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Fijian culture, relaxed beach life and the spectacular underwater world in the South Pacific
To be on the other side of the world, listening to the Fijian sounds, swimming in the crystal clear waters of the azure blue ocean, relaxing under the palm trees or cooling down in your own pool, our long-cherished South Sea dream came true at the 5-star island resort Paradise Cove on the paradisiacal Yasawa Islands.
The resort is exceptionally relaxed – all you really need is beachwear and flip-flops – and never before have we enjoyed spending time with the warmhearted staff and snorkeling in one of the most beautiful living coral reefs, as much as here.
By boat (SSC Yasawa Flyer), it takes about three hours from the main island to Paradise Cove. That might sound long, but time passes quickly, thanks to the fantastic views. As soon as you reach the Yasawa Islands by boat, you will be greeted by a typical Fijian warrior.
Discovered in the 19th century by people lost at sea, sailors, escaped convicts and adventurers – today Fiji is a South Sea paradise with just 860,000 people and, in our humble opinion, the friendliest people in the world.
Fiji is located in the region of Melanesia that consists of 333 islands, of which about 150 are inhabited. The beautiful archipelago in the South Seas with the main islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu is located between New Zealand and Hawaii. Rainforests, savannahs with acacia trees, mangroves on the coasts, coconut palms, mountains up to 1300 meters high, heavenly beaches and beautiful lagoons makes Fiji picture perfect indeed.
Paradise Cove is hidden among beautiful coconut trees on the island of Naukacuvu in the Navit archipelago. The beach resort has three pools, a restaurant, two bars, a kids club, a spa, and an adults only sanctuary.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted in a typical Fijian fashion with a local welcome song and a warm BULA (Hello)! Like everywhere in Fiji, the staff are so friendly, cheerful and kindhearted! And here at Paradise Cove, some have even stolen our hearts.
The resort has a beautiful long sandy beach where you can relax and swim and snorkel at low and high tide. The Beachfront Villas have their own sunbeds and umbrellas. Guests can also use the sunbeds at the pool and on the beach in front of the restaurant.
To experience these colorful coral reefs and the countless fish, you do not even have to take a boat out to the reef – you can start snorkeling from the beach. Absolute madness!
Pool by the Sea
The large swimming pool with its sand bar offers refreshment on hot days.
Bungalows & Villas
Paradise Cove offers a wide range of accommodation, with plenty of room for families and privacy for couples. All 45 bungalows and villas are furnished in typical Fijian style with handmade local furniture and beautiful open air bathrooms.
The magnificent Paradise Suite is located directly on the beach, has a private pool, a swinging daybed, sunbeds on the terrace and on the beach, a large living and lounge area and a beautiful jungle bathroom with double outdoor shower.
With the huge glass door, which can be pushed open completely and the windows with fly screens, you can practically live and sleep outside. One of a kind!
You have a lot of privacy and the beach in front of the Paradise Suite is almost all yours.
The open bathroom with private garden, stylish stone floor and Balinese washbasins has a wonderful jungle atmosphere and is one of the most beautiful outdoor pools we have ever seen.
(Paradise) Garden Bungalows
These bungalows with handmade local furniture and open air shower in the bathroom are perfect for two adults and one child.
“The Cove” – Adults only
In the new adults only sanctuary, there are 2 pools, a boat bar and 10 cove villas with outdoor bath and lounge areas in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden.
Cove Villa – Beach House
The Beach House is located across the street on its own island and offers a very private island experience with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a large living area, both inside and outside, a fully equipped lounge, a kitchen and a breakfast butler. But you can also have your own boatman take you to the pool or to the restaurant of the main resort at any time.
Every day there are various activities on offer, such as snorkeling tours, island excursions, hiking, cultural village tours and much more.
Water sports, snorkeling & diving
With 35 different diving and snorkeling sites, Paradise Cove offers an incredible number of opportunities to explore the underwater world, dive with reef sharks and turtles or swim with manta rays (May – October).
The PADI diving school with its cool instructors, like Aku, is perfect for beginners, for experienced divers or even to get your diving license.
The colorful soft and hard corals and also the countless fish and sea animals are simply spectacular. And it is also just great to see how healthy the coral reefs are. So far, the most beautiful coral reefs we have ever seen!
The food at Paradise Cove is really excellent. Chef Saveen uses local ingredients for his delicious Pacific cuisine. Most of the ingredients are bought from island farmers and a large part of the fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown locally. Full board is mandatory at Paradise Cove.
Breakfast /Black Rock Restaurant
The extensive breakfast is served in buffet form in the open restaurant with a beautiful sea breeze and delicious à la carte dishes.
