We spent 10 days at Papageno resort and it was our loveliest family vacation ever (2 boys 10+18, 74 yo grandma).
We are not the Disney kind of adventure seeker, and rather look for a handmade vacation experience. The kids are open to new experiences and love travelling, which I am aware helps a lot.
We loved Papageno because it is far off the beaten path and we felt part of the local village - where we went to see the church service (fabulous singing!!!) and the school that is supported by the Papageno resort. The resort is small and perfect if you don't need round the clock entertainment, although someone will always be available for a volleyball or table tennis match. We had the Royal family bure which is FANTASTIC! Wooden floors, thatched roofs, beautiful artwork all around...
Great is also they snorkelling and diving (for us beginners, I would not be able to tell the conditions for really experienced divers, but there was one diver there and he seemed to enjoy it). There is a coral reef closeby called the swimming pool which is a perfect spot to learn diving as we decided spontaneously to do - and we where fascinated!!! Even grandma came with us! There is a Padi dive instructor on the grounds. One of the few things that did not work out so well was that the first time diving there weren't enough weights on board and other little things that were not planned well. On our second dive tour we decided to take this matter into our hands and it worked out fine.
The meals are very fresh and well prepared, and I think mostly organic. All guests usually sat on one big table. It was a nice way to get to know other guests better. There were mostly likeminded people, and these were pleasant encounters.
There are also endemic parrots on kadavu (and to be seen at the resort) which the owner of the resort helped to protect years ago.
The beach (and the grounds!) is beautiful, with hangmats etc. Many shells (you are not supposed to collect them, although it is tempting)... In the late afternoon many mosquitos make their appearance - a good insect repellent is needed. The weather in August was ok. We had some rain, but it is warm and usually was only a shower. On one rainy day the local minister did some basket weaving with us which was really fun! Very hearty and honest people at Papageno resort. The manager is German, btw.
In short: If you are a person who likes to entertain herself, and get an experience of true rural fiji and its people, this is your place (expecially if you like snorkelling/ to learn diving). If you are looking to get to know many other travellers, shopping and more infrastructure, you are probably better off somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Papageno Resort, on the untouched island of Kadavu in Fiji, blends world-class scuba diving, fishing, cultural activities and an array of other adventure experiences (snorkeling, free diving, spearfishing, waterfall hiking, kayaking, stand-up-paddle, surfing, etc.) all within a secluded, tranquil and unique oceanfront hideaway with a lush, tropical rainforest backyard setting. Papageno Resort is truly a one-of-a-kind getaway spot that caters to both those looking for a peaceful and relaxing stay or those looking for a bundle of adventure-level water and land experiences, whilst making Papageno feel like your home away from home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Papageno Resort Fiji Hotel Kadavu Island
- Papageno Hotel Fiji
- Papageno Resort Fiji/Kadavu Island