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Navini Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Navini Island
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

As soon as we left Navini, we understood why so many people from around the world decide to come back. In fact, I can't wait for our return to Navini Island Resort!

The staff at Navini was SUPER friendly and really made our stay memorable. The island itself is small, very personal, and surrounded by soft white sand and cool blue, crystal-clear waters.

Here was our daily schedule:
- morning: wake up at the sound of the drum and have a tasty breakfast. snorkle, swim, or take a local trip offered by the resort
- afternoon: delicious lunch, followed by some paddleboarding around the island, sailing, or really any water activity of our choice. 4:30pm daily volleyball with staff (not to be missed)
- evening: reading on the beach or in the hammock. candlelight dinner on the beach. nightime games, kava, and music with staff.

Who could ask for more?

Thank you to all of the staff at Navini for this wonderful experience. It is one that we will not forget!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Well, we came back for a second time, and everything was as wonderful if not more so.
We were met at the beach by Julie, who recognized us immediately, showed us to our lovely bure and made sure we were comfortable.
The bures are large and inviting, with plenty of light to read at night, comfortable large leather chairs to relax during the day. Outside on the verandah, there is a table and chairs, a couple of deck chairs and a hammock in the garden, with a small grass shelter on the beach complete with a couple of lounge chairs, perfect for watching the ocean and whiling away the hours. The wonderful fine white sandy beach is kept immaculate, and the lounge chairs are rearranged daily.
Each bure is set apart from the others by a separate sandy path and lovely gardens, so you feel like you have the whole island to yourself.
Our welcome drink was the first "cocktail" of the evening - so everyone received their own favorite drink, not the usual fruity drink most places provide.
Meals are served in the dining room family style. Each time a new couple arrives, another table is added, which makes for lively conversation! The food is made from really fresh ingredients and is so wonderful, even the owners eat dinner with the guests!
Daily excusions are provided, some to visit other resorts, local villages and of course fishing and some of the best nearby snorkelling areas. However, snorkelling around the Navinis "house reef" is a fabulous experience, both at high and low tide, with a huge variety of fish, including some baby black tip sharks.
We are already planning another trip to Navini next year!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We have just returned from Fiji, after staying 6 nights at the magnificent Castaway Island and one night at Navini. We had booked Navini for 5 nights but after our arrival we soon realised this place was not for us, and left the very next day. There was no super warm Fijian welcome from the 40 staff of Navini as one would expect. No welcome songs, no guitars by the beach and certainly no welcome drink. Any of these would have made a new guest to the Island feel like they are somewhere in heaven and they will be treated like special guests. Instead we were welcomed by a friendly sole staffer who promptly took us to our house, showed us the amenities and the mini bar. We were also the only ones staying on the island at the time.

The accomodation is the biggest downfall of this place. We had hired the deluxe 2 bedroom house for our family of 5, including a 3 year old toddler and a 9 month infant. To say it was 'dated' is an understatement. The accomodation and decor of the place is from 1980's. The furniture is what you would expect from your agieing grandparents house. The furniture was very heavy dark leather pieces. The fluorescent lighting provided no ambience. There were 2 ceiling fans in the house, but even with all the windows and doors open, there was very little breeze and the heat made it unbearable to stay inside the house. We tried to make use of the vaporiser cooling fan that was provided, but this too was a joke. It made a lot of noise, leaked water and did not cool at all. Whilst the beds and bathrooms were ok, the overall satisfaction with the accomodation was very poor. Outside our house were also 2 very large, and ugly tanks (water tanks?) and the island is dotted with large unsightly generators everywhere.

Next the dining experience was also dissapointing. Th dining room where everyone gathers resembles a dated boarding house dining room. Again the lighting was awful, this time yellow energy saver bulbs all over the place. Dark, dull tables and chairs. Western radio piped loudly through the speakers. The view and breeze from the dining room were very nice however. As you step into the dining room, you pass through the kitchen and can see how dated the kitchen facilities are. It is pretty impressive that the chef can produce some decent quality meals from such a kitchen. They are also not very flexible with the dining options, I requested simple toast and vegemite for lunch and this was first met with a 'No' and then only after I pleaded they were able to make this for me.

