Where to Stay in the Yasawa Islands with Kids
Families looking to do as much or as little as they want will find just the right mix in the Yasawa Islands of Fiji. With a fantastic array of resorts to suit low to medium budgets, a family holiday in the Yasawas is fun and affordable. You know your family will be well looked after by Fijian staff – a culture that adores children. While a family vacation in the Yasawa Islands is about spending quality family time together, there’s still the opportunity to use the babysitting services or even a few kids’ clubs here and there at the family resorts in the Yasawa Islands!
1. Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
Book yourself into one of the spacious family villas at the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort for a fantastic family holiday in the Yasawa Islands. Villas have separate rooms for the kids so everyone can enjoy their own space in between enjoying the extensive list of family-friendly activities like fishing, snorkelling and cultural activities. Children over three years old also get complimentary access to the Green Gecko’s Kids Club with an action-packed itinerary. Check out 10 Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands with Kids for more activity inspiration.
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2. Paradise Cove Resort
For a relaxing family holiday with as little or as much action as you choose, consider the Paradise Cove Resort. Mum and dad can unwind with a yoga session or swim with giant manta rays, while the kids get stuck in with the kids’ club. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to experience “Fiji time” all together with hands-on activities like Fijian craft demonstrations, cooking classes and kava ceremonies. The resort has a pool for lounging, or even book yourself into a suite with a private pool. It seems like anything is possible at the Paradise Cove Resort.
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3. Octopus Resort
Hair braiding, face painting, crab and treasure hunts, snorkelling adventures, coconut husking… The kids could be getting up to all this and more at the Octopus Resort. Their fantastic kids’ club gives parents a chance to reconnect while the kids mingle with others their own age and the friendly resort staff. As well as the usual relaxation and massages many resorts offer in Fiji, Octopus Resort has a big emphasis on culture with cultural performances, sulu (sarong) tying, island-hopping, rugby games, village visit, weaving demonstrations, church services, kava ceremonies and much more! It’s a fantastic place to educate the little ones.
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4. Barefoot Manta Island Resort
Barefoot Manta Island Resort is all about family time spent together. Snorkel or swim with the little ones at the beach directly out the front of the resort, let the kids loose in the resort gardens or enjoy a gentle hike to fantastic viewpoints. You might also be interested in a family fishing trip, kayaking or simply playing volleyball on the beach. Families of four can book into Barefoot’s Family Safari Rooms complete with open-air showers.
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5. Barefoot Kuata Island Resort
The wait will be over quickly as you arrive at one of the first Yasawa Island resorts on the ferry from Port Denarau. Barefoot Kuata Island Resort is ideal for active families, with activities including snorkelling, crab-racing, coconut bowling, basket weaving, fishing, kayaking or learning about the local marine life with the resident marine biologist. Scuba diving is also on the menu for children 10 years and older. Book yourselves into one of the Beachfront Family Rooms and let the adventure begin!
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6. Mantaray Island Resort
There’s something for everyone at the Mantaray Island Resort, including small families staying in the Family Reef Bures. Families of three can fit into this beachfront accommodation with a king bed and enjoy the activities right on their doorstep: snorkelling, hiking, guided kayaking trips and coconut crafting. Away from the main bures and dorms, the family accommodation gives you and your family the privacy you need.
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7. Naqalia Lodge
Those travelling on a budget should definitely consider Naqalia Lodge on Wayasewa Island. Their Garden Bures nestled in beautiful tropical gardens occupies up to five people, with three meals and afternoon tea included in the rates. The lodge is ideal for family holidays with plenty of free guided trips to take together as a family, as well as complimentary babysitting services should you want some alone time. For more accommodation like this, check out 5 Resorts in the Yasawa Islands for Families on a Budget.
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8. Safe Landing Eco-Lodge
Bungalows and Family Rooms are catered to giving you a special family holiday in the Yasawa Islands when staying at the Safe Landing Eco-Lodge. Relax in a hammock or on the long-sweeping Nacavacola Beach that sits on the edge of the famous Blue Lagoon region of the Yasawas. While snorkelling is always a highlight of the resort, access to the local culture is also a reason to visit. Participate as a family for basket weaving, a village visit or head to the best fishing spots with a guide to catch your dinner.
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9. Waitui Basecamp
Another fantastic budget option for families awaits at the Waitui Basecamp. Enjoy spectacular views from your Ocean View Bure with a queen bed and additional beds available on request. Children under six eat free, while the meal packages are affordable and cultural as you will be dining on Fijian food. Adventure is what Waitui is all about so families can get stuck into fishing trips, boat rides to the stunning Sawa-i-Lau Caves, village visits and island walks. Finally, don’t miss island-hopping to a secluded beach for your very own beach barbecue.
10. Oarsman’s Bay Lodge
Family Bures are available at the Oarsman’s Bay Lodge, which are two adjoining bures capable of housing two families of four or a large tribe. There are plenty of great ways to spend your time here, whether it’s lounging in your private hammock or getting out on the water in a kayak. Babysitting services are available should you want to go on your own adventure.