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Safari Island Lodge
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Rakiraki
London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Okay place, but over priced.”
Reviewed 12 January 2013

Okay, so we have just done 2 weeks around Fiji mainland and out to the Mana island. Unfortunately, we did not have a great experience at Safari Lodge. It is still a nice place, but we just felt a bit ripped off when we left.

Wifi was $20 a day which may be okay if you were working all day from the Lodge but for someone who wants to check their emails for 30 min that is far too expensive.

The meal deal was $65. Compare to $30-$40 at most places. You could pay for separate meals Breakfast $20 , Lunch $20 and Dinner $30. Breakfast was borderline continental, but you could ask for very simple scrambled eggs on toast. Lunch was a large dish on mac 'n cheese with some veggie samoosa's. Dinner was a sort of Thai fish curry. Other places that offered a full menu at a similar level resort, the food was half the price and often breakfast included. Oh dinner did include dessert, a cupcake.

The scuba dive, now I will admit they were amazing dive spots and the dive instructors were really cool. But again the dives were $60 more than all the other places and an old price list left at reception indicates it was $60 less not so long ago.

In the end what really ticked me off, was the surprise boat transfer fee. When booking I asked about rooms and accommodation. I got a price on the room and quick line saying that we must just get to Ellington Wharf as they have their own boats. It was just a 10 min boat ride on a 30cc engine so I assumed he just offered that to guests or free. On the bill there was a $80 charge for the 2 of us. I questioned it, and he just said sorry there is a fee. I tried to negotiate to pay half of it, still no budging. He then said it was the cost price of the fuel, which I replied that it can in no way drink $40 of fuel(at least 15 liters) in 10 min. He then got a bit aggressive and gave me the I have been here for 20 years and know how much it costs speech. I guess a 30cc engine in fiji is different to a 30cc engine in the rest of the world.

Also the tin roofs, in the tropical rainy climate does not make for a great nights sleep.

To be fair we were travelling on a budget, so are counting the pennies so to speak. If I was just on a normal Holiday I might not of been so bothered about it all.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2013

Just returned from another awesome family holiday at Safari Island Lodge! Where else in the world can you wake up in the morning, go for a swim in the calm Fijian water's then go for a kite in 15 knot winds and end the day with a waterski-ing and wake boarding session..... I am not a diver but by all accounts the diving is awesome too. I can believe that based on the abundance of fish life that I saw whilst snorkeling. The staff are really friendly and do their best to ensure you make the most of your time on the island! We stayed in a beachfront bure and can highly recommend our stay.

Room Tip: Great listening to the waves in the beachfront bure.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

Diver's or any water sport person will love this island on the north. homely feel accomodation, lovely staff and other guests. The diving was just amazing, didnt have the best conditions (quite windy) when we stayed but the dive crew will find protected sites and still show this wonderful part of untouch reef. Also the ovalou ferry wreck , which Warren help assisst with helping survivors but now is a divers underwater wonderland.Even trucks still within it to explor.
Also if swim throughs are your things, there are numerous. Giant red fans and orange, yellow,purple soft corals , more anthia's and other reef fish then can count.Keep an eye out for nudies and the yellow fijian Fangblenny.
Thanks again to Warren, Shell, Clint and Jasper for some wonderful holiday and dives we won't forget. Even a reef shark or two on the adventures,fiji water trick love it. Even if you aren't a certified diver, Shell and Clint are wonderful instructors and Padi elearning means can do all the paperwork online and just dive when on the island. Transfers from airport,( good 2.5hours but a great view of the mountains and way of life in Fiji) and then via boat to safari lodge. Very good value. Highly reccomend to water sport loving aussies. PS just go diving AMAZING.

Room Tip: Just go diving , AMAZING.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 November 2012

What a brilliant location for diving, snorkelling or just relaxing.
The staff greet you by name and are extremely helpful.
Whilst I don't dive the snorkelling off the beach was specular. My husband said the diving was the best he had experienced. The diver instructors were professional and knew what they were talking about - well done Michelle and Clint.
We will certainly recommend this venue
This resort is a credit to the owners Stephanie and Warren who along with the dive instructors and other staff have an island resort well worth visiting.

