Namena Island Resort

4.75
(1 REVIEW)

 

Destination: Fiji

Namena Island, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji | Room + diving from $312/ppn

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Namena Island Resort Quick Pitch

This environmentally friendly private island resort is home to spectacular diving and beautiful tropical scenery. The bures are nestled into the tropical forest, drawing attention to the stunning natural surroundings of the island.

 

Quick Information  

  • No of Rooms: 6
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: Kayaks, hiking trails, beach volleyball, hammocks, clubhouse, library
  • Nearest International Airport: Nadi International Airport
  • Airport Transfers: Yes 

 

How to Get There

Namena Island is located 25 nautical miles from Savusavu. Savusavu is a one hour scheduled plane ride from the Nadi International Airport. Transfers are included in dive packages: round-trip sea transfers based on morning flight into Savusavu on the day of arrival and afternoon flight out of Savusavu on departure date from the island. Additional charges if any change in arrival/departure times.

 

Dive Overview

The Namena Marine Reserve showcases the Namena Barrier Reef, one of Fiji's most diverse ecosystems. This pristine environment can host all levels of divers, from beginners to experts.


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Accommodations

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Namena Island Resort Accommodation Overview

Namena Island Resort only has 6 Bures, each consisting of one king size bed with two bathrooms. All bures are separated by large distances from one another. The bures are built in traditional Fijian style, each boasting its own unique view of the sea from its clifftop location. Each bure is equipped with a king-size canopy bed with mosquito netting, coffee/tea making facilities, gas lamps that provide 24-hour lighting, solar lamps, and a room fan. Piped-in gas runs each bure’s lights, hot water for showers, and tea kettle.

 

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Resort Facilities

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Namena Island Resort Features 

  • Restaurant
  • Bar and Lounge
  • Library
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Room Service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free breakfast
  • Laundry Service

 

Namena Island Resort Food & Drinks

The resort's largest hexagonal bure, 'vale ni kana' - or clubhouse, is the resort lounge area, dining area, self-serve bar, and houses a large paperback library. Dining is usually communal and a time to share the day's experiences with fellow guests. Meals are included in the daily rates. Namena’s kitchen staff bake breads, pastries, cakes daily and can cater to dietary requirements.

 

Namena Island Resort Activities 

  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Volleyball
  • Sea kayaking

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Packages & Rates

Namena Island Resort Rates

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Accommodation Rates

There is a five-night minimum stay at Namena Island Resort. Five-night package cost is US$1375.00 + tax per person based on twin-share (2 people sharing a bure. Additional nights add US$215 + tax per person. Single Occupant 5-night package is US$1930 + tax.

 

Inclusions 

  • Accommodation in secluded oceanfront bamboo bure
  • All meals & snacks
  • Round trip taxi transfers between the Savusavu Airport and downtown CopraShed Marina
  • Activities
  • Round trip sea transfers between CopraShed Marina and Namena Island

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Diving Rates

The only additional-pay activity is scuba diving. The rate US$100 (F$170) per person per day for two tank dives. Tanks, air, weights/belts, divemaster, boat & crew are provided.

 

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Important Note

We do not recommend that children come to the island if they are under 5 years of age.

 

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Drop us an email at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

 

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Dive Information

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Dive Sites

Namena Barrier Reef surrounds the island of Namena, with vertical walls, over 300 varieties of brilliantly colored corals and giant clams weighing up to 50 pounds. The reef is designated as a marine reserve with over 22 world famous dive sites all within a 10-minute boat ride from the dive center’s boat jetty.

 

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Marine Life 

The Namena Marine Reserve is home to more than 1,000 species of invertebrates, 400 known corals, 445 documented marine plants and over 1,100 fish species. Namena is a migratory pathway for cetaceans; you may encounter species such as bottlenose and spinner dolphins, or pilot, minke, sperm, and humpback whales.

There are high and very diverse pelagic populations in this area, including scalloped and great hammerhead sharks, grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks, many dogtooth tuna and Spanish mackerel, extremely large schools of big eye trevally, blue jacks and schools of barracudas. Four of the world’s seven sea turtle species can be found in Fiji, and both green and hawksbill sea turtles regularly nest on Namena’s beaches.

Two local dive sites are Chimneys and Tetons. Both sites consists of pinnacles rising from the surface; dropping down on the top of these pinnacles with their explosion of color and life is a sensory overload. Covered in vast colors of soft coral, hard coral, micro critters, uncountable tropical fish and laced with huge sea fans, these sites put Fiji as the soft coral capital of the world. Rated amongst the top 10 Dive Sites in the world. Excellent for photography. Both sites are best for intermediate to advanced divers. Depths range from 80-100 feet. 

 

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Dive Center Information

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Namena Island Resort Dive Center Overview

Namena Divers Fiji is a PADI certified SCUBA diving operation located in both Namena Island Resort Marina and the KoroSun Resort Marina. They have a certified PADI team who can provide regular dives as well as PADI training from the beginner level to advanced. Their guides are the reef experts of the region. All Namena Dive boats are 13.5 meter, purpose-built aluminum catamarans. They are fast and comfortable, fitting 20 divers with plenty of room to spare. All boats are outfitted with onboard shower and toilet, as well as camera storage and cleaning areas.

 

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Practical Information 

  • Electricity: 240V
  • Time zone: UTC+4
  • Languages: English & Fijian

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Reviews (1)

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Namena Island Resort

The reason you go to Namena Island Resort – also known as Moody’s Namena Resort – is that it is ringed by some of the best reefs in Fiji, which are considered to be some of most beautiful reefs in the world. The reefs around Namena have been protected as a marine park for some time now, and the quantity and variety of marine life on the reefs is a testament to the beneficial effect it has had. In fact, other well-known resorts note that the highlight of their diving is the once-a-week, one-hour trip out to Namena, weather permitting, and liveaboards anchor offshore to dive the reefs regularly. Staying at Namena, the reefs are from 5 to 15 minutes away, and you can dive them every day.

There are only 6 burés (Fijian chalets) on the island, with a maximum of 12 guests. The burés are octagonal in shape, with 4 or 5 sliding doors. They don’t have air conditioning, but are set high enough off the water that they get the benefit the ocean breezes and we never found heat to be a problem. Beds are outfitted with good mosquito nets. The resort is very ecologically minded, with drinking water collected from rain and burés lighted by solar powered lights. Because the huts don’t have AC, though, batteries, laptops etc have to be charged at the main lodge.

Because the island has so few guests, we virtually always had the main 100-metre white sand beach to ourselves. There are other isolated beaches that are accessible by kayak. There is also a hiking path on the island, though we didn’t explore.

The food was consistently excellent, being a mix of Fijian and American fare. Eating is done communally, with guests sharing one of two tables at the main lodge. When we visited in 2010, you needed to buy your own beer, wine and spirits in town before taking the boat to the island, which was easy enough as there is a liquor store conveniently located across from the dock (they even opened on a Sunday morning to accommodate us, at the request of the Moody’s Namena manager Nigel).

The one cautionary note I would add is that the boat they use for transfers to the island is fairly basic, and if you encounter bad weather you’ll be riding it out wearing a rain slicker provided by the crew. On a nice day the crossing takes about 40 minutes (as did both of our crossings), though their website warns that in rough seas it can take considerably longer.

The price is moderately high but considering the access you have to such excellent diving it was a very good value. The resort has recently changed owners, so prices and details of what's included may have changed. As long as they've kept the same staff, though, you can be sure that you'll have an excellent experience staying there.

Visited on 10/2010 - Submitted on 02/27/2014

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