A private room in the country side of an island paradise. Leave the hassles of the city behind, drive through sugarcane fields, breath the sweetness of freedom, and experience a taste of the Pacific.
The room has a double bed (queen size) and a single bed, stand up electric fan (sorry, no airconditioning, still working on it..) a mini cooler, dresser, table & chairs, electric kettle & toaster.
It is a family holiday home not a lodge, so expect alot of interaction with family members at times, paticularly during the school holidays. Meals are taken with the family, breakfast, lunch and dinner which are included in the fees. Laundry is included as well, so you're most welcome to use the washing machine. Toilet and bathroom is shared with all occupants, nothing fancy, but it is clean and tidy. We have a large deck built around a tamarind tree with some deck chairs and a hammock for cooling off, on hot days. We are not strict with our meal arrangements, so if you're not an early riser, then you can have a late breakfast or if you're not around during meal times, then we'll keep yours. Usually we have our meals outdoor on the deck, not strict on this as well, if you prefer you can have yours in the dinnig room or in the common room while watching TV ( afterall, you're on holiday,...so relax!)
Few basic items available in the room:
bottled drinking water, coffee, tea, sugar, milk, jam, butter and peanut butter.
However, the kitchen is open to all, if you need to use it, go ahead.
(toiletries & bath)
fresh clean towels
bathing soap/shower gel
The house is for everyone, so if you need to watch tv or dvd or have a bbq out on the deck, feel free to use it. For internet acces, you can use our laptop but if you have yours, then you can use the modem stick available, however, you have to purchase a vodafone recharge card to activate the modem. Recharge cost: $6, 11, 15, 25 & 35. This can be purchased from any vodafone or shopping outlets around the country.
Interaction with Guests
Mostly I am present at Waimakare and usually meet and greet guests at the airport when I am in Nadi, other than that, my husband and my son do this for me. I try my best to meet everyone personally.
Waimakare is situated at the outskirts of Nadi between the airport and Nadi town which is 20 minutes drive either way. It is among sugarcane fields, along the upper Nadi river and is two blocks away from the infamous South Sea Orchid Farm and a Mineral water factory, and 10 minutes walk to the only Chinese Five Star hotel overlooking the Nadi River. The area is quite scenic with abundance of vegetation, rolling hills, pockets of small sugarcane farms and family plantations which we mainly acquire most of our vegetable, fruits and rootcrops. The roads are partially tarsealed and dirt tracks, suitable for cross-country running or walking, if you're up to it.
Daily Public buses are scheduled at certain times, and they are as follows;
6.30am, 7.30am, 8.30am, 9.15am, 12.30pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm, and 5.30pm from Nadi town which is the last bus for this area. Bus fare is about $1fjd. But if you're of an adventerous kind, hitching is still very common and is safe. Apart from buses, you can always hire a taxi for $10fjd to town.
If you happen to hire a car, there is a garage available at the house for your disposal.
The best way to get to Waimakare is by taxi, however, we do have a gentleman by the name of PAUL who does this service for us for a charge of $20fjd that is paid directly to him. But if you prefer, you can always take the airport taxi, the fare is charged by the meter that is visible to you.
Other Things to Note
We have alot of animals, dogs, cats, chickens, and goats which are quite disturbing at times but if you understand country farm areas, this is usually part of the package.
Simple common sense.
Eddie & Eta do their best to make you feel at home at their place. The room is comfortable and the sheets are clean and the mosquito netting kind of makes you feel like you're in one of those awesome canopy beds you always wanted when you were a kid (you know you did).
The food is delicious and they make quite a few local dishes for you to try which is great.
Getting there via public transport can be a bit of a hassle as the bus doesn't always appear when it's supposed to, or at all. Make sure that you take the bus to Nasau and not the one to Megunyah as you'll end up quite a ways away from the house. Taxi's from Nadi town are about 10 dollars but make sure that you get a taxi that has a meter.
As for Nadi itself there isn't really much to do or see in the area, so more than a day or two isn't really necessary. Staying with Eddie & Eta will give you some great insight into the way that the locals live in Fiji, which is very different from the pictures the resorts paint of the island.
My only real complaint about the weekend is that Eddit would spend most nights out with friends, which wouldn't have mattered, but people kept coming by looking for him, and we had to tell them that he was gone and we didn't know when he was coming back. Not necessarily ideal for two foreigners to be announcing that they're somewhere alone until an undisclosed time. However nothing ever came of it and everything turned out fine, so I might just be more paranoid than others.
All in all the price for what you get is fantastic (especially if you're traveling with 2 or more people) and we had a good experience!
If you don't like animals, this probably isn't the place for you. They had 3 cats, 2 dogs, and several chickens (including 2 roosters) that hung around the house. We love animals and they were all friendly so it was great fun for us!
We had a wonderful experience staying with the family of Eta and Eddie. From the moment that we arrived we felt as if we were part of the family. Sam and Sikeli made us feel well accommodated with anything that we might need. The food at every meal was so delicious and was more than enough. It was nice to be in a house that was in an area that was more rural. This place was not just a bed and breakfast, but a bed breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a loving family along with it. We look forward to coming back to fiji and would recommend anyone to stay with Eta and family.
Thank you again!
We enjoyed staying with Eta and her big friendly family very very much. Eta treated us so well, we felt as part of the family. We also had many hour long conversations about Fiji customs and learned a lot about the country from her, which was wonderful! Eta also picked us up at the airport as well as helped us to rent a car and make the most of Nadi's market and shops as she kindly accompanied us to town on several occasions.
We enjoyed the house too, especially the veranda where we ate our meals and had a swing. Our room was spacious and had a kettle, some toiletries, food and fruits, and a fan.
Another great thing was that Eta made delicious FOOD for us for breakfast and dinners. They were delicious and we could sample the local cuisine this way. What a bargain!
Nadi is about a 20 min bus ride (3 times per day I think, 1 dollar per person) away or even faster if Eta calls a shared carrier (10 dollars in total).
Totally recommended, thank you!
What an experience! It was wonderful to learn so much about Fiji from a local, passionate family. Accommodation and facilities were simple and that added to the experience and it's reality. Car hire is definitely handy - depending on where you want to visit - if anywhere. There's plenty of entertainment and education on site! The family is absolutely delightful and it was nice to feel a part of that.
Staying wit Eta and her family was quite the experience ! I would definitely come back and I have to agree with Christen they make you feel like family :) If you want taste of what true Fijian life is like rather that the tourist experience go with Eta she will not steer you wrong. The meals were delicious and she is very helpful when it comes to finding things to do . Fiji is a beautiful country and I will definitely be back . It would probably be in your best interest to rent a car though just so you can come and go as you please and not have to wait for transportation.
Staying with Eta and her family, I felt more like a welcome family friend than a boarder. The place is lively and full of people/children/animals. It’s a Fiji country home and feels like you are in the jungle with all the beautiful trees. I could not have had a better 1st experience with Airbnb and with Fiji. Many thanks to Eta, Eddy, and all the family!
Currently I am at Uni and hoping to get my LLB degree at the end of the year (2014). I have just recently got married to my partner of 14 years and we have four children (Tu Lovo;12, Yavala; 11, Leilani; 8, Senijiale; 7).
I love reading, music, movies, documentaries (national geographic, discovery channel), surfing the net, astrology, cooking & baking. Interest in International and Human Rights Law, Environmental Law, Eco-tourism, Traditions & Cultures of the World, Literature & Art.
I have hosted before, usually international exchange students, and this will be my first gig on Airