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“Tropical Paradise Getaway” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tavarua Island Resort

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Tavarua Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tavarua Island
Coffs Harbour Australia
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14 reviews
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“Tropical Paradise Getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

To celebrate our 2nd Wedding Anniversary we travelled to Tavarua Island Resort - Fiji for some relaxation and of course surfing for hubby. We loved the Resort, the tropical surrounds, pristine water and of course the easy access to the surf breaks by boat. Unfortunately the beginning of our holiday did not go to plan and due to flight cancellations in Sydney by Fiji Air, we did not make our transfer by ferry to the Island and had to spend a night in Nadi, making our way out to the resort the next morning. Please ensure you wrap your non water proof valuables in plastic as we had an open boat - rough water, wind and sea spray drenching us to the bone. There is no landing or jetty to get into or off the boat, so shorts and thongs are required as you wade in to at least knee depth water to get in or out - which can be tricky when you have bad weather like we did on arrival. In good weather conditions the trip is fun. When we landed at Tavarua the crew of the boat dropped us onto a beach and said they would take our luggage and off they went out to sea again?! No one told us where to go or what we should do which was perplexing at the time. We could see a path so followed it until we got to the buildings and found the office. We were totally drenched through (maybe wear your swimmers when seas are rough,) so all we wanted to do was freshen up before finding some breakfast. The receptionist informed us our room was not ready??!! What - we actually had paid for the Saturday night (non-refundable cost!) and had not been able to cancel this due to the short notice of flight cancellations. We were absolutely astounded and given towels and told to go to the Restaurant and wait and hour or so! Our room had some guests moved into it for some reason which was never explained to us and considering we had paid the Resort for the nights accommodation - not really acceptable and extremely disappointing considering the cost per night. Apparently friends have informed us that when you arrive as scheduled in a group there is a lovely welcoming ceremony and you receive a shell necklace. Although I mentioned this fact to reception a few times and was assured I would get one on the Kava night later in the week, (a great highlight,) nothing ever happened. I don't need a shell necklace, but it is the principal of how we were treated just because we were late arrivals - through no fault of our own. We finally made it to the Bure and they are very clean and comfortable. The air conditioning works well and the room is spacious and not located too close to other Bures. The deck looks out to the beautiful tropical gardens and ocean - amazing photo opportunities, especially if you score a cloudless sunset which we finally got on our last night. No one ever gave us an orientation about the Resort so luckily there was a good reference in the Bure we read and also asked other guests. We missed a few activities as no one told us there was a notice board near the coffee table to refer to about trips and weather conditions. We had a fantastic time and met some great people from all over the world, friends we made actually got engaged while we were there. The surf was great (not too big,) but make sure you listen for the wooden gong the boat crew hit when a surf boat is leaving for the breaks, other wise you could miss it. The food is yummy, a lot of fresh fish (some of the guests caught,) but some of the local Fijian staff are hesitant to give you too much - just keep your plate there and ask for more if you want and they will serve it to you. The appetizers are served at 5.00pm and make sure you are there early as they don't make enough to give each guest a plate. Not sure why? The Island is a paradise and easy to walk or stand up paddle around, depending on the wind and tides. The pool can get very busy especially when there are a lot of families with children staying at the Resort. The massages are amazing and everyone should indulge in being pampered by the magic hands of the Resort masseuse. She was one of the best I have enjoyed and I have had many a massage all over the world. Yes, this resort is idyllic and on a magical Island in Fiji where you can just do as much or little as you please, enjoy the tropical weather and get away from shopping, cooking and cleaning - a perfect holiday. The only disappointment we had was the lack of communication from the staff (not the Fijian staff who always had a "Bula!" for you,) who tended to stick together and not socialise very much with the guests. The on-site medic was the exception and he made the effort to get around to talk with most guests. (They rotate medics on the Island but it's a comfort to know someone has medical knowledge when you are fairly isolated.) There was talk of an Island to Island stand up paddle but it was changed to a paddle to a surf break which was not what we requested to do. We also requested the possibility of getting some yoga classes which never happened. Having visited quite a few other surf Resorts recently the main thing we noticed was the Manager did not make himself known to some guests (we met him on the second last day and he wasn't even aware of who we were, our late arrival and circumstances,) and was only interested in entertaining and talking to his personnel friends that were visiting that week. This was evident the whole time and surprised us completely as other resorts of this size and style have Manager's who are focused on making sure all their guests are being looked after. Luckily we are a very social couple and enjoyed the week, but in comparison to the service we have experienced around the world, this was the stand out difference as the welcome and interaction from Management was unfortunately not forth coming. Be advised though, if you are making a trip because of a special occasion - we had to try and do our own celebrations for our Wedding Anniversary as the resort doesn't cater for that. Overall - we had a wonderful time and absolutely loved our week away and are missing the lifestyle of Island living!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

