Lalati Resort & Spa Beqa Island, Fiji

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Overview

Lalati Resort & Spa is your gateway for a fantastic Fijian dive holiday. It offers guests the chance to dive and enjoy luxurious Fijian hospitality away from the crowds on a secluded island just south of Viti Levu – the main island. (No additional flights are needed within Fiji).

The Blue Starfish Dive Centre at Lalati Resort & Spa is a full-service PADI dive and training centre, providing access to the 100 plus dive sites in Beqa Lagoon – most just a quick 5-20 minute boat ride away, via the dive centre’s two custom-built diving catamarans.

Lalati’s 10 acres feature palm-fringed beachfront and lush tropical gardens, all backed by verdant rainforest. The resort overlooks the sapphire waters of protected Malumu Bay, a safe harbour for ships and boats passing by. The resort is eco-conscious and environmentally friendly, carefully constructed to blend with the natural environment and to have minimal effect on the beautiful natural surroundings, local habitat, and pristine waters of the bay.

Accommodation

Lalati Resort features a total of 16 villas and cottages: 5 Oceanfront Villas, 7 Honeymoon Villas, 2 Honeymoon Suites (one garden, one beachfront), and 2 Seaview Cottages.

All villas are built in the ‘chiefly-style’ and are large and spacious with soaring high beam roofs and beautiful local hardwood floors. All rooms have California king beds, ceiling fans, outdoor hammocks, large private lanais (verandas), tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, in room safe, flowers, gardens, hairdryers and deluxe bathroom amenities.

Villas are large and spacious. They are steps from the ocean, with sweeping ocean views from both the private decks and inside the villas. They feature a large area with king sized bed and sitting area and a second private bedroom with queen bed. Large bathrooms, oversized showers and deluxe amenities included. Each villa is private and separated by tropical gardens. Villas are air conditioned in the main room and have ceiling fans and louvered, screened windows throughout.

The Honeymoon Villas, fully air-conditioned, with louvered, screened windows throughout, sit at the end of the property, on tropical grounds backed by verdant rainforests. Views of the sea are dotted with coconut palms and native deciduous trees, and of the blue lagoon beyond. These romantic villas are tucked into tropical gardens, and each features its own private gazebo with hammock and table and chairs, perfect for watching the sunrise over the bay, or stargazing at night. Private outdoor showers open to the sky for additional romance. Interiors feature romantic, draped 4 poster beds, luxury amenities, Fijian works of art and fine tropical furnishings. iPod docking stations are included.

The Garden Honeymoon Suite – This suite sits approximately 75m from the water, with private tropical gardens, on an elevated area set back from the Villas. It features a large open floor plan with beautiful coconut wood 4-poster king bed on a polished mahogany wood platform. There are several sitting areas, with rattan and coconut palm wood furnishings. Separate tiled sitting room is cool and perfect for lounging, reading and relaxing. Flat screen TV in the main room allows guests to enjoy the myriad DVDs in the resort’s DVD library, and iPod docking stations are included. The bathroom features a rain shower head, artfully designed sink, and mirror edged with inlaid mother-of-pearl created by the renowned J. Hunter Pearls. Outside are a large lanai and private courtyard with Jacuzzi, day bed, water feature and outdoor shower. The Garden Honeymoon Suite is fully air-conditioned, louvered, screened windows throughout.

The Beachfront Honeymoon Suite – This is the premier accommodation at Lalati. Just steps from the water, and located at the far end of the Villas, this suite is the most private on the property. It features several sitting areas, a large 4-poster coconut palmwood bed on a raised mahogany wood platform, island furnishings and beautiful, polished local hardwood floors. The oversized bathroom features a double shower and countertop with copper sinks and bamboo faucets. The large lanai features sweeping ocean and garden views and leads to the large private courtyard. The courtyard doors can be open to the sea or closed for complete privacy. It has a mini waterfall, Jacuzzi, double daybed with ceiling fan and outdoor shower. The Beachfront Honeymoon Villa is fully air-conditioned, with louvered, screened windows throughout.

The two Seaview Cottages are reminiscent of a lake bungalow or summer seaside retreat. All have California King Sized beds, large sitting areas, counter, sink and microwaves, tea & coffee making facilities, fridge, hairdryers, deluxe amenities, decks, and great sea views for catching sight of passing sailboats, dolphins, reefs and outlying islands. They sit behind the Villas, on a rise to capture the ocean views. Additional twin beds may be brought in to the large living room to accommodate additional persons in a cottage.

Resort Facilities

Meals are served in the lofty, chiefly-style open-air bure. Join other diners at a group table for your meals or dine at a private candlelit table for two. Lalati features gourmet cuisine using only the freshest ingredients available. Freshly picked vegetables from the resort’s own organic garden, tropical fruits of the season, fine imported meats and seafood freshly caught, all feature on an ever-changing daily menu.

The Loloma Spa has 3 treatment rooms and treatments are 100% nature-based. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage during your diving holiday at Lalati.

Activities

Besides some fantastic scuba diving in the world famous Beqa Lagoon, guests can also take part in a list of other activities offered from the resort: coastal kayaking, nature treks, coconut demonstrations, poolside barbecues, beach volleyball, guided reef snorkelling, herbal walks, kava parties, village visits, beach picnics, beach bonfires, crab race or just enjoy some relaxing time by the swimming pool.

