When I first visited Beqa Island south of Viti Levu, Fiji, in 1982 there were no tourist accommodations of any kind and I stayed with a local family in Naceva village. While on the island I enjoyed the golden sands of nearby Lawaki Beach and mused how a resort might do well there. Some 23 years later, an enterprising Swiss/Fijian couple opened Lawaki Beach House, a nine-bed eco resort offering clean, comfortable accommodations, and in the years which followed 2003, the hospitability and charm of Lawaki have been enjoyed by many world travelers.
The environmentally friendly managers, Sam (Fijian) and Christine (Swiss), emphasize sustainability in their operation and impact on the local culture is minimal. The newly opened Marine Protected Area in front of Lawaki ensures that the snorkeling offshore will always be simply stunning. Lawaki Beach House caters to all budgets with two romantic double bure and one six-bed bure which can be used as a family unit or backpacker dormitory. You can even pitch your own tent on the grounds. All meals are included in the rates (discounts for children under 12) and the mouthwatering mix of local and Mediterranean cuisines comes from their own organic garden. The water is sourced from an on-site spring and the hot showers are powered by solar electricity.
Some caveats are in order. Credit cards are not accepted at Lawaki (bring cash) and you must book ahead through their website to ensure that the Lawaki boat will be available at Navua near Pacific Harbour to pick you up. The boat transfers are cheaper for groups of three or more and an early booking might allow you to share the cost with other guests. Once on Beqa, tours, fishing, and scuba diving can be arranged. Sam and Christine speak Fijian, English, and German and they’ll do their best to make you feel right at home.