The 'Yellow Boat'
We used 'Awesome Adventures' to book our transfer from Malolo Island to Port Denarau. The boat is known as the Yasawa Flyer or simply the 'Yellow Boat'. The trip took about an hour. The 'Flyer' was clean and comfortable. Toilet facilities were well maintained. Snacks and drinks are available on board, as well as information on all of their other available tours. Staff were courteous.
The actual boarding of the 'Flyer' was a bit of fun for us...it was pelting down with rain and we had to get from the jetty at Malolo to the Flyer on a smaller boat. This had an awning over the top, but the sides were open.Everyone got wet, except the people from Likuliku who had been provided with raincoats...I guess those are the perks when you pay Likuliku prices!!
The cost of the trip was around $45
With all the almost daily fantastic reviews being posted on this site for Likuliku, we should have been susipicious, particularly since when we reviewed the postings for a lot of other resorts in Fiji, none had so many or so frequent postings. In hindsight, I guess this makes sense, as all the quick and nothing short of dreamlike reviews came right after a couple of critical reviews of this resort, and read more like copy for an advertisement. I have to say now that I have visited and stayed at Likuliku, I completely agree with the critical reviews posted earlier on this site, and I wish we would have paid more attention to them before deciding ultimately on spending our anniversary at Likuliku. Without going into minute detail, the resort has some serious problems. First and foremost is the beach. It is narrow, very tidal, and the water clarity is poor. Second, there is simply no privacy. The bures are so close to each other that we could hear the private conversations (and more) of guests staying on either side. Third, this is not an intimate boutique resort property, it is simply too big with 40+ bures. We spent our honeymoon in Fiji 5 years ago at a small intimate beach resort with 15 bures, and we sort of thought Likuliku would have similar romantic atmosphere and intimacy. Wrong. We should have known this would not be the case just because of the size. There were of course several positives. The food was world class. The staff very well trained and attentive, though unlike smaller more intimate resorts in Fiji most of the staff did not know our names. The rooms were well appointed and furnished, and we probably would have enjoyed our bure more if we did not feel like we were in a fish bowl. In conclusion, we would not rush back to Likuliku.
My husband and I stayed at Likuliku for 4 nights in October in an overwater bure. From the moment the seaplane landed (well worth the extra dollars!) we were greeted by singing smiling staff who seemed to genuinely enjoy making our holiday special. Much as they were all great, a couple were standouts -Iveri is worthy of special mention for his daily very friendly manner in the restaurant and for taking extra care of us by organising a special cake to celebrate my husbands birthday . Naomi at the front desk couldn't have been more helpful and I'm sorry I don't know any of their names, but the guitar trio in the restaurant were always lively, smiling and friendly. The overwater bure was fantastic even when the tide was out, there was still water below us, so I don't know why some other reviewers have complained about a lack of water under their bures. Would we return - you bet!
We stayed here for the first 7 days of our honeymoon as a 5 star treat. While the setting was incredible, it has a little ways to go to be 5 star. The place was beautiful, I would recommend staying beachfront, left of the pool if facing the water. We made friends and saw the overwater bures. While they were truely great - I felt the price difference wasn't worth it. Many of the staff were very friendly, however it lacks 5 star service. A few inconviences -like asking me to help move activity equipment before my wife and I used it. We learned that we needed to ask for what we needed, rather than have it offered. The request were always fulfilled nicely. The bures are beautiful and the scenery was fantastic. The drinks were very pricey and the 2 bars virtually empty. However, this is a honeymoon place, not Club Med. I look forward to seeing how Likuliku will improve with age - like a fine wine.
Nov 27 - Dec 1: Paradise on Earth!
We had an absolute great time at Likuliku - will undoubtedly return! We have travelled extensively, and though the resort may not fit the definition of a western "5-star" hotel, it more than makes up for it in the areas of privacy, comfort, discrete/helpful staff, etc...oh, and not to mention the excellent food!
Yes, you will not have have access to t.v. and what not, but then again, if you rather watch t.v. than spend time with your significant other, you came to the wrong place. This place is for those wishing to focus time on eachother and 'decompress' from life's everyday stresses.
As management consultants, we found this place to be the ideal location to unwind, making you feel like you left civilization behind. WE LOVED IT!
