If you hate being rip off by 5star hotel and don't like being treated like in a zoo; then Tubakula is what u want.
we went in high season,July. eventhough most of the Bungalow is filled, u won't even hear the neighbour. All Bungalow is standing on its own. not like the sardines style 5 star resorts.
I can't find ANY other place in fiji that has a beachfront bungalow and have a great price like this (nxt door Beachfront Outrigger resort charging Aus$600, I almost fell off the chair). BEACHFRONT Tubakula is better than in the pictures. No picture can capture the beauty of being beachfront yourself.. it's SOOO worth it (A$90 at wotif.com).
Snorkling at the front beach. (front desk has pictures of all fishes u can find. including sea cucumbers that looks like snakes! :)
Friendly receptionists had all the time in the world chatting to u... regarding the snorkeling, transports n bus timetable, spa appointment, cheapest tour, all tips u ever want). Gay is a great newzealander lady staying there managing the hotel.
bus at the door step (10min F$1.15busfare to Sigatoka).
Eco park is accross the road.
We stayed in 3 locations. Vuda point (20min north Nadi), Coral coast and Plantation island. I think next time we come back, we're gonna go to Coral coast straight away.
Coral coast is closer to All activities and the Inland tour (Navua river tour: namuamua the best), and still close enough to Nadi for biggest shopping.
The beach in Coral coast is better than the west coast (Nadi or Vuda point).
the transport is easy from Tubakula.
We can go to Nadi by stopping the van on the road.
First we go to Sigatoka by Van (F$1.20) 10min ride . Then Bus/Van to Nadi is $8 from Sigatoka, about 45-60min ride.
The Sun coach and Pacific bus will take u express in Aircon bus. pls check timetable from reception.
Shopping in Sigatoka is good too (better than Lautoka). Plenty of arts and crafts like the ones in Nadi. The best price is to buy in the Wet market itself.
Bananas about F$1-2, Sweet papayas F$1 perbag (Aus 50cents).
Massage at Zen spa on top of Jacks Sigatoka about F$60 (A$35)/hour.
(Ask Gay of their phone no.).
We bought slow cooked Lamb Shank at the restaurant nxt to the wet market. F$5!! (A$2.50). soo yummy, soft and flaky. better than sydney restaurant that charging $30.
Take away a few of them to reheat it in our bungalow.
a few Indian Bhaji costing 30 cents (15cents Aus)
And the pizza is a surprise at Tubakula.
It's really good ! It taste like Italian gourmet pizza in sydney. it's addictive.
F$16 (A$9) for small one (12inch) and F$21 for large (maybe 14-15inch?)
There is a good TV reception in the dining room which the kids gather everynight watching Cartoon network, eating pizza.
The downside :
Steak was not as good. dry and overcooked. Next time tell them how to cook a rare steak "just 2min in eachside and leave it on the pan with fire OFF for 5 min... cook it last , just before bringing it out...." :)
No kayak.. or water sports.
u gotta go to Outrigger (10min walk) to borrow their canoe.
No kids club.. but plenty open space to kick a ball, cricket, swim, swing in hammock etc..
with the beach just steps away, u don't have to make a trip. they just went off.
Try to familiarise yourself with the water heater. Ask hotel staff. During the 3nights we were there, we didn't have to touch it. but the last night we had to move, we had to adjust it. Also No Shampoo provided. only soap and plenty of it too..
No microwave. only stove and pans.
No hammock at beachfront. only near the pool.
We brought a plastic table cover. Lay it at the grass front door near the sands under the coconut tree, lay our head on pillows, with book and beer in hand.. what more could u want..? :)
On the Last night there was a big wave rushing to our front porch. But only happens twice in 20min. It's Enough to make the staff panic. They come with their trolleys, moving our stuff to the pool bungalow. They refund the price difference.. in a form of shopping credit to buy beer etc.. from their shops , which is nice of them..
Despite all of that I still recommend the beachfront bungalow. U just can't beat it..
I'll take the chance again nxt time.. coz u can always move back the next day when the wave is not big.. (apparently this is very very rare)
Beware of Taxi driver around Nadi..
i don't mean to be racist, but the Indian ones seem to have a tactic to increase the price as soon as u sit in their taxi. eg. from $10 they'll ask for extra $5 coz petrol is expensive nowadays.. from $60 to be $75.. etc.. finally when that happened again, we just keep quiet and not agree/disagree with them.. when it was time to pay, we just said, we don't have anymore money than the one he agreed on before we get on the taxi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self-contained beachfront bungalows with kitchens, located in spacious grounds. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tubakula Beach Bungalows Hotel Coral Coast
- Tubakula Beach Bungalows Fiji/Coral Coast