Stay with the Locals in Fiji!
There are two contrasting travel experiences in Fiji: staying in a lavish resort or staying with the locals. If you are intrigued by the latter then you’re in for some of the most memorable experiences the islands have to offer. Fijians and Indo-Fijians are extremely friendly, making them the best people to welcome visitors into their home. Homestays in Fiji range from staying with fellow travellers in Fiji’s towns to authentic village stays which are a truly enriching cultural experience. We can’t recommend a homestay in Fiji enough, as long as you’re not too “fussy” and can go with the flow. If that’s you, continue down to our favourite homestays in Fiji!
And for staying in a village, be sure to bring a sevusevu (gift) and follow village protocol using the advice in Fiji Village Etiquette: What to Do When Visiting a Fijian Village.
1. Homestay on Wayasewa
Stay with a Fijian family and learn all about the local culture in this village homestay on Wayasewa Island, also known as Waya Lailai. There are several families offering homestays on the island in the Yasawa Group, which you can check out in the 10 Best Budget Homestays in the Yasawa Islands. Wais and Ele’s homestay on Wayasewa is ideal for solo travellers, couples and families, welcoming travellers into their home with warm Fijian hospitality. They can organise activities in the village for a reasonable price, whether it’s learning how to weave, snorkelling with reef sharks, a Fijian cooking lesson or something else!
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2. Yasawa Homestays
Another popular homestay in the Yasawas, Yasawa Homestays provides a variety of homestays on Nacula Island. You’ll get a real Fiji experience with a mix of mingling with the locals and enjoying your own privacy in one of the Naisisili village’s beachfront bures. Each bure has three beds, while meals are shared with different families in the village each night. Needless to say, no two experiences are the same! Activities available include snorkelling on the beachfront reef, hiking and fishing trips with your hosts.
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3. Jioji & Alisi’s Place
In the north of Viti Levu, also known as the Suncoast, Jioji & Alisi’s place is an excellent place to experience village life. Stay in Jioji & Alisi’s large family home where there’s plenty of space for groups down to solo travellers who can share the experience with fellow guests. Sample real Fijian cuisine made by Alisi or join Jioji, a diving professional, for one of their scuba diving trips at a fraction of the price of what you will find at the Suncoast resorts. Check out more homestays in the area in the 5 Best Homestays on the Suncoast.
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4. Amo & Tabua’s Homestay
Escape to the “Garden Island” of Fiji, Taveuni, and enjoy an affordable homestay in Naqara town with Amo and Tabua. While the homestay provides a good base for exploring Taveuni’s western attractions, we recommend taking the family up on their offer to take you out to Qamea Island for the day. Breakfast is included in the stay, while affordable lunches and dinners can also be purchased if needed. What’s more, Amo runs a little coffee shop off her front porch for some added snacks and drinks. The homestay sleeps up to three people in one bedroom. Check out more homestays nearby in the 5 Best Homestays on Taveuni.
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5. Yanuca Island Homestay
Another excellent homestay in the Taveuni area, this time on Yanuca Island, the Yanuca Island Homestay gets you immersed in the life of a small Fijian fishing village. Enjoy meals with your hosts throughout your stay and treat yourself to something special with the family, such as a fishing trip or an island excursion for an extra fee. Activities here include drinking kava, snorkelling and a private island camping experience. While you won’t be staying in the same home as your host family, you’ll get your own private bure with one bedroom sleeping up to two people with an ensuite bathroom.
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6. The Sweet Escape
Stay in Fiji’s capital, Suva, at The Sweet Escape. Your host, Sera, has two spare rooms open to guests with a double bed suitable for a solo traveller or couple. They offer the local’s experience and are happy to share authentic Fijian food and games with guests or leave you to your own devices. Plus, the rate is extremely affordable ideal, making it a good addition to the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Suva and the 8 Best Homestays in Suva.
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7. Westfield Homestay
Westfield Homestay is not only a great place to stay with your Indo-Fijian hosts but also to relax with your fellow guests in Nadi. The large homestay has a wide range of rooms for guests, including a two-bedroom family room, private rooms with either an ensuite or shared bathroom, and a private twin room. Your stay includes breakfast each morning, while meals are also available for guests for a very reasonable fee. The homestay is a three-minute drive from the airport while being moments away from eateries, the market and shops. See more affordable places to stay in Nadi in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Nadi.
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8. Teitei Permaculture Farm
Enjoy the country life on a Fijian farmstay inland from the Coral Coast’s Sigatoka. Teiteti Permaculture Farm offers rooms for up three guests in their family farmhouse where they raise a variety of farm animals and grow a range of crops using permaculture farming methods. Guests can enjoy complimentary farm tours, swimming in the river, hiking, local cooking lessons and more, while Sigatoka and beach visits, massages, horse treks and river tubing can also be organised for an additional fee. Check out more farmstays in the 10 Best Farmstays in Fiji A263.
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9. Mystery Island Hideaway
Escape to the less-visited Lomaiviti Islands, just off the coast of Suva, where you’ll get an authentic village experience at the Mystery Island Hideaway. Join Sova and her family on the island of Naigani for a very affordable and friendly stay. Enjoy Fijian-style meals with your hosts and take them up on the offer to do one of their island experiences including snorkelling at a stunning coral reef, a beach picnic, cannibal cave visit, crabbing and fishing, island hiking, handicraft lessons, a trip to Levuka on Ovalau Island and much more! Check out more accommodations in the area in the 9 Best Budget Accommodation in the Lomaiviti Islands.
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10. Narain Heights Home Stay
A homestay with a difference, Narain Heights Home Stay is not in some remote village but just a short walk from the centre of Vanua Levu’s main hub, Savusavu. Enjoy amazing views of the bay from the home’s elevated setting where you’ll stay in one of the private double bedrooms available. Your friendly host, Deta, is happy to provide breakfast and do your laundry for a small fee. Otherwise, guests have plenty of space in the kitchen to spruce up their own meals from supplies from town. Check out more accommodations in the area in The Guide to Vanua Levu on a Budget.