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Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Rakiraki
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Volivoli resort presented itself well. The gardens were immaculate, the views were fantastic, however there were some things which could be changed.

Firstly, upon arriving we asked Nick about organising a fishing charter as we had read good things before our trip. The next day Nick spoke to us and said he'd get back to us ( a common theme with the staff ), which he never did. We ended up arranging this ourselves and once on the charter we were told we would be going trawling. Upon not catching anything and driving aimlessly for about 3 hours with Bob, he then suggested we throw some lines out. He then pointed out there was only 1 line for the 4 of us on the charter to share. Considering we were charged 1000FJD for 4 hours out on the boat, we would have expected a line each. Very poor.

Also, the food was disappointing. The best thing we ate was hot chips. There is no where else to go for food if you stay at Voli Voli, so something to be very aware of. Cocktails were 25FJD each, and 'happy hour', saw the price come down to $24 FJD, or $1 off a basic spirit or beer.

One thing which did exceed our expectations was the local Fijian staff. They were amazing and we couldn't speak any higher of how enjoyable and memorable they did make our holiday. Also highly recommended would be Soni's village tour. It will open your eyes to what life outside of the resort is like in Fiji.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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FijiDiver_9, Owner at Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2014

Bula Vinaka,

Thank you for your review of Volivoli Beach Resort. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Firstly my apologies for not getting straight back to regarding Fishing, Unfortunately I had to leave the resort on urgent business and at that stage we still had not had anyone else enquire about fishing which you were waiting on to share the cost. Still not excuses.

Something that I do need to point out that any angler will know that fishing is fishing not "catching" and in some rare circumstances you will not catch fish. Popping charters are very specific and the equipment is very expensive so pre booking is essential and most people bring their own equipment for that hence not having 4 casting rigs on the boat, you were not on a popping charter. That said we do have rental equipment.

I would also like to point out that cocktails are $25fjd and the happy our price is $20.00fjd, there are 3 happy hours per day with local beer at $4.50fjd approximately $2.70AUD which I simply can not beat.

You really hit the nail on the head in that fiji is what it is because of the Fijian people.

Once again thank you for your review and kind regards

Nick Darling

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

we have visited Volivoli twice now (first trip August 12, second trip Aug 13) The diving is just as good as we remember it.

The resort is a 2.5 hour drive from the airport. The resort can organise a transfer for you. The road near the resort is really rocky, so if you hire a car, get a 4WD. We also got the driver to stop at a local shop on the way to the resort, so we could pick up snacks on the second visit, which made life easier as there isn't snacks available all the time.

The resort is a dive resort, so when your not diving there isn't much to do. In saying that, just take a book or a couple of magazines and enjoy the fabulous views from the beach.

We dived with the Ra Divers most days and also organised a day spa treatment at the hotel next door. The resort can organise a taxi for you for cheap.

We always feel like we are coming home to Volivoli, as we are a million miles a minute at home, its hard for us to relax. But at Volivoli, we relax instantly and enjoy every moment.

We loved Sonny's village tour, Bob's night Dive and the fabulous singer and guitar player that plays each night at dinner.

Jen was lovely and helpful as always. The food is still a bit hit and miss, but its not too bad.

If you love to dive and want a real dive resort that allows you to relax and leave your worries at the entrance, then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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FijiDiver_9, Owner at Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Bula Vinaka,

Thank you very much for your review of Volivoli Beach Resort, Your feedback is very much appreciated.

I am very happy to inform you of the amendments made at Volivoli since your stay in April 2013. We have worked on our menu and am very happy to let you know we have raised the bar with the addition of a few dishes and wonderful daily specials.

Since your departure we have completed our new reception offering a pleasant arrival with all the amenities you might need quickly after a 2.5 hour drive.

Something you will enjoy on your next visit is our recently opened day spa on site here at Volivoli. Dau Lomani spa offers wonderful treatments with a view to die for.

We look forward to your return

Kind regards

Nick Darling

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

One of if not the best dive resorts I have visited in the last 40 years. The people of Fiji are welcoming and friendly. The staff was great and everyone knew the names of everyone in are group of 12 on day two.
RA Divers Captains and Divemasters were the best. The reefs were outstanding, if you are a photographer you will not be disappointed only overwhelmed.
Be sure to take the time to visit the village with Soni (member of the staff) and see Fiji like a local.

To address some negative posts on trip advisor.

The food is great and more than you can eat. One of my dive buddies played in the NFL, he left food after the meal.
There are to many hills. Fiji is a volcanic island, on the bright side half of the time it is down hill.

