Namena Island is the perfect destination for nature lovers who want a unique vacation experience away from crowds and civilization.
We went to Moody’s Namena for the diving and discovered so much more. First of all, the diving was exactly what we had hoped for. We found healthy diverse hard corals that created scenic bommies and dramatic walls. The soft corals, reef fish and invertebrates were abundant and vividly colorful, bright reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues and purples, literally every color of the rainbow. In deep passes there were large schools of bigeye trevally and barracuda, along with cruising white tip sharks and gray reef sharks. We also enjoyed seeing crinoids, lionfish, anemone fish, batfish, sea snakes, and a blue ribbon eel. All of the diving was a short boat ride from the resort, usually 10 minutes away. To top it off, we were always diving with a small group of people.
The resort is paradise for nature lovers who are active and like to explore. Each day, in our free time, we hiked along lush green tree lined trails to explore this remote island. We got very close to nesting red-footed boobies and their goofy looking fuzz-headed babies. We found a sea snake crawling on land along the rocks of a tidepool. Very cool! In addition, we explored deserted beaches.
The bures are very comfortable. Perched on the cliffs above the ocean with doors on all sides, the bures truly give you a unique and memorable vacation experience. With gas lanterns mounted to the walls in each dwelling, there is no need for electricity. The water for drinking and bathing is all rainwater. It may be the healthiest water you will ever get to experience. We also enjoyed watching fruit bats land in the trees near our balcony.
The icing on the cake though, was spending the week with interesting people. All meals were served family style, so we had plenty of time to get to know Tom and Joan Moody, as well as the other guests. The Moody’s daughter Marijo happened to be there with her family the same week as us, so we were treated to many stories about the adventures and the extreme challenges they have all experienced in their lifetimes. Tom and Joan Moody have spent the past 25 years putting their hearts and souls into creating and running this resort. We were enthralled listening to stories about their years on Namena Island. Those two have truly been living life to the fullest. One of the highlights for us was going on a personal tour with Tom to hear how he brought in supplies and built everything. He and Joan are both intelligent, resourceful, hard working individuals. The other guests were also interesting and fun to spend time with. This resort attracts people with similar interests and dispositions.
Overall, our trip to Namena Island was rich and full of depth. It was a lifetime experience.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Moody`s Namena Hotel Savusavu
- Moodys Namena Hotel
- Moodys Namena Resort All Inclusive
- Namena Island Dive Resort Fiji/Savusavu