Lunch / The Sandbar
The 3-course lunch can be enjoyed on the ocean shore in The Sandbar with a delicious Fijian beer (Vonu) or cocktail. We were impressed by the delightful Wagyu beef burger. The coconut soup with shrimps and garlic bread, and the typical Kokoda are also a treat for the palate.
Dinner /Black Rock Restaurant
In the evening, the delicious three-course menus are served in a beautiful romantic atmosphere accompanied by live music and kava drinking ceremony.
Tables are set-up in a different spot every evening with either a view of the ocean or the pool.
The Indian-influenced Chef’s Beef or Fish Curry is highly recommended!
Friday evenings, the typical Meke dance is performed in front of the Fijian buffet. With local dances and songs, you get to know the Fijian culture a little better. The warrior dances are especially spectacular!
We thoroughly enjoyed sitting with the resort staff after dinner and listening to them sing and play the guitar. Of course, this always involved a few rounds of the local kava drink made from the roots of a pepper plant. This is exactly how the locals spend their evenings – what a serene lifestyle!
At the Nauka Spa, named after the island of Naukacuvu, the treatments (massages, facials, manicures and pedicures) with pure Fiji products are entirely adapted to the needs of the body.
Honeymoon & Wedding
Renewal of Marriage Vows
from FJD 1,450
- Ceremony by a local minister
- Flower arch on the beach
- Candlelight dinner with seafood on the beach and a bottle of sparkling wine for two
Wedding ceremony on the Beach
from FJD $ 4.100
- Ceremony by a local minister
- Flower arch on the beach
- Signing table with flower arrangement
- Bridal Bouquet
- Groom Boutonniere
- Couples one-hour massage
- Lobster and seafood candlelight dinner on the beach and a bottle of champagne for two
- Wedding cake for two
- A bottle of sparkling wine to toast during the ceremony
- Wedding License and arranging of paperwork and scheduling a meeting with BDM officer to obtain a wedding license
- Submission of the marriage certificate to receive the apostle stamp
- One overnight stayfor twopeople inThe Palms Denaraubefore travelingtotheresort
FIJI – where Happiness finds you
The heart and soul of Paradise Cove is the friendly South African General Manager with his wife and the warm-hearted staff – unique personalities who make your holiday unforgettable. Tiki, Sissi, Meli, Lorima, Posh, Liku, Knox – just to name a few – we will never forget you!
With the Bula Pass from South Sea Cruises, you can visit all the different Fiji Islands. Daily trips depart in the morning from Port Denarau on the main island to the various Fiji Islands and in the afternoon return to the port. If you would like to get there a little faster and more luxuriously, you can also arrive by seaplane or helicopter.
It has been a lifelong dream of ours to go to Fiji. And it was more incredible than we ever could have had imagined. We loved staying here! At Paradise Cove, you can make your South Sea dream come true. Here, one is not merely a guest, but also has the feeling of being able to take part in the daily lives of the locals. It is so memorable to experience such warm-hearted and friendly people. We enjoyed it immensely and can only highly recommend this relaxed resort with its beautiful sandy beach, magnificent villas, mouthwatering cuisine, and its spectacular underwater world! Fiji was and remains an absolute paradisiacal place of yearning!
Rooms: 45 bungalows and villas (1-2 bedrooms)
Flight Duration: 11 hours flight from Germany to Singapore and 10,5 hours to Nadi, Fiji
Transfer: About 3 hours from Port Denarau with South Sea Cruises (from FJD 350 p.p.), about 30 minutes by seaplane (from FJD 874 p.p., turtleairways.com)
Vaccinations: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Pertussis, Measles, and Hepatitis A are recommended
Air Temperature: 20 – 34 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 25 – 28 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +11 hours
Best time to travel: May to October with pleasant temperatures; November to April has the highest humidity and the heaviest precipitation and possibly also cyclones and hurricanes
Price: from FJD 509 per night in the Garden Bungalow or FJD 1699 per night in the Paradise Suite plus approximately FJD 219 per person per night (about FJD 129 per child 5-12 yrs) for full board (low season)
Activities: PADI dive shop with wreck, cave and fun dives as well as activities such as wildlife fishing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, island trips, hiking, cultural village tours and boat trips
Special features: beautiful beach, stunning pool villas, relaxed atmosphere, best food, great staff, perfect for snorkeling – also directly from the beach
Perfect for: honeymooners, couples, beach lovers, peace seekers, water sports enthusiasts, snorkelers, divers
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Please note: Our stay was sponsored by Paradise Cove. Nevertheless, the opinions expressed in the article are our 100% our own!