as the portions are generous and quality very good. Ben & Rachel eat from the Menu which helps keep the Chefs at their already high standard. The soups are a real highlight!Every day you can do diifferent things do as little or as much as you want
Make sure that you visit RAKIRAKI a $30FIJI return trip from the resort - it shows you real Fiji with people just saying Bula all the time. While we stayed at the resort a wedding took place which did not inpact on any other guests. We met lots of lovely people who enjoyed the resort except a young couple from the USA who just complained and complained about everything thinking that the world revolved around them.
We ate we drank we enjoyed.The bures(rooms) are cleaned very well The pools are cleaned and great to swim in (we had a private pool) At the resort 4 of the bures have them and for the little extra cost it is great . The cost of beer and wine is reasonable by Fiji standards and the beer is always ice cool.
As always, the staff were fantastic - friendly, happy and we had lots of laughs with them. thank you to all of them- won't name them as I may leave someone out, whch would be terrible. Ben and Rachel are doing a brilliant job at Wananavu and we can't wait to go back (september this time). the only down-side to Wananavu is having to leave
Andrew & Robyn

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Volvoli Rd, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Rakiraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Rakiraki
Price Range: $117 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Wananavu Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The real Fiji! Perfect for romance; fabulous for diving excellent for culture. 34 deluxe bures nestled along the beach and amongst tropical gardens. A real island experience with mainland convenience. Located 85 scenic coastline miles from Nadi International Airport. Great food, fantastic staff, unparalleled views, world class diving & snorkeling; amazing village tours and a perfect wedding venue. This is a true Fijian experience and is, as the name suggests, Wananavu, translated loosely as Awesome! ... more   less 
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