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Oarsman's Bay Lodge

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Nacula Island, 6765 Fiji
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 12/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Located in the remote Yasawa Islands, Oarsman’s Bay Lodge is situated on a stunningly pristine beach that stretches for miles. Fringed by the magnificent turquoise waters of the lagoon and beautiful high peaked hills reigning over the background, this is one of the Yasawa's most magnificent locations. Here you will have the opportunity to sink your feet into one of Fiji’s most glorious white sand beaches, relax in the outdoor restaurant and bar, lounge in one of the hammocks scattered, swim and snorkel in the protected marine area and even join in a game of volleyball with friendly Fijian staff. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more idyllic location. The resort is unique in that it’s owned and operated by the Mataqali Natia (group of families) and their Chief from the nearby Nacula village. Offering you the chance to see and experience their family and way of life is what staying at Oarsman’s is all about.
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Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Beach
Boating
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Snorkelling
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Seating area
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
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Ocean view
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Belinda wrote a review Sep 2020
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Lucky enough to head over for a long weekend with a bunch of mates for a girlfriend birthday.. we all had amazing time of relaxation, chilling out and fun in the sun. Staff were so accommodating.. lovely place to escape and get back to nature and simple life living. Recommend the sea plane .. fabulous views from above.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 11 Nov 2020
Bula Beejahay, Great to hear from you and our apologies for the late response. We appreciate the time you have taken to let us and the world know of your stay at Oarsman’s Bay Lodge. Please know that it was a pleasure to host you and your friends on this special and happy holiday occasion. It sounds like everyone had an enjoyable time; we are happy that Oarsman’s Bay Lodge was able to deliver an amazing holiday for all of you. Belinda, thank you (vinaka vakalevu) and we hope time allows for you to return to Oarsman’s Bay Lodge in the near future. Vina Du Riki, Dean and the entire team at Oarsman's Bay Lodge.
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Lilmarionette wrote a review Sep 2020
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It seems like so long ago with all that has happened, but sitting here Re telling stories with friends of how special this place is. Not my first trip to Fiji, always trying different places, but will definitely head back here. Not over run, we felt like we had the resort to ourselves most of the time. We were gathering for a beautiful friends milestone birthday and it couldn’t have been a better location. I was the only one to take kids so we had a joined two bedroom cabin on another beach to the other side of the central meeting area, so as to allow the “adults” peace and quiet. By day I snorkelled with the kids, swam out to the swim platform and slide, took a boat ride across to another little island, went for walks, and as the day got long my two little ones drank coconuts and I snuck in a beverage or two for myself by the beach. The hospitality was on point from the moment we stepped off the seaplane. From the beautiful greeting song, ice cold coconut, warm smiles the whole way through, friendly babysitters to help out, the guitar by night... nothing was too much trouble. Dean our host, (the owner?) was around to assist with what ever we needed at all times. I can not recommend Oarsman’s bay enough! Thankyou to Dean, Benny and their amazing team!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Dean Swaagman, Owner at Oarsman's Bay Lodge
Responded 11 Nov 2020
Bula vinaka Lilmarionette, From the team at Oarsman’s Bay Lodge, forgive us for the delay in responding to your review. First of all, thank you so much for the awesome review, it sounds like the whole family had a great time and we are honored to have been given the opportunity to be hosts of the milestone event. Lilmarionette, rightly noted, Oarsman’s Bay Lodge is a small place that allows for all our guests to create their own holiday experience, total relaxation, lounging and taking in the surroundings to going out and experiencing all offerings at the resort, water & land activities to the Fijian cultural experiences. We see that Oarsman’s Bay Lodge was able to tick all the boxes of your expectations and more. Lilmarionette, we hope when the time is right that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back at Oarsman’s Bay Lodge. Vina Du Riki, Dean and the entire team at Oarsman's Bay Lodge.
