Okay, I read all the reviews before booking our vacation at Beqa, there was such a varation, I was anxious to find out for myself. Both my husband and I are divers, our decision to stay at Beqa was based primarily on the fact that it is somewhat isolated and the diving is suppose to be superb. Reading about the wonderful "bures" and food served at Beqa only confirmed our decison to book there.
As I read in one of the reviews, yes you have to take a boat over to Beqa then get be transported over from to the larger boat to a smaller one, the person(s) on the small boat will bring you as close to the beach area as possible, I honestly don't understand why that would be a problem. If you watched when the tide was down, if a pier was built it would have to longer than any we have seen. If you have a problem with getting your feet wet, I would advise you to go elsewhere..
Yes, we were greeted by Mark (the manager) and his wife, both were eager to provide us with all the information we needed to make our stay enjoyable. We were escorted to our bure, 10, by a lovey village girl, that didn't forget our names the entire 10 days we were there. I got to say, the bure was somewhat disappointing. I will be the first to admit, I am usually hot when everyone else is okay. My husband and I both spent the first 3 nights up and down showering, because we were so miserably hot. The bures are built with privacy fences on either side, the bed is located towards the back of the bure with a partial wall built between middle, it was always much cooler outside (where you could catch a breeze, than inside, with the "air" running (an old, dirty unit that did nothing to cool, even on high.) tthere was any way the ocean breeze could curculate within the bure. On the 3rd day I asked the manager for a fan, when they quickly provided. The fan helped, but having "air conditioning" would have been great :).
The Fijians are some of the nicest people we have ever met, even the kids went out of their way to be respectful. I love the kind of diving we did with Beqa, all of our dive gear was loaded and ready for us when we got on the spacious dive boat(s). When getting back on the boats (from the dives) our bc'c were taken before we got on the boat (A huge plus for someeone with back problems.) Because Fijians, in general, do not want confrontations we experienced some of our worst diving experiences ever while diving with Beqa. There was a large group of Russians that my husband and I dove with almost the entire time, the first day they were smoking (around the tanks.), all of us saw them chasing fish, laying on coral (taking each others pictures.), picking up coral and digging under (what they were looking for I don't know.), one instance one of them picked up a frogfish resting on a piece of coral and started carrying it up to the boat, halfway up it was let go, so we watched as the fell to the bottom. They were very experienced divers, that didn't care. I told Mark, the manager about what we had seen, and I have to say, the next day I didn't see anyone smoking, although someone said they moved to the top of the boat but the behavior in the ocean didn't stop. We tried to get the crew to say something to the Russians, but they didn't. From what I understand, Fijians are very respectful towards everyone, even when they don't need to be. For my husband and myself, the diving experience there, because of the Russians was the worst we have ever, ever, experienced.
Each meal you had a choice between 2 meal's prepared, no matter what it was always good. Every since I have been home I have been trying to reproduce the warm chocolate souffle
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the Fiji Islands is the secluded island paradise – Beqa Lagoon Resort. Set amidst the lush, tropical gardens are 25 deluxe air-conditioned Fijian style villas with private plunge pools, exotic koi ponds and beautiful ocean views. Our onsite PADI operation will reveal the amazing underwater world of the calm and pristine lagoon to you. Over 100 dive sites just a short boat ride away including walls, wrecks and the thrilling SHARK and BIG FISH encounter…plus enjoy unlimited shore diving just steps off the beachfront. Fun afternoons include deep sea fishing, surfing, kayaking and hiking to the mystical waterfalls. Relax at our new Full Service beachfront LALI SPA or lounge around our luxurious infinity pool or in a nearby hammock. Enjoy gourmet dining in our open air Bure Kalou and the friendly Fijian hospitality of our Beqa Staff. You’ll witness authentic Fijian culture with Firewalking, Meke ceremonies and much, much more. Come FEEL THE WARMTH OF BEQA!!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beqa Lagoon Hotel Beqa Island
- Beqa Island Lagoon Hotel