Daku Resort, just over a kilometer south of downtown Savusavu, Fiji, offers resort living without resort prices. Until 2004 Daku was managed by the Beachcomber Island crowd from Lautoka, and before that it was an Anglican Church retreat. Today this friendly property offers a variety of room types.
The seven tin-roofed garden bures with air-con and fridge (but no cooking) on the nicely landscaped grounds just below the pool go for F$195 single or double, while two larger family bungalows above the restaurant rent for F$275. If you want a kitchen, there’s a cottage (F$295) and villa (F$320) on the hill and a house (F$370) next to the pool. A self-catering, three-bedroom “beach house” next to the entrance is F$320. There are also two luxury two bedroomed Bayside Villas with their own pools F$395. Add the five percent hotel tax to these rates.
Daku Resort organizes an extraordinary range of courses on subjects such as writing, drawing, painting, choral singing, quilting, beading, birdwatching, botany, and snorkeling. They have the only Yoga Shala in Fiji, and formal discussions about Fiji unfold at the communal and highly convivial dinner table. These activities add an extra dimension to guest’s vacations.
The beach just across the road from Daku has some snorkeling possibilities, though the visibility isn’t the best (and don’t leave valuables unattended). However, the excellent Lesciaceva Reef is only a short ride away in the resort boat (FJ$35 per person). The many entertainment, dining, shopping, and sightseeing attractions of laidback Savusavu are a pleasant 15-minute walk from the resort. It’s something different.