We stayed in one of the over-water bures. If utmost privacy is what you are after, we would highly recommend an over-water bure. They are absolutely lovely and the privacy you get cannot be beat. We are European and nude sunbathing is the norm for us. Not only were we able maximize our tanning, we were also able to swim in the ocean by discretely making use of our private ladder into the ocean. The staff was also very discrete when they 'popped' in to clean the bure.
All in all, a very worthwhile experience for all couples. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND STAYING HERE!
best holiday ever
What an amazing spot for a resort. From the moment we stepped off the boat to the moment we set off back for the mainland it was total relaxation and pampering. The sound of the fijian welcome as the boat pulled up to the resort was beautiful and the cool refreshing drink was very well received and needed. We were shown around the resort and it facilities and then sat down to an amazing lunch(one of many). Our room was fantastic and the bottle of champagne went down a treat, while we were gazing over the awsome view. The outdoor day bed, outdoor shower and the i-pod connection really made the room special. The room was very well serviced each day by very friendly staff (but not intrusive). The restuarant is to die for, the meals exquisite and the atomsphere fantastic. A must do is the snorkling trip and cocktails as you are watching the sunsets and of course swimming in the wonderful infinity pool. We would highly recommend LikuLiku to anyone, hopefully we will be back again one day. Thank you to all the friendly staff who made our holiday unforgetable. Bula Bula
Unforgettable - even through cyclone warnings!
If your aim is to find total peace, tranquility, beauty and sheer indulgence then Likuliku is for you... a stunning setting with all the anticipated charm and friendliness of a top class Fiji resort.
Many other reviews repeatedly mentioned the outstanding level of hospitality and total satisfaction they found at Likuliku - we too loved every minute and had a ball! However, I hope I won't repeat too much but perhaps highlight some different points. So read on!
They say that first impressions are important... well this resort certainly knows how to instantly make you feel not only at home but very special too. A refreshing cocktail awaiting you upon arrival is most appreciated and the thorough tour and professional explanation of the resort well received.
It is obvious from the very start, that the staff have been carefully selected to maintain a high standard of service and of course the famous Fiji smiles are always present from everyone - the front of house staff to the workmen in the grounds. We must have seen more smiling faces than anywhere else - including previously visited resorts in Fiji. I have noted that on other reviews it was mentioned that the staff did not remember names - hard to believe - since not only were we constantly addressed by name but noted that everyone else was too - even just when walking by... it"s the small things at this resort that make all the difference.
Our ocean front bure was unusually spacious, well designed and furnished with understated elegance - nothing flashy but tasteful and very comfortable whilst still maintaining a welcome air of the traditional Fiji. The bed was particularly comfy and the outdoor daybed was a haven - adjustable blinds so the late afternoon sunshine didn't interupt a well deserved snooze... relaxing to this extreme is hard work! It should also be noted that the chambermaids were amongst the most thorough and best I have ever noted anywhere- certainly in Fiji.
The one thing I believe all the reviews mention positively is the food - and so they should. The food is wonderful and most of all extremely thoughtful. So often, one can leave a holiday feeling ten pounds heavier and totally bloated - the menu is intentionally light and extremely tasty, eliminating overuse of "carbs" - however not many of us could resist the offer of warm, home made bread rolls! And of course, if we did need to splurge mid afternoon there was always the endless supply of cookies that kept reappearing in our bure - yum!
I will post some photos to dispel any negative thoughts about the water clarity, tides or beach. So what if the tide goes out - it is supposed to and how great to be able to paddle about! As for corally beach - please!!! If you want to snorkel in crystal clear waters with wonderful coral reefs you may just find some washed up on the beach!!
Finally, I would like to mention just how professional the entire team proved to be during our stay. Very unusually, a cyclone was forecast to hit the resort. Not suprisingly the decision was taken to reduce as much risk as possible - we were all kept up to date and well informed. A few fellow guests were understandable disappointed when they were asked to move from the over-water bures (for obvious safety reasons) to the beachside bures (no great hardship by the way). Unfortunately sheer ignorance on the part of these other guests caused them to be unnecessarily rude to members of staff. As was the case with all other resorts in the area - protective shutters were placed on windows and various other precautions were taken. Some nearby resorts were even evacuated. Needless to say, I am sure that if things had turned nasty, as they easily could have - the complaining guests would have been the first to "squeal" if the care and planning had not been sufficiently undertaken. As it turned out the Category 1 cyclone developed into Category 4 and very luckily for us changed course. The sun kept shining and the staff kept smiling through a very trying time with endless hours of behind the scenes work - purely to ensure our safety and to maintain our enjoyment to the best of their ability. They should all be commended.
