Bay of Plenty was exactly what I wanted; peace and quiet. This resort you will not find the white sandy beaches, aqua blue ocean, or room amenities. If you want to lean about the Fijian culture, the people, the history, life in a Fijian village well you have come to the right place. I stayed for 7 nights in my own bure on a hill. My bure had a toilet and shower and sink and two beds and that was it. You need to bring your own towels, soap, shampoo, etc. Only cold water flows from the tap and feels great when you’re hot. All meals were taken at the main structure where they would prepare each meal. Your view when you are eating is of the ocean. All meals were delicious and I was served more then enough. Some of the foods I had were: pancakes, fried rice, fresh fish, big and little clams, papaya, watermelon, cucumber, pineapple, potato, cassava, jam, butter, coffee, tea, powdered milk, sugar, etc. Things I did was walk through the village, hike to the top of a high hilltop (did not make it all the way as the rains came). Visit a local school and watch the students on Friday play rugby and netball. During the full moon the bay empties and I was able to walk for a while around 11am in the bay. Had a picnic on the sand. I read most of the time and slept. Did not swim once or lay in the sun. Now for the best part are the wonderful people who run the resort. Reading the other reviews it seems there are always different people to cater to your needs and to cook. Four young girls ages 17-22 took care of my needs and were the nicest young ladies you will ever meet. Jerry and Rosa were the adults in charge and were sweet as could be. Jerry had dinner with me twice so I would not eat all my meals alone. Matacawalevu Island is about the last stop on the ferry. Loved my time spent there and now call my new Fijian friends family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bay of Plenty Lodge is located in the Yasawa Group of Islands in Fiji. We have a 21 bed unisex dormitory and 4 private bure with a breathtaking view. We have a dining/lounge area big enough for a group of 30 people and we have various activities available to keep our guests occupied for their duration of their stay with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Of Plenty Lodge Fiji/Matacawalevu Island