Cheap and Cultural Yasawa Homestays
Whoever said you can’t travel Fiji on a budget?! One of Fiji’s most exciting and adventurous destinations has an abundance of homestays where locals open their spare bures (bungalows) and rooms to travellers. By staying in one of the homestays in the Yasawa Islands, you’ll experience true Fijian hospitality, enjoy a cultural experience and save a whole heap of money along the way. Here are some Yasawa Islands’ homestays to consider for your next trip to Fiji.
Note that homes in the Yasawas are very basic and that a gift (sevusevu) of yaqona (kava root) is customary to give to the chief when arriving in a village. Check out Fiji Village Etiquette: What to Do When Visiting a Fijian Village for more advice. Plus, while you’re here, check out our Guide to the Yasawa Islands on a Budget.
1. Yasawa Homestays
Stay a minimum of two nights on Nacula Island in one of the many homestays organised by Yasawa Homestays. The homestays provide a good balance between local experiences and enjoying your own space in a private beachfront bure (bungalow). Choose between doubles, family and dormitory bures and enjoy meals shared with various different families in the villages each night. Activities available include snorkelling, hiking on the island and fishing trips.
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2. Sunrise Lagoon Homestay
Just a short walk away from the famous Blue Lagoon region of the Yasawas, Sunrise Lagoon is a spectacular Fijian village experience that caters to groups, solo backpackers and couples. Choose from family rooms, double rooms and even a 6-bed dorm room just like a backpacker resort or hostel. Taste authentic Fijian food at a much more affordable price than what you’ll experience in any resort.
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3. Homestay on Wayalailai
This is the first of many homestays available on the popular Wayasewa (Waya Lailai Island), which can be booked through Airbnb. Wais and Ele offer homestays ideal for solo travellers, couples and families, welcoming travellers into their home with warm Fijian hospitality. The couple and their family can organise activities in the village for a reasonable price, whether it’s learning how to weave, snorkelling with reef sharks, doing a Fijian cooking lesson, going on a mountain hike or something else!
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4. Amele’s Secret Getaway Homestay
Located on Naviti Island, Amele’s Secret Getaway allows you to experience what life is like in Gunu Village. Amele’s homestay is famed for providing ultimate relaxation. Guests are moments away from a stunning white sand beach and have the opportunity to meet locals around the village. Another highlight is listening to the harmonious singing at the Sunday church service. This homestay includes meals at added costs and is ideal for families, couples and solo travellers.
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5. Isa Lei Glamp Tent
A village stay with a difference, Isa Lei Budget Glamp Tent on Matacawalevu Island gives travellers a unique chance to do some “glamping” on a budget. The tents are made-up double bed or two double beds for families. Choose from affordable meal packages which include authentic Fijian meals, such as lovo – a meal cooked underground and Kokoda. Other activities are also available with this glamping homestay, which will give you plenty of opportunities to meet the locals in the village.
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6. Immersion into Village Life Homestay
Imeri lists her homestay as “Immersion into Village Life” which couldn’t describe the experience better. It’s a relaxed stay on Namara Island where you’ll get to mingle with the villagers and learn a lot about the Fijian culture from your host. The homestay is ideal for families, as the home sleeps four guests across two bedrooms. A favourite spot to lounge is the sundeck giving you prime position to watch the sunset across the beach and the children going to school.
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7. Ocean View Homestay
Another fantastic homestay on Wayasewa (Waya Lailai) is with the Ocean View Homestay. Kick back and enjoy Fiji time with your welcoming hosts. Try the authentic Fijian meals from your oceanview deck, sunbathe on the beach, and wander around the village. Viliame’s homestay listing caters for up to six people.
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8. Fijian Family Homestay
Stay with Ruci and his family in their bright green house on Wayasewa (Waya Lailai). Enjoy divine breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea with the family which is often the highlight of the day in between optional activities like guided hikes or jumping on the boat to Barefoot Kuata across the water to do scuba diving or snorkelling with sharks. Their home is open for up to seven guests staying in one bedroom with three beds. Learn more about the resort activities in our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands.
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9. The Real Fijian Experience
Be part of the family on Waya Island while staying with Mereonnie in Yalobi Village. It’s all about being part of the Fijian life, with activities including hiking, a school visit, kava sessions and much more! There are opportunities to buy authentic souvenirs from the villagers and enjoy Fijian food with your host. Mereonnie’s home caters to up to four guests staying in one bedroom with three beds.
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10. Bay of Plenty Homestay
Amp your homestay experience with one of the glamping tents at the Bay of Plenty Homestay. Laisani, Rosa, Jerry and their family run a few different homestay experiences, including a glamping homestay for couples. The homestay is on Matacawalevu island where a range of activities can be done – just ask your host! Breakfast is included in the rate, while other meals are extremely affordable including a buffet dinner. This homestay provides a mix of a homestay and a budget resort experience. For more accommodation options like this, check out our 10 Budget Accommodation in the Yasawa Islands.