Likuliku Lagoon Resort: The Experience

Located in Malolo Island, Fiji

At Likuliku, the day-to-day experience ripples out from the water, with a personalized program of optional activities—weather and tide dependent—created for you throughout your stay. Go kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or windsurfing in the warm waters surrounding the lodge. Borrow snorkeling gear and discover the vibrant coral reef. Go island-hopping or set off on a diving or fishing excursion. Follow walking trails to a sweeping island view. Get immersed in traditional island life on a village tour or by sitting in on a traditional Fijian church service known for its local choir. Each week, guests can join in on a local environmental initiative such as forest rehabilitation or coral seeding, while Friday nights cue lively entertainment with traditional music and dance and a special Fijian feast.

Things to Do

Activity inclusions vary by rate type and package. Please inquire with the lodge when requesting your reservation.

Snorkeling

The fringing reefs at Likuliku Lagoon are protected as a marine sanctuary and offer ideal snorkeling conditions. Pull on a mask and discover this corner of Fiji’s reefs—recognized as some of the world’s most diverse, with nearly 400 species of coral and some 1,200 fish species. Watch for friendly reef sharks, lionfish, and the occasional ray.

Marine Sports

Set afloat on the warm waters around Likuliku using the lodge’s fleet of non-motorized vessels to kayak or paddleboard, windsurf or sail.

Walking Trails

Follow nature paths to spectacular island views, such as Jona’s Lookout and Naroba Point. Or join a guided walk to learn about the medicinal properties of the native plants and their use in local customs.

Local Culture

On rainy days, staffers brighten the Dua Tale bar with local cultural lessons. Watch a demonstration of how to tie a sulu, or sarong, learn to weave baskets and hats from palm fronds, pick up a few turns of phrase in Fijian, or hear about island legends and history as you sample a bowl of kava (yaqona), the national drink of Fiji with purportedly euphoric effects.

Fishing Trips

Though fishing is off-limits in the protected waters and reefs directly in front of the lodge, anglers can join guided excursions to areas abundant in tuna, wahoo, barracuda, and other fish. The lodge encourages catch and release (required for marlin and sailfish).

Snorkeling and Diving Trips

Venture from the lagoon to delve into the underwater world of Fiji. A short boat ride away are more snorkeling sites, and PADI-certified instructors lead diving trips and certification courses for beginners and advanced divers alike. Choose from 44 dive sites in the Mamanuca Islands, where highlights include caves, pinnacles, a B26 bomber wreck from World War II, and a rainbow of tropical fish, sharks, and corals.

Village Visit

Experience local island life on a guided trip into the villages of Yaro and Solevu, home to the Paramount Chief of the Mamanuca Islands. On Sundays, opt to sit in on a traditional Fijian church service at Yaro village, and enjoy the resonant voices of the talented local choir.

Island Hopping

Rise early, while the winds are calm, and set off on a boat trip to neighboring islands. See Castaway, Mana, and Matamanoa islands along the way. Then stop for a swim, snorkel, and walk on MonuRiki, the famed setting for the Tom Hanks film Cast Away. Continue north around Monu, Yanuya, Tokoriki, and Tavua islands, then enjoy another swim and snorkel at Mana Sand Bank. Return to the lodge in time for a late breakfast.

Sunset Cruise

Here in the “place where the sun comes to rest,” as the island of Malolo is called by locals, sunsets are picture-perfect. On a cruise from the lodge, toast the falling sun with sparkling wine and chef-prepared canapés and the melodies of a local singer.

Motorized Boat Trips

Join a “Jet Ski safari” around the nearby island of MonuRiki, go water-skiing or kneeboarding in Malolo’s waters, or head off on a wake-boarding or parasailing adventure.

Surfing Tours

Catch the waves at the legendary surf breaks along the southern portion of the Malolo Barrier Reef. Join a tour to Cloudbreak, home to the Fiji Pro annual surfing championships, or other popular breaks such as Wilkes Passage, Desperations, and Restaurants.

Honeymoon Island Trips

Venture to the tiny, uninhabited island of Mociu, known as Honeymoon Island. Owned by the lodge, this protected reserve is the site of some of the lodge’s dry forest restoration and biodiversity protection projects and is accessible exclusively to lodge guests. Take a 15-minute boat ride and enjoy a catered picnic on the secluded beach at sunrise or mid-day, or join a guide to snorkel its pristine reef.

Food and Drink

The kitchen at the atmospheric Fijiana restaurant runs on deep relationships with local growers, suppliers, and food artisans. Daily menus feature organic meats, tropical fruits, freshly caught seafood (delivered directly to the lodge by local fishermen), fresh herbs from the on-site garden, and honey from the lodge’s own hives.

For breakfast, fresh fruit juices, house-made compotes, muesli, organic yogurt, sliced meats and cheeses, and fresh bread and pastries complement cooked-to-order hot items. Lunch is typically fresh and light, and a four-course dinner menu is served each evening. All meals put the spotlight on Fijian produce and the multiculturalism of the South Pacific. Every Friday night, the lodge throws a cocktail-and-canapés party enlivened with meke dance performances, followed by a South Pacific barbecue and a Fijian lovo, in which succulent local meats and seafood are wrapped in banana leaves and slow-roasted in an earth oven under sizzling rocks.

Situated on an island in the lagoon, the Masima Bar offers a breezy perch for island-style cocktails, wine, and beer. Over in the main complex, guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks—or curl up with a book and lemongrass martini—at Dua Tale Bar.

Spa

Tucked into the verdant slopes above the shore, the Tatadra (“House of Dreams”) Spa has an expansive view of the lagoon and catches the gentle ocean breezes. Fijian-style massages and other locally inspired beauty and body treatments are available for individuals or couples. Whether you opt for a foot scrub paired with champagne or a detoxifying banana leaf body wrap, all treatments feature locally made Fijian spa and body products made with coconut oil and flower extracts.

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