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110 acres of private paradise in the middle of nowhere and next to Namena Marine Reserve which offers some of the best diving in Fiji.
Tom and Joan Moody opened this peaceful, remote resort in 1986 and it used to be called Moody's Namena Resort. Today it is called Namena Island Resort. There aren't many places like this in Fiji or anywhere. Located 22 nautical miles from the mainland it is very remote, and very beautiful.
This is not a luxury resort; if you want that then there are lots of options on Vanua Levu and the other islands of Fiji. For a few days diving the wonderful sites of Namena Marine Reserve, there is nowhere better as the sites are all within a few minutes of the island.
The island has just six bures, with most perched up on a ridge with commanding views of the ocean. They are set far apart so each feels totally private. The walls of the hexagonal structures slide back to make the most of the views and the breeze. Solar power runs the reading lights and fans adding to the hotel's eco credentials.
Crushed rock pathways lead you along the wooded ridge to the central building where all meals are served. The food is simple but delicious. Take note that if you want spirits you need to bring them yourself as the resort doesn't have a license though they serve beer and wine with dinner.
There are five private beaches and one of the beauties of the place is that you can claim one for your own by using the occupied/unoccupied signs to advise others not to enter!
The diving here in the Namena Marine Reserve is stunning. While you can access the same sites from Vanua Levu, this takes around an hour in often bumpy seas and if the weather is bad the crossing isn't possible, while from here it only takes a few minutes. You will have truly world-class diving all to yourselves with pristine corals and incredible marine life, especially on the right tide.
There are normally two dives per day in the morning and afternoon from one of the two boats. It is worth noting that you cannot do any courses here.
Away from the diving there is hiking, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, and fishing amongst others. Then there is just plenty of time to rest and relax.
Why we love it
A private island and the only for miles that sits by some of Fiji's best dive sites. Truly unique.
Neill, Original Diver