Likuliku - try it - you won't be disappointed!
A sweet honeymoon
Having just returned from our honeymoon at Likuliku I am still sunkissed and relaxed, and I am sure it was a testament to the wonderful Fijian hospitality and the beautiful surroundings of this resort.
We spent 5 nights in an overwater bungalow, and then 2 nights in a deluxe beachfront bure. There can be no doubt, both sorts of rooms are beautiful. The overwaters are something special, from the welcome note spelled out in leaves on the bed when we arrived to the complimentary honeymoon champagne we received, we felt like royalty. We spent every afternoon in the bathtub with a glass of champagne watching the sun set. When we moved to the deluxe beachfront bure we were pleasantly surprised -the room itself is bigger than the overwater bungalow and beautifully designed to be spacious and open. We had a plunge pool that we didn't use, we spent more time snorkelling and at the main pool, so I probably wouldn't spend the extra to get that again. I do agree that the beachfront bures are close to one another, but with time and the growth of vegetation between them any privacy issues will be redundant. The day beds are a great place to laze away an afternoon with a good book. The only negative thing that I could possibly say about the rooms is that the lightbulbs are a bit dim!
I was truly disappointed to read some of the reviews from other travellers. I myself am a fussy guest and I had a wonderful time. Have no doubt that when you go to Likuliku you are on a tropical island, and as such are at the mercy of tides and tropical weather. We experienced some fairly windy and rainy weather while we were there but that has to be expected of this area at this time of year. Just make sure to take a few good books as if it rains there is no TV in your room. If you're in an overwater bungalow you can get DVD's from reception but otherwise no TV! But, when the sun comes out the place absolutely shines. The tides change every 6 hours or so so there is plenty of time to get out and snorkel and while the tide is out the pool is a lovely place to spend some time. Even better that Jale comes by regularly and tempts you with the daily cocktail - the Honey Bear is a personal favourite!
The food is something else. Our biggest compliments to Shane, every day he delighted us with a new culinary sensation. I have to confess I came home a few kilos heavier but the food is amazing! Also the music that accompanied lunch and dinner really creates a lot of atmosphere and warmth. The farewell song that they sing you is a lovely touch and makes you feel as if you just have to return one day.
There are small improvements that can be made which I'm sure will be addressed with time. The landscaping needs to be slightly more manicured along the pathway and a swim up bar would be fantastic but overall it was a wonderful experience and a perfect place to spend our honeymoon. We would definitely come back one day.
Wow!! If there is such a thing as a 5 1/2 star resort this is it. Not Fiji 5 1/2 stars but a True US 5 1/2 star. They have really hit a home run with this resort. The staff is so friendly and happy to serve you. The facility is WOW!!! The food is WOW!! It is pricey but worth it. Treat your self!!
Yasawa Island Group
"sailing aboard the Gallivant"
The remote Yasawa Island group has often been described as a string of pearls sprinkled on an azure sea. To cruise the Yasawa Islands is to be captivated by one of the most enchanting places in the South Pacific. A place where fantasy is reality and reality is part of the fantasy. Places steeped in mystery and myth where the Fijian people live as they have done for centuries, keeping the spirit of island legend alive with their traditional and simple lifestyle. It is in this fabled corner of the world's most romantic ocean that the south seas' promise is fulfilled with day after day of brilliant sunshine and a thousand clear white beaches fringed by tall palm trees and calm blue lagoons.
Threading your way through the unfolding panorama of the Yasawa Island chains, you'll spot dolphins playing off the bow, the silver sparkle of fish leaping from the waters and colorful coral heads almost breaking the mirror smooth surface. Wherever you look, gentle islands bask in the placid waters.
For centuries the islands of the South Seas have represented paradise on earth. Scattered like gems across the South Pacific, these lush isles warmed year 'round by a tropical sun stand in sharp contrast to our own land. Here, life goes on at an unhurried pace. The islanders welcome visitors with open hearts, generosity and shy friendliness, as they have done for hundreds of years.
The appeal of the South Pacific is legendary, to the point where many believe it is just a dream, far beyond their reach. Happily, this is not the case.
A TRANQUIL WAY OF LIFE
Fiji is a nature lover's delight. Adrift for millennia in splendid isolation in the South Pacific, it has escaped the evils of industrial progress, the incursions of dangerous animals, poisonous snakes, spiders and pestilential diseases such as malaria.