tavarua is absolutely amazing , truly a perfect place. not sure how anyone could find a problem here. epic surf all around you, and the price is not even bad if you consider what they offer. try staying on the mainland and paying for individual boat rides out to the surf and by the end of the day you spend the same amount of money for way less quality experience. tavarua is worth the money to be on location when conditions change, and to surf 3-4 times a day instead of once. dont even hesitate to throw down the cash, you wont regret it! even if you dont surf this place is worthy, incredible water and resort. the local staff are amazing....rawanga, joy, dani, james and everyone. the surf guides kaeo , trevor, sean, chad, nate, and jerrod all rip and are helpful and capable. cant wait to come back to tavarua. bula and vinaka !!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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nyc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

As a gift to my surfer hubby, I managed to get a somewhat difficult resi on Tavarua with a couple of months notice.
Unfortunately for tourists, and great and fair for the locals,Tavarua no longer has exclusive rights to Cloudbreak and the other reefs. But it's still epic and not too badly crowded.(depending on day and swell)
Big Bummer: you are still paying top dollar to be there despite loss of exclusivity, which is a little lame. But it's a beautiful little island with super nice staff, great owners, and yummy good for you food (tho woe is you who takes too much on the first pass at the buffet, you will get a stink face. Hold your ground and ask for more anyway)
You will meet amazing like-minded people from all over the world, the shelling is epic, the kava is strong, the grounds are lovely, the pool is perfect with perfect view.
It's communal. Not exactly romantic. Don't forget to pack your personality. This place is way more fun if you get to know people.
Take extra money to buy some pearls, great sarongs and Tavarua hats in the gift shop...and for your drinks.

All in all, not typical end to a honeymoon, but we're not typical couple. And we spent first week in kinda typical over the top honeymoon place. We just wanted to get over to Tavarua. Jamie, the owners super cool wife, had one of the boatmen take us out to private strip of sand in middle of the ocean that turns into heavenly little beach as the tide goes down. We had an hour to, ahem, have fun,
Tavarua was worth it for street cred alone, but definitely amazing on many levels ;)

Room Tip: Ask for a bure at the the end of the strand if you want privacy and a bit more quiet
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lisaenyc
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Bali
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

The guys here did it up right. We stayed here back when the whole thing was special access, but I hear they are letting anyone surf here now. That's OK, Fiji needs to do what it has to. One word of caution: be very careful traveling alone, especially late at night. The Fijians have a bad reputation for mugging and aren't afraid to hurt tourists for their money. Be careful of locals that offer help. Fiji is not like Bali or Costa Rica where everyone is nice.

That being said, you will not have that problem on Tavarua. It is a small island and everyone there is extremely nice and playful. Of course, if you hit Cloudbreak on a good day, it can be the trip of your life. We surfed Tavarua Rights as well and had a blast

The staff is great here and they are willing to take you to the breaks whenever you want. Take their advice, however, as they know when the swell is hitting the best. If it's big, they'll motor around in jet skis to help out and rescue anyone who gets into trouble. Coudbreak breaks over sharp reef so be careful.

