First Day in Taveuni, Fiji

Aerial Photo of Rainbow Reef

Aerial Photo of Rainbow Reef

We arrived at Bibi’s Hideaway on June 1, 2010 a few months after the devastating Cyclone Tomas. The estate was beautiful, but the signs of the hurricane were obvious. Thirty foot palm trees littered the lawn and large bushes were half uprooted and struggling to stay green. The bures appeared to be in perfect condition and I read the reefs around the island sustained only minor damage. Unfortunately the high winds had knocked down all of the fruit, so we wouldn’t be able to pick our breakfast from the numerous fruit trees located on the property.

Young Pineapple Fruit At Bibi's

Young Pineapple Fruit At Bibi's

A change in flight times had us land in Taveuni around 8:00 AM, four hours before we were expected. Paulina, the caretaker at Bibi’s, welcomed us with a smile and showed us to the large white cottage. We had reserved the Honeymoon Bure, but as guest has just checked out that morning it wasn’t read for us. Paulina assured us that we had full use of the other cottage, we could shower, cook or nap until our bure was cleaned. We didn’t want to create more work for her by dirtying the cottage, so we decided to walk over to Coconut Gove for Breakfast.

Coconut Grove Resort - Matei, Taveuni

Coconut Grove Resort - Matei, Taveuni

We were a little worried we had missed it during our walk, as it was slightly farther than we had expected, but once you are familiar with the area you realize it is a short walk. Coconut Grove’s restaurant is located on the second floor of the resort with an excellent view of the ocean. Coconut Grove is a small resort, with only a few bures and a small restaurant. They also sell a few things in the reception area, some pearls, sarongs and postcards. People rave about the cooking at coconut grove, but I’ve only tried the fruit shakes and the grilled cheese.

Prince Charles Beach, Taveuni

Prince Charles Beach, Taveuni

The weather was perfect – warm air, lots of sun and a cool breeze. We spent the afternoon walking on the beach and dipping into the ocean to cool off. The water is crystal clear and unlike so many beaches I’ve visited I didn’t see a single piece of trash floating in the water.

On our way back from the beach we ran into the Indian man who lives next door to Bibi’s and provides dinner to the guest. We were so excited to have dinner delivered for only $10 Fijian! He knocked on our door at about 7pm with two warm plates of chicken curry, some dahl soup, and a pumpkin side dish all over rice. The dinner was delicious! It wasn’t spicy, but it was so flavorful! I haven’t eaten much Indian food, and Paul’s had it even less frequently than I have, so coming here and eating it all the time has been a real treat. We can’t wait to go home and try to cook it ourselves.

I thought having only 3 hours of electricity would be bothersome, but we actually shut off the lights before the power went out at 9pm. I was exhausted and the warm air was so relaxing after the freezing nights in New Zealand. As much as we enjoyed New Zealand, nothing compares to being in a tropical climate.

Friendly Dog At Bibi's Hideaway

Friendly Dog At Bibi's Hideaway

2 Comments

  1. John Malarkey ?>

    Hi, we enjoyed reading your post with the Bibi’s update and glad you enjoyed your stay. We stayed there a few years ago and are going back to Fiji soon. Can you help us with some questions? a. What condition is the Honeymoon Bure in now after the big March hurricane, and do you know if it has a fan or at least electricity? Also, down at Beverly Camping, which we’ve stayed at and might stay again, did you notice if there were any large tents, or thatched bures, along with the wooden bunk house dorm that is already there? Just trying to get a general update on recent lodging conditions at Bibi’s and at Beverly Camping. Thank you! —Kerry and John in the USA.

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    We stayed in the Honeymoon Bure and it didn’t have any damage from the storm. Other than trees being knocked down I don’t think Bibi’s had any damage.

    There is a fan, but you only get 3 hours of electricity a night. The fridge is on propane, so that is 24 hrs. Surprisingly, we didn’t need electricity. We took cool showers every time we came home and opened the windows.

    Is Beverly Camping the beach just down from Bibi’s? Honestly I don’t remember what was there. I remember seeing a couple tents, but that is all. Maybe there was a structure. There was definitely a hammock.

    I highly recommend Bibi’s, but if you are comfortable with camping, being on the beach is always nice. I don’t know what the beach was like before, but the snorkeling on the beach wasn’t very good. The coral was broken and covered with silt. There were some fish, but just not what I expected from Fiji.

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