More about Nanuya Island Resort
The unfortunate thing here is that the position of the Anchorage is magnificent !! Beyond that, it starts to go downhill, picking up momentum like an avalanche.
Arrival was very late (1am - not the hotels fault, chalk that one up to the flight delay of 2.5 hours), so we waited until the morning to start our Fijian experience. Our request for single beds for our 2 teenage boys had been missed, and we had 2 Queens size beds in the room. Requests to get a simple fold out or trundle bed fell on deaf ears until 7pm that night, when we got a bit narky and finally saw some action.
The restaurant in the hotel looks great, and is positioned right beside the pool, so you can grab a possie at Breakfast and basically keep it all day, wandering back and forth. Orders for Food and drinks were always very slow, and often forgotten all together. The food is quite nice once it arrives, if you are still awake.
The staff are very friendly, however tend to spoil that with the delays in actually doing anything.
this place has a huge potential, however currently is not perormaing up to scratch in my opinion. Great waterside views, excellent pool. Conveniently located about half way between the Nadio international airport, and Lautoka which is where we boarded the ferry for our island adventures (see my post on the Nanuya Island Resort !)
Island Paradise Resort
This beautiful resort is quite isolated: about 4.5 hours from Nadi by the Yasawa Flyer, a large catamaran serving many resorts. Having transferred to the island from the catamaran by a small boat we were welcomed on the beach with fruit drinks and shell necklaces, making our wayto the lounge for a greeting/briefing by Lance, one of the owners. When we were escorted to our beachfront bure we found it decorated by hibiscus flowers on every surface. The bed had a mosquito net, the windows were flywire with wooden louvres for privacy, the bathroom opened to an outdoor shower, sealed by fly wire, and beyond that was a small clothesline and pegs.
From the time of our arrival to our departure, everything was done, unobtrusively, to make us comfortable and welcome. All the staff greeted us with 'Bula" and often by name; the rooms were kept immaculate; washing was done for a small charge; drinks ordered at the bar were delivered to the sun lounges on the beach; the resort was regularly sprayed for insects and mosquito lamps were lit each evening; Lance 'worked the room' during meals ensuring everyone was happy, and had what they needed to enjoy their stay.
Note: no children under 7 are permitted. The facilities were relatively simple but of good quality and excellent taste. As the resort was on the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon there was no pool but sun lounges were arrayed on the beach and a track had been made through the sea grass to the reef for snorklling off the beach. There were hammocks under the trees, lamps along the shore lit in the evening, a comfortable lounge area where on a couple of nights there was music (and kava).
The dining area was flexible so that tables were laid for couples, and for bigger groups as required. A buffet continental breakfast was included in the tariff but eggs etc could be ordered at a nominal price. The food for lunch and dinner was excellent as the chef had worked in many large resorts and was very talented. The dinner menu changed daily featuring local seafood as well as meat while the lunch card was supplemented by daily specials. The small wine list was reasonably priced and the cocktails were sensational. Service was excellent.
The resort uses a desalination plant for its water, and iced water is on tap at the bar. Kitchen waste is recycled with staff taking leftovers home to fatten their pigs. Sewage is treated and purified water goes back into the sea.
Magnificent is the only word to go close to this Resort. Everything is well above expectations, and run to perfection.
From the moment you arrive and are greeted by the Resort Manager Lance, you feel totally at ease and welcomed. Staffed predominantly by the local villagers from surrounding islands, the entire place has a warm friendly atmosphere that relaxes you as soon as you arrive. Be it George, Lome or Remi behind the bar ready to create your favourite island cocktails and serve them to you in the lounge which overlooks the water, or Joe and the clan in the Kitchen (which by the way is right there as a feature for all to see, a testimony to how clean and tidy it is) ready to prepare your food just how you like it, nothing is too much trouble. A beautiful dining area which is open air, with the traditional thatched roofing, and yes it was all done by hand by the Villagers in the neighbouring islands. The dining area has "weather Screens" which can be rolled down if required, however rarely need to be.
There are 2 different styles of Accomodation, the Beach Bure and the Hillside Traditional Bure (4 of each). The Bure's are a comfortable distance apart, with the central resort area seperating the beach huts from the hillside ones, and with a total of only 8 rooms, the place is never crowded. Unique Stone set bathrooms feature in each of the Bure's. It's the little things that make all the difference in my humble opinion, such as having a small insect repeller plugged in for you in your room each afternoon, ensuring that your nights are as comfortable as possible.
You can stroll the length of the island, and water taxis are plentiful for travelling to other islands close by (which is highly recommended). Every place we visited we were welcomed with open arms, and treated like kings. I have never visited a place where so many people are so friendly ALL THE TIME.
Overall, Nanuya is a total package, and will serve as the highlight of any visit to Fiji. With a PADI Dive centre alongside the resort, which doubles as the activity centre, and a snorkelling reef running the length of the beach directly in front of the resort, this is a water babies paradise. Fishing trips, paddle ski's, diving etc etc are all at your finger tips. Ask for Mani and Mas who will look after you.
