Family Rooms on Ovalau and the Lomaiviti Islands
For the family looking for an alternative experience on the Fiji islands, away from the resort districts and on some of the “real” islands, the Lomaiviti Islands are pretty appealing. Easy to reach off the coast of Suva, the main island of Ovalau is rich in history, culture and water activities suitable for all ages. When it comes to accommodation, the Lomaiviti Islands have a range of luxury private island resorts, mid-range island resorts and affordable yet authentic guesthouses. Check out your options with this list of family resorts on the Lomaiviti Islands.
While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Guide to Lomaiviti Islands for Families.
1. Toberua Island Resort
Make your family getaway to the Lomaiviti Islands as easy as can be by staying at the Toberua Island Resort. This private island resort boasts luxurious bures (villas) most of which have a king bed and two single beds. Extended family getaways are made comfortable in the Lagilagi Villa sleeping up to four adults and six children. After making your way to Suva or Nausori Airport, the team will transfer your straight to the resort where you can transition into your own version of “Fiji time“, whether that’s snorkelling, playing kids games or relaxing by the pool. Babysitting services are also available.
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2. Leleuvia Island Resort
This island resort offers a quieter alternative to the popular backpacker trails in the Yasawas but is mainly that – a backpacker resort. Nevertheless, Leleuvia Island Resort offers that island resort experience without the premium price tag, where families can still enjoy their own space in the Private Bures and Deluxe Bures sleeping up to six people (each bed after three people costs extra). Meal plans are compulsory, costing half for children under 12 or free of charge for under 5 years. Some of the best snorkelling on the Lomaiviti Islands can be found off the shores or short boat trip away, while the rest of your time can be filled up with kayaking, sailing, fishing and cultural village visits. Find more like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Lomaiviti Islands.
3. Bobo’s Farm
Stay in an affordable family cottage for up to four people at Bobo’s Farm. This farmstay on Ovalau, located between Taviya and Rukuruku villages on the north coast, has a wealth of activities suitable for kids, from waterfall slides to meeting the farm animals. Seriously, most activities here make it only to our 10 Things to Do in the Lomaiviti Islands with Kids. The food is a highlight too with affordable meals with a European, Fijian and Indian influence.
4. Wakaya Club & Spa
The most luxurious option for families in the Lomaiviti Islands is the Wakaya Club & Spa. After you receive personal transfers from Nadi International Airport, you’ll arrive at this private island resort complete with stylishly modern bures. The best option for families is the Ambassador’s Bure with two bedrooms featuring king beds, private outdoor shower, private plunge pool and a secluded garden leading down to the beach. There are larger villa options also available for up to six people. The usual watersports of snorkelling, kayaking and paddleboarding are readily available for the whole family to enjoy, while special activities like helicopter flights, day trips to other islands and fishing trips are also available at an extra cost. See more like this in the 5 Best Luxury Resorts on the Lomaiviti Islands.
5. Ovalau Holiday Resort
About 3km from Levuka town, Ovalau Holiday Resort offers a peaceful retreat on the beach. The resort features a Panorama Villa with three bedrooms, ideal for families, as well as a selection of two-bedroom bures which can accommodate a maximum of five people. While each bure has its own kitchen facilities, Ovalau Holiday Resort offers authentic Indian food well worth trying at least once during your stay. For families, babysitting services, a swimming pool and coconut husking demonstrations make for a convenient and interesting stay.
6. Royal Hotel
Stay in Fiji’s oldest hotel or one of the more modern and family-friendly outer cottages of the Royal Hotel. This hotel in Levuka offers two-bedroom self-contained cottages ideal for families who want that home-away-from-home experience. The hotel reinforces the colonial ambience of Levuka town, which is evident in the decor of the hotel dining room (although the swimming pool is a modern addition).
7. Dere Bay Resort
A true escape on the islands of Fiji, Dere Bay Resort is hidden on the northwest coast of Koro Island. You won’t need to worry about it being too crowded here, with the resort only having three cottages on the beach. Cottages are spacious and modern with stylish timber interiors throughout the open-plan bedroom with a king bed and two single beds and the ensuite bathroom. Activities at the resort include beach walks, garden walks, kayaking, snorkelling and fishing.
8. Kauwai Guesthouse
The extremely affordable accommodation rates and activities are the main drawcard for families to this guesthouse on the south coast of Ovalau. Fishing, snorkelling tours, a sandbank visit and sightseeing cruise are all around FJ$40 for adults and FJ$10-$15 for children, not to mention the free activities like kayaking available. Private rooms in the main house of Kauwai only sleep up to three people, so it’s best suited to smaller families. Affordable vegetarian or standard meal plans are available, where meals are shared on a long table for guests to enjoy together.
9. The Baystay
A boutique accommodation featuring a bure with one double bed, a single and a bunk are ideal for families on a budget. The Baystay is located on the outskirts of Rakuraku Village on Ovalau where interaction with the local village is all part of the experience. Snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and lounging in the hammocks are also ways to spend your time here at this peaceful retreat.