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Leesa S wrote a review Mar 2020
Canberra, Australia41 contributions52 helpful votes
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I have stayed at oarsmans twice. Once was about 16 years ago and the second time just this month. There is definitely some information you need to know before staying here. Firstly, Oarsmans is located near the top of the Yasawa islands and it took about 5 hours to get there on the boat from Denarau. We chose to utilize the ‘Captain’s Lounge’ on the Yasawa flyer (and we are so glad we paid the extra money to travel that distance in comfort with free snacks and drinks, including alcohol). Due to the remote location (and it definitely feels remote compared to staying anywhere else in Fiji), you have to pay for the meal plan at oarsmans. There are no shops or anything on the island where you can buy food or snacks. So the meal plan is understandably non-negotiable. Ok. The meal plan is tough if you are staying more than a few nights. It’s fish for lunch and dinner, and simple things for breakfast (where you help yourself). Meals are at a scheduled time as well, so you always eat with everyone staying there as well. My partner and I struggled with the food after a while. Our stay was probably too long in hindsight. We couldn’t stomach soo much fish for soo long (even though we both usually enjoy fish). They also serve cake at almost every meal, including breakfast. I personally struggled more with the meal plan because I’ve had a gastric bypass (years ago) meaning I can only eat a small amounts of food at one time, but then I would get very hungry an hour later, so I lost a considerable amount of weight during my stay (waiting for the next meal time). Keep this in mind if you don’t typically eat 3 large meals a day and prepare by packing food! There is no fridge or microwave in your room though. The chef did a really great job at trying to be creative with the fish dishes, but the type of fish didn’t change much (mackerel). I loved the fish tikka, but it was only served once during our stay. It also meant that for me, $99/day for the meal plan per person was exorbitant! With the meal plan as well as the accommodation, we paid in total, $450 per night! Now paying $450/night is expensive for Fiji. But you pay for the location. Oarsmans is located in a truely beautiful part of Fiji with one of the best beaches I have seen right at your door step. The beachfront Bure was amazing. Very comfortable and air conditioned (which is a must at this time of year)! The bed was super comfortable and we had a lot of space in the bure. No issues whatsoever with bugs or insects. Never used insect repellant. The main hall where you eat is not air conditioned, and I struggled eating in the heat/humidity most meals. They have hot water, but I could not get the shower to be anything other than super (too) hot or cold. So we had cold showers every day (not too bad as the weather was hot). We did the reef hopper excursion one morning which involves snorkelling 3 reefs near the island (by a small boat). Lost of sea life and reef sharks to see. Great experience. But most of the time we swam at the Oarsmans beach because it was so beautiful and also had great snorkelling. There is no pool or kids activities here. We didn’t see any children during our stay. Because of the remoteness and heat, we spent our time reading, swimming and relaxing in our air conditioned Bure. It was too hot to do much else this time of year for people who hate the heat and humidity. And there isn’t much else to do here. If you have a Bure, you get 2 designated deck/sun chairs outside your hut, however it is not signed or mentioned (during group check-in) that they are for the Bure guests only, so we regularly had to ask the backpackers staying in the dorm to nicely vacate our chairs. The staff are lovely and were always extremely approachable if we needed anything. We ended up cutting our stay shorter than planned because it was just too remote for us and we were struggling with the food after 11 fish meals (I’ll include some pics). My partner and I have visited Fiji about 15 times between us and have stayed in soo many places in Fiji (both on the mainland and on islands). Oarsmans is definitely a different type of experience compared to other resorts. The place has barely changed in 16 years, but with the new resort next door and the extra boat activity and tourists, the water is not as clear as it was back in the early to mid 2000s. They have done an excellent job at refurbishing the accommodation though! And added air conditioning (which is a must in the hotter months). It was great going back, but $450/night (which includes the compulsory meal plan) was just a little too steep of a price for what you get. It’s a very small resort and you barely see anyone else on the beach or around the place, except when you all get together when the meal drum goes off. So a great place to relax in privacy. We took the sea bus (and not the Yasawa flyer) back to the mainland because it was cheaper and faster, however we will never do that again. It takes you to another port 45 mins drive away from Denarau and it’s not air conditioned or comfortable at all. All in all, be prepared if you’re planning on staying here. Prepare for the remoteness and the limited food options. There’s not much to do that doesn’t involve the ocean. Make sure you have a lot of books to read and that you enjoy your own company or the company of your travelling companion. And definitely reconsider long stays if you don’t eat fish!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Jacob Nassif, Marketing at Oarsman's Bay Lodge
Responded 1 Apr 2020
Bula LeesaS_12, Apologies for the delay. This is a longer review than what we are used to, and so we wanted to make sure we covered it properly. First of all thank you for choosing to stay with us again at Oarsman's Bay Lodge and for taking the time to share your experience with us! With the meal plan, if we are given notice by the future guests, we are able to accommodate it to meet their dietary requirements. The meal plan consists of buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon treat, and a three course dinner, which is considered by our guests of value for the amount we charge. Some of our produce is grown on our island, Nacula Island, and even in our own farm and gardens. We do serve fish in lots of our meals, but that is because our team create local meals for you. The good thing though is the fish is fresh, caught daily by our local fishermen, and we do them in many different variations and flavours (as you mentioned). We also have snacks we offer at the bar. We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the meals, particularly due to health issues. We hope you would have mentioned that to our team during your stay. We do our best to ensure our guests get great quality foods, but also get to experience the true meals that us Fijians experience. Oarsman's Bay Lodge is also a personal and private lodge, not the typical resort with many rooms and westernised meals. We believe that our guests come to us to feel a different cultural experience, and to connect with the true side of Fiji. Hence why we are located so far away, and are considered a rural tropical destination in the heart of the Yasawa Islands. The bures we offer have recently been renovated. They are generous in size and should be comfortable to stay in. We create personalised pathways for each bure to Nalova Bay, with white soft sand. We have only 10 bures in the lodge, so you are also much more comfortable and have more room to relax. We also do offer our guests a number of different activities on a daily basis, activities not just at the lodge, but also nearby islands and waters. For example, the Sawa-I-Lau Caves. We also have a number of water equipment that we offer our guests for free, to enjoy the beautiful waters of Nalova Bay. You are right in saying that the lodge is private and personal. Guests do have to accept that if they come to stay with us, they won't have the same access to shops, consumer goods, and the internet. But that is what makes it so grand. Oarsman's Bay offers much more than the standard resorts, and by embracing our way of living is what makes our guests' experience a genuinely enjoyable one. We hope you are well rested during these uncertain times. We will also take what you have shared with us and make sure we use that to see if we can continue to develop and improve our guest experience. Vinaka vaka levu, Dean and the entire team at Oarsman's Bay Lodge.
