Cheap Accommodation on Vanua Levu
If you’d rather spend more on exploring Fiji’s lesser-known island of Vanua Levu than paying top price to stay within the confines of a luxury resort then this is the list for you. Vanua Levu is blessed with a number of affordable resorts, hotels and lodges from within the bustling towns of Labasa, Savusavu and along isolated stretches of Vanua Levu’s beachfront. As you’ll see from this list of budget accommodation on Vanua Levu, you don’t have to spend much to spend time in paradise.
While you’re here, get more tips from our The Guide to Vanua Levu on a Budget. Plus, find out your best options for getting to Fiji’s second-largest island with our 6 Ways to Get to Vanua Levu (& Get Around Vanua Levu).
1. Sigasiga Sands Resort
For one of the best-value resorts on Vanua Levu, consider Sigasiga Sands. Stay in your own private cottage among trimmed lawns peppered with palms, tropical flowers and just a few steps away from the beach. You’ll struggle to find a more peaceful place on Savusavu Bay, where there’s the opportunity to do as much or as little as you like. Hire two bikes or kayaks for around FJ$10 a day, make use of the extensive collection of sports equipment, take a bush walk through 40ha (99 acres) of upland forest, take part in a Indo-Fijian cooking class or book onto one of the “hero activities” of Savusavu, such as a dolphin cruise, scuba diving or enjoy a “meke” night at the nearby Koro Sun Resort. As for your accommodation, the Vonu Hut provides the best rates including a fully-equipped kitchen, a bedroom, ensuite… Basically, a home away from home.
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2. Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat
You’ll struggle to find cheaper than the Jungle Tents at the Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat. Safari tents are furnished with a double bed, seating area, solar lamp, lockbox, bed-side table and other little touches to complete the glamping experience. It’s a place to really disconnect from the rest of the world (unless you want to charge your devices in the main office between morning and lunch). As for food, there is an a la carte menu of Asian, Fijian, European and Indian dishes, or taking advantage of one of the resort’s meal plans if a good idea in this remote location. Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat offers a number of complimentary activities to keep the costs down during your stay, as well as scuba diving trips to the famed Rainbow Reef.
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3. Korovesi Sunshine Villas
Book early for an apartment, villa or maisonette at the hugely popular Korovesi Sunshine Villas. Prices of these private villas, complete with a kitchen, balcony and spacious seating areas, are often too good to ignore. Located about 5km from Savusavu, it’s an excellent base for those with their own transport. You’re a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Flora Tropica Gardens and a short drive from the Split Rock snorkelling location just outside of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort (see 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do on Vanua Levu for more information). There’s also plenty of reasons to just stay and relax by the on-site outdoor pool or while having a barbecue with your loved ones.
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4. The Friendly North Inn
Over the hill in Vanua Levu’s other hub, Labasa, The Friendly North Inn is an excellent base for exploring this side of the island. Choose from affordable Standard Rooms and Deluxe Rooms with a double bed and free breakfast. The inn is surrounded by attractive gardens and is just a 10-minute walk from Labasa town where you can check out the market, the eateries or even dance the night away at the Pontoon Nightclub. They have an on-site tour desk to help you arrange trips to local hot springs and discover other hidden gems of this lesser-explored side of Vanua Levu.
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5. Gecko Lodge Fiji
Book either an Ocean View Studio or Garden View Studio at the Gecko Lodge, raised overlooking the waters of Savusavu Bay. Rooms are great for couples and families, as adding an extra bed to the room is extremely affordable. While the Gecko Lodge makes a great bay for exploring Savusavu town, its market and hot springs, the friendly staff can point you in the right direction for road trips to waterfalls, gardens and fantastic snorkelling spots.
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6. Grand Eastern Hotel
If you want to get some pool time in while staying in Labasa, then set your sights on the Grand Eastern Hotel. They have an attractive outdoor pool with a poolside bar for the day that you want to soak in the Fiji sun. The hotel is ideal for couples, singles and families, boasting air-conditioned Standard Double Rooms, Presidential Suite and Deluxe Double Rooms with a sofa bed for an extra person. Otherwise, the Standard Family Room is great for larger groups. There’s also an on-site restaurant serving Western and Fijian cuisine. It makes a good base for doing the 12 Things to Do on Vanua Levu.
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7. Labasa Royale Hotel
It’s nothing flashy but if you’re only going off price and location, then you might consider staying at the Labasa Royale Hotel. On the plus side, the hotel staff are known to be super friendly and the location couldn’t be more convenient in the centre of Labasa. Each room has a private ensuite and air conditioning.
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8. Hidden Paradise Guest House
An excellent choice for backpackers, families and budget groups, Hidden Paradise Guest House provides affordable rates in Savusavu Bay. There is a 7-bed dorm room, as well as a choice of family rooms with different layouts, all cooled by the ocean breeze bursting through the windows. There’s a communal kitchen for preparing your own food (the supermarket is a short walk away), as well as the option to sit down for well-priced meals at the on-site Sea View Cafe. With breakfast included, free WiFi in the evenings, and friendly owners who have been operating since 1986, what is there to say no to?
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9. Hotel Takia
Located in the heart of Labasa, Hotel Takia provides the ultimate convenience with proximity to the bus stand, market, banks, post office and more. The well-appointed Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Twin Rooms are a reasonable budget accommodation price, with the best rates on offer for the “Third Floor Rooms”. Stays include breakfast, while there are more options for food at their on-site Tapa Restaurant or the nearby restaurants in town.
10. Hotel Northwinds
Finally, find more budget accommodation at Hotel Northwinds with their spacious hotel rooms with all the fixings. With only 12 guest rooms, the hotel never feels too busy, giving you a break from the bustling town of Labasa. The hotel is only moments away from the town and features an on-site restaurant, room service, airport transfers and more. For more hotel options, see our 10 Best Hotels on Vanua Levu.