Staying Connected

Wireless internet access is available at the resort in the main building for guests bringing their own laptops. There is also a computer kiosk with guest computer, accessible during business hours. There is a fee for the use of WiFi services and guest computer.

Pricing for Lalati Resort 2018

AUD
7 Nights Seaview Cottage (double) with 10 dives2233
7 Nights Seaview Cottage (single) with 10 dives3375
7 Nights Oceanfront Villa (double) with 10 dives3013
7 Nights Oceanfront Villa (single) with 10 dives4701
 
INCLUDED: accommodation as specified, all meals, return airport transfer from/to Nadi, 5 dive days/2 dives per day, unlimited shore diving (unguided) during dive shop hours, tanks, weights, boat, dive guide, Fiji Government taxes.
The per person pricing above is indicative only: we show 7 night with 10/12 dive packages at high-end and lower-end rooms (singles & doubles) for the purposes of comparison. We can give you a price (and availability) for any combination of nights/dives you wish to undertake, which will include any discounts due to you as part of that package, and any exclusions, or items payable at the resort. Use the [Enquiry Form] button to give us your exact requirements and we'll give you the best deal we can.

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Facilities

Training School Type: PADI Nitrox Fill:
Air Fill
Number of Guides 6
Gear Hire
Number of Boats 2
Gear Sales
Number of Dive Sites 99
Gear Servicing
Accommodation

Location

Beqa Island (pronounced Benga) is surrounded by the vast Beqa Lagoon, located just 8km (5 miles) south of the main island of Viti Levu. From Nadi International Airport it’s a scenic 2.5-hour coastal drive followed by a 30-minute private boat ride from Pacific Harbour directly to the resort.

Getting to Beqa Island

All international flights into Fiji arrive at Nadi airport on the west coast of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. A private minibus collects guests from the airport or hotels nearby early in the morning for the coastal drive south to Pacific Harbour (approx 2.5 hours). The transfer boat from Pacific Harbour to Lalati departs daily at 9.30am. Departure flights from Nadi need to be scheduled no earlier than 2.00pm to allow for same day return boat and minibus transfers. The transfer boat from Lalati to Pacific Harbour departs daily at 8.45am. Inter-island flights also land at Suva airport, located in the southeast corner of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu. Suva, also the gateway for some liveaboards, is much closer to Pacific Harbour, only 30 minutes by car. Overnight hotel rooms near Nadi or Suva airports can easily be arranged if necessary.

What to expect

The Blue Starfish Dive Centre at Lalati Resort & Spa is a full-service PADI dive and training centre. The dive shop offers all PADI courses from introductory level all the way up to divemaster including the most popular specialties. Nitrox is available.

Dive Service

Dive sites in Beqa Lagoon number over 100 and most areas close to the resort as a quick 5-20 minute boat ride away. The dive centre operates 2 custom built diving catamarans: one larger catamaran with twin outboards for up to 8 divers and one smaller vessel with a single engine for 4 or fewer divers. Both boats feature shade covers and are kept at the pier next to the dive shop.

The dive operation has two compressors, a selection of rental gear, rinse tanks and plenty of space for storage and hanging up wetsuits. They offer 12L (80 cu ft) aluminium tanks, and a couple of smaller tanks if required.

A typical schedule consists of 2-tank dives after breakfast and you will be back in the resort for lunch. A third tank dive may be offered in the afternoon, as well as a night dive before or after dinner, though many divers succumb to island life quickly and retreat to their hammocks. Shore diving is also available.

Dive area

Beqa Lagoon is surrounded by over 300 km (190 miles) of spectacular coral reefs. Within the lagoon, the water is clear and warm, visibility is typically over 30 m (100 ft), currents are mild, and the water temperature stays a fairly constant 26°C (80°F). Many of the best dive spots are only a short boat ride from the resort, and it is almost impossible to explore every one of the more than 100 different dive sites.

Your divemasters grew up in and around the waters of Beqa Lagoon, and delight in sharing their underwater world with you. Your expert dive guides typical Fijian warmth and delightful humor, combined with Lalati’s intimate size, epitomises the personalised experience you get on each and every dive trip.

A kaleidoscope of soft corals abound. Colours glow in neon yellows, oranges, reds, pinks, whites and purples. Tropical fish explode in every shade of the rainbow. Blue Ribbon Eels, Clown Fish, Frog Fish, Lionfish and Leaf Scorpionfish, the elusive Ghost Pipefish and the shy Seahorse, pelagics and more make their home in the nutrient-rich waters of Beqa Lagoon.

Beqa Shark Dives

Twice a week, it is possible to join the world-famous Beqa Shark feed dives directly from Lalati Resort & Spa. One of the resort’s dive boats will take you and your dive guides to a special site inside the lagoon where numerous bull sharks, silver tips, grey nurse and the occasional tiger shark meet to be hand-fed by dive masters from Aquatrek or Beqa Adventure Divers. These sharks have been studied for many years; the larger ones are about 3m (9 ft) long, and it is an awesome experience to see them circling only away. These dives need to be booked in addition to the regular accommodation/dive packages.

The bull sharks can be experienced on almost every dive between the months of January to August. During their mating season, from October to December, the bull shark numbers decrease drastically and they are rarely seen during this period.

We think…

Lalati Resort & Spa will most certainly exceed your expectations. This beautiful little dive resort is a great place to relax and unwind. There are no shops or organised nightlife on the island. Enjoy some great Fijian hospitality, great service and friendly staff. We recommend this resort also to single divers and diver/non-diver couples.

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