Arriving from the boat onto Beachcomber Island, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. Was this tiny island resort really where we would be staying for the next two nights? As part of the Mamanuca Islands it is one of the smallest, and is absolutely stunning, with white sand and blue seas all around…I mean this place is so small you can walk the entire way around it in under 10 minutes!
The resort itself is excellent, with private ‘bures’ (little houses), as well as two huge dorms, one for girls and one for boys. The dorms hold over 30 people in each, so are a little cramped but perfectly adequate, as you’re only in there to sleep! Each bed comes with its own locker underneath to store all your belongings and the excellent, modern bathrooms are right next door. The dorms are totally open, with no windows and doors, but there are mosquito nets that go around the whole thing at night, to keep the insects at bay. The beds are made daily and you are provided with a clean, fresh towel every afternoon.
Beachcomber is known as quite a party island, so that is something to be prepared for. There is live music or a DJ (or both) every night and happy hours at the bar run a fair few times throughout the day. As the island is so small, it’s quite hard to escape the noise at night, so my advise would be to just embrace the party and join in.
All the food is served as a buffet and is included in the price of your stay (which changes depending on what type of room and the time of year…my accommodation was included with my FeeJee Experience pass). The food is generally of pretty high standard, the breakfast in particular, and you can expect to eat all manner of curries, as well as the usual pasta and potatoes.
The resort also has various activities on offer, including free snorkelling, vollyeball and turtle feeding, and there are others such as kayaking, parasailing and jet skiing available for a price.
Overall this is a great place to stay for a couple of days, whether you want to be active all day or just lounge around on the beach drinking cocktails, there’s something for everyone!
Dates stayed: 25 – 27 April 2012
Value for Money: 80%