I'm a mother to three, living in and loving Fiji since 2001. I also do wedding and portrait photography under my business, Island Encounters Photography, based in Nadi, Fiji. www.islandencountersphotography.com
Published January 29th 2013
Family fun, Diving and Beachfront Bliss
Wananavu is the Fijian word for awesome / beautiful / amazing. It is also the name of a boutique 4-star resort located in the tip-top north of Viti Levu by the tiny town of Rakiraki. The name is apt--it is awesome. On a friend's recommendation, my family recently made the 2 hour drive north of Nadi to spend a weekend at Wananavu Beach Resort.
Wananavu draws in a lot of divers. The diving is spectacular in the renowned Bligh Waters and the resort can send out up to 30 divers a day on two tank dives, departing at 8 AM and returning around 2 PM. There are dive packages on offer as well as speciality certifications.
But don't worry if you're not a diver, there's still plenty to do. Tennis, snorkeling and kayaking are all included, and there are picnics, waterfall and village visits, etc. on offer for a fee. We preferred to soak in the tranquil pool, lounge on our beach-front veranda, or walk along the beach looking for sand dollars.
The restaurant is also "wananavu". Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is comprised of a continental buffet as well as an order of your choice off the menu. Friday night is Fiji night, and we were delighted by the $45 FJD dinner buffet (children eat free) and Fijian dancing show. Dinner was "lovo" (Fijian earth oven). I've eaten lovo hundreds of times in Fiji and this one was among the best. The meke (traditional dancing and singing) was also top-notch, especially when they get the guests involved.