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10 Best Backpacker Resorts in Nadi [2024]

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Our Recommended Backpackers in Nadi

If your world travels have brought you to the islands of Fiji, then you’re onto a good thing! Despite Fiji having a reputation as a luxurious destination for honeymooners and wealthy Australians, there are many backpacker-style accommodations to keep the price of exploring these fascinating South Pacific islands to a minimum. Nadi is the first and last place backpackers visit when backpacking Fiji, with an awesome selection of budget accommodations at beachfront locations! The biggest backpacker hub is at Wailoaloa Beach, about a 10-minute drive from Nadi International Airport, while there are a few other gems scattered across the coast of Nadi. Check them out in this list of backpacker resorts in Nadi!

While you’re here, don’t miss The Budget & Backpacking Guide to Nadi, as well as the 25 Best Things to Do in Nadi.

1. Smugglers Cove Beach Resort

Our first suggestion for the famous backpacker location of Wailoaloa Beach, Smugglers Cove Beach Resort has a generous offering of inclusions. Make use of the free WiFi, free luggage storage, free kayak hire, free airport transfers, free beach activities, a free scuba diving lesson and free nightly entertainment! There are rooms for every type of budget traveller, from private double rooms, family suites, female dorms to mixed dorms. Private rooms have hotel-like facilities, such as a fridge and ensuite, while dorms have a shared ensuite. See more like this in the 20 Best Hostels in Fiji.

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2. Bamboo Backpackers

The fun, social and affordable Bamboo Backpackers is an epic place to start your trip in Fiji. The Wailoaloa beachfront hostel offers free 24-hour airport shuttles, a swimming pool, cheap food at Cafe Bamboo, a beach bar with live Fijian music and more. They keep guests entertained with kava parties and daily volleyball games, and can organise affordable day trips to Nadi and excursions to the islands. Choose from a range of dorms and private rooms. We also list this accommodation in the 10 Best Backpacker Resorts in Fiji.

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3. Bluewater Lodge

The Bluewater Lodge has all the basics sorted for a Wailoaloa Beach holiday: a swimming pool, free WiFi, a free airport shuttle and free evening entertainment. It’s your classic hostel that you might find overseas but with a Fiji flair. Expect some double rooms to have an ensuite, whereas the “Standard Double” rooms and dorms have shared facilities. See more like this in the 15 Best Budget Accommodations in Nadi.

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4. Wailoaloa Beach Resort

The Wailoaloa Beach Resort offers a slightly different vibe to the backpacker resorts mentioned above, providing a more quiet and relaxing stay. The resort has room types to suit couples, families and backpackers. Choose from three-bed dorms or treat yourself to some accommodation with self-catering facilities so you can spruce up some cheap meals with the produce you bought from the local Nadi markets! As for facilities, there’s a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, airport shuttle and town shuttle, babysitting services, car hire and more.

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5. Rendezvous Surf Camp

Located around 25 km (15.5 mi) south of Nadi city, at Rendezvous Beach near Momi Bay, the Rendezvous Surf Camp provides excellent budget accommodation for a surf holiday in Fiji. The surf camp provides dorms and private rooms with shared facilities, as well as private ensuite rooms. Meal packages are compulsory to purchase along with each night of stay but are super affordable. Lunches can be bought at their cafe. Consider the surf camp if you want to hit the waves of the Mamanuca Islands. For more like this, head to the 10 Best Surf Resorts in Fiji.

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6. Oasis Palms Hotel

A hotel resort that just happens to have some backpacker dorms, the Oasis Palms Hotel is the perfect option if you want that Fiji resort experience at a cheap rate. The rate includes airport transfers to their Nadi Bay location wedged between Nadi and Denarau Island. Each dorm has 3-4 beds with a shared ensuite bathroom equipped with shampoos and the usual hotel amenities. As for other facilities, there’s a pool, restaurant and bar, complimentary laundry service, free WiFi and a whole array of activities to book.

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7. Save’s Homestay

For an alternative stay ideal for adventurous backpackers, Save’s Homestay offers a quiet and local ambience in an inland setting near attractions like the Garden of the Sleeping Giant and Sabeto Hot Springs, yet not too far from the airport. With both double and family rooms available, and breakfast included, guests can enjoy a comfortable stay while engaging with new people and benefiting from the host’s local tour and travel expertise. We recommend Save’s Homestay for those looking for a genuine, friendly and culturally rich visit to Fiji. For more like this, check out the 10 Best Homestays in Fiji.

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8. The Ideal Bed & Breakfast

The Ideal Bed & Breakfast, just 100 meters from Wailoaloa Beach, offers a convenient and welcoming alternative stay for backpackers. Known for its friendly local staff and safe environment, it’s well-suited for solo travellers and families. The B&B provides air-conditioned rooms with garden views, free parking and affordable laundry services. Free WiFi in common areas and a hearty continental breakfast add to the comfort. With options for rooms with kitchenettes or access to a shared kitchen, guests can easily prepare meals. We recommend this family-oriented B&B for a genuine, relaxed experience, reminding guests that it offers the charm and warmth of a B&B, not the high-end facilities of a hotel.

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9. Aquarius on the Beach

Couples and solo travellers who want a cheap private room can find great beachfront accommodation at a budget price at Aquarius on the Beach. The hotel-style rooms include a mini-fridge and ensuite bathroom. The pool, bar and restaurant are great places to hang out in between the complimentary activities such as a beach volleyball court and kayak hire. For more hotels like this, check out the 10 Best Cheap Hotels in Fiji.

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10. Nadi Downtown Hotel

Perfect for couples, families, friends and solo travellers wanting their private space, the Nadi Downtown Hotel provides affordable beds in the heart of the city. The central location on Main Street means you’re a short stroll away from services, restaurants (don’t forget to check out The Top Cheap Eats in Nadi), markets and the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. Rooms are basic with ensuite, tea/coffee-making facilities, and a fridge. There’s a barbecue should you want to make your own meals, otherwise the on-site restaurant has plenty of options. See more of your hotel options in the 20 Best Hotels in Nadi.

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More About Backpacker Resorts in Nadi

That’s it for the best backpacker resorts in Nadi. While you’re here, don’t miss The Complete Guide to Nadi. Meanwhile, for more insights into planning the perfect getaway, check out the following guides:

Finally, you might also want to check out the 10 Best Backpacker Resorts in Fiji. Plus, don’t forget to bookmark The Budget & Backpacking Guide to Fiji. Trust us, there’s a lot of useful tips in there!


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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