Great Reef to snorkel over, and they have deckchair cushions that double as floating beds for those of us who are feeling too lazy to even keep ourselves afloat !!! A fish feeding time is set every afternoon for those who are keen.
The service, the service, the service. Lance runs a great crew here. And everyone is so friendly !!! I was invited to join the staff in an afternoon game of Volleyball after they had finsihed work each day, which was again a highlight.
Access to all of the northern islands in the Yasawa Group is perfect from this location. Good fishing, magnificent sunsets.
And to top it all off, this is the place where the Brooke Shields Film "Blue Lagoon" was made. They picked a paradise, no doubt about it.
my rating 10/10.
I stayed at an island called...
I stayed at an island called Nanuya LaiLai which I found amazingly beautiful. It was next to the expensive Turtle Island where they filmed Blue Lagoon. I can't remember the name of the family but there was only 2 places to stay on the island when I was there. I fell asleep every night to the sounds of the waves crashing into the shore from my little hut on the beach. Truly beautiful place and I hope that it is still there as I'd love to go back someday.
In 1998 it was 15USD a day for accomodation and 3 meals. The only expensive bit is getting out to the islands. family run,
huts near the beach,
beautiful clear water for swimming at the beach
Nanuya Lai Lai
Nanuya Lai Lai is a private island owned by the Blue Lagoon Cruises.
We spent a beautiful day on the island, with many options for activities available, or you could just be as lazy as you like. What a perfect place to snooze in the shade!
We were carted off the cruise ship by little shuttle boats, and because we were there for the duration of the day, you had to be fairly organised. Although, they would take you back to the ship any time you wanted to.
Best Food and Coldest beer in Fiji
My wife and I have just returned from what can only be expressed as our best holiday ever. Thanks to Lance and the Troops at Nanuya Island Resort for making our stay so good, I was refered to this website and saw all the glowing reviews, though I have just read the message from the Canadians who thought the food was overpriced. I think the food pricing is spot on, for the quality that you get, the food here is better then most restaurants in major cities anywhere in the world and is priced accordingly, once you convert it back its definetly value for money, I hope the staff are put off by the poor comment, Most people have a budget when they go on holiday, and we were advised well in advance what the price of the food would be, we liked that meals were not at a set time, and you could eat whenever.
The staff were lots of Fun, thanks for all the drinks Joji, hope to be back soon, please have a can of export on ice for me when I next return, and we will be back.
Just loved Nanuya Island Resort and its staff. Lily is an absolute gem of a lady who made us feel welcome from the moment we stepped off the boat. Remi makes a good drink too. The resort is only three years old and it is lovely. The accomodations were modern and decorated in a zen-like fashion. I loved the shower in the bathroom. There are only 8 burs on the property but they are in the process of buiding 4 more I believe. Anyways, the 4 hour boat trip to reach NIR was worth it. The chef is fantastic and we are food snobs! Here you are in the middle of nowhere and there is a very talented chef!! It's unbelievable. I highly recommend going to the caves by boat tour. Lily can set it up for you. It was really fun and something to see. On the way back, a pod of about 50 dolphins followed our boat. We also hired a boat to take us to a remote beach for an afternoon of sun and snorkling. It was very nice. Definately get yourself snorkle gear when you arrive. It is a flat fee for however long you are staying. You can snorkle right off the beach in front of NIR. The water is a stunning blue and so clean!! You will love your stay here. Nothing to complain about. This is a hidden slice of heaven!
The most beautiful relaxing week of our lives!
We spent the first week of our honeymoon in Nanuya Island Resort and I can only say it was PERFECT! Like most people on their honeymoon we were really tired after organizing a big wedding and this place is truly relaxing. 10m from our great bure (number 2) to the white coral sand beach! the water in the morning time is so blue and perfect..
We both love our food and I have to say the quality and range here is spot on. FAIR PLAY TO THE CHEFS. Excellent quality fish and meats. Make sure you go for the lobster tail when its on. We stayed in a place 3 times the price the following week and the food was not nearly as good nor as much variety. In contrast to one review here the price is really not expensive - we live in spain and the price is as good value in nanuya as it is there - and remember you are 4hours boat ride from the mainland..
Did some diving which was great - they have two great big dive boats. To get in good snorkelling you have to go by boat around 300m offshore to a reef. but swimming right off the beach is good too.
I had my surfboard with me - SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE LAST WEEK they said as there had been good waves then!! Got one day in on small waves - there are 3 breaks in sight of the resort - the boys say November to January is the best time.
The owner Lance is a great character and works hard to make sure all the guests get to know each other - and he puts on fun KAVA bashes. Thanks to all the staff especially "Uncle George" we'd love to come back!!
Wonderful food and fantastic people
We spent six wonderful nights at Nanuya Isalnd Resort in late April for our honeymoon. Our stay at Nanuya was without a doubt the best holiday my wife and I have ever had. From the moment my wife and I stepped off the boat and were greeted by Max with a welcome cocktail each, we could not have been happier.
We stayed in one of the beachfront villa's and found it to have plenty of room and the bathroom was fantastic. We didn't spend much time in the room during the day, as it was only about 10 meters to the shoreline and it was far easier to relax on a deckchair in the sun, or find shade on one of the hammocks.
The food was absolutely sensational. The breakfasts were all really nice, especially the freshly cooked muffins each morning. The lunches and dinners looked and tasted like they had come from an expensive five star restaurant and there was plenty of variety every day. We can not talk highly enough of the food as it was all beautiful and extremely well priced.
Finally the people. The people are what really make this resort special. From the manager Max, George, Remi and all of the other staff, I don't think you could ever meet friendlier or more helpful people anywhere. Whether you wanted to be left alone, or sit up until the early hours drinking Kava, nothing was too much trouble. Also, the village visit with George was fantastic and we were very thankful to him for taking us to his village.
I cannot recommend Nanuya Island resort highly enough.
We arrived in late Feb and extended our stay for the entire week. Everything about this island was beautiful. The beach bure is beautiful as well as the treetop bure. Lily was able to accomodate us when we decided to extend our stay. The staff is amazing. Jioji was the greatest!!! He took care of us and the other guests the entire week... we were fortunate to visit his island and the church with the other guests...what an experience! In addition he took us on a tour of all the other islands surrounding Nanuya. The food is equally amazing! You must try the spring rolls and wraps! The food was the best i had out of all the islands we visited in Fiji! The restaurant stays open till 9pm however the staff will stay there with you as long as you like ...the best part is they will spend the evening with you if you welcome them to it...you really get to know them... you can make the visit to Nanuya what you want... a real experience to fiji or a quiet relaxing intimate time. We had great times with the staff and guests. This by far was and amazing vacation....beautiful resort , beaches, wonderful people, deilcious food and all reasonably priced! Definitely need to send thanks to Joiji and the guests we spent time with. Julia & Britain, California
Nanuya Island Resort
Nanuya Island Resort
I just read an article on this resort and the Octopus Resort in my local newspaper. We are looking for a place to go in December. How would you rate either of these resorts? Also, what is the currency equivalent to the American dollar. The quoted rates are in Fiji dollars. Thanks.
Re: Nanuya Island Resort
Sorry, I don't know about the resorts. But, here is a currency converter for you to figure out the Fiji dollars.
transfer from yasawa to mamanuca??
IS there any way to travel from nunuya island (where the blue lagoon movie was shot in yasawa) to castaway resort in mamanuca island? I'd like to do daytrip to castway but dont want to depart from mainland (nadi). Are there any day trips operating from yasawa to castaway island?
Or, alternatively, any day trips operating from beachcomber resort to castway resort?
Basically,I want to go to castaway island for the day without staying there, and need the easiest way to get there without having to go to nadi first.
Re: transfer from yasawa to mamanuca??
Unfortunately the answer is no. Nanuya is a 4 hr boat trip to the north of Nadi. Castaway is 1/2hr boat trip west of Nadi.
From Beachcomber to Castaway may be possible. I'm sure it is using the normal transfer boats which would be far cheaper than chartering a boat. If you contact Awesome Adventures who run the transfer boats at www.awesomefiji.com I'm sure you will find them very helpful.
You will love Nanuya Island. You can visit many other of the nearby islands and a great 1/2 day trip is the Sawa i lau caves also in the movie Blue Lagoon this is about F$45 and well worth it. Hope this helpd. SPB
Re: transfer from yasawa to mamanuca??
Your best option is to check with the island resort operators to see if they have a day-trip. There might be some independent fast-canoe-boats that could serve you between these islands. Please note that Nadi is well inland, where the airport is, and not on the coast.
Re: transfer from yasawa to mamanuca??
Thanks guys. Helps a lot with orienting myself and planning my trip better. Had no clue Nadi was inland and not on coast. Anyone know any good spots to stay on Nanuys Island? Besides the expensive resort!
Re: transfer from yasawa to mamanuca??
Nadi is definitely not well inland. Nadi Town is about 1.5kms inland and the airport is right on the coast. The only way you can get to The Yasawa Islands is on the Yasawa Flyer which makes (Nanuya is a 4 hr trip up )1 return trip per day from Pt. Denarau.
The only other option is to charter a boat which considering the distance would be extremly expensive or charter a plane again an expensive exercise.
Awesome Adventures, Hot or not?
Has anyone travelled with this company? Myself and my girlfriend are heading to Fiji next March and being Fiji virgins this looked the goods for seeing the best part of the Yasawa Islands.
We're looking at booking their 6 days/5 night trip out to the islands and hopping back to Nadi. We stay at Nanuya Lailai (2nts), Naviti (2nts) and Kuata (1nt). Has anyone been to these islands? any tips for best places to stay and how to get the most out of these resorts?
D & J
Re: Awesome Adventures, Hot or not?
used AA in 2003 no problems at all except the big yellow boat but it is reliable but a bit expensive.
spent 10 days on the islands can't remember the islands where this accomodation was but it was good- all accomodation in general offers smallish offerings of food but thats the norm.
david's place and sunset/sunrise