The island itself is fine, very small with very soft sand. However the sand is littered with pieces of dried coral and shells. You have to watch your step as you enter the water because it is not soft underfoot. The seaweed on the beach does not get raked regularly so there is a lot of debris littering the island, mostly seaweed, shells and dead coral.
The water is crystal clear and lovely and warm, however there are lots of rocks below and be prepared to share your little piece of white sand with baby reef sharks! They are not harmful but rather cute and were infact the highlight of our 24hour stay!

It would be nice if the owners of this 'resort' had spent some money refurbishing the place. It has a lot going for it - the staff were friendly, as you would expect of the Fijians, the island is quaint and looks out into the beautiful Coral sea with many other islands within view. The sand is supersoft (although not cleaned regularly) and water is clear.

However I do not know what all the fuss and glowing reviews were about. There are so many resorts in Fiji, my recommendation is to open your eyes and go elsewere. We did.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Navini, Owner at Navini Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2013

We regret that you did not enjoy your stay on Navini. However, one of Fiji’s advantages is that it has such a wide variety of mainstream resorts as well as others that offer something different, so guests are sure to be able to find one that is to their liking. We would just like to comment on a few statements in your review. On arrival, all guests receive a complimentary drink or cocktail of their choice, however rather than sit down and have this immediately on arrival, some guests prefer to settle into their bure and have their complimentary cocktail later with their first meal. In regard to water tanks. By catching rainwater we are able to supply almost half of the fresh water needed for the Resort; this is a significant ecological saving, as it reduces the need to run our desalination plant by half, and desalination consumes a lot of power. It does however require that we have tanks to contain the rain water, and these are located as unobtrusively as possible. Our generators are located inside the workshop (only) and are not visible walking around the Island. Simple requests for variations to meals can, and often are, accommodated, so your experience in this regard is unusual. Our staff clean the beaches each morning starting at 8.00 a.m, and continue until all beaches are tidy. The main beaches are on the south side, with others on the north side; if no one seems to be tidying the beach, it may be that they are working on the ‘other’ side. Thank you for your comments which have been followed up.

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Reviewed 24 March 2013

My boyfriend and I spent the most relaxing 6 days on Navini in Oct. the weather was in the 30s, water temp perfect for diving and generally doing what ever water sports you wanted. Navini staff were super friendly, welcoming and lovely. A perfect location to relax, unwind and do nothing! No TVs, wifi or Internet unless you want to us it in the office so a good Getaway from it all place!

Room Tip: Every room has its own private bit of beach -that is your swimming pool! All bures are spaced around...
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We were originally booked to stay at Navini Island in April 2012 for my husband's birthday but the cyclone that devestated Fiji at that time postponed our holiday until November.

Our 7 nights at Navini was just perfect. The weather was delightful except for a couple of windy days, but then you just move to the other side of the island!

We enjoyed the snorkeling and the company of some very interesting guests including a group of Americans that were off to see the solar eclipse in Tahiti and enjoying breaking their journey on Navini. The communal style dining is a great way to meet and interact with some really great people.

As has been said before the food on Navini is amazing. How on earth they come up with the variety and quality is truly incredible.

The staff are delightful, friendly and also great singers, dancers and entertainers! We truly had a really lovely time on Navini and would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys getting away from the rat race and really really relaxing!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

I'm not a very experienced snorkeller, eg. I dont dive with my snorkel, so I prefer not very deep locations, where you can see stuff from the surface of the water. In this sense Navini is not bad during high tide - so if you are like me - check your dates to make sure high tide is around the day time.

During the low tide its pretty much impossible to snorkel as water gets really shallow and the only way to get to the edge of the reef is walking on corals which is really bad as they break.

Definitely go on a snorkelling boat ride to Wedding island - there you have to jump into a water with your mask from the boat (and it's deep there). The corals there are amazing - untouched for many years so managed to grow very big. The fish - you may or may not see depending on how deep you can dive. The water is clear for many meters ahead (much cleaner than around Navini).

My snorkelling highlight was a school of some fish (each of them was about 30cm long) numbering in hundreds and I was just floating amongst them. It was on south west side of Navini. Then about 5min later - a hungry parent of those baby coral sharks, that everyone talks about, chased a tuna past me. I saw that parent on the north side as well. Coral sharks are safe, they do not attack people.

