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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Safari Island Hotel Rakiraki
- Safari Island Lodge Fiji/Rakiraki