About the Homestay
Enjoy unforgettable village hospitality and stay in our traditional Fiji-style bungalows (bures) in Navotua, Malakati and Naisisili on picturesque Nacula island. These are one of the very few homestays in Fiji located in a very attractive island setting. This is a community project run collectively by all villagers. Go for a genuine experience, beat classic tourist resorts on Yasawas.
ALL THREE VILLAGES ARE VERY SIMILAR AND THE BUNGALOWS IN ALL VILLAGES ARE NEARLY IDENTICAL AND ON ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT. ALL RATES ARE THE SAME AND INCLUDE 3 AMPLE MEALS PER DAY FOR ALL GUESTS IN YOUR RESERVATION. BOTH PICK UP AND DROP OFF BY A SMALL FIBERGLASS BOAT FROM YOUR FERRY OR SEAPLANE TO THE VILLAGE ARE INCLUDED IN THE RATES (up to 140 FJD worth). Please ignore any warning this website might show you in regard to meals - there are no any additional charges for meals. Tropical breakfast is served outside on a table in shade, overlooking the ocean and neighbouring islands. Lunch and dinner are served every day with a different village family. This is a perfect chance to get to know everybody in this small friendly and always-laughing village. Mingle, interact, learn, relax - all local style. Hint: do not miss our kava sessions in the evening.
Flash toilet and shower facilities are very clean and are not shared with anybody. Electricity is not available, but it is possible to charge your mobile devices in the community hall which has a solar panel. Network coverage (Vodafone) is good.
Navotua is a village in a remote Nacula island. It is essential to communicate how and whether you would like to be picked up at least 48 hours before arrival.
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Navotua and Malakati villages are located close to the famous Sawa-i-Lau sea cave in the remote north of unspoilt Nacula island. A couple of tiny islands just off the coast wait to be explored.
Your bungalow is on the absolute beachfront. The white sand beach is impeccable: clean, wide and accessible. The bungalow is discreetly located so you will enjoy your complete privacy whenever you need it.
Local Area Facilities
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Board
Diet Type available on request
If you are a vegetarian, please let us know. As a token of respect, you must bring one yagona (kava) root (not powder) to present sevusevu to the village Chief. At Malakati, a small cash donation should accompany your sevusevu ($10 is appropriate). Please do not wear hat or sunglasses while walking around the village (standard Fiji village etiquette). No nudity.
Smoking is not allowed.
Wir waren im Taven Homestay auf den Yasawa Inseln auf Nacula. Die Familie hat uns sehr herzlich aufgenommen und uns am Familienleben teilhaben lassen. Die herrlich am Strand gelegene Bure war gemütlich und liebevoll ausgestattet in herrlichem Garten mit Hängematte. Das Essen war lecker und frisch. Jeden Nachmittag gab es selbstgebackenen Kuchen. Wir lernten viel über das Leben auf der Insel und das Dorfleben konnten wir erkunden. Tauchen und schnorcheln wurde für uns organisiert. Der Abschied fiel uns sehr schwer, wir hoffen auf ein Wiedersehen.
If you are looking to experience true Fiji, this is the place to go! We stayed in Malakati Village in one of three bures with our 6 year old boy and it was true paradise. The children of the village are miraculous, and their happiness not measurable in words. The bure is simple, there is a shared shower and western toilet and we drank rainwater from a tank, very tasty! The ladies of the village cooked 3 meals per day for us and we ate together with their families Fiji-stlye on the floor. Please note though that there is not much diversity in food, rice & fish are the order of the day, so you might want to stock up on snacks from the mainland. We went diving at nearby Blue Lagoon Resort and snorkeling off the beach. The beach is finest white sand. Everything here is raw and unpolished and this is the way it should be if you are after an authentic experience. We stayed for 5 nights over New Years and celebrating with the village was a treat! Make sure you try and stay over either a Sunday or Tuesday, as this is when the village assembles at church and their singing is magical. The people of the village were very open and super friendly and we really got to spend time with them! Definitely a recommend, for ideally 3-4 days!
A good Fijian experience introduction. We've met some wonderful people and learned a lot from them. Thank you Mela for your wonderful baking and good conversations. Thanks to Taïma for introducing about the village habits and thanks to all the people who cooked and talked to us. Special thanks for the kava socializing with our neighbors and also for the coconuts for the kids from Jo. We cherish the time we spent in Navotua.
The 5 days solo vacation in Navotua village is a wonderful experience, I had lots of fun exploration during my staying here.
