Tips for Staying at Bibi’s Hideaway – Taveuni, Fiji
- There isn’t any way to hang your clothes, except outside on the clothes line, so plan accordingly. There are dressers to put your clothes away, but if you were planning on letting the wrinkles fall out of a dress you’ll have to rig something. You could bring wire hangers and bend them to fit into some crack in the bamboo.
- Write down the high and low tides for each day before you arrive, so you can plan your snorkel trips accordingly. You want to go out just before high tide and return not to long after hide tide so you don’t get stuck or end up with coral scratches on your belly.
- Bring soap and shampoo. The bures come with toilet paper, tea, coffee, powdered creamer and sugar, but no toiletries you would expect at a typical hotel.
- The fridge is gas powered so it runs 24 hours a day. You also have a gas stovetop for cooking.
- Bring mosquito repellent. There are screens on the windows, which helps greatly, but there must be holes. Bibi’s does provide a few mozzi-repelling incense things.
- Bring your own snorkel gear, (mask, fin, snorkel) so you can snorkel for free at the beach down the hill.
- Plan on walking a lot – so get very comfortable flip-flops. I find the cloth Reefs wonderful, but try walking for 30 minutes in yours before coming. The plastic ones will not do.
- Bring plenty of cash, few places take credit and they charge an extra 5%.
- If you don’t want dogs hanging out around your bure, tell them to ‘go home’ from the very beginning.
- The tangerines are still sweet even when they are green. If you can’t find any ripe fruit, pick it while it is green and leave in on the counter for 1-3 days. You may be pleasantly surprised!
- Don’t forget to charge batteries for your camera, or whatever, between 6-9.
- There are a couple stores nearby. The closest is next door, but has a limited selection. The next is to the right it is a few minutes past Coconut Grove and they sell alcohol and beer. The largest is a few minutes farther down the road, past the pretty beach, is the largest grocery store. Don’t expect a supermarket, but you can get some nice Indian soups that go great with rice. Also, there are always taxis around the last store, so stock up and then take a taxi home for $3 Fijian.
- Taxi from the airport is only $2 Fijian.
- Early mornings and evenings are great for bird watching on the property. We didn’t see the famous orange dove, but we saw a large Fiji Goshawk just outside our room. The little blue bird photographed above was always around, along with little green birds.
- The public beach is to the left of Bibi’s. It is not just across the street, but a couple minutes walk down the hill. You’ll pass a couple private beaches and then see a red bridge which crosses to the beach. If you reach the dive shop you went too far, but they allow you to swim there also. Prince Charles is a little farther down, just pass Tramonto Restaurant.
- The snorkeling is a little better at Prince Charles, but it isn’t that great – maybe because of Hurricane damage. If you haven’t had amazing snorkeling before you’ll love it. Lots of fish, but the coral is damaged.
- Bibi’s is a great place to stay, but don’t expect the amenities of a resort. Paulina and Jim are very friendly and helpful, but you should do your research before you come. Keep a list of things you want to see – all the taxi drivers know where everything is located. Don’t plan on walking to a hotel lobby and having someone suggest a day’s activities.
- The neighbor next door (before the store) provides Indian food for $10 Fijian or a Fijian Lovo for $15. It is great and is delivered to your door! Just ask for it sometime during the day.
- Taxi prices vary, we were charged $70 Fijian to get to Bouma Park and back. The driver waited for us, so we didn’t have to worry about setting a return time. The coastal walk and triple waterfall hike were the same price. It is $40 to get to the water slides.
This may sound like a list of reasons not to stay at Bibi’s – but I loved it! I just want to pass some information along. Paulina and Jim are very nice and helpful. They even brought us fresh pineapple one morning. I loved the privacy of the bure and not having to talk to someone in a hotel lobby every morning. We could go days without talking to Paulina or we could join her for a cup of tea.
For more, check out this Bibi’s Hideaway Photo Gallery page.