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Namena Island Dive Resort
Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Savusavu
Reviewed 23 September 2012

If you are looking for a plush resort with a big pool and fine dining and room service, and walking distance from shopping this is not the place for you., If your willing to take an hour ride by boat to a remote island, which is a Marine reserve that has some of the best snorkeling and diving( within a 10 minute walk from your door) on one of the best coral reefs in the South Pacific. You can sit on your porch overlooking the ocean and be amused for hours by the variety of birds. There are 6 separate bures that are placed a considerable distance from each other (you can scream and your neighbors won't hear you). You can Kayak around the island or hike to a secluded beach, where your foot prints will be the only ones showing up in the sand. The people on staff are the friendliest people I have ever encountered at any hotel. We did not have a bad meal the 7 days we were there, The best part was watching the sunset just before meal time sipping on a glass of wine and listening to the stories of Tom Moody the owner. He has got some stories! We are already talking about our next visit.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

We have just spent a week at Moody's Namena Resort and were not happy with the substandard 30 year old accommodation that has not seen any upgrades from the day it was built to any part of the bure or fittings, from the website photos and previous comments it would seem OK, but it is not. The sliding doors did not work that well hard to move when opening or closing, did not shut properly, nothing is fly wired so the mosquito's come and go as they please, you are given a supply of mosquito coils to burn day and night to keep them away which only helps to a point. We chould have lived with that but the bathroom and shower was the worst, if you like cold water showers with no water pressure so the water dribbles out, blocked drains both in the shower and basins this was it for us for the week. We asked for the drains to be cleared and received a "yes mam, right onto it", nothing happened so decided it would be pointless bringing up the issue with the cold water showers and lack of water pressure bigger job to fix, no hope of that happening. See photos and some interesting others.

We are puzzled that all previous comments have not mentioned the Two Star accommodation standard and problems we encountered, every bure is the same age as the one we stayed in. Next time we will only consider potential accommodation places where there are more than 150-200 comments for a good coverage of people not 42 comments as for Moody's. The 13 April 2012 comment is curious to say the least, we asked the owner how is your wife on our arrival and was informed by him she had died 18 months ago.

Pros: The island is natural and untouched lots of birds and bats, the fish and coral were stunning, the food was great, the Fijian people were lovely.

Would we recommend "NO". Would we return "NO".

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank JoyRon641
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

I recently returned from my sixth visit to Namena. That alone will tell you something. From my home in the UK it takes me 36 to 40 hours to get to Namena if I don’t stop on the way - London to Los Angeles then on to Fiji, followed by the short domestic flight from Nadi to Savusavu where their boat will pick you up and take you out to Namena.
It is a quiet get away from all the pressures of modern life, no television, no piped music and no phones. Cell phones do work on the island and they are building a room for guests to use computers and keep in touch with the outside world if you want to.
The food is excellent. You won’t lose weight. The diving is amazing. The reef around the island is a marine reserve. Much of the island is untouched so you can wander among ancient trees, watch the birds or have a beach to yourself.
The friendly staff will do everything they can for you without being intrusive, in fact the opposite. When you return to your room after breakfast your bed will have been made and fresh flowers will be dotted around the room. While you are having dinner your bed will be turned down and the mosquito net will be carefully arranged around it. Your fellow guests will be interesting people from all corners of the world.
Read the website carefully. Namena is a little remote and not for everyone. But if you think you could enjoy what they have there, you will not be disappointed.
Dacid C. Buckinghamshire, UK

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

I think there are few places left on earth that would qualify as a true island paradise, but this is one of them. To get here, you have to take a sea plane from one of the main islands, and the owner and his wife will greet you at the dock as you pull up. There are no more than 6 or so "buras" (huts) for rent, so you don't get much traffic on the island. White beaches, jungle hikes, big spiders, sea breeze, beach volleyball with the Fijian staff, and the most delicious fresh meals prepared on the island by the chef are what you'll experience here. If you're a diver, you'll be hard-pressed to find better diving in the world. The island's instructor and divemaster take you to their own little-known local spots. I've dived the Great Barrier Reef, the Caribbean, the Red Sea, and Brazil, and nothing has compared to what Moody's Namena can offer with it's cliff diving--if for no other reason than because it's secluded and untainted by mass tourism.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

We spent 10 days here for xmas 2011. We chose this resort, because I had stayed at the Moodys' previous resort, in Panama, back in 1976.

Resort: Serene, quiet, and feels like you have the whole island to yourself.
Great scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, bird (and bat) watching. We built each day around the communal meals, and the morning and afternoon dive. Leaving plenty of time for hikes, walks, naps, reading books. The friendly staff continually pampered us, and we left the island feeling like family.

Scuba: great fish life due to well-policed marine preserve. The island is surrounded by a barrier reef, and most dives are a 10-minute boat ride to breaks in the barrier. For our entire trip, the two of us were the only guests diving, but there were typically 2 or 3 snorkelers along, who would swim in shallower areas while we drift-dived bommies and walls. Later on this trip, we dived Taveuni. Both locations had world-class diving. Both had plentiful soft corals. In Taveuni, we saw more diversity of hard corals. In Namena, the fish life was bigger and more plentiful (marine preserves are a great idea).

Food: A good mix of standard American to Fijian to curries, all prepared with finesse. Many freshly baked items that were always a treat. Lots of fresh fish caught by one of the other guests (outside the marine preserve). Many fruits and some vegetables are grown around the island. Most meats and vegetables are brought by boat from Savusavu, where much of it is locally grown. Xmas lovo on the beach was a big occasion, and we wished we had stayed for the New Year's lovo.

Our bure: a spacious cabin with beautiful woodwork. On top of an oceanside cliff, providing breezes and fantastic views. It was a short walk to the dining bure, but was completely private. It was a joy to sit on the deck, watching boobies, frigate birds and fruit bats fly by. Plumbing was a masterpiece of engineering, relying on rain water and seawater. Lighting was provided by solar-panel charged LEDs.

The island and resort are very comfortable for guests. It's amazing what the Moodys and their staff have accomplished, when everything must be produced on the island or brought in on their small boats. It's clear that building and maintaining a resort in such a remote location was and is a herculean task. It's also clear that Tom Moody couldn't have imagined living his life any other way.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

We spent a week at Moody's Resort and loved this very special place. On just 110 acres, Namena offers the perfect combination of tropical forest with hiking trails, sandy beaches, cliffs covered with flowering bushes, and bird sanctuary. The surrounding lagoon and barrier reef boast a wonderful variety of hard and soft corals, lots of interesting dive sites patrolled by inquisitive but never threatening sharks. What a treat to see this pristine underwater environment after seeing so many deteriorating reefs and dwindling fish stocks in other better known locations in the Pacific and Caribbean. Our heartfelt thanks to Tom Moody and his wonderful staff!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Renata G
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

We just left Moody's Namena Island Resort today, and though we are excited to continue our adventures through Fiji it was bittersweet to leave. The experience was hard to describe, at once authentic and also a throwback to a different type of vacation. Tom Moody has spent years creating an ecologically correct resort before it was fashionable. He created, out of nothing, a working community on a dry island that had never been settled by anyone in recorded history. He created a waterworks using rainwater, composting toilets, solar lighting, and uses fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood from the island and surrounding sea. The food was amazing and it shows that he has had the same cook (Kelly) for 17 years. Like any Fijian village, the staff are mostly related and all from neighboring Vuana Levu, particularly the area around Savusavu. The service was impeccable and gracious. Our bure (cabin) had an unbelievable view of then Kora Sea and the Namena Reef. We were constantly entertained by Red-footed boobies, Frigate birds, cute (!) fruit bats and an assortment of smaller birds like Pacific doves, kingfishers and Banded Rales. The diving was exciting, beautiful and visually stunning, and our dive master George was terrific (as were the boat driver Vitale and Gina our dive helper). The reef, bohmies and the amazing collection of soft and hard corals, nudibranchs, sharks, barracudas, Spanish Mackerel, eels, giant clams, banded shrimp, etc were magical and pristine. Mr. Moody has mandated that 90% of his island be a nature preserve, and established a marine preserve to protect the surrounding barrier reef. I cannot say enough about Namena, except don't go if you are not a bit adventurous. It is not for anyone, especially if you want to stay connected to the outside world. But, uh, I think that is the point. Just don't tell everyone...

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Address: | Namena Island, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Vanua Levu > Savusavu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Savusavu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Savusavu
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Savusavu
Price Range: £170 - £340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Namena Island Resort is a privately owned Fiji island resort. 6 Bure's (cottages) strategically located to maximize ocean views and enjoy the ocean breezes. Maximum guest capacity 12 people. 3 gorgeous private beaches. Namena is rated the "Best Dive Destination In Fiji" and ranked as one of the "Top 10 Dive Destinations in the World". Namena Island is surrounded by a reef designated as a marine reserve with over 22 world famous dive sites all within a 10 minute boat ride from our boat jetty. ... more   less 
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Moody`s Namena Hotel Savusavu
Moodys Namena Hotel
Moodys Namena Resort All Inclusive
Namena Island Dive Resort Fiji/Savusavu

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