Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort (sister resort to Big Sur’s Post Ranch
Inn) is an award winning, 5-star vacation destination. Built
on the site of a former coconut plantation, overlooking the peaceful
waters of Savusavu Bay on Vanua Levu, this highly praised resort is
an international favorite for romance, honeymoons and weddings,
water enthusiasts, and families who want to combine wonderful
surroundings and exceptional dining
with an unsurpassed range of eco-friendly activities. The resort
features 25 spacious bures; built of local timbers, these
traditional thatched Fijian bungalows highlight rattan furnishings,
king-size beds with
small sitting areas with desks, wooden louvered windows, overhead
private decks with garden or ocean views. Large bathrooms in warm
Italian tile offer double sink basins, separate showers, and hair
dryers. In addition there are minibars with complimentary beverages
and snacks, French press coffee makers, plush robes and tropical
flowers. To ensure a serene environment, the bures have
telephones or televisions.
of the most extensive spa treatments in Fiji are also available here
(additional fees apply) either in-room or in the spa bure. A variety
of massage and spa services from
Duavata Massage (2 massage
therapists) to the regenerative
Cooling Aloe Wrap will relax and rejuvenate you.
The therapists are trained by senior spa staff at Post Ranch Inn, in
Big Sur, California. Post Ranch has an international reputation for
providing a comprehensive range of relaxing, healing spa treatments.
The resort constantly strives to improve and revise their offerings
to ensure their extensive spa program remains at the forefront of
Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is one of the only 5-star resorts with
a spacious oceanfront freshwater pool, just steps from Savusavu Bay.
You can also clear your mind and relax your body with a daily
morning yoga class.
resort's award-winning meals are served in an open-air dining room
with a 60-foot high temple roof, overlooking the sea. Serving the
"Best Food in Fiji" (Travel
2002), the restaurant specializes in contemporary Fijian, South
Pacific and International cuisine complemented by an extensive
selection of fine wines. The Executive Chef, Vijendra Kumar, was
born in Fiji and has worked in the islands since 1987 in various
prestigious resorts and hotels. He has received additional training
in Australia, and has been tutored by the chefs from Post Ranch Inn,
and Aqua in San Francisco. Chef Kumar has been featured in many
cooking shows in both the US and Australia, including the Travel
Café. Using fresh herbs, spices and vegetables grown in the resorts
own organic garden, the chef produces culinary delights of Fijian,
South Pacific and International cuisine for his guests. The
extensive wine list has been developed to pair well with food.
Each week, guests enjoy two special dining events: a Lovo, the
traditional Fijian feast, and Mongolian barbecue/stir-fry. During
cocktail hour and dinner each night, local Fijian "Beach Boys" will
entertain you with Fijian and American songs.
The resort has
further enhanced the guest experience recently year with a
number of exciting changes to the resort, including:
opening of the new Point Reef Villa bure, 2000 sq. ft. of
luxurious accommodations blending the best of indoor and outdoor
The opening of the 3rd
swimming pool at the resort – this one specifically for older
children and teens, with a water slide to make it even more fun!
A renovation of the adult swimming pool, adding
an “infinity” edge and expanding the deck area around the pool,
and adding day beds to lounge nearby.
I wanted to thank you for facilitating
what turned out to be the vacation of our lives. John and I were
at complete rest there in Fiji. The people are wonderful, the
culture entertaining and the scenery spectacular. It was far
more than either of us expected. We were ready to move in with
the Fijian people. We'll definitely be going back someday!
-- Sheri and John W.
Cousteau Resort far exceeded our
expectations across the board. In particular, the food and staff
were incredible. Every meal was consistently among the top meals
we've EVER had in San Francisco, New York, Paris, Italy or
anywhere. This feat was especially impressive considering how
mediocre the food was at the other five star resort we visited.
And, the staff was so friendly and fabulous. They always
remembered our names and made us feel incredibly special.
-- Andy & Sara K.
is known as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World," and offers the
largest variety of fish and coral anywhere in the world. Small reef
dwellers and large ocean pelagics populate the colorful reefs near
the resort. Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands resort is the only
resort that employs a full-time marine biologist to help visitors
appreciate the underwater world of Fiji. Divers of all skill levels
will delight in the award-winning facilities at the resort, which is
the "World's Best for Diving," according to
a 37-foot custom-built, enclosed cabin dive vessel cruises at 16-18
knots and is equipped with the latest GPS plotter, color depth
sounder and radar, catering for up to 12 divers, individual gear
lockers, a freshwater shower, and complimentary soft drinks and
cookies. Each morning, the boat leaves the resort at about 8:30 a.m.
and returns for lunch around 12:30. Full day trips
Namena Island), are organized whenever possible and include a picnic
lunch, returning to the resort around 4:00 p.m. (Note: Jean-Michel
rates Namena as the best dive spot in Fiji, and one of the 10 best
in the world. This is one of the only resorts in Fiji that visits
Namena on a regular basis.)
Dive Shop has everything you need for your underwater adventure.
Snorkels and fins are provided free of charge. Wetsuits, tanks,
masks, fins and other accessories are also available. The dive shop
is also a great place to hear what's going on under the waves, from
shark sightings to the latest findings from the monthly
If snorkeling is your thing, there is a special boat that caters
specifically to you! For beginning divers, the expert dive staff
will welcome and guide you into the underwater world. Expert divers
can do their own thing. PADI (Professional Association of Diving
Instructors) certified dive courses that range from an “Intro
to Diving” or a resort course through Advanced certifications are
available, and Nitrox fills are also offered.