The Best Resorts for Backpacking in Fiji
Get the true South Pacific experience by backpacking through Fiji. Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, and the dreamy island chains of the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands are well set-up for backpackers thanks to many resorts offering dorm rooms. Of course, there are always ways to get well and truly off the beaten track in Fiji, so check out The Complete Travel Guide to Fiji on a Budget to see Fiji’s less-visited regions. Either way, you’ll have a blast experiencing a resort getaway in Fiji without having to pay a premium. Start planning for backpacking in Fiji with this list of the best backpacker resorts in Fiji.
1. The Beachhouse
Easy to get to on Fiji’s main island along the beaches of the Coral Coast, The Beachhouse is backpacker paradise. Stay in the dorm rooms of The Lodge or treat yourself to one of the Frangipani Rooms with an ensuite garden bathroom. The backpacker resort offers a wealth of free, cheap and paid experiences from fishing to island trips; scuba diving to jungle treks. At the end of the day, enjoy the cultural dancing and nightlife, as well as sundowners with like-minded travellers. Compare this accommodation with others in the 9 Best Budget Accommodations on the Coral Coast.
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2. Mantaray Island Resort
Although Mantaray Island Resort offers a mid-range resort experience, their Paradise Dorm allows backpackers to get in on the action. The 32-bed dorm has private alcoves of bunks with air-conditioning, giving you a good night’s rest between swimming with manta rays or, well, relaxing on the beach. Meals are a little pricier than what’s available at other backpacker resorts in the Yasawa Islands but Mantaray Island is definitely worth it for a “treat yourself” stay! Plus, we feature them in the 10 Resorts in Fiji Where You Can Swim with Manta Rays.
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- Mantaray Island Resort on Booking.com
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3. Naqalia Lodge
One of the most underrated backpacker resorts in Fiji, also in the Yasawa Islands, Naqalia Lodge offers super affordable dorms and tent sites. In between dining on Fijian, Western and traditional lovo included in the meal packages, guests can get stuck into island hikes, shark feeding, kayak tours, spearfishing, handline fishing, snorkelling, surfing and more! Include this resort with others in your Yasawa island-hopping trip, listed in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Yasawa Islands.
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4. Funky Fish Beach & Surf Resort
Situated on Malolo Island in the Mamanucas and surrounded by some of Fiji’s best surf breaks, Funky Fish Beach & Surf Resort caters to both backpackers and surfers. Enjoy the chilled out atmosphere around the pool and bar, head to the beach just mere moments away, and take up the opportunity to do free activities including kayaking, beach volleyball, hiking and swimming. After it all, kick back in their super affordable dorms and private rooms. For more options in the Mamancuas, see the 5 Best Budget Accommodations in the Mamanuca Islands.
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- Funky Fish Beach & Surf Resort on Booking.com
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- Funky Fish Beach & Surf Resort on Expedia
5. Bamboo Backpackers
Many backpackers’ go-to when first arriving in Nadi, home of Fiji’s international airport, is the fun and affordable Bamboo Backpackers. The beachfront resort at Wailoaloa Beach offers airport transfers straight to their resort complete with a pool, cheap eats at Cafe Bamboo, a beach bar with live Fijian music, and more. Also expect the occasional kava party, volleyball sessions and affordable island excursions. Check out more accommodation like this in the 7 Best Backpacker Resorts in Nadi and the 10 Best Hostels in Fiji.
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6. Uprising Beach Resort
Your one and only backpacker resort in Fiji’s “Adventure Capital”, the Pacific Harbour, is the Uprising Beach Resort. The Tree House Dormitory with a shared bathroom allows you to save big bucks on accommodation while having access to all of the resort’s facilities, such as an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a rugby field, a restaurant, a beach bar, a massage bure (bungalow) and free use of beach sports equipment like kayaks, beach volleyball, snorkelling gear, etc. All in all, there’s never a dull moment here! See how the Uprising Beach Resort compares to other stays nearby in the 5 Best Budget Accommodations on the Pacific Harbour & Beqa.
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- Uprising Beach Resort on Booking.com
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- Uprising Beach Resort on Expedia
7. Beachcomber Island Resort
Beachcomber Island Resort is set on a staple picture-perfect island of Fiji, with a lush palm centre lined by white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to get to from Port Denarau, the Anchorage Beach Resort at Vuda Point or Lautoka, as one of the closest of the Mamanuca Islands to the mainland. There are mixed and female dorms available, as well as a whole menu of experiences including scuba diving, fishing and some free land and sea activities.
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- Beachcomber Island Resort on Booking.com
- Beachcomber Island Resort on Trip.com
- Beachcomber Island Resort on Expedia
8. Mana Lagoon Backpackers
One of the most affordable all-inclusive accommodations in the Mamanucas, and in Fiji for that matter, the Mana Lagoon Backpackers is your true backpacker experience. Choose from dorms and tent sites or private double, twin or three-bed rooms all with three meals and airport transfers included in the rate! The social backpackers has lots of free activities on offer, like snorkelling, volleyball and fishing. Plus, the hostel is close to a Fijian village giving you the opportunity to mingle with the locals (just remember your village etiquette).
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9. Octopus Resort
A wide range of travellers can be found enjoying the lively events and activities at the Octopus Resort, including backpackers. As well as their more lavish bures, the resort also offers something for budget travellers with Daves Dorm and budget private double rooms. No matter which room you choose to stay, all guests get the benefits of a mid-range Fiji resort with an action-packed itinerary of free and cheap activities to get stuck into from yoga to guided walks to crab racing. There’s also the option to scuba dive, visit villages or simply lounge by the pool with a cocktail. Oh yeah, and this is yet another backpacker resort in the Yasawa Islands.
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10. Maravu Lodge
Finally, if you’re adventurous enough to travel to the less-visited “garden island” of Taveuni, then consider a stay at Maravu Lodge. The resort-style lodge has a communal dining area, a restaurant and a swimming pool, as well as a place to stay in their affordable dorm rooms. Based in Matei, the lodge is a short walk from the town’s shops, eateries and beaches. You can also book a number of free or paid activities at the front desk. See more like this in 7 Best Budget Accommodations in Taveuni.