Hotel, Lodge and Homestay Accommodation in the Lomaiviti Islands
If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in Fiji where you can mingle with the locals, sample authentic food and explore some islands, then you’re onto a good thing with the Lomaivitis. While there is only one hotel in the Lomaivitis, which just happens to be Fiji’s oldest hotel, most of the accommodation is made up of lodges, guesthouses and homestays. Check out some of our top recommendations with this list of hotels in the Lomaiviti Islands. Otherwise, see 6 Best Resorts in the Lomaiviti Islands for more accommodation options.
While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Complete Guide to the Lomaiviti Islands.
1. Royal Hotel
The Lomaiviti Island’s one and the only true hotel is, in fact, Fiji’s very first hotel! The Royal Hotel in the town of Levuka is the survivor of what was once one of 52 hotels when the town was a metropolitan hub of the South Pacific. Today, it oozes in colonial charm, especially in the main hotel with private double rooms, a dining room and a function room. Outside in the gardens are more modern accommodations: self-contained studios and apartments surrounding an outdoor pool.
2. Bobo’s Farm
A popular farmstay in northern Ovalau, between Taviya and Rukuruku villages, Bobo’s Farm provides affordable accommodation and unbeatable hospitality. Choose from one of the private double or single rooms in the main house or enjoy the privacy of your own cottage sleeping up to four people with self-catering facilities. Not that you’ll feel obligated to cook when Bobo and his wife, Karin, serve up spectacular meals made with ingredients from their farm for a fee. Bobo also offers a range of activities around the island, from guided hikes to waterfalls, villages and the highest peaks to boat tours to neighbouring islands. See more like this in 9 Best Family Resorts in the Lomaiviti Islands.
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3. Kauwai Guesthouse
Enjoy private yet cheap rooms at the Kauwai Guesthouse on the southern tip of Ovalau. The guesthouse has double rooms with or without a private bathroom and a triple room with shared bathroom facilities. Meals are an event here with affordable meal plans for Fijian buffets and Lovo feasts. Activities are also free or affordable, including kayaking to other islands, fishing, snorkelling trips and more. The guesthouse also hosts regular yoga retreats thanks to their open-air yoga deck overlooking the ocean. See more like this in 9 Best Budget Accommodation in the Lomaiviti Islands.
4. Levuka Homestay
With excellent hosts and local staff, the hospitality at the Levuka Homestay is highly praised. Stay in one of four guestrooms: three double rooms and one triple room. Breakfast is included in the rate, which consists of freshly made smoothies, a cooked breakfast, homemade muesli, fresh fruit and either tea or brewed coffee. A highlight of the homestay is taking a guided walk with a local guide, Nox, including walks to peaks, through plantations and historical areas of interest.
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5. The Baystay
A peaceful retreat on the edge of Rukuruku village on Ovalau, The Baystay is a great way to immerse in the local culture. Locals running the accommodation offers affordable and authentic meals, guided walks to the Lovoni Village in Ovalau’s volcanic crater, as well as kava sessions. There are two bures at the accommodation, one for families sleeping up to five people and a private double bure for singles or couples. There are self-catering facilities available, as well as complimentary use of kayaks, a garden rock pool and snorkelling gear. See more like this in 10 Best Accommodation in the Lomaiviti Islands for Foodies.
6. Clara’s Holiday Lodge
A simple lodge in the centre of Levuka town, Clara’s Holiday Lodge offers the cheapest private rooms on Ovalau. Rooms are small and not for the fussy. There is a dormitory, shared cold-water bathroom facilities, and breakfast is included in the rates.
7. New Mavida Lodge
Another option in Levuka, New Mavida Lodge has 14 private rooms for couples and solo travellers, as well as a 10-bed dormitory. Facilities include guest laundry, internet, luggage storage, room service and an activity’s desk. A cooked and tropical breakfast is also included in the room rate.