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Jake wrote a review Mar 2020
Scotland, United Kingdom19 contributions3 helpful votes
I thoroughly enjoyed my two night stay at Oarsman's Bay Lodge. I stayed in the dorm, which had about ten beds. The room was air-conditioned, which I was extremely grateful for, and the communal facilities served their purpose, even if they were a bit basic. The reception/dining area was a friendly and relaxed place to hang out at. The lodge itself was clean, and there was lots of different equipment available to hire free of charge. I made use of the snorkeling gear, and it was so worth it for the incredible views of coral and fish I was able to get under the water. I also went on one of the paid excursions to the local village of Nacula, where we visited a local school aswell as the village itself. It was a memorable experience and definitely worth the small fee I had to pay. As for the food, it was AMAZING! I honestly could not fault the food. It was all fresh and had definitely been prepared with love and attention. I was slightly apprehensive about the food before visiting, but it was worth the money and there was even 'cake time' every afternoon. Overall, I can't thank the team at Oarsman's Bay Lodge enough for making me feel at home in Fiji during my stay. My stay here had to be the highlight of my time in Fiji and I would love to return at some point, but I left with lots of amazing memories aswell as some new friends for life, Vinaka!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Jacob Nassif, Marketing at Oarsman's Bay Lodge
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Bula jakeausexchange, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and for choosing to stay at Oarsman's Bay Lodge. We are so glad to read that you had an incredible experience with us, and that you felt this was the highlight of your trip to Fiji.We are very humbled to read this. To be honest, our team. that is made up of our real local Fijian communities, just treat our guests like family. That is a part of our Fijian culture, and we are genuinely happy you felt the love. The team will be very pleased to hear this. Our lodge is located on the rural island of Nacula, so you got to experience the true essence of Fiji living, with the activities, food and relaxation. We are happy to know you had a chance to experience the cultural visit to the nearby Nacula VIllage. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Vinaka vaka levu, Dean and the entire team at Oarsman's Bay Lodge.
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cherrym90 wrote a review Feb 2020
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A beautiful island, with beautiful views and the staff at Oarsmans were always so friendly and helpful ! The meals were delicious and my partner who generally doesn't eat fish loved the meals they served, it's all so fresh and just cooked so beautifully. We went snorkeling from the shore in front of our bure and it's only about 10 meters out then you start seeing coral and different coloured fish and starfish ! We loved our bure and our stay was just so wonderful, to disconnect from the modern world and just bask in and appreciate paradise.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from jdnas84, Marketing Manager at Oarsman's Bay Lodge
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Bula cherrym90, Thank you for the wonderful review! We are happy you took the time to share your experience at Oarsman's Bay with the world. Our team prepare local and authentic meals for our guests. Our fish is so good because it is caught fresh daily by our local fishermen, and brought to our lodge on a daily basis. Our produce, we grow what we can in our own gardens too. We are glad you had the chance to use our complimentary snorkelling equipment to make most of the beautiful marine life, so close to our shores. We hope you get to visit us again soon! Vinaka, Dean & the team at Oarsman's Bay Lodge.
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USD 150 - USD 299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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oarsman`s bay hotel nacula island, oarsmans bay hotel, oarsmans bay resort
LOCATION
FijiYasawa IslandsNacula Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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What are some of the property amenities at Oarsman's Bay Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Oarsman's Bay Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a seating area, and a sofa bed.
What food & drink options are available at Oarsman's Bay Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Does Oarsman's Bay Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.