The food was also excellent, which is good because there are no other options. The pool area is great and relaxing as is the walk around the island, which you can do in about 15-20 minutes. The individual bungalows were very clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chelsea
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2013

This trip was amazing. We got a bus from Nadi to the pick for Tavarua. We were welcomed by the local village people selling bits and pieces at the shore line. The locals carried our bags to the boat that would transfer our things to the island. You had to wade through the water to get on the boat, but really, if this is worth complaining about then you should'nt be going. Common sense is to put your valuables in a plastic bag or carry them with you. The island itself was great. It was a communal eating area. You got to socialize with all of the other guests. We meet some really nice people. There was a large variety of food and plenty of it. This trip was for my husband to go surfing, me to relax and our daughter to have a trip away. My husband went surfing every morning and I went one morning and got some amazing photos. Cloud Break is very well known within the surfing world. Just be mindful that although the food is supplied the alcohol is not. Everything is in us dollars and your end bill can be a bit costly if you dont keep tab of it. you can take your own alcohol (not preferred by management) and there is a mini bar fridge in your room. The rooms were cleaned everyday. They were spacious, had air conditioning and ceiling fans. We did not struggle at night to sleep at all. There are hammocks for your to read on, water sport equipment to use as well. My husband and daughter went fishing and caught some big yellow fin tuna fish that was given to the village. The local women will gladly keep your children occupied for a small amount of money to give you a break. A break to get a massage or facial from the beauty shop on the island. I had a relaxing time and felt refreshed when I got home. We will be going back in the near future. my husband surfed everyday in serious surf as well as surfed with his daughter on the break out the front. 10/10 for a holiday destination.

Room Tip: Excellent destination for couples and families.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Hoffin
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Malibu, California
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1,057 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

Still smiling about this solo surf trip! Expensive, really expensive but epic destination.
10 hour flight or so, pick-up at airport, couple hours hanging out at a local hotel waiting for bus & panga ride to Tavarua. Bus & panga is an hour or so.

Arrive, check-in and out to Restaurants--- A world class surf break right in front of your bure.
Cloudbreak and other breaks are short panga rides.
Surf Report: I went off-season: flat 2 days, scary big at CB 1 day and head high plus all the other days. Never crowded--- less then 12 people or so in line-up. Like surfin with best bros...hooting each other.

Family style dining so Everyone gets to know each other: solo surfers, couples & families.
(Only about 35 people when I was there). Food is excellent--- not bunk surfer style but not foodie gourmet either.

Rooms are a little underwhelming: threadbare sheets and cracked bathroom tiles. Rooms definitely need updating but nothing that would totally turn-off a spouse. Geckos in room at night and hiss-- kinda weird. No bug/ mosquito problems while I was there.
Pool is nice and relaxing and you get a killer view of restaurants surf break right there!
Return is the same, hanging for a couple hours before flight back to USA.
Way, way worth it!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank SanMo
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Perth
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

Beautiful small island. 30 minute boat transfer in an open boat without any life jackets offered or even safety brief for passengers. Suggest plan before and have your kids with their own. Luggage is carried in same or other open boat and is hand carried from shore to boat and back both ends - risk of being dropped in water or getting wet in boat (as ours did)- pack all valuable contents in ziplock or similar. Transfer requires wading in water at both ends so wear something on your feet as rocks and coral is sharp. Wonderful snorkeling, Stand-Up Paddle Boards and sights. Surfing is apparently amazing.TC Evans messed up our trip a lot so did not get full advantage and unable to get any Scuba Diving. Very laid back resort, locals are very friendly.

Room Tip: Only two options the larger or smaller Villa's (Beach Bure). Take your own first aid kits etc...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank Mike R
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Property: Tavarua Island Resort
Address: Tavarua Island, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Tavarua Island
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Number of rooms: 10
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