I normally do not return to a destination I have been to. This resort is the exception. I will be returning.
Steve, Nick and Staff thanks for the best vacation ever

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Howard R
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FijiDiver_9, Owner at Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2014

Bula Vinaka,

Thank you very much for your kind review of Volivoli Beach Resort, It was pleasure to host you at the resort and we look forward to your return.

Your feedback is very much appreciated and Ill be sure to pass on your regards to all the crew.

Kind regards

Nick Darling

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all the amazingly beautiful people at Volivoli, that made our stay so incredible last week! It really was the best holiday we've ever had... and we can't thank you enough for making us feel so welcome and showing us the real Fiji

Volivoli Resort is the true meaning of a hidden paradise! From the moment you arrive you feel relaxed, at home and a part of the Volivoli family immediately. The staff are truly one of a kind and I will remember their beautiful spirits forever.

The diving, snorkelling, fishing, beaches, staff and amenities is A++ and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to get a taste of the real Fiji and experience all it's amazing wonders.

We will be back!!... Again, again and AGAIN!! :)

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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FijiDiver_9, Owner at Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2014

Bula Vinaka
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Thank you for your kind review of Volivoli Beach Resort. It was our pleasure to take care of you while on holiday with us.

We look forward to your return and hope to meet some of your friends and family in the process.

Take care

Kind regards

Nick Darling

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Reviewed February 24, 2014

My husband and I spent a week at Volivoli Beach Resort in February and I have to say that it was an amazing experience. The rooms are fantastic, and meals great, but the most important thing is that the staff (all of them) are amazing. This is why I am rating this resort so highly. Also the village trip with Soni was awesome, best day of our trip. Many thanks to everyone at the resort, we will be back for sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Studio Vale, but I think all rooms are fantastic
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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FijiDiver_9, Owner at Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2014

Bula Vinaka,

Thank you very much for your review of Volivoli Beach Resort. I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and we can not wait to welcome you back again soon.

Our staff really are more like family and they will be so happy when I read this review to them.

Take care and kind regards

Nick Darling

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Very goood. Very clean with friendly efficient staff. Awesome location with great views. The snorkeling is very spetacular and is well worth the effort. The swimming pool and restaurant are great. A great place to get away from it all for a bit of relaxing and a bit of quiet time.

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FijiDiver_9, Owner at Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Bula Vinaka,

Thank you very much for your review of Volivoli Beach Resort, Your feedback is very much appreciated.

Volivoli is a fantastic place to get some quite time and enjoy some spectacular snorkeling or even head out for a discovery Scuba Dive in the soft coral capital of the world. You can do as much or as little as you like at Volivoli.

We look forward to your return.

Kind regards

Nick Darling

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Reviewed February 14, 2014

I spent a week at Volivoli in February with a couple of friends for a week long fishing trip based out of the resort.

Where do I start ......

The resort sits on a spectacular piece of land on the side of a hill and extends all the way down to the water. It has fantastic views all round, especially from the accommodation occupying the higher parts of the hill. The property is very well-maintained with beautiful landscaping and garden areas.

The accommodation - two of us shared a Vale Balavu while the other was lucky enough to score a Studio Vale. We were very pleasant surprised by the quality of the accommodation. They were very comfortably appointed and in the case of the Studio Vale, well, wow!

Food - we had an all inclusive package which included all meals. Overall, food was very good and servings were BIG! The local fruit was to die for.

Hospitality - the staff at Volivoli were a real highlight. Everyone was so friendly there from management to housekeeping staff.

Fishing - the fishing is done from a very comfortable 30 foot+ centre console. Nick, our guide for the week was terrific. He worked really hard in trying conditions and we had a great time on the water.

Overall - the best way I can sum it up is we are planning our return!

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
Thank klkh2002
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FijiDiver_9, Owner at Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Bula Vinaka,

Thank you very much for your kind review of Volivoli Beach Resort, We value our customers feedback immensely.

We very much look forward to your return and look forward to seeing the images and hearing the tales of fish caught, not to forget "the one that got away" stories

Kind regards

Nick Darling

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Address: Volivoli Road, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Rakiraki
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Rakiraki
Price Range: $123 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Volivoli Beach Resort Fiji 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Volivoli Beach Resort is a dedicated SSI and PADI dive Resort on Viti Levu, Fiji. It is owned and operated by the Darling family, 16 year veterans of the area. Dive facilities are world class and on site. All accommodations have ocean views. Nearby Bligh Waters are renowned for an amazing display of fish, pelagic creatures and soft corals. Guests enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, beach volleyball, fishing, village culture and sunset cruises. The Darling philosophy is simple - “We spend time talking to our guests, whether on a dive trip or over a cold beer,” says Nick, “This helps us fine tune the Volivoli experience.” ... more   less 
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