Homestays & Resorts with Great Food in the Yasawa Islands
Food doesn’t get fresher than in the Yasawa Islands of Fiji! Due to the remote location of this island group found on the west side of Fiji, villagers and resorts rely on the local land and sea for their food, meaning that a stay in the Yasawas is going to be met with fresh seafood and vegetables grown on each island’s plantation. But what we get most excited about are the experiences surrounding food in the Yasawas, with accommodations offering cooking lessons, garden tours, fishing and much more. We’ll guide you through it in this list of accommodation in the Yasawa Islands for foodies!
While you’re here, don’t miss our The Foodie Guide to the Yasawa Islands.
1. Turtle Island Fiji
Let’s start with a foodie’s paradise – and a paradise for anyone for that matter. Turtle Island Fiji is a five-star private island resort sourcing some of its own food from its very own 5-acre (2ha) vege garden open for guests to experience with the local gardeners. That’s only the start of the foodie experiences available, with “Dinner Parties” in a different location on the island each night, a private pontoon dining experience, traditional Fijian lovo night, a sunrise Champagne breakfast and much more! Those staying on the luxury island will reside in one of 14 spacious villas with a view and a bar stocked with drinks and fresh fruit. Learn more about the activities available in our 10 Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands for Foodies.
2. Nanuya Island Resort
Food is a core part of the experience at the Nanuya Island Resort – a “celebration of the tastebuds”. Unlike many other resorts of the region, Nanuya offers a la carte dining at their Tabau Restaurant giving guests choice for their palette and budget. Many of their ingredients are grown on their own plantation, which is open for tours. Otherwise, foodie guests can enjoy the cultural experience, such as a kava ceremony – a welcoming ceremony involving drinking a narcotic drink. Accommodation consists of well-appointed bure (bungalows) for two to four guests.
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3. Navutu Stars Resort
The luxury adult-only resort is renowned for its restaurant dining, most of which is al fresco to enjoy the stunning island scenery around you. Choose either a meal package or a la carte dining during your stay, including an extensive vegetarian menu. As the resort mainly caters to couples, you’ll find plenty of romantic dining experiences for two, from a private dinner under the stars to a beach picnic made up of anything you choose off the lunch menu. In between indulging, guests will stay in one of their three types of romantic and luxurious bures.
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4. Paradise Cove Resort
Enjoy impeccably-presented plates at the Black Rock restaurant of Paradise Cove Resort. The menu offers a creative range of Fijian-international fusion: think island burgers with cassava fries, fish tacos, fresh fish salad and more! On the agenda for foodies is also Fijian cooking lessons, kava ceremonies on Friday nights and handline fishing. The mid-range to premium resort offers villas for couples and families. For more accommodation like this, check out our 10 Family Resorts in the Yasawa Islands.
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5. Yasawa Island Resort & Spa
Give your tastebuds a holiday they’ll never forget at the Yasawa Island Resort. The five-star all-inclusive resort includes all food, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. With their adult-only policy for most of the year, dreamy Honeymoon suite and a wealth of private dining experiences for couples, this could be your dream honeymoon destination. On top of that, activities revolving around cuisine involve cooking demonstrations, a kava ceremony and indulgent beach picnics.
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6. Mantaray Island Resort
Travel the world with the menu of the Mantaray Island Resort, with a la carte menus of European, Indian, Asian and, of course, Fijian cuisine. If anything, you’ll want to stay just for the food. What’s more, you won’t need to worry about the bill with their compulsory meal packages. A highlight activity for foodies is the Fijian cooking class with the resort’s executive chef. In terms of accommodation, Mantaray is open to all types of traveller, from families to budgeting backpackers. Rooms are simple yet stylish!
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7. Naqalia Lodge
For those on a budget and want to have some more local experiences, consider one of the dorms, tent sites or garden bures at the Naqalia Lodge. It’s a must for the adventurous foodie! Join the Naqalia family for handline or spearfishing to catch your own dinner or learn how to cook food using traditional Fijian cooking methods in their popular cooking lesson. See more options like this in our 10 Budget Accommodation in the Yasawa Islands.
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8. Yasawa Islands Homestays
For the most authentic foodie experience on the islands, consider staying in a Fijian village. Homestays involve staying in the spare bure or room of a local where eating with the family (or being prepared meals before the family eats as part of local customs) is a highlight of the experience. You’ll appreciate the simplicity of island life and their food which is rich in flavours and traditions. Check out our list of 10 Budget Homestays in the Yasawa Islands for homestay recommendations.
9. Barefoot Manta Island Resort
In theme with the charmingly Fijian feel of the resort, the cuisine of the Barefoot Manta Resort represents the flavours of Fiji with local fresh fish, mouthwatering curries and more. Don’t miss their Saturday night/afternoon Fijian affair, starting with weaving dinner plates, a Fijian cooking lesson then a grand lovo feast! Accommodation is budget to mid-range offering rugged luxury.
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10. Botaira Island Resort
Book yourself into one of the spacious and airy bures of the Botaira Island Resort and enjoy one of the Yasawa’s best beaches right on your doorstep. But getting to the foodie stuff, don’t miss their eco-garden tour to see how locals grow their magnificent array of fruit and vegetables on the island.