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Beachcomber Island Resort
New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Never again!”
Reviewed January 22, 2008

It is a teeny weeny island with hardly anything to do. If you want activities most of them are off the island.
When we stayed workman set up not far from our room and we were woken up early every morning to the sound of hammers & power tools - no sleep ins on holiday, how cruel!
Totally infested by mosquitoes, they took measures to curb them but it was still really bad as the accommodation is surrounded by greenery.
The accommodation was set behind the kitchen and so everything always smelt like cooking fat.
The food was terrible, no menu they cook it up and hopefully it's something you want. It was quite fatty & they fry their food in fat which has a sweet tang to it so even that was yuck.
We were concerned with the lack of hygiene at the bar. The cups provided with the jugs of water on the bar aren't cleaned properly. Many times I watched the barman take dirty ones, slop some water over them and return them onto the tray as 'clean'.
Hepatitis and meningitis are very easily transferred through dirty glassware & the lack of hygiene at the bar could easily spread these diseases amongst the guests - it is even more likely due to the international mix of the guests. They had a steraliser just didn't bother to use it! I voiced my concerns but they fell on deaf ears.
The hotel style accommodation is small and shabby & every evening someone comes in turns down your bed, shuts all the windows & turns off the fan. In tropical heat how is that sensible?! We would return to our room all closed up and it was like entering an oven.
I've been to Fiji before & had a great holiday so I did have something to compare this to. Beachcomber resort was total crap & we couldn't wait to leave.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — Food, hygiene, room, lack of facilities on island for activities.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2008

Honestly, I need a holiday after my holiday!

Admittedly we went in cyclone season but when the water sports were cancelled and the sea too rough to swim in, there was NOTHING to do on the island (which you can walk completely around in 10mins with a broken toe!).

The food was atrocious, like being at a school camp only worse and you could only eat (without having to pay for a toasted sandwich) during the set meal times!!

The accommodation was VERY average, especially for the price that you pay to stay there. Then when our jet cat was cancelled because of rough seas and we couldn’t get off the island the staff were completely incompetent, rude and unhelpful. Thank god for the diving instructors (especially Mark) who are contractors and don’t work for beachcomber, they got 10 of us off the island by speed boat at 5am so that we could make our flights! I have never wanted to get home from a holiday as badly as I did while at Beachcomber Island!!

Mice were running freely around the bar and “Fiji time” was fast paced compared to the speed of the staff on this island!

Over all my recommendation is DO NOT go there! Complete disappointment!

  • Liked — Leaving the island
  • Disliked — Everything!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2007

Stayed at Beachcomber for 3 nights in the Dorms wish I had stayed longer, fantastic bunch of people, the staff were amazing so friendly and always had a smile on their faces, food was good so was the entertainment.. Papa Jo to the Bar.. I will definately be going back had the best time

  • Liked — The staff, the entertainment & the people who were there
  • Disliked — Can't think of any dislikes
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
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Thank Teresa163
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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Beachcomber in late June 2007. We had a lovely time!

Pros:
the price - you can't beat it
staff - were all kind and helpful
snorkeling - beautiful, can do it right off the beach (watch for sharks)
scuba diving - did the discovery dive (now we want to be certified); our instructor was awesome (he coached me through some freak-outs during pool instruction)

Cons:
the beach - not really as clean and pristine as we expected a Fijian beach to be, but didn't ruin our trip
the flies - little black flies bothered us when we were laying out
the food - got old, as they served variations of the same thing every meal
age of the guests - I felt old and I'm only 26.
water pressure - non-existent

Although the cons list is longer than the pros, we had a great time and would recommend this resort to young, single travellers. Next time, my husband and I will probably spend a little more and stay at a more "upscale" resort.

  • Liked — price, water sports/activities, and sun (ie for sunbathing)
  • Disliked — beach cleanliness, backpacker overload, and water pressure
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank ARR-JAR
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NZ
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2007

I stayed in this resort and the service was shocking. Instead of serving people drinks in the bar, the barmen were getting upto mischief, preferring to drink cherry cokes behind the counter and laugh amongst themselves than to get off their fat horses and attend to paying customers. Mice enjoyed free accommodation in guests’ backpacks, internet was an extortionate $30 per hour, and the bar shut at 12am – so much for a party island!

A word must go out to the island’s doctor, who liked to be called Ken. He was super slow. He was more interested in seeing how many Fijian Bitters he could drink during his day shift than attending to a young girl who’s finger was pooring with blood after an altercation with some coral.

If you like slow service (which takes ‘Fijian time’ to a new extreme), expensive living conditions, and smelly living creatures, then by all means stay here. If you don’t, then I shall certainly recommend you stay at Kim’s island instead, only 3 hours north by boat.

Stayed June 2007
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3 Thank Enty25
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co. donegal
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2007

And it is small up close, I couldnt believe how small it was, i walked round it one day and seriously it took me five minutes. Crab racing was an anti climax if i ever seen one , was like a graduation day built up to nothing ( obviously my crab didnt win ) go to robinson crusoe not as flash but but way more fun

Stayed June 2007
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Thank stuartyoneknobi
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Brisbane
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2007

Stayed at Beachcomber after our FeeJee experience tour had ended. Stayed for two nights in total. Had an absolute blast! So many activities. Fantastic snorkling right off the beach, great scuba diving and pretty much anything that you want. Staff are very accomodating. Stayed in the Coconut Lodge. Very comfortable, and all you really need if you are just traveling as a couple. Has fridge, bar, shower toilet etc. Nights are fantastic with band and activities. Such a great mix of people. Food is great and all including in your room charge. Very popular place. Definitely worth a trip to!

  • Liked — So much to do and see on such a small island, great food and full of laughs
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Beachcomber Island Resort
Address: Vuda Rd, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Beachcomber Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Beachcomber Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beachcomber Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It’s so easy to get here, yet so hard to leave… Experience the magic of Beachcomber Island just once and you’ll want to come back year after glorious year; it does that to people. Come and join us on this “dream island” and share memories that will stay with you forever. Situated on a picturesque marine sanctuary in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands, Beachcomber Island Resort is just 19km from Nadi International, Fiji’s National airport. It’s an island that’s easy to get to yet so very hard to leave! Our resort is unique, spectacular and fun – there’s nowhere else quite like it in Fiji. Beachcomber Island Resort is for both the young and young at heart. If you love a great time in the sun with great company in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, then this is the place for you. Travellers worldwide ensure they come and stay at Beachcomber on their way to New Zealand and Australia, as this is the most sought after destination in the South Pacific. We look forward to welcoming you into our Beachcomber family to share the experience of a lifetime! ... more   less 
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