Nakia Resort Taveuni Fiji

Nakia Resort and Dive, on a bluff between Somosomo and Matei Airport on the west side of Taveuni Island, is one of Fiji's newer eco-resorts, powered by solar, wind, and hydro electricity. The bures are clean and comfortable, offering a sweeping view of Vanua Levu, Rabi, and Kioa. Since Nakia faces west, it enjoys spectacular sunsets, unlike many of the better known places to stay at Matei. Accommodation rates are currently $270 Fijian double or $420 Fijian for four, plus 15.5 percent tax. Airport transfers and non-motorized sporting gear are included but meals are extra. Nakia's own organic farm supplies their restaurant, The Cliffhouse.

Nakia Resort and Dive recently purchased a 30-foot dive boat and will be starting dive services shortly. The operator ran a dive company in Hawaii for eight years and has permanently relocated to Taveuni. This resort offers quality service with small groups of four divers or less per instructor. Nakia gives a detailed dive site and safety briefing before each dive, making sure procedures are communicated clearly. (Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen in Fiji.) The instructors also provide a thorough marine life orientation explaining the many unique species found in Fiji, along with interesting information about the behaviors of these critters. Snacks, drinks, and a hot water shower are available after all dives.

BTW, I've heard from a reader who disputes my claim on page 232 of Moon Fiji that Taveuni is Fiji's fourth largest island. He must have been looking at one of the free brochures which say that Taveuni is Fiji's third largest island. Well, by my calculation, Kadavu's 450 square kilometers put it ahead of Taveuni's 442 square kilometers. Of course, no one disputes that Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are Fiji's largest islands.

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