I was originally worry if no other tourist joins my booking dates before I arrive, the worry was totally unnecessary. There were 3 wonderful young couples from 3 different countries during my 5 days visiting, I was very lucky that I could join them for all kind of activities, beach walk, hermit crab race, mealtime visit, school visit and snorkeling.
Cave and honeymoon island boat ride was the highlight of day trip. I saw beautiful coral reefs and colorful fishes there.
Our Bures are east facing, we get the window view of beautiful sunrise every morning, ocean wind blows off the heat in daytime and evening, so no mosquito would bother us.
Mela is a wonderful cook, she prepared homemade breakfast for us every morning, we have coconut flavor steam bun, eve (not sure the spelling) cake, dinner rolls, scorn and donuts, they are so delicious. I even get to see how to prepare eve fruit for cooking, how to weave a mat and cook cassava. A village girl showed me where sand crab lives and where eve fruit comes from.
This is a beautiful and relax place for a different journey, not a modern place but shower and toilet are convenient, just show in daylight is better. if you like hiking, outdoor activity, you would love this place.
Thank you Mela, I had a memorable trip in Navotua village.
We stayed at Navotua for five days and it was a wonderful experience. Mela and the whole community were very welcoming, the food plentiful and delicious and the location absolutely breathtaking. Unfortunately I was ill because my stomach wasn't used to the food so I do recommend taking medication with you if you might have a sensitive stomach. Also, don't forget the mozzie spray and sunscreen. I took my two eighteen year old children with me and they quickly became part of the young people, singing well into the early hours of the morning! I fully recommend the visit and staying more than just a day or two. We've only been gone a day and miss them already! Moce, sota tale. Xx
It has been an amazing experience to be in the Village. We have been very happy being part of the local people. It is the perfect way to know the real life in Fiji. The meals were delicious. I don't have enough words to describe how nice is the people from Navotua Village.
We stayed with Mela for a week in July this year. It was an amazing experience. Mela and her family were so welcoming and our kids loved playing with the other village children and going to spend some time in the school. The Bures are in a great position right by the beach and are clean but basic. The beach and lagoon are lovely - easy swimming for the children and great coral if you venture out a bit further. I really enjoyed exploring the reef and saw lots of fish, some reef sharks and a few Rays. Mela arranged for us to visit cave island and honeymoon island - a short boat ride to both. Would recommend both very highly. The caves are pretty impressive and honeymoon island is beautiful with really excellent snorkelling just off the beach.
The villagers were very welcoming and visiting different houses for meals was great. They also showed us around their gardens where they grow most of the food. If you want to escape the resorts and have a true Fijian experience then this is definitely for you. We would recommend staying for at least 4 nights to get a feel for the village and because it does take a while to get there. The food was tasty and filling - we did drink the water but if you are worried check out "water to go" which is a drinking bottle that filters everything including bacteria and viruses. It saves on the dreaded plastic. We loved our time and hope to be back one day. Vinaka!!!
Mela and her family were very welcoming and accomadating. Everyone in the village were so friendly and I had the most amazing time. The bure overlooked the beach and it was beautiful. Thank you!
Mela and all of the people in her Village won our hearts. We spent our five day stay immersed in Village life. Friendly smiling faces young and old greeted us each day.... Bula Bula. The experience was also shared with other travelers who were staying there, which just expanded the experience. Keep an open mind and get amongst the people, you'll be made welcome and learn so much about their culture and beliefs. Do yourself a favour and visit, and please take useful gifts to share, they are much appreciated. I'm planning on saving to visit again.
Thank you for hosting us Mela ..... you're a lovely warm person, and we loved staying with your community.
Carolyn and Tai Lyn XXX
They say the people make the place and nothing is truer when it comes to navotua village. The scenery is spectacular, the food is fresh, locally grown and plentiful (they will fatten you up as much as possible :) ) but above all of the beauty, the peace and quiet and Robinson Crusoe feel it's truly the people that make this place so special. We were welcomed with open arms into their community and the highlight of everyday was chatting with the villagers about their lives and ours, playing with the children and drinking kava late into the night. This place is all about back to basics, beautiful scenery, beautiful food and beautiful people. There is no electricity and it is pretty hot but if you need to cool down walk 10 Metres to the beach and cool off. You can go to the local caves, go hiking or have a picnic on your own private island (definately a memorable valentines day) we were welcomed into the church on Sunday regardless of your views and heard the singing and sermons drift across the island. All in all the only bad thing I can say about our time here is that we had to leave. There we're genuine tears (mostly mine). The other thing id like to point out Is that unlike other places in Fiji all of your money here stays in the community. Come, enjoy, live and love in navotua. A truly magical place.
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