Where to Stay in the Yasawa Islands on a Budget
Staying in paradise doesn’t mean you have to pay a premium. The Yasawa Islands are known for being a budget and backpacker destination in Fiji where you can hop between islands and discover the local culture at an afforable price. First you’ll need to take water transport to get there – see our 5 Ways to Get to the Yasawa Islands – then you’ll just need to pick your budget accommodation in the Yasawa Islands, where your activities and food will also be sorted.
While you’re here, don’t miss our Guide to the Yasawa Islands on a Budget.
1. Barefoot Kuata Island Resort
Catering to all types of budget traveller, Barefoot Kuata is well worth considering for your budget stay in the Yasawas. With two types of six-bed dorms, private double rooms and family bures (bungalows) on the beachfront, you’ll certainly get that island feel. While there’s a wide range of free activities to do, the most iconic activities are snorkelling and scuba diving with sharks.
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2. Naqalia Lodge
Super affordable dorms, tent sites and garden bures await at Naqalia Lodge on Wayalailai Island. 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, spear fishing or handline fishing, snorkelling, surfing and much more! The lodge even offers wedding packages should you want to spend your special day in paradise. Check out 10 Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts in the Yasawa Islands for more information.
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3. Mantaray Island Resort
Flashpackers set your sights on the glorious Mantaray Island Resort. While the resort offers mid-range private bures, their Paradise Dorm is a great option for budget travellers. The 32-bed dorm has private alcoves of bunks with air-conditioning – pretty fancy for a backpacker! Meals are a little pricier than what’s available at other resorts but Mantaray Island is definitely worth it for a “treat yourself” stay!
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4. Barefoot Manta Island Resort
Budget travellers can get in on the Barefoot Manta action by staying in one of the Sunrise Beach Dorms, double bures or family rooms. Each accommodation captures the essence of island life giving you a more authentic experience. The resort is popular for its manta ray snorkelling trips (in season), scuba diving and conservation. The island does offer a few land adventures too, such as abseiling and mountain hikes.
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5. Boathouse Nanuya
If you need a place to refresh, head to Boathouse Nanuya. Convenience is everything here, as it’s the only resort in the Yasawas with an ATM, convenience store, sports bar and day spa. That’s not to say that you won’t get a chance to go fishing, kayak or visit the famous Sawa-i-Lau Caves! When it comes to accommodation, choose between fresh-looking dorms (no bunks!) and twin rooms.
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6. Nabua Lodge
Unplug and rejuvenate at the affordable Nabua Lodge on Nacula Island. With only nine bures, it never feels too crowded at Nabua. Choose between dorm rooms and private lodges suitable for couples and families. The resort has no cellphone reception and runs off a generator which is switched off late at night, giving you the opportunity to truly unwind from the world. Activities at the lodge include beach volleyball, coconut husking, cultural lessons, fish feeding, guided walks, kayaking and snorkelling.
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7. Octopus Resort
A wide range of travellers can be found enjoying the lively events and activities at the Octopus Resort. As well as their mid-range bures, the resort also offers something for budget travellers with Daves Dorm and budget private double rooms. Budget travellers get all 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.
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8. Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
Stay in Charlie’s Dormitory or one of the budget villas for couples or families at the crowd-pleasing Blue Lagoon Beach Resort. The laidback resort is ideal for doing as much or as little as you want: visit Fijian villages, school or church, be entertained with quiz nights and crab racing, see the Sawa-i-Lau Caves, snorkel or stand-up paddleboard, or simply relax on the beach.
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9. Safe Landing Eco-Lodge
Fresh and comfortable dorms, double rooms and family bures await at the Safe Landing Eco-Lodge. See what Fiji time is all about at this relaxing resort with a beach, bar and authentic Fijian meals. Taste a lovo – food cooked in an underground oven – and try other Fijian delicacies at this resort that’s all about relaxing and great food.
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10. Sunrise Lagoon Homestay
Aside from lodges and resorts, another incredibly affordable option for budget travellers is homestays. Sunrise Lagoon Homestays provides six-bed dormitories and doubles with breakfast included and FJ$15 per meal. You will be staying in a real Fijian village where culture is at the centre of this experience. Check out our 10 Budget Homestays in the Yasawa Islands for more options.
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