Cheap Accommodation in the Lomaiviti Islands
The Lomaiviti Islands prove that you don’t have to pay premium prices to stay in paradise. Definitely one of the up-and-coming Fiji backpacker destinations, the Lomaiviti Islands has a selection of affordable island resorts, as well as cheap hotels, lodges and guesthouses on the historical island of Ovalau. Most of the accommodation comes with its own set of free or inexpensive activities, as well as authentic Fijian meals. Check out our top recommendations with this list of budget accommodations in the Lomaiviti Islands.
For more advice, see The Guide to Lomaiviti Islands on a Budget.
1. Leleuvia Island Resort
If you’re looking for a reason to get off the main backpacker resort route of the Yasawa Islands then this might be it. Leleuvia Island Resort is an affordable island resort offering private bures (cottages) sleeping up to three guests (or more at an extra cost), as well as a male and female dormitory. The resorts operate a transfer service from Viti Levu and Levuka, as well as a compulsory meal plan making your transition into the island life simple. All you need to worry about is how you’re going to balance snorkelling, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, fishing trips, village visits and scuba diving.
2. Caqalai Island Resort
Another backpacker island option is the Caqalai Island Resort, run by the Methodist Church of Fiji. Some of the best snorkelling in the Lomaivitis can be found just off the island, as well as a real friendly Fijian vibe with nights spent around the tanoa bowl (kava bowl) and stargazing at the vivid skies. Bures are simple and traditionally thatched, with private single bures and double bures. There is also a dormitory available and camping if you have your own tent. Meals are included in the rates, making Caqalai Island Resort the cheapest backpacker resort in the Lomaivitis.
3. Bobo’s Farm
For a local farmstay packed with things to do and delicious food, choose Bobo’s Farm. Based on the north coast of Ovalau, between Rukuruku and Taviya, Bobo’s Farm is set among lush gardens and a five-minute walk away from a black sand beach. Guests stay in either a private double or single room in the farmhouse or can enjoy an entire cottage to themselves sleeping 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 organic ingredients. The activities list with Bobo almost seems endless with a wealth of hikes, a walk to a natural waterslide, relaxing in the garden pool, visiting the local school in Rukuruku, fishing, island and sandbar visits and much more. See our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do on the Lomaiviti Islands for more details.
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4. Ovalau Holiday Resort
A little out of town, but offering transfers when booked in advance, the Ovalau Holiday Resort is just outside of Levuka. The resort on the beach offers five Garden View Villas and the Panorama Villa with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and amazing views of the ocean and surrounding islands. The resort makes an affordable stay on Levuka, especially for 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 on offer. See more like this in 9 Best Family Resorts on the Lomaiviti Islands.
5. Royal Hotel
Fiji’s first hotel offers historic charm without the “tired” feel. The Royal Hotel has affordable private rooms in the hotel and more modern self-contained cottages in the gardens. Facilities at the hotel in Levuka include a swimming pool, hotel dining room, bar, laundry service, WiFi and more.
6. Kauwai Guesthouse
Located on the southern tip of Ovalau, Kauwai Guesthouse is a surprisingly convenient base for some Ovalau adventures. There’s plenty to explore using their free kayaks and paddleboards through the mangrove forests just off the property as well as paddling to various islands and sandbanks less than 5km/3 miles away. Kauwai Guesthouse offers an affordable range of private double rooms with or without an ensuite, as well as a triple room with solo traveller rates being a welcome feature. Meals are offered buffet-style with an array of authentic Fijian and Indo-Fijian food on a cheap meal plan. The guesthouse also has an appealing activities list where activities are no more than FJ$50, as well as free things to do. Plus, you won’t miss out on exploring Levuka with the ride into town only costing around FJ$2!
7. The Baystay
This peaceful retreat on Ovalau is located by Rukuruku Village makes it an inexpensive option for couples and families. The Baystay has two 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, as well as a freshwater rock pool, hammocks, kayaks and snorkelling gear. With interaction with the local village available, you can join in on kava nights and arrange treks to the famed Lovoni Village in the island’s volcanic crater. The Baystay also offers affordable Fijian meals when given prior notice.
8. New Mavida Lodge
With a convenient location on Levuka’s main street, Beach Street, and 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 in 2002, its architecture and picket fence blend nicely with the historical town. The lodge has 14 private ensuite rooms as well as a 10-bed dormitory. All of the rates include breakfast. Internet, laundry, luggage storage, room service and a tour desk also make up the facilities.
9. Clara’s Holiday Lodge
Offering some of the cheapest rooms in Levuka, Clara’s Holiday Lodge provides simple accommodation for the not-too-fussy. The colonial-style home offers several small private rooms and a dorm room with a shared cold-water bathroom. Breakfast is included. See more options in Ovalau with our 5 Best Budget Accommodation on Ovalau.