Dare to discover something different. This once in a lifetime ‘book your own private island’ opportunity allows adventurous vacationers and travelers alike to escape the stresses of everyday life and return to nature in its rarest form.
Nanuku Island is a tiny 10-acre paradise where time stands still. All around you hundred year-old coconut trees burst from the jungle floor, and fifteen miles of the South Pacific’s signature sapphire sea lies between you and your closest neighbor (Red Bull's exclusive 7-star Laucala Island Resort).
A marine and wildlife sanctuary, the sandy shores and surrounding reef are home to some of Fiji’s most exotic creatures. It is here that the fabled Hawkesbill and Leatherback turtles return year-after-year to bury their precious eggs in the sun-warmed sand; it is here where the giant clams can rest securely within the safety of the Tuna and Trevally patrolled reef; and it is here that Fiji’s most rarely glimpsed sea birds retire to rest their weary wings.
It is here that wonders never cease.
Two beautifully basic bures (Fijian-style homes), each no more than 10 steps to the sea, are situated in the Western facing sands of the island, cleverly capturing the soft sea breeze and affording a nearly 180-degree view of the most spectacular sunsets your soul can stand.
The main bure is a lofted, two-story wooden structure with Fijian-style louvered windows which lazily let the sunlight filter through. Equipped with two double beds and a bunk, this bure can sleep up to six guests and offers a shaded sitting-porch as well as ensuite facilities.
The second is a beach house that holds the kitchen and dining area, a second bathroom and two private bedrooms, which sleep up to two guests each. The wrap around deck doubles as an outdoor dining area, or even a sleep-out space, if you’re up for it.
•Snorkel, kayak and handline fishing gear
•A local guide and housekeeper
**ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST**
•Fishing Rods and Spear gun
•A private cook
•Special food and beverage items
•Catering for special occasions (weddings, birthdays etc.)
"A charming speck of perfection."
wrote Hollywood movie star Mel Gibson when he came to Nanuku Levu in 2004
“...coconut trees crowded upon the beach of a coral island."
wrote English author and playwright Somerset Maugham
**FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS**
Q. Which airport would we fly into?
A. Nadi is the closest international airport. From Nadi you must make your own way to Taveuni Island. Domestic air transfer to Taveuni runs three times a day with Fiji Airways.
Q. What is the procedure in the event of an emergency?
A. A phone line is available for emergency calls with the closest medical facilities located on Taveuni. A boat is on call 24/7.
Q. Do we share the island with other guests?
A. No. The island is exclusively offered. All yours ;)
Make no mistake, Nanuku is a paradise like no other, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. Only if your mind is open to new and exhilarating experiences, and only if you’re ready to forgo the luxury of flashy four-star hotels and survive in style with life's bare necessities, is this the adventure that’s right for you.
In accordance with the eco-status of the island, the toilets are composting and created in an outhouse likeness. The fully potable water supply is provided via a rainwater catchment system and is therefore to be used with preservation in mind. Showers are outdoor, cool-water and camp-style (hanging bucket and spigot). And electricity is provided via solar power or a small generator, turned on only when absolutely necessary.
For optimal care-taking and cultural interaction, we require that a local guide (usually the high chief of the territory or one of his sons) and a Fijian chef be alone on the island with you. Your guide will be able to show you all the secrets of our secluded beaches, reef and jungle, while your chef seeks out the freshest ingredients from the island’s own organic gardens. Our staff members are provided for your safety and enjoyment and are available for as much or as little interaction as pleases you.
•$500 USD is per night per couple. Additional guests are welcome at a rate of $50USD per night.
•You have your own private cook. A healthy and delicious Fiji Fusion Meal Plan is provided at $50USD p.p. per day.
•Island transfers from Taveuni Airport are $400USD each way (5 guest max per boat).
Unfortunately we couldn't get to the island due to high winds, but Henry did everything he could to try and make the trip happen. Very communicative and a pleasure to deal with.
