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Captain Cooks resort: Lovely location
I visited this resort in 2010 and it was wonderful! Right on the beach and you could swim right from your fali. The only problem i had was that the owner had a woman there who is a known scammer and she scammed several of us while there. Soni the owner is a lovely person and offers great food in the morning and evening. You should take a few things with you - shelf cheese and wheat crackers were nice to snack on in mid day. It is very quiet and no electricity but there are oil lamps in the fali. Out door washrms and a small shower. Besides the Scam artist the place was perfect. By the by her name is Melaia Kaitapu - very friendly but out she is dangerous.
Great beach, good food, lovely owner.
- Reviews: 3
Taiana's Resort (Diana's): Taiana's Resort (Diana's)
My girlfriend and I stayed at Taiana's Resort in August 2009.
Price for a double was 35 T$, dinner was 15 T$ per person, and breakfast was 7 T$ per person. Kalafi (the owner) arranges island transfers for his customers (his boat was being repaired while we were there), but I am unsure of the price as we had already booked through another operator.
The owner of this resort (Kalafi) named the resort after his wife, Taina. And they have been operating since 2001. Kalafi and Taiana were very welcoming and friendly. Kalafi was a great story teller, and we heard several stories about his boxing career. Make sure you're sitting down when he starts telling a story as they usually take a while! But are worth it.
The huts are basic, They are pretty much tents made from bamboo and polythene, with mattresses on the ground. We were given a hurricane lamp for lighting, which was very romantic. The beds have good mosquito nets and comfy mattresses, a balcony out the front and a hammock. All the huts are absolute beachfront sitting under the coconut trees, Kalafi told me that in January he had about 15m of his land washed away during a cyclone, and its the 4th time that he has moved his resort back away from the sea.
Water is pumped from a well, and drinking water is collected from rain on the roof. There is a cold shower and two toilets, all pretty ramshackle but reasonably clean. There is a kitchen and dining area, all sealed from bugs with mesh over the windows and doors - which made a big difference at mealtimes!
Meals were social, there were 4 other guests staying at the same time as we were, and we had our meals together. Meals were basic but substantial, usually a fish curry, with taro and rice. Breakfast both times was muffins with jam and coffee or tea.
The resort was very quiet at night. The only animals are a couple of dogs. At night all that could be heard was the wind rushing through the coconut palms, and the occasional shriek from a group of fruit bats feeding in one of the fruit trees next to our hut.
Swimming at the resort is good, and there is a good snorkelling spot about 10mins walk up the beach. While we were on the beach we saw a humpback whale swim past about 30m off shore, inside the reef. We had already been on a whale watching/swimming trip, and we were keen to do it again, so we raced down to the water with our snorkelling gear. Unfortunately the whale was a little faster than us, but still an amazing experience.
- Reviews: 3
Captain Cook's Hideaway: Captain Cook's Hideaway
My girlfriend and I stayed at Captain Cook's for 3 nights in August 2009.
Price for a double is 50 T$, dinner is 20 T$ per person, Breakfast is 10 T$ and Lunch is 15 T$.
Soni offers island transfers. At the time we were staying he said that he would ferry people for 20 T$ per person each way (if there was more than one person). However, these rates are quite dependent on fuel prices and may change.
Soni also offers whale watching trips. We didn't go with Soni as we had already booked with another operator, but his price is 85 T$ per person. One thing to watch is that operators taking whale watching trips need to be licensed, otherwise it is illegal.
The hosts Soni and Malia were very hospitable and we sat down for a cup of tea with them when we arrived. Soni has been operating the resort since 1993 and is very knowledgeable of the island. Soni has a good sense of humour and a great laugh.
We had all our meals made for us at Captain cooks, but there is an option of cooking your own food if you want to save money. There was plenty of food in the meals, and there was a variety of food, given the limited supplies. Most dinners had a good sized serving of cassava or taro, a curry of some sort, a chicken or pork dish and some rice. All vegetables and fruit come from the main island, Lifuka, so there were no salads but I was impressed. Breakfast was usually bread with eggs and tea and coffee, one time we had sausages, friend bananas and sausages, which was great! For all of the meals Soni and Malia would sit with us, but would never eat with us. It was nice to be able to talk to them but it was slightly disconcerting.
There are two huts on the beach front, and two which are back off the beach a little. The huts are basic but comfortable, and have good mosquito nets on all beds. There are toilets and a cold shower. Drinking water is collected from rainwater, and all other water comes from a well. There is no electricity, but Soni will fire up his generator on a special occasion. The huts are located in the shade of the trees just off the beach. The kitchen is at the very back of the property. A large family of pigs and a few chickens run free around the resort, but it is very tidy.
Our only gripes were the roosters, and our matress was a bit lumpy. The roosters would start crowing at 3am in the morning and would carry on untill daylight. I strongly reccomend to bring earplugs when travelling to the pacific islands, as there are very few places where you will get a quiet night's sleep, be it stray dogs barking, roosters crowing or churchbells ringing (at 5am!!).
Swimming is very good directly infront of the resort, as it gets very deep very quickly. Snorkelling is good also, but you need to walk for about 15mins down the beach to get to a good reef.
To get to the island, go to the main town, called Pangai, on the island of Lifuka in the Ha'apai group, go to the Mariner Cafe or the tourism bureau, and arrange a pickup. Soni the owner of Captain Cooks offers transfers to and from the island, and is the most inexpensive island transfer service.
Another option is to walk between the southern point of Lifuka and the northern point of Uoleva. The crossing was once easier than it is now, but after an earthquake a couple of years ago the level of the sea bed dropped. The crossing is only manageable when it is dead on low tide, but is still 1-1.2m deep. There are strong tides, the crossing is over coral and people have been known to be swept away.
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