Tranquil villages nestled in out of the way places. Rituals such as the yaqona ceremony are enacted as they have been for centuries visitors are welcomed as honored guests.
YAGONA OR KAVA CEREMONY; LOVO FEAST
Almost everyone is invited to share a Fiji yagona ceremony, where a bowl of kava, the national drink, is passed around. Kava, properly called yagona, is prepared from pulverized pepper plant root and may make your tongue feel a bit numb. The taste is a kin to dirty dishwater. The drink is nonalcoholic, but some say it causes mild euphoria or lethargy. More import, the act of sharing creates a bond of friendship. The etiquette involves clapping your hands before and after sipping the dusky liquid from a communal coconut shell.
Fijians sip kava to celebrate happy events and as a gesture of friendship in welcoming visitors. It is an honor to be offered. Often villagers invite visitors into their home and offer food, even if they are very poor. It is polite to accept, and also a good chance to talk to locals. Try to reciprocate hospitality by leaving some basic groceries such as sugar, tea or tinned meat, which you can buy, at the village shop.
Most indigenous Fijians live in villages in mataqali (or extended family groups) and acknowledge a hereditary chief who is usually male. Each mataqali owns land, and wider groups have a paramount chief. Clans gather for births, deaths, marriages, lovo feasts (where food is cooked in a pit oven), mekes and to exchange gifts. Yaqona drinking is still an important social ceremony. A family is allocated land for farming. Communal obligations also have to be met, including farming for the chief, preparing for special ceremonies and feasts, fishing, building and village maintenance. Village life is now only semisubsistent; cash is needed for school fees, community projects and imported goods.
Village life is based on interdependence and is therefore supportive, providing a strong group identity. It is also conservative; independent thinkers are not encouraged, and being different or too ambitious can threaten the stability of a village.
The joy of cruising the sparkling emerald and azure waters, which join Fiji’s 330 islands, is not just the pleasure of experiencing untrammeled beauty, but also in the realization of childhood dreams of faraway places. It is Treasure Islands revisited the essence of Robert Louis Stevenson, Somerset Maugham, Pierre Loti, and James A. Michener. Fiji has something for everyone. From affordable family and budget day trips. Regular two, three and seven night cruises on well appointed luxury motor and sailing yachts to bare boat yacht charters.
Fiji's 330 islands offer an unparalleled range of quality dive sites. The sheer diversity of life on Fijian reefs is overwhelming, "Jean-Miche Cousteau. Known as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World," Fiji is recognized as a world premier dive destination. Year-round sunshine, warm waters and an unbelievable range of dive destinations supported by highly profession dive operators have combined to make Fiji an outstanding diving experience.
"LONELY PLANET GUIDE."
YASAWA ISLAND GROUP
The Yasawa group is a chain of 20 ancient volcanic
islands extending almost in a straight line for 90 km within the Great Sea Reef. The southern islands begin 40-km northwest of Viti Levu. Of the 17 islands in the group there are six main ones. four of which are large and elevated, with summits up to nearly 600 m above sea level. The land is mostly hilly and rugged and the climate is relative dry. The Yasawa’s' sun-drenched white-sand beaches, spectacular crystal clear lagoons and rugged landscapes make them one of Fiji's main tourist destinations. Most people visit the islands on cruises, as there are not many places to stay.
After the famous mutiny on the Bounty in 1789, Captain Bligh passed through the island group on his way to Timor. Fijian canoes chased his longboat.
The people of the Yasawa islands have their own dialect, known as Vuda. The traveler may notice that cola (pronounced 'thola) is sometimes used instead of bula (cheers'), or vina du riki instead of vinaka vakalevu for 'thank you very much'.
The Yasawa’s are sparsely populated, with only about 5000 villagers. There are no banks, postal services or medical services. The up-market resorts have phones and some of the smaller resorts have radiophones for emergencies.
Hiking, islands such as Wayasewa and Waya. Kayaking, Diving: the Yasawa’s have lots of spectacular reefs with brilliant corals, walls, underwater caves and many unexplored areas.
Is a small island that has interesting caves and volcanic rock formations. There are coral cliffs on the southern end and great snorkeling.
