Cheap Accommodation in Taveuni
Staying on a breathtaking tropical island isn’t just for the wealthy. In fact, we’d even go as far as to say that the Fiji island of Taveuni makes an awesome backpacker destination. With dorm rooms, homestays and guesthouses on the edge of Fijian villages, Taveuni certainly has plenty of affordable accommodation. Most of the budget accommodation in Taveuni is run by locals, making for a much more authentic Fijian stay than what’s available at the luxury resort counterparts. Find out more about where to stay on Taveuni with this list of cheap accommodation in Taveuni.
1. Maravu Lodge
The most comprehensive budget accommodation on Taveuni, Maravu Lodge has something for every type of traveller wanting to save a few cents. The lodge, with a communal dining area, restaurant and swimming pool, has private villas, private rooms and dorm rooms to choose from making it a good option for families and backpackers alike. Based in Matei, Maravu Lodge is a short walk from the town’s shops, eateries and beaches. You can also book a number of free or paid activities at the front desk. See more like this in 10 Best Family Resorts on Taveuni.
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2. Beverly’s Campground
Another cheap and cheerful option in Matei is Beverly’s Campground. Run by eco-friendly locals (recycling and taking part in their coral planting program is encouraged), Beverly’s Campground offers tent sites, rented tents and bure tents, as well as a dorm room and private room should the famous Taveuni downpours become too much! The campground is only 15 minutes walk away from shops and fruit stalls for those wanting to buy produce to cook in the campground’s fully equipped kitchen and pizza oven. The campground is located next to the Taveuni Ocean Sports Dive Shop, while farm visits and horse riding is also available.
3. Bibi’s Hideaway
Located along the coastal road of Matei, Bibi’s Hideaway is a boutique budget accommodation run by a local family. Either stay in the affordable Honeymoon Bure for two, the Family Bure for five people or enjoy a homestay with the family for one to two people. The bures are nestled among tropical gardens where you are free to help yourself to pineapple, pawpaw, mango, banana and whatever else you can find. You can also purchase groceries from the nearby supermarkets to cook your own meals in the bure’s kitchen.
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4. Lavena Lodge
For those wanting to explore the beautiful Bouma National Heritage Park, Lavena Lodge has you actually staying right in heart of the park on the beachfront. Choose from either basic private rooms or a bed in a dorm with shared bathroom facilities. While the lodge isn’t ideal for a long stay, it’s worth staying to make an early start on the Lavena Coastal Walk the next morning. There are kitchen facilities available, otherwise, meals can be organised at reception for a great price. Find out more about the activities on the national park in 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do on Taveuni.
5. Waitabu Marine Park & Campground
Usually available for organised tours to the Bouma National Park, Waitabu Marine Park & Campground is based at the entrance to the national park and (as the name suggests) at the Waitabu Marine Park. You might also be able to book a tent site or camping with a hired tent if you ring the Waitabu Marine Park visitor centre with plenty of notice (6798201999). There are toilets, showers and simple Fijian meals are available to pre-order.
6. Chottu’s Motel
Offering some of the cheapest private rooms on Taveuni, Chottu’s Motel is hard to pass up. Although old, the motel is known to have a good standard of cleanliness, providing great value. There are private rooms with shared bathroom facilities, or just marginally more expensive are the self-contained units with a kitchen, fridge and en-suite. By being located right in the centre of Naqara town, picking up your own groceries is easy enough.
7. Vuna Lagoon Lodge
Taveuni’s southernmost budget accommodation is well worth getting to explore the Vuna Lagoon and its surrounding attractions. Vuna Lagoon Lodge is located near Vuna Village and run by local Fijians, so experiencing the “real Fiji” is all part of the experience. Village visits can be organised and don’t miss the weekly “lovo” feast, otherwise, meals are available as well as a kitchen should you want to cook for yourself. The lodge has one private double room, two single rooms and three dormitories. It’s really a place to unplug (except for between 6pm and 9pm when the generator is on). Remember to be aware of the Fiji village etiquette when exploring the area.