Visiting village was a bit sad - that's where you encounter how many locals live - on the other hand I was thinking they are probably feel happier than many city dwellers. We also visited school where they asked for money donation (so bring some cash - I had enough just for couple of souvenirs and I spent all of it by that time).

Food - I agree with many descriptions of the previous reviewers. Given that it's such a remote location it's amazing they can do what they serve you, on the other hand - if you prefer high quality gourmet dishes then you probably should stay elsewhere (like Sofitel in Denarau where I stayed as well during this visit to Fiji).

I personally found it a bit strange that many reviewers here are quite excited about shared table during meals - if you want to get away from everyone for a period of time why would you enjoy spending hours with complete strangers. So it's probably not the best thing if you are a bit of an introvert. Sitting at a separate table while everyone is together is probably not a very good solution either.

I stayed on both sides of the island and found that North side is better - closer to the beach that everyone likes - all people from South used to come to our side and "steal" our lounge chairs (there are two chairs for each bure, and of course they weren't taking their chairs with them).
Also south side has more mosquitoes - so make sure you have some anti itch cream (and for sea lices as well, as someone mentioned).

Another thing - when on South side I was staying in a two room bure and the mattress there was horrible - sagging so much that my back was hurting and it was hard to find a proper position to sleep.
Having said that South side bures appeared to be newer and more modern.

I went there in June hoping for better weather but we still managed to get a couple of thunderstorms to my surprise.

So overall I really liked it but not as much as some other places that I visited in Cook Islands and French Polynesia. Believe me, there are better places which are further away and quieter and cleaner and wilder (eg snorkelling) and more paradisy (eg compare cyclones info for French P. and Fiji, but that's just one thing).

Room Tip: mosquitoes - during my stay there were less of them on north side snorkelling - make sure high tide...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Navini, Manager at Navini Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2013

We are glad that overall, you enjoyed your stay and snorkelling experiences on Navini.
The island we took you to on the snorkelling trip was Honeymoon Island, which does have some spectacular corals. All of our Two Room bures are on the north side of Navini, and we did have a problem with a batch of mattresses, however these were all replaced with complete new beds by August of last year. Thanks for your feedback.

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Reviewed 15 February 2013

You can believe all the wonderful glowing reviews about Navini Island. Navini is a true piece of paradise, uncluttered, private, friendly and simply beautiful. We loved everything about Navini Island: the family who own it and the staff who can't do enough for you, the amazing food, the delicious cocktails, the privacy, our bure, the other guests, the snorkeling, the complimentary boats and water sporting equipment, the after dinner kava and Vidi Vidi game, and the list goes on.

I reacted badly to the sea lice that were about last May. Sea Lice are seasonal. My husband and the other guests did not react badly to them. They don't hurt when they sting, but later a blister emerges. You can purchase lotion to guard against sea lice but it didn't stop them from stinging me.

The guests sit together for meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). While we were staying on Navini there was one long table of about 12 guests. The island's owner/s traditionally join the guests for dinner each night. When all of the island's 10 bures are being used there might be two or three long tables of guests. You can request to have dinner served to you on the beach for special occasions. You can also request to sit alone in the dining room, but this is not usual. The guests get to know each other and tend to meet in the dining room for pre dinner drinks/cocktails. The rest of the time, with the exception of morning excursions, guests tend to enjoy private time pursuing their own interests, whether it be lazing on a sun lounge, snorkeling, using the boats etc.

Many guests return to Navini Island, some year after year over many years. We intend to return to Navini Island next year and this time we will stay for two weeks.

Room Tip: For the first 5 days we stayed in Premier Buree 7 on the south side. This was absolutely perfect. We...
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Navini Island | Western Division, Fiji
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Region: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Navini Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Navini Island
Price Range: £283 - £283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Navini Island Resort is a small private island resort in Fiji, just one hour from Nadi Airport. Guests are met on arrival, transferred at any time, takes 1 hour. Navini is surrounded by white sand and a magnificent coral reef sanctuary. All 10 bures are beachfront, four types including Family Villa, Deluxe Premier with outside daybed, Two Room and Premier. Complimentary daily outings and use of water sports equipment. No day trippers. Fresh fish, fruits, local and traditional meals; fully licensed restaurant. Fijian entertainment. ... more   less 
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