Page last updated on 17 June 2015 - This is our own review

Beachcomber Island
Fiji's "Party Island" or is it?

Beachcomber Island Resort

You can walk around the whole island in about 10 mins, it's that small.

pros: This is one of the closest islands to the mainland departure points, so you will have less travel time. Great beaches, good snorkelling, and lots of waterbased activities available (though you need to pay extra for those). Drinks are cheap compared to other island resorts, and bures/dorms are acceptable. They now have hotel rooms which are excellent quality. The water pressure is actually the best we've experienced, even on the mainland. Plenty of power 24/7. Good internet.

cons: One of the biggest complaints about this resort can be the food quality. However when we were there, there was nothing wrong with the food, ok it's not 5 star but you're not paying for 5 star. Not enough sun-loungers around. Can get busy. 

Most Suitable for...

The resort will tell you this place is suitable for everyone, all age groups. But in our opinion, this isn't the case. While some family groups do stay here and enjoy themselves, the resort is probably best suited to the 18-30yr age range. Especially if you are travelling in a group. Having said that we're not in the age range (into 50+ & 60+ now) and we found it really nice. That's because they now have a great block of really nice hotel rooms on the quiet side of the island well away from the dorms and backpackers.

The bar area has a lot of action going on as you can imagine, very social and you can met all types of people from all over the world with interesting stories to tell. The music is actually really good, excellent stereo system pumps it out. It's a big area with plenty of room with sand floors.

What's the food like?

Buffet lunch selection is pretty good

The restaurant is big and can get busy, but well organised for big crowds. Sand floors. It's all buffet with 3 meals a day. At breakfast there was pancakes, fruit, toast, muffins, donuts, hot beans, sausages plus 2 chefs were cooking eggs to order. The omelets were excellent. Lunch is buffet again with plenty of variety which changes everyday. Dinner is along the same lines of course with different dishes. You do need to be there on time though or you'll miss out, they clear away pretty fast. Coffee and tea is always available during the day.

Meal plan is compulsory at $79 FJD per person adult and $42 per person child.  Child under 3 years old FOC. Payable directly to the Resort only.

Drinks - pretty good value, sorry can't remember the price of a beer, but we had a really good bottle of Aussie merlot for only $25 FJD with dinner. Loads of cocktails to pick from.


Accommodation at Beachcomber - the rooms

Things have changed over the years at Beachcomber, it's one of the first backpacker resorts on the islands in Fiji and originally only for the young. Now they have beachfront bures and a great block of 16 hotel rooms on the opposite side of the island facing the sunset. These rooms are about a 3+ star quality and very comfortable, especially the modernised bathrooms with fantastic water pressure.  This block is called Sun Set View, room keys have SSW on them. In our opinion the only room to stay if you want a really nice private room. The SSW rooms all have a deck with loungers and right on the edge of the water with stunning views and amazing sunsets. No TV's in any rooms. There is a big screen TV in the bar.

All prices valid to 31 March 2016

Dorms

3 different dorm rooms ranging from 6 beds to 42 beds.  Pretty average.  The only good thing about the Grand Dormitory are the new bathrooms, very nice. Beds are packed in with 4 top and tail with bunks above. No air con.  Price per night including all taxes.

Grand Dormitory Double Bunk Bed 1A - 42 Bunk Beds (4 Cubicles) $39 FJD pp
Falekau Dormitory Double Bunk Bed 1A - 9 Bunk Beds $49 FJD pp
Vesi Dormitory Double Bunk Bed 1A - 6 Bunk Beds $49 FJD pp
Meal plan is compulsory at $79 FJD per adult and $42 per child, payable directly at the resort.

SPECIAL- Book 4 nights and get the following free...

  • FREE: 1 night pre or post accommodation at Anchorage Beach Resort (room type choice of Resort)
  • FREE: Return airport transfers
  • FREE: Returnboat transfers
Upstairs in the Grand dorm
Bunks in the Grand dorm
Renovated bathrooms for Grand dorm
Grand dorm with netting for windows
Falekau Dorm quieter
Vesi Dorm only 6 bunks beds

Private room - lodge

Two single beds can be pushed together. Ensuite bathroom, fridge, tea & coffee facilities. Rooms are quite small. Only fan cooled, no air con. Average condition. Price per night including all taxes.

16 Private Rooms 
1 x Double or 2 x Single beds - 1 x Adult $199 FJD or 2 x Adults $249 FJD per room
Meal plan is compulsory at $79 FJD per adult and $42 per child, payable directly at the resort.

SPECIAL- Book 4 nights and get the following free...

  • FREE: 1 night pre or post accommodation at Anchorage Beach Resort (room type choice of Resort)
  • FREE: Return airport transfers
  • FREE: Return boat transfers
Private room in the lodge
Private rooms upstairs

Beach Front & Ocean Front Bures

Ok, even though they are beach front and roomy they're still in need of some renovations. More private though with lots of trees or shrubs around. Pretty good views from most depending on how far back they are. Only 3 are located right on white sand beach with swimming directly in front, while the others are on the waters edge or close to, it's not good for swimming. Good value for a family. Tea & coffee facilities and fridge. No air con only fan cooled.  Price per night including all taxes.

