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Waidroka Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Korovisilou
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Surfers & Divers wanted...”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

The WBR website accurately reflects what the resort looks like. It's a decent quiet space with very little neighbors by land or water, over and down a hill via a winding path from the main road. The resort is well kept and maintained, the views are awesome across the water and from any vantage point whether it be up by the panorama rooms or down to the docks.

The rooms and overall facilities are clean and 'new' showing maintenance and care. I probably had a nap every day, and found the beds to be comfortable. There's no tv, not needed I hope and a small fridge. Their rental dive and surf gear is good as I traveled light with my reg, mask and fins only. They operate three boats, due to conditions I was on the largest one the entire trip.

Taking their meal plan; 3 square meals a day with a menu for breakfast and lunch and the chef's varying offers for a 3 course dinner. I found their food to be very good, solid to pack carbs and proteins (even for the boat lunches on 3 dive days), and good offerings of fish and super tasty rich desserts for dinner. They have a nice offering of spirits, local beers and Australian wines as well.

Dinner is family/cafeteria style which is great. As with any trip/vacation there's an openness to listen and share with your fellow visitors and hosts. My October trip wasn't very crowded, regardless I'm so thankful for the amazing and kind people I did get to meet. The staff and service are great and helpful all around, and would be a key to my choosing to go back to WBR.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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WAIDROKA, General Manager at Waidroka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 16 November 2013
Bula Myung,

How nice to hear from you :) Thanks for taking time out and writing a great, straightforward review - we really appreciate it. You really were part of the family when you were here that's for sure and we had a great time diving with you (good call on doing 2 shark dives by the way). We still haven't seen the Tiger yet, but will keep you posted when we do.

See you back here again sometime soon!
Vinaka Vakelevu
Paul, Kirsti & the Waidroka Crew
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Me and my boyfriend spent 10 days at Waidroka - Best trip away. Beautiful weather, people, and staff.
We went on boat trips out to Frigates where the water was the clearest blue I have ever seen, heaps of coral and fish. My boyfriend surfs - was real good 8 days out of the 10. One day in particular at Fiji Pipe being the stand out.
Everyone has been amazing, definitely not a place to come if your not an above average surfer, you dont like long boat trips or you would get sea sick.
Its like a little family here - staff and managers are amazing. I cant say I have ever been to a more tropical and prefect secluded paradise in my life and we will definitely come back here.
10/10 for everything! Yew. xxx

Room Tip: The bures are awesome. Little cabins with coolest bed - bamboo mosquito nets, hammocks and cool balc...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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WAIDROKA, General Manager at Waidroka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 16 November 2013
Bula Amanda (and Whitty) :)
Thanks for posting such a great review here for us - much appreciated! We're all really glad you enjoyed your stay here at Waidroka... we definitely enjoyed hosting you (and making you Mojito's). The nicest thing is that you enjoyed our 'home away from home' atmosphere, which is something all of the staff pride themselves in achieving, so thanks for mentioning that.

We are all looking forward to seeing you guys here again (even Dogg, who is stoked about the 'Dogs with eyebrows' post!

Vinaka Vakelevu
Paul, Kirsti, Joel, Cyd and the rest of the Waidroka Crew!
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

I spent a wonderful ten days at Waidroka with my 16 year old son - very hard to leave. Nestled in a secluded tropical bay Waidroka Resort has everything you need for a relaxing holiday without the pretentiousness and fuss (and price) of higher profile resorts. We surfed every day with a fantastic guide who made sure we were in the best possible place to get the most of our holiday. The accommodation, food, service and facilities were excellent. Two special things to mention. Firstly the staff are very very friendly and capable (especially the local Fijian staff) which contributes to the the second thing. The atmosphere at the resort is very friendly - guests introduce themselves to each other on arrival, they mix throughout the day relating stories of their days activities as well as their lives, families and travels. The evening dinner is a a special event with guests sitting together at large tables swapping seats throughout the night.
These things make a holiday a holiday - you can't buy it, and a resort can't 'make it' happen - it is just the result of wonderful people in a wonderful place.

Room Tip: All the rooms were great - we stayed in the cheaper rooms that were a short walk away from the main...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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WAIDROKA, General Manager at Waidroka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 26 October 2013
Bula Chris & Peter,

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review Chris- it is much appreciated by everybody here :)

We are super happy that you enjoyed the service of our staff (especially the local staff) who, as you say are extremely friendly and capable.

Thanks for mentioning our atmosphere and communal dinners - everybody seems to really enjoy the social aspect of the resort and it's great to see that this is recommended and truly a good experience.

Hope to see you both again next year!
Paul, Kirsti and the Waidroka Crew
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Kooringal
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

My family and I were part of a group of eleven which included 4 teenagers. The service we received from the staff was excellent, always helpful and friendly. The bures were spacious clean and comfortable with a great view from the deck. Most of our group were surfers but there was plenty to do for the non surfers. Good snorkelling in the lagoon, SUP's and kayaks. There were also plenty of tours to go on if you wanted. The four teenagers were newly qualified divers and the dive instructor Joey took good care of them, they did some great dive's including the shark dive at Beqa Island. I would recommend that non divers go along on the dive trips as there is plenty to see just snorkelling. Frigates was an excellent day out for all of us, the surf was good and the snorkelling around the reef is spectacular. A highlight of the trip for many of us was a visit to a local school that had been arranged by Cyd, the surf operations manager. The spirit and enthusiasm of the children and staff was inspirational despite the poor condition of the school. I would thoroughly recommend Waidroka Bay to those that love the ocean and are happy in an informal relaxed atmosphere where you meet like minded people without the bling of the big resorts.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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WAIDROKA, General Manager at Waidroka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 26 October 2013
Bula Philippa,
We enjoyed having the Morton Crew here loads :) Thanks for descending on us all together, we had a great time with all of you guys... Hope you saw the facebook pictures of the shark dive. We're all really glad you enjoyed the service and the helpful friendly attitude of all the staff here. We are looking for a 'home away from home' atmosphere here at the resort and hopefully we achieved that with you guys.

Great that you enjoyed the school visit - we are looking to make that a more regular thing going forward.

Vinaka
Paul, Kirsti and the Waidroka Crew
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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed the hospitality of all staff during our stay. As the resort is focused on diving and surfing (when we were there, an Australian surfing pro hosted a surf camp here), don't expect a huge amount of room amenities like widescreen TVs, etc. For a couple of quiet days with a few dives and to unstress, this is a great place.

A couple of tips: diving and surfing is great. Ask if you can join in surfing trips to Frigades or do a shark dive (staff will contact you). Also, the resort does not come cheap but with dedicated and knowledgeable staff.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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WAIDROKA, General Manager at Waidroka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
Bula DJ and Shangita,

Thanks so much for posting your review - especially during your ongoing adventure :)
We are all so glad that you both enjoyed your stay here at Waidroka Bay Resort - especially the Frigates trip. We enjoyed having you guys here very much. Enjoy your onward travels to Australia and New Zealand.
Warm regards and Vinaka
Paul, Kirsti and the Waidroka Crew.
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Coolum Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Great place for activity minded individuals and couples. The caring staff caters well for the kids too, but it is not. After a bit of fine tuning with the chef's, the food was great and Andy the surf tour guide is very much the waterman, with a good idea of the best waves and an extensive background in all things fishing and boating.
Make sure you do the day tour up the waterfall valley (Forgot the name sorry). After the traditional village guff (Not my bag) and they try and tap you to buy trinkets, it is truly an incredible experience!!!
I went with a few school friends and we all had a ball and made some great new friends too. I look forward to heading back one day and enjoying the great waves, fantastic snorkelling, fishing and friendly, caring staff.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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WAIDROKA, General Manager at Waidroka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 2 October 2013
Bula Chris,

We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and made some new friends here at Waidroka :). Thank you for taking the time to post the review, we really appreciate it. Glad you took advantage of everything we had to offer - surfing, fishing, diving and a great tour with Jewel of Fiji...
Hope to see you back here again someday soon!
Vinaka
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

I was not staying at Waidroka but at another resort whose dive shop is now closed. So I came in each day to dive. I wanted to do some easy fun diving and to do my advanced training. I had a choice of two resorts to dive and on gut instinct, chose this one. I got it right because I later did a day of diving at the Warwick (the alternative ) which I did not find anywhere near as enjoyable as Waidroka.

The divemasters Gus and Joey were helpful and fun and I felt safe and happy with them at all times. The diving was great (including the shark dive) even though some days were quite rough. One day, we even went out to the divesite in rain and a rough sea with great yellow trawler-fisherman raincoats over our wetsuits. What a sight!! And fun. I had come over on a full moon and there were also some very heavy currents at some of the dive sites. The boatman Ponti was fabulous too. Very skilled and very helpful. And thank you also to Kirsti for her assistance in organising things. I am on a restricted diet and the kitchen provided some appropriate great snacks for me too with no problems. (The other divers had good tucker too with some great looking muffins and hot chocolate).
A great place to dive. Thnaks everyone. I may come back to stay not just to dive.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank 03Victoria
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WAIDROKA, General Manager at Waidroka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 2 October 2013
Hi Victoria,

Glad to see you made it home safe and sound. Thanks for taking the time to write this review we really appreciate it. We are so happy that you enjoyed your 'adventure' diving with us - we certainly enjoyed hosting you even if it was just for the diving. Ponti, Gus & Joey send their regards..

Our hot chocolate and muffins are supposed to be a secret by the way ;)

Warm regards from everybody here at Waidroka
Paul & Kirsti
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Property: Waidroka Bay Resort
Address: Deuba, Korovisilou, Viti Levu 323, Fiji
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Region: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Korovisilou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Korovisilou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Waidroka Bay Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Where tropical rainforest meets the Pacific Ocean nestles a tranquil Boutique Resort, offering an absolute adventure into Fiji's culture combined with worldclass SURFING - DIVING - FISHING and everything else the ocean has to offer. The perfect combination of pure relaxation and exhilarating action, Waidroka Bay Resort offers mind-blowing Surfing at Frigates Passage and many other breaks like famous Pipe or Serua Rights, world class Diving at the famous Bega Lagoon & Reef, as well as shark diving, Game- & Sport Fishing, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Rainforest-Trekking and all that is expected of a Fijian oceanfront adventurer paradise. Famous Fijian hospitality and smiles, a variety of beautiful accommodation, great food, stunning views, exhilarating activities on the highest level and a dream location conveniently located on the main island, Viti Levu, only 2 hours distance from the airport and 20 minutes away from the 'Adventure Capital' of Pacific Harbour - yet totally secluded in the midst of the rainforest on our own private Lagoon. Waidroka Bay Resort is a true haven for those seeking a home away from home combined with an intimate and private boutique experience and atmosphere. ... more   less 
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