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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Yasawa Islands

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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 affordable 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 holiday 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, spearfishing 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 that 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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More About Budget Accommodation in the Yasawa Islands

That’s it for the best budget accommodations in the Yasawa Islands. You might also want to check out the 10 Best Budget Resorts in Fiji. Plus, don’t forget to bookmark The Complete Travel Guide to Fiji on a Budget. Trust us, there’s a lot of useful tips in there!


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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