Also known as Wayalailai (little Waya) is in the Southern Yasawa’s, about 40-km northwest of Lautoka. It has good beaches and coral reefs offshore. After a rockslide from the cliff damaged some of the buildings, the Fijian Government declared Namara village unsafe and had it moved to its present location in 1975. Some of the villagers remained in old Namara village, and this beautiful overhanging cliff is the backdrop for a budget resort at its base. The New Namara (Naboro village) site is also spectacular, with a large flat area between two beaches and high grassy hills to the south, which look theatrical in the afternoon light. Villagers welcome tourist groups and present mekes and host kava ceremonies.
Have rugged hills and beautiful beaches and lagoons. There are four villages, a nursing station and a boarding school on the island. It is easy to walk around Waya and hike to the top of Yalobi Hills, from where you can see the entire chain of the Yasawa islands.
is a small low island with nice beaches, is easy to walk around. The island is freehold land and there is no village and no chief, just three budget resorts and a dive operation. It can sometimes get overcrowded at the backpacker resorts.
Is the odd limestone island in the group of high volcanic islands. As limestone forms only underwater, the island is thought to have been uplifted a few hundred meters. It has a great dome-shaped cave that extends to a height of about 15m above the water surface. You can swim through the pool and other caves lead off it. The colorful limestone walls have carvings, painting and inscriptions of unknown meaning. Similar inscriptions also occur on Vanua Levu in the hills near Vuinadi village, Natewa Bay and near Dakuniba village on the Cakaudrove Peninsula, as well as at Nequilai on northwest Taveuni.
Is the northernmost of the Yasawa islands. It has four small villages and an up-market resort.
"Sample Itinerary for the Gallivant"
"GALLIVANT: cruise in comfort with skipper and cook. 56' of luxury (built in New Zealand aboard this fantastic yacht. Swim, snorkel, beachcomb, explore remote islands, warm tropical waters, beautiful beaches, palm trees."
Day 1: set sail for "honeymoon Island" where you can snorkel, then onto LikuLiku Bay in which we anchor for the night and enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets.
Day 2: Early start for Waya Island, a four-hour sail, we break en route at Kuata to snorkel the Coral Cliffs. At Waya we anchor in Yalobi Bay and visit the village and the Chief for the Kava Ceremony. Waya Island has beautiful beaches and lagoons. There are four villages, a nursing station and boarding school there.
Day 3. After breakfast we sail for the Blue Lagoon on Nanuya Levu (Turtle Island- privately owned.) The 1980 and 1949 versions of the movie, "Blue Lagoon" were filmed entirely on Turtle Island. Not to miss is afternoon tea at Auntie Fanny's with homemade Chocolate and Coconut cakes. May snorkel the Cabbage Patch.
Day 4: Relaxed short sail to Sawa-I-Lau to swim and explore limestone caves.
Day 5: Sail 2 hours south to Tavawa Island, explore one of the many bays along the way. Visit a local school.
Day 6: Leisurely sail to Somo Somo Bay on Naviti Island. Visit the Woman Chief Tai Dawali were you can trade shells and carvings from the village people. You may even choose to go ashore to experience a Lovo (traditional Fijian Feast)
Day 7: Explore Navitis West Coast bays to overnight at the uninhabited Island of Drawaga. Relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding this Island has to offer.
Day 8: Set sail for Nalauwaki Bay on Waya Island to enjoy the fresh water pools on the beach. In the evening we go ashore to see the "Meke"- Fijian Dance.
Day 9: Today a relaxed sail to the Island of Vanua Levu, after placing traditional gifts in the sacred cave. Explore the island, swim, snorkel and body surf at the beach.
Day 10: An early start for the 3-hour sail back to Musket Cove. Here you will depart us, with memories of a truly enjoyable time.
Honeymooning in Fiji
My fiance and I are looking at honeymooning in Fiji in March 09 and we would love some suggestions on where to stay. Can anyone suggest some 5 star stunning resorts that have lots of activities and are good value for money?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Honeymooning in Fiji
LikuLiku looked nice when we flew over it, and it is set up for honeymooners. It is on Malolo Island and has the over water bungalows. It is close enough to other island resorts that you could day trip if you got bored.
Re: Honeymooning in Fiji
To my opinion. to get what you wish with warrnaty it cost more 1,000USd per day and up in Fiji. What is less, usually lack of any value for the money what you have paid.
I've been on Taveuni island , Taveuni island hotel www.taveuniislandresort.com ,it seems for me very nice compromise, still a bit cheaper tahn I mentioned above, and as this is on a big island quite a number of land activities besides water stuff.