16 Ocean Front Bures
1 x King + 2 x Singles or 1 x Queen + 2 x Singles 4A or 2A + 2C  1 Adult $299 FJD - 2 Adults $399 FJD - 3 Adults $446 FJD - 4 Adults $493 FJD
3 Beach Front Bures  (can take up to 7) extra adult $47 FJD
1 x King + 2 x Singles or 1 x King + 3 x Singles 4A or 2A + 2C - 1 Adult $359 FJD - 2 Adults $439FJD - 3 Adults $499 FJD - 4 Adults $519 FJD
Child rate 4-12yrs $32 FJD. Infant 0-3yrs free.

Meal plan is compulsory at $79 FJD per adult and $42 per child, payable directly at the resort.

SPECIAL- Book 4 nights and get the following free...

  • FREE: 1 night pre or post accommodation at Anchorage Beach Resort (room type choice of Resort)
  • FREE: Return airport transfers
  • FREE: Return boat transfers
Beach front bure
Beach front bure
Ocean front bure
Ocean front bure
Ocean front bure
Bathroom in ocean front bure

SSW (Sun Set View) Ocean Front Hotel Rooms 

On the opposite site of the island to the restaurant, bar and people.  It's really quiet over here.  We stayed in a downstairs unit in the middle somewhere. Awesome views and right on the waters edge. Beds are nice big king size and very comfortable, the pic doesn't show it below, but they normally have another single bed in there too.  Ensuite, fridge, tea & coffee facilities. Heaps of room. Fully air conditioned. Loungers on the deck. We reckon these rooms are the best if you're budget can afford it.

In a two story block of 16 units these rooms are really nice.  Price per night including all taxes.
1 x King bed or 1 x King + 1 x Single bed.  3A or 2A + 1C
1 Adult $399FJD - 2 Adults $459 FJD 3 Adults $506 FJD
Child rate 4-12yrs $32 FJD. Infant 0-3yrs free.

Meal plan is compulsory at $79 FJD per adult and $42 per child, payable directly at the resort.

SPECIAL- Book 4 nights and get the following free...

  • FREE: 1 night pre or post accommodation at Anchorage Beach Resort (room type choice of Resort)
  • FREE: Return airport transfers
  • FREE: Return boat transfers
Front deck of SSW room
The view from SSW room
Bedroom in SSW. Our room also had a single bed
Big shower, modern bathroom

The beach & sea

Beach is really good, soft white sand and plenty of it.  Good swimming even at low tide. Lots of room for everyone. For snorkelling they take you out on a little boat and drop you off just a short distance from the shore on a coral reef. Actually spotted a turtle swimming by on the way back. The guide wasn't much of a guide, just follow the leader, didn't try and spot anything exciting. Well not sure there was anything super exciting to see anyway.

Things to do

Daily free activities held in the big bar area include a Kava ceremony, basket weaving and coconut shelling. We had a lot of fun trying to make a basket, it's much harder than it looks.  Also massage and beauty treatments available, see pic below for prices - which are subject to change of course.  Diving is available plus the banana boat rides. For snorkelling unless you're on a day trip to Beachcomber you'll have to hire the gear. Jetski and para-sailing available.

Day trips
Day trip to Beachcomber Island including snorkelling tour and lunch 
Day trip to Cloud 9 with lunch at Funky Fish Resort - $149 FJD per person.

Transport and how to get to Beachcomber Island

Location: 30 minutes by boat from Denarau Marina
Transfer costs: 
Ratu Kini:  One way - Adult $75 FJD. Departs 10am daily & includes land transfer. Boat departs Wailoaloa Beach.
Beachcombers own boat: One way - Adult $91 FJD, Child $45.50 FJD.  Includes land transfer.
Timetable: (ABR Anchorage Beach Resort, BIR Beachcomber Island Resort). 
Depart ABR 08:30am - Arrive Port Denarau 09:00am
Depart Port Denarau 09:15am Arrive BIR 10:00am 
Depart BIR 11:00am Arrive Port Denarau 11:45am 
Depart Port Denarau 12:00pm Arrive BIR 12:45pm 
Depart BIR 16:00pm Arrive Port Denarau 16:45pm 
Depart Port Denarau 17:00pm Arrive ABR 17:25pm

South Sea Cruises: One way (inclusive of land transfer) Adult $105 FJD Child $45.50 FJD. Departs daily 3 times at 9am, 12pm & 3pm from Port Denarau. 30mins.

The Facts about Beachcomber Island & Resort

Fijian name:  Don't know if it has one sorry
Snorkelling: Medium quality 
Beaches: Very good with nice soft white sand, nice clear water
Swimming Pool: Yes, but only good for learning to dive in
Bar: Yes with good cocktails and wine 
Restaurants: Yes although no menu to choose from only buffet each day
Internet: There is free wifi available in the bar area only. You can also use the 3G network for mobile broadband from your vodafone or digicel phone.
Power: Generator and 24/7
Water: Decel plant - big system, tons of water, excellent pressure. 
Waste: Food scraps are frozen and shipped off the island. Own waste treatment plant pumped into a tank, then filtered and put on the gardens.  No pumping into the sea.
Reef clean: once a month the team go out and clean the reef of any rubbish, bottles etc.
Rare: Beci bird on the island, very cute.

Swimming pool not much
Turtle pool, this one due for release

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