Navini Island is a small resort with an average of only 20 guests staying on the island at a time (1). The number of staff always exceeds the number of visitors, so you can be sure you are taken care of. Navini Island is so small I walked around the entire perimeter in ten minutes. This small island has a lot to give including snorkeling, water sports, excursions, and traditional Fijian culture. There really is no better option for a relaxing and fun vacation!
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Navini Island is Yours
Privacy is one of the draws to Navini Island. With an average of only 20 guests, there is never a battle for space on the sand. In fact, each bungalow has it’s own private view of the beach! When we wanted a bit more sun we walked over to the main beach on the island which is free of trees and has a nice sandy area to swim. You hardly know anyone else is on the island until meal time.
Each morning one of the staff members bangs the lali (a traditional drum) to announce breakfast is ready. The sound of the lali travels across the whole island. All the guests on the island meet in the dining room and place orders for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the day. The meals are beautifully prepared and delicious! The lali is played again over the course of the day to announce lunch time and dinner time. One night a week the staff puts on a lovo, which is a Fijian celebration commonly compared to the Hawaiian luau. To attend the party, you are required to wear the traditional sulu that you receive when you first arrive on the island. During this celebration a buffet is served and the staff play cultural music. On lovo night, don’t leave after your meal! You’d miss out on the singing, dancing, and celebrating!
The Navini Island Staff
The staff really make the trip. They are always so nice and are there to help however they can. Staff members taught us about Fijian culture, taught us how to play local games, and are eager to join the nightly volleyball game! When it came time to leave, saying goodbye to the staff was the hardest part. The small number of people on the island really makes it feel like a community.
Just about every day Navini Island Resort has a different excursion available. You can go snorkeling, sightseeing, or experience more about Fijian life. As an educator, I was excited about the excursion to visit a school on a small island not too far away. These kids were more than happy to show us around their school and sing us a song they had been learning. This is truly and unforgettable experience!
For some more fun in the sun, Navini Island has several water sports available, free of charge! The Hobie Cat is a small sail boat you can ride alone or with a staff member. They also have kayaks, paddle boards, and seacycles available (2). Snorkeling is great around the entire island and on some of the free excursions. If you’re not into water sports, you can still enjoy the water by swimming close to the shore. Any way you spend your day on Navini Island is sure to be great!
I love this island, and I hope you get a chance to experience it for yourself! What part of this island caught your attention? Let me know by leaving a comment! Looking for more tropical destinations? Check out Hawaii, Mexico, or Puerto Rico!
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