Nukubati Private Island Great Sea Reef – All Inclusive
What We Love
- Run by Fijians and locally owned
- Eco credentials: electricity from solar power; food from the resort’s organic gardens
- Absolute privacy in stand-alone bures
- The spa offers traditional Fijian Bobo massage, a healing treatment passed down through generations
What To Know
- Transfer is via a 40-minute flight, a one-hour drive, then a five-minute boat ride
- Children 12 years old and younger are permitted by special request only
- There’s no TV in guest rooms
- For environmental reasons there’s no ac, but buildings have been designed to catch sea breezes
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Nukubati Private Island offers an authentic Fijian experience compared to the bigger and glitzier resorts. Run by Fijians and locally owned, there are seven beachfront traditional bungalows with verandas, white interiors, wooden floors, rattan furniture, and ceiling fans. There’s no a/c in this environmentally-friendly resort, but properties open up to take advantage of sea breezes. The spa offers traditional Fijian Bobo massage, a healing treatment passed down through generations. This all-inclusive resort’s restaurant and bar is in the central Pavilion where there’s also a library and a gift shop. And should you ever tire of snorkeling, there’s an outdoor tennis court.
In the Area
Nukubati Island’s Vatu Dua Pearl Farm is a small enterprise owned and run by the women of Raviravi village. If you visit at harvest time they’ll show you how the pearls are extracted and cleaned; plus you can buy them if you so choose. Visitors are welcome at the village’s church, where they can hear the Fijian choir. Since the island sits a half-hour boat ride from The Great Sea Reef (the world’s third largest barrier reef), a main activity is rightfully scuba diving.
How to Get There
Incredible. We've been to fancy places, nice places, remote places; yet staying at Nukubati was a new completely unique and amazing experience. R&R we didn't know we needed.
If you want permanent WiFi, touristy distractions and a huge glitzy resort, cable TV and technology, this may not be the place for you. However, if you want pristine beach and location, escapism from day to day, tranquility, relaxation, sunset cocktails, an untouched, clean, remote mini slice of paradise where time can slow and you can genuinely relax... Go! You won't be disappointed.
The food alone: as fresh and delicious as you'll have anywhere, allfreshly sourced or caught. Make sure you have the soups!
The Staff: welcoming, friendly and ever polite. We even had the pleasure of meeting the owners and their family. Their beliefs on hospitality completely refreshing in todays age and we couldn't have felt more welcome or welcome back, with service that didn't finish, even after we checked out.
Picnic on private island. Best snorkeling we've ever done. Naps. Food. Cocktails. Fresh air.
An amazing, great, relaxing stay. Would go, and hopefully will go one day, back again.
We spent a few days after our stay on the island at a very well known top tier 5 star resort on the mainland after... And whilst everything was very nice, new etc., we both wished we'd stayed at Nukubati!
This is one of those places in the world that you never forget. It takes a little longer to get to than most resorts, but that is part of the beauty and romance. No crowds - in fact we were the only guests for part of our stay, but that did not diminish the service we received at all. Friendly, 5 star service around the clock, with food choices that must take incredible effort to achieve the high standard they set and meet.
This is the most friendly place I have stayed, short of private homes. Family ownership brings in the Fijian community to all guests, who become part of the family - loved and cared for beyond what corporate service world.
There is so many things to do ...... or not to do, as you desire.
We were taken to Nukubati by our dear family members and as soon as we arrived we were welcomed with big smiles, incredible surroundings, friendly people with huge hearts, unbelievable food and the most of out of this world setting and private island oasis. We have been to many places but nothing was quite like this gorgeous place! The food was so fresh and generous we were just inundated with choices - you really want for nothing on this island. We loved meeting Lara and Jenny - who told us great stories about the islands history and their families which made it even more special and close to the heart.
We hiked, kayaked, fished (my mother caught two fish nearly three), swam, went on boats, read, exercised and just took it all in. The book collection was something else and really made the whole dining area Pavillon such a place of solitude. I will be back soon and I can not recommend this place enough. Thank you staff for such a lovely holiday - we feel refreshed beyond words! Lara, Jenny and Sarah so much love and thank you from our family to yours. Xx
We loved Nukubati as the perfect honeymoon destination. Fijian hospitality could not get any better and the location is simply stunning. Activities can be arranged as you want, you can dine at a time you choose. We loved the private beach picnic and the day spent snorkelling the Great Sea Reef. We look forward to returning here one day.
From the moment you take the internal FijiLink flight to Labasa and are met at the airport, you know you are in for something special. After a short while of travelling along sealed roads, you realise why a four wheel drive is useful. 45 minutes later, you arrive at the jetty and are transported to a true paradise. Not only are you greeted with open-hearted song, but the owners Jenny and Peter - who somehow managed to have the Irish Flag flying for me too! My bhure, complete with writing desk, on the beachfront became my home. For the week I was there, the staff made me feel so very welcome. Nukabati is not just an eco resort with a well deserved repuation, I learnt of its origins, of Jenny and Peter's vision when they first set up some 30+ years ago, of creating a self sufficient, eco-friendly resort, which above all would be sustainable, a source of employment for the surrounding villages. Somewhere where visitors could see first hand the natural landscape, on and off the water. Somewhere to be still and rejuvenate one's soul. Having read the other reviews, I would agree, the food, the service, the company and of course the unique location all make Nukabati what it is. If something isn't easy to get to, the chances are, the journey will be worthwhile - and so it is. What makes it extra special? The people. What makes the people so special apart from their natural warmth? The care and attention given by the owners in training their staff who look after you with such grace and dignity, you cannot fail to feel welcome and loved. For one precious week in time, I really was 'home' - and will I know in time, return. For pleasure and who knows... perhaps take a small group for a leadership retreat...