The Wonders of Fiji
For most of us, a trip to Fiji is the trip of a lifetime. Stunning sea views, lush diving, hiking adventures, and village visits are just a few of the attractions of Fiji. Besides the wonders of the main island Viti Levu, there are hundreds of surrounding islands, like the Yasawas and the Mamanucas to explore. With this wonder, comes tons and tons of resorts and accommodation options to choose from. It’s hard to pick, especially when you’re researching from a computer. I stayed in a few different places around Fiji and on a few different islands, and I can say without a doubt, The Beachouse was by far my favorite spot. I’ve since recommended it countless times to friends and fellow travelers and everyone of them has left happy!
The Beachouse is located on the Coral Coast, which runs along the southern coast of Viti Levu, between Sigatoka and Suva. The Coral Coast is famous for its pristine beaches, gorgeous resorts, and its proximity to other islands. Coral Coast is a must-see on the main island and is one of the easier places to get to if you’re traveling on a budget (you can travel by bus around the island). From the coral coast, you can visit the cultural villages, take dive and snorkel trips, and explore interior waterfalls. Horseback riding is popular in Fiji and a great way to catch a sunset on a beach. Among the public beaches on the Coral Coast is Natandola, which touts miles stunning white sand, snorkeling spots, and a great surf.
The Beachouse is located on a secluded beach along Queen’s Highway, which runs along the Coral Coast. I got in late, around 1 am, and I still fell in love immediately. Looking up as I got out of the minivan I arrived in, I saw hundreds of stars through the palm trees towering above me. The owner had made sure to leave me a key at the bar, which was quiet at that time, and I had no trouble checking into my dorm room after hours.
The next day was when I really fell head over heals for this place. I started my day with complimentary yoga on a platform overlooking the beach, followed by a nice buffet breakfast. We then went on a guided hike (10 FJD) through the nearby jungle, which led to a group of small waterfalls and pools. The hike was pretty intense as it had rained recently and we had to fight through the mud (I actually lost a sneaker and had to dig it out). The waterfalls weren’t anything crazy, but refreshing after the strenuous hike through the mud. It was the experience as a whole–the daring adventure, which I enjoyed the most.
I spent the lazy afternoon lounging on the beach and getting a massage by the in-house masseuse. Before dinner, the friends I had made in my dorm room and I went on a sunset horseback ride. The horses were gentle and quite small–definitely suitable even if it’s your first time riding a horse. We got to see the amazing sunset from a nearby peak and then from a deserted beach.
That night, we enjoyed a great meal, followed by kava (local slightly alcoholic drink) with the staff. We sat around in a circle singing songs, looking at surf photos, and watching the stars.
Reasons why you’ll love it
I told you about why I love it, here’s why you will too:
1. The Staff
Fijians are extremely warm and welcoming people, but at Beachouse, more than anywhere else, I felt like I was included in every activity as a friend, not as a guest. The place is local to the core–I know this because some of the ex-staff were actually staying there while I was and they told me. I also made several new friends while I stayed there and am still in contact with them.
2. The Activities
Each day, there is a whole list of things you can choose to do, from deep-sea fishing to island trips to surfing. And, they’re the best prices I saw anywhere in Fiji. Even though this place is secluded, you will never be bored. Alternatively, if you’re looking just to chill out, the beach is nice and snokeling is available right out front. Also, the massages were amazing!
3. The Price
The Beachouse offers a range of rooms, from private bungalows to shared dorm rooms. The accommodation is definitely worth the price. Also, at almost every small resort in Fiji, there is a mandatory meal plan that you must buy if you decide to stay there. Beachouse is one of these resorts but is considerably cheaper than other resorts I stayed at (40 FJD rather than 100 FJD), and they don’t include lunch, so you can decide for yourself whether you want to spend the money on lunch or not. All the activities were reasonably priced and a good value.
4. The Rooms
My dorm room was exceptionally clean and so were the bathrooms. They even have hot water in the shared bathrooms, which is lucky. Even as a single traveling female, I felt safe and comfortable staying in the dorms.
5. The Other Guests
People that stay at The Beachouse are cool, not stuck up, just really friendly and down to earth. You’ll love it, and you’ll make friends. Great for if you’re traveling alone like I was!
Pro-tip on Getting There:
] It’s easy to get to Beachouse by bus from the airport if you’re traveling on a budget, but the service stops at 6 pm. If you’re getting in later, another cheap option is to get a taxi from the airport to the Nadi bus terminal (20 FJD) and then get a minivan to Beachouse. Just tell your taxi driver that you need a minivan to the Coral Coast. The minivans leave on demand, so as they get full, they will depart. It’s a common form of local transport, so people will be getting on and off, but you should get to The Beachouse is about an hour and a half or less.