Lodge Accommodation in Rakiraki, Tailevu and Beyond
If you want to discover the real Fiji, get off the beaten track, and save a few cents on accommodation, then the lodges on the Suncoast are the way to go. Appealing to backpackers, families or groups of friends on a budget, lodge accommodation provides simple abodes for a reasonable price. What’s more, the lodges on the Suncoast will take you to some of Fiji’s best-hidden gems from authentic inland villages to scenic coastal retreats.
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1. Safari Lodge
The island of Nananu-i-Ra just off the shore of Rakiraki is scattered with budget accommodation including Safari Lodge. As well as free-standing bure accommodation, there is also a lodge with an upstairs dormitory, an upstairs private room with a balcony, and a family room at the rear with an ensuite bathroom. The rooms have ceiling fans, access to indoor and outdoor communal areas to relax, and meal plans are available. The main attraction to Safari Lodge is the wealth of adventure activities on offer, such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, scuba diving and more. It’s one of the very rare accommodations offering kite sports in Fiji. Check out more budget options on Nananu-i-Ra in our 8 Best Budget Accommodation on the Suncoast.
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2. Bulou’s Eco-Lodge
Run by a retired Fijian couple and their son, Bulou’s Eco-Lodge provides a cultural Fijian stay on the outskirts of the famous Navala Village. Stay in either a traditional-style bure in the garden or a 10-bed dormitory where facilities include cold showers, flush toilets but no electricity. Authentic Fijian meals and kava are included in the cheap nightly rate, with activities available for an additional fee. How about horse riding, exploring Navala Village or bilibili rafting on the Ba River? When arriving in Navala, be prepared with a sevusevu (gift). Find out more in Fiji Village Etiquette: What to Do When Visiting a Fijian Village.
3. Natalei Eco-Lodge
On the eastern side of the Suncoast, Natalei Eco Lodge is located in Dawasamu, Tailevu. It’s a place to disconnect from the world by staying in one of their affordable freestanding beach bures with shared facilities. The lodge makes an excellent and peaceful base for snorkelling or jumping on a cruise to watch spinner dolphins on the Moon Reef, as well as visiting Natale-i-Ra Village or hiking Tova Peak. The lodge also offers complimentary activities, such as coconut husking and kava ceremonies, which will please the foodies among you. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Accommodation on the Suncoast for Foodies.
4. Takalana Bay Retreat
Popular for their spinner dolphin cruises on the Moon Reef, Takalana Bay Retreat makes a great base for ocean adventures. Rooms consist of a Fijian-style decorated bure, while the rest of the rooms are within the lodge itself. Choose from dorm rooms, single rooms, double rooms and family rooms. The retreat is located next door to Natalei Eco-Lodge (see above) near Tailevu. Snorkelling at the Moon Reef, horse riding, village visits, kayaking and hiking to Mt Tova are all available at the resort.
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5. Starlight Lodge
A basic lodge located in Tonge, inland from Ba on the edge of the Ba River, Starlight Lodge provides a budget stay for backpackers and families. Choose from a simple-as-can-be five-bed dormitory for families or a double room for couples, both using shared bathrooms. The lodge has a restaurant with special diet menus on request, a children’s playground and babysitting services. As for activities, enjoy cultural evening entertainment, hiking or horse riding in the gorgeous surrounding hills, table tennis and fishing. Plus, Navala Village is a short drive up the road.
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6. The BeeHive Fiji
Not quite a resort; not quite a homestay, The BeeHive Fiji doesn’t have a definite accommodation type but could be well be considered a lodge. Located on a bee farm (don’t worry, you won’t’ be sharing your room with any), The BeeHive Fiji features an outdoor swimming pool just a couple of steps from the Queen Bee private room with coffee-making facilities, fridge and a sink, as well as the Honey Dorm sleeping up to five people. The dorm makes an affordable stay for families, with the accommodation also featuring in 10 Best Family Resorts on the Suncoast. The accommodation is surrounded by majestic hills and sugar cane plantations, a short drive from the Kings Road between Rakiraki and Tavua.