Hopefully we can come back for a trip another time!
This holiday was really refreshing and it was hard coming back to "normal" life! Everyone was nice and welcoming: Ciba the chef and Rafa the guide were simply fantastic! The food was great and plenty, and Rafa did all he could to give us the best experience of the island while giving us plenty of privacy. A big thank to Jo the captain and Jeff the guitar player as well!
The description on the website matched perfectly what we found on the island, so all our expectations were absolutely fulfilled!
Whether you're a billionaire, a millionaire or a terrestrial of more humble means that flirts with dem Franklins and Washingtons, but commits to neither, the tiny land mass of Nanuku is available for rent and is very much worthy of your dough. Whether you want to chill out near the beach, hunt for coconut crabs or implement your very own political system on a mini scale, the island is for you! You can of course opt to partake in other activities, the above are but a subset.
'Being in the middle of nowhere' gains new meaning when you disembark on Nanuku. Smack in the middle of a coral reef with a few land masses in the distance your neighbours for the next few days will be the two or three Fijians that pamper to your bourgeois needs, the birds that will try and poke your eyes out if you ever invite yourself for feeding time, the crabs that have social issues and are reluctant to make friends from abroad, the no good two timin' sharks that steal your freshly speared catch and the sun, lots and lots of sun. Oh, did I mention sun?
In the evening, when The Fiji islands hide in seclusion from the sun, enveloping themselves in darkness, the milky way reveals itself to drape the celestial heights in hypnotising colours and enchants you with it's seeming omnipresence. On occasion, when the weather is just right, you'll be treated to dinner near a bonfire on the beach and afterwards head out to see turtles laying eggs, if you so please. You'll need to walk slow not to constipate them, but if you're on the island for over a week you'll naturally fall into line with a phenomena called 'Fiji time', where you yourself will be moving no faster than a turtle. With no distractions and nowhere to hurry this is the perfect place to find whatever peace you may be looking for, or in the least catch a glimpse of it.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the people who have made our stay at Nanuku a great pleasure - Rafa, Jeff, Joe, George, Simba and last but not least the staff of Maravu in Taveuni. Without them, we'd likely have ended up like that stranger who has a grave in the middle of the island. I'd also like to thank Henry for being an all around swell fella, he refunded 1 days stay for us as we decided to leave a day early and made sure to accommodate us close to the WiFi router back on Taveuni so I could get some work done.
I'm surprised you've read this far, I'd have booked by now.
We loved Nanuku. We only stayed for one night, but had almost two full days there. It was a nice little bure with an amazing view to wake up to. This was a birthday present for my boyfriend and Cimba surprised us with the best chocolate cake at the bonfire. Rafa took us snorkeling in the crysytal clear water and we got to see big clams, octupus and a lot of beautiful fish. Henry and the Nanuku team was great, given us a memory for life.
Unfortunately we didn't meet with Henry but with Amo who came pick us up at our landing in Taveuni. She drove us to their close by resort to get us ready for our journey. She was very helpful and everyone there made us feel very welcome.
Instead of the one to one and ½ hour expected boat trip to the island, it took us over 3 hours (it was a very small boat)... We arrived soaking wet and quite sunburnt! Word of advise, don't make the same mistake we did: if you have a rashvest, the boat trip would be a good time to use it, and don't forget to put sunscreen too!!
But once we started to see the island it made it all worth it.
We had 2 people staying with us on the island: Cimba, who was cooking for us, and Rafa, who made sure we had the time of our life; which we did! The experience did more than meet our expectations. The island itself is heavenly, and Cimba and Rafa were discreet enough to let us enjoy our romantic getaway, yet present enough to feel safe and have us enjoy the island treasures and local customs.
