Cheap Accommodation on Ovalau
If the allure of the UNESCO-status Levuka town or the intriguing Lovoni village in Ovalau island’s crater has captured you, then you’re going to need to find a place to stay on Ovalau. This island in the Lomaiviti Islands of Fiji, just off the east coast of Viti Levu and Suva, is a fantastic option for an affordable off-shore island visit. It’s got beaches, colonial towns, authentic Fijian villages, dramatic islands hikes, snorkelling, kayaking and much more. Because you’re going to want to stay awhile, we’ve put together this list of the budget accommodation on Ovalau. For more options around the island, see 9 Best Budget Accommodation in the Lomaiviti Islands.
Plus, you might also be interested in The Guide to Lomaiviti Islands on a Budget.
1. Royal Hotel
Let’s start with the most famous accommodation on Ovalau, Fiji’s first hotel. The Royal Hotel, ideally located in Levuka, offers all of the historic charm without being “rundown”. What’s more, this historic hotel has affordable private rooms within the hotel, as well as more modern self-contained cottages in the gardens. Facilities include a swimming pool, hotel dining room, bar, laundry service, WiFi and more.
2. New Mavida Lodge
With its convenient location on Levuka’s main street, Beach Street, combined with awesome prices, it’s hard to say no to New Mavida Lodge. While the lodge was built in 2005, after the Old Mavida Lodge burned down, its architecture and picket fence blends nicely with the historical town yet has a comfortably contemporary interior. The lodge has 14 private ensuite rooms and cheap beds in a 10-bed dormitory. All of the rates include breakfast. Facilities include Internet, laundry, luggage storage, room service and a tour desk.
3. Kauwai Guesthouse
While located at the southern tip of Ovalau, Kauwai Guesthouse is a surprisingly convenient base to experience Ovalau. Make use of the free kayaks and paddleboards by paddling through the mangrove forests just off the property, as well as to various islands and sandbanks less than 5km/3 miles away. The guesthouse also has an appealing list of activities which are no more than FJ$50, as well as free things to do to keep you entertained for a long stay on Ovalau. Plus, you won’t miss out on exploring Levuka when a ride into town only costs around FJ$2! Kauwai Guesthouse offers private double rooms with or without an ensuite, as well as a triple room with shared facilities. Solo traveller rates are also available. Meals are offered buffet-style with an array of authentic Fijian and Indo-Fijian food on an affordable meal plan.
4. The Baystay
This peaceful retreat on Ovalau is located by and run by locals at Rukuruku Village. The Baystay has two traditionally-thatched bures, one with a double, single and bunk bed and the other with just a double bed with an ensuite. A kitchen and barbecue area are available for self-catering, and affordable Fijian meals are available when given prior notice. Other facilities include a freshwater rock pool, hammocks, kayaks and snorkelling gear. Stay here to have interactions with the local village, drink kava and join them for treks to the famed Lovoni Village in the island’s volcanic crater. See more accommodation like this in 9 Best Family Resorts on the Lomaiviti Islands.
5. Bobo’s Farm
For a local farmstay packed with activities and delicious food, choose Bobo’s Farm. Based on the north coast of Ovalau, between Taviya and Rukuruku, Bobo’s Farm is set among lush gardens and farm, as well as being only a five-minute walk away from a black sand beach. Guests stay in either a private double or single room within the farmhouse or can enjoy an entire cottage to themselves, which sleeps up to four people. While the cottage has its own kitchen facilities, we recommend eating with Bobo and his wife Karin who serve European, Fijian and Indian food made with ingredients grown on the farm. The activities Bobo has on offer almost seems endless with island hikes, a walk to a natural waterslide, relaxing in the garden pool, visiting the local school in Rukuruku, fishing, island and sandbar trips and more. Some of these activities appear on our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do on the Lomaiviti Islands for more details.
6. Ovalau Holiday Resort
About 3km/1.9miles out of Levuka, but transfers are available when booked in advance, the Ovalau Holiday Resort makes a peaceful place to stay on Ovalau. The resort on the beach offers five Garden View Villas accommodating up to five people and the Panorama Villa with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and amazing vistas of the ocean and surrounding islands. The resort makes an affordable stay on Levuka for couples and families where kids can be entertained at the pool or on the beach (bring your own snorkel gear). While all the villas have kitchen facilities, it’s worth eating at the resort at least once to try the authentic Indo-Fijian cuisine.
7. Clara’s Holiday Lodge
For some of the cheapest rooms in Levuka, turn to Clara’s Holiday Lodge. The colonial lodge provides simple accommodation for the not-too-fussy. Stay in one of several small private rooms or a dorm room, all with a shared cold-water bathroom. Breakfast is included in the rates. For more options around the Lomaiviti Islands, see our 10 Best Resorts on the Lomaiviti Islands.