Where to Stay in Rakiraki, Lautoka and Beyond
Families, honeymooners and backpackers will all find some excellent places to stay along the Suncoast. This Fiji destination located across the northern coast of Viti Levu (Fiji’s main island) is ideal for travellers who would rather “do” than relax by the pool all day thanks to resorts providing a wide range of activities from wildlife encounters to cultural experiences. See our top recommendations with this list of resorts on the Suncoast.
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1. Volivoli Beach Resort
Set on the sandy shores of Volivoli near Rakiraki, Volivoli Beach Resort offers something for all types of traveller. Honeymooners will find solitude in the Luxury Ocean Front Villa, while there are a wealth of options for groups of family and friends from the Ocean View Rooms to the Two-Bedroom Family Villa. Rooms are designed with a contemporary minimalism approach, while activities are designed to provide maximum fun. Try scuba diving in the Bligh Water, a spa treatment, sports fishing, visiting a local village, kayaking and much more! See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Family Resorts on the Suncoast.
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2. Wananavu Beach Resort
Another premium resort on the Volivoli Suncoast, Wananavu Beach Resort is also well worth considering. The four-star resort offers rooms for singles, couples, families and groups of friends in between their humble Garden View Bure, their Ocean View Honeymoon Bure all the way to the self-contained Villa Vanua with a private pool. The resort has a dive shop, day spa and a wide range of experiences on offer. How about a beach picnic, dolphin cruise, fishing or a sunset cruise? The resort also provides wedding services and a spectacular beachfront venue. Find out more in 7 Best Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on the Suncoast.
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3. The Fiji Orchid
Located only 15km (9 miles) north of Nadi International Airport just outside of the town of Lautoka, The Fiji Orchid makes an excellent place to start your journey on the Suncoast. Nestled among breathtaking orchid gardens, The Fiji Orchid has six freestanding bures in their own secluded section of the garden. The tented architecture of the bures are unique in Fiji and are wrapped in luxury, perfect for couples. There is a restaurant, cocktail bar and swimming pool on-site. See more accommodation like this in 5 Best Luxury Resorts on the Suncoast.
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4. Dua Dua Beach Resort
You best stay at the Dua Dua Beach Resort if you’re looking for somewhere to simply relax or make it just a base for self-drive exploration. The resort doesn’t offer much in the way of activities other than a private beach, swimming pool and a bar. There are three types of accommodation to choose from, including a spacious Kings Double Deluxe, Kings Twin Deluxe and Luxury Family Villa. Rooms have a Western home vibe, have a private balcony or patio and are free-standing.
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5. Belo Vula Resort
Just off the shores of Lautoka on Bekana Island, Belo Vula Resort is a resort all too easily overlooked. The family-run resort has a friendly Fijian vibe and features rustic double-bed Fijian Bures, a Garden Family Bure and a Beach Front Family Bure. While the bures look fun from the outside, the interior is plainly-decorated but with ample space for a family or group. The resort is best for families or friends wanting to reconnect with activities such as snorkelling, fishing, soccer, volleyball, basket weaving and kayaking all available. The restaurant serves a range of international crowd-pleasers, as well as Fijian and Indo-Fijian dishes.
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6. Dreamview Villas
Choose a private self-contained Villa With Sea View, Seaside Bach or one of the more resort-style Studio Units at Dreamview Villas. The villas have two bedrooms sleeping up to six guests and feature a fully-equipped kitchen, ideal for sprucing up meals from ingredients purchased from the nearby Rakiraki Market. Couples can stay in the Studio Units with a small kitchen and a doorway leading out to the villas’ outdoor pool. A few activities can be organised with the resort, including fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and wellness retreats. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Accommodation on the Suncoast for Foodies.
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7. Golden Point Resort
Located just off the Kings Road, 20-minutes drive west of Rakiraki, Golden Point Resort is a beachfront resort with a wide range of accommodation and activities. The Standard Rooms can accommodate singles, couples and families of three, while the more deluxe Executive Rooms are slightly more luxurious with a private balcony. Prices are reasonable, making for an affordable holiday, especially with a group when sharing the cost. The Golden Point Resort has a restaurant and a whole bunch of activities from fishing to horse trekking to “Zombie Rides” – being pulled on an inflatable dingy at the back of the speed boat.
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8. McDonald’s Nananu Beach Cottages
Located on Fiji’s most-affordable island, Nananu-i-Ra, McDonald’s Nananu Beach Cottages are only one of several budget accommodation options here. There’s something for backpackers in the Dormitory, while the Superior Cottage Bure is exclusively for couples (no children allowed)! However, families will find a place at the Standard Cottage Bure where adding a child or an extra adult onto the rate is incredibly cheap. You won’t have to worry about spending too much here with affordable daily meal plans and a whole lot of free activities around the island from kayaking to hiking. See more like this in 8 Best Budget Accommodation on the Suncoast.
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9. Vatia Beach Resort
An off-the-beaten-track resort on the coast between Ba and Tavua, Vatia Beach Resort is another option for budgeting backpackers. Rates are incredibly cheap and rooms reflect this, which is ideal if you’re not too fussy. Choose between private rooms and dorm rooms with shared facilities or a Bure Villa with an ensuite. The resort has a dining area with an a la carte menu, as well as a tranquil location on the beach to just relax, kayak, snorkel or play volleyball.
10. Takalana Bay Retreat
Famous for their spinner dolphin cruises, Takalana Bay Retreat is a great base for adventure. The retreat with dorm rooms, single rooms, double rooms and family rooms is located on the shores of Tailevu, 35km northeast of Korovou. Rooms consist of a Fijian-style decorated bure and rooms within a lodge. Snorkelling at the Moon Reef, horse riding, village visits, kayaking and hiking to Mt Tova are all available at the resort.