Room Tip: The beach front rooms are quiet once you get used to the waves on the beach - surrounded by trees th...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2012

Getting there late, 5.00pm at the Nady Airport, made the 3 hour bus trip a little bit to long. It was well off set by the short trip in an over sized tinny skippered by Warren the owner manager of the resort. We had no moon but an exelent clear sky and the view of the stars made us quickly for get the trip before.
A lovely meal awaited us at the island presented by Stephany who is a great hostess.
In to the Beach side Burow followed by a rest full sleep in a comfortable queen size bed. Whilst the accomodation is not 4 or 5 star, it is very comfortable and what a lovely suprise, NO TV.
4 off us, over 60, did not do what people normaly do on this island. We did not use a sail board or kite and neither did we go diving. We just chilled out. The meals ( you don't have any choice) were all good, tasty and plenty off it. Most importent, THE BEER WAS ALLWAYS COLD. There was also a good selection of white and red wine.
All the other guest staying there at the same as us, did all the sport offered and had a blast as the wind was blowing most times.
The rest of the staff, Yasper, Clint and Michelle allways were on hand to make our stay a very enjoyable one.
For any person wishing to do these sporting activities as number 1 during their holiday, Go for for it, as I don't think you could find a more suitable place.
Well done and thanks to Warren and Stephany.
Klaus and Lyn

Room Tip: If you don't like, or can't climb a hill side or stairs, stay at the beach front Burrows. Th...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2012

Generally a good facility in a great location for water sports enthusiasts with good top end accommodation but atrocious at the lower end! Warren and Steph were good helpful hosts.
We were attracted initially by a 'Scoopon' deal of 4 days at $A239 for up to 4 people in a Beach Front 'Bure' with ensuite. However for some our group of 19 active seniors it was a terrible disappointment when we discovered the details of the new 'deal'. We were advised that the Scoopon deal had timed out and WE DID overlook noting the changed cost basis - 'per person' [twice the cost]
Our four single women were in 2 bunk beds in an access corridor to the toilets with virtually no ventilation whilst the single male had a bed in the upper landing of the stairs above the main kitchen - no privacy at all!
The worst accommodation was a 'couple room' with only a double bed and about 800 mm space on two sides - no place to hang clothes or place luggage - their ensuite was downstairs which was used by the staff and guests from the central dining room - for $A478 [$A119 /day].
The 'meal deal' at $A55 per person / day was high but the food was good. Coffee, tea, water etc were available at most times.
The good range of water sport equipment was free to us - boats trips to the excellent outer reefs etc were $F45 [~$A30].
It's a 2 1/2 hr drive and short boat ride to the Island.
The accommodation issues aside, we did enjoy our time at Safari.

Room Tip: The Beach Front Bures and next level of accommodation with shared facilities were good - others good...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Thank you Warren and Steph for a great holiday. We were a family of four, children 2 and 4 years old, and we had a fantastic time at Safari Lodge. The kite instruction was great, it was wonderful to get up on the board on day three. Great facilities for beginner kite surfers. Our children had a wonderful time, thanks to Warren and Steph who made us feel part of their extended family, and thanks also to the Fijian staff who helped look after the children, at no extra cost to us. The beachfront bures were great, and the meals wonderful. We thoroughly recommend this place as a family holiday destination, and also for beginner kite surfers who want to spend some concentrated time getting better at kiting. From conversations with other guests, the scuba diving was fantastic, and certainly the instructors and dive master impressed us with their friendliness.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Safari Island Lodge
Address: Nananu-i-Ra Island, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Viti Levu > Rakiraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Rakiraki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Safari Island Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fiji's Kitesurf, Windsurf, Dive & Fishing Ultimate ResortWelcome to island paradise!Safari Lodge lies on a pristine beach on the remote Nananu-i-ra island in the South Pacific Ocean. These tropical waters provide perfect conditions for our watersports focused resort. We are a quiet friendly boutique resort with a maximum of 40 guests and a variey of accommodation options.Facing the consistent trade winds, Nananu-I-Ra Island is a wind-sports paradise! April to January provide steady 15-30 Knot winds, perfect for Windsurfing and Kitesurfing! All year round we also offer PADI Scuba Diving - Come and Dive the amazing Bligh Waters and Vatu-I-Ra Passage - breathtaking National Geographic quality dive sites! Sailing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Fishing adventures and Stand Up Paddling (SUP) are also available every day!Our accommodation varies and includes Beachfront Bures, Ocean View Villas, Private Rooms and bunk style dorm rooms for groups only meters from the beach. We offer solar hot water showers, 24hr power & Wi-Fi 3G speed Internet access is also available. ... more   less 
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