One thing that surprised us was the noises the sea birds would make at night. Apparently it was also their mating season. But we got used to it after the first night. And knowing that we could only find those birds on that particular island actually made it more than tolerable. :-)
On our last day, we had planned to visit a village. We brought gifts and were really excited about the experience. Unfortunately, the boat came to pick us up later than expected, and we broke down on our way to Taveuni. We got lucky enough to make it right on time for our plane (thanks to Amo's effective skills), but missing the village visit remained a disappointment.
Beside those few hazards, our week on the island was truly magical. Cimba's cuisine was simple yet very good and varied. Her kindness and discretion was truly appreciated. Rafa offered us entertainment everyday, such as snorkeling, palm tree weaving, crab racing, coconut crab hunting, made us some Kava, and even played guitar and sang for us! He proved to be quite good at card tricks too ;-)
For our 7 year anniversary, they put an evening together worth remembering. The quality of service combined with the genuine local spirit was very charming.
We definitely recommend Nanuku Levu island to anyone looking for a once in a lifetime experience -or not....we are already thinking of going back! ;-)
Everything you could imagine a topical Island to be and more! We wanted peace and quiet - we got it! Tony and Rose (our guide and cook) could not have been better hosts. Nothing and I mean nothing could have improved our stay in this paradise. For anyone considering this, it is basic but any added luxury would in our opinion only ruin the pure beauty and natural ambience. Any niggle is completely negated by the tranquility and sheer beauty of this unspoilt piece of the world.
There is no doubt you will fall in love at first sight of this tiny island, Nanuku. This trip is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared for a rustic experience. We arrived jet-jagged yet eager to begin our island experience. The "Nanuku Team" took such good care of us and were there to take us snorkeling, fishing and cooked for us too. They were so caring and friendly. Even nimbly climbing up the coconut trees and throw down our favorite treat. The stunning beach that surrounds the island is breath taking. You can walk around the whole place (with or without clothes mind you) in about 20 mins. The Team was either there for us or gave us complete privacy, we only had to ask and they made it happen. The sea is crystal clear, down to 60 feet!
The night sky is almost indescribable. Billions of stars, falling stars and you can even track the occasional satellite. It's that dark. There is NO light pollution. A sight to behold if you've never been far from civilization. True 'dark sky' is very rare and few experience it. The sunsets are so beautiful that no one quite believes our pictures haven't been doctored. One highlight was the Team building us a nightly ten ft. bonfire. Talk about going native. You will want to dance in the moonlight. We did!
The physical beauty aside, be prepared for a few things. When they say "eco-toilets", that means a latrine. If you went to camp, you know. Bathing is difficult to say the least with me standing in a large pan, pouring water over my head from a pitcher. Seriously. But I am an ex-girl scout so where there's a will there's a way. Next, the biting insects. There is no amount of repellent or burning coils that can protect you. I've been told they now have mosquito netting. That would have made a huge difference. We were covered in dozens of painful and annoying bites of different sizes. This and the heat made it very difficult to sleep. It was off season but I didn't know the heat could be so oppressive. But then there was a rain storm and we walked the beach in the rain at sunset. Imagine that? Incredible.
All that being said, this is an adventure to be sure. It's a real experience to get away from everything. Be alone or with someone you love, no internet, no phones, no nothing. Only nature. This is a freedom few people get to experience today. Challenge though it was, we will never forget this place of peace.
We left a few days early and our host graciously did not charge us the extra days. He also discounted our meals and the unused boat. That was unexpected, fair and is an example of how generous people are in Fiji.
Thank you Nanuku Team for everything.
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I love islands, beaches, seafood, volleyball, culture fusion, but most of all, i love travelling. I've travelled around the world and found my favourite spot...Fiji!
My family's business is hospitality based so i manage a couple of impossibly beautiful small resorts in the North Eastern Islands. Our style is simple, fun, eco, adventurous, and atmospheric that works in harmony with outer island villages. I'm excited to be involved with airbnb.com, to open the door for intrepid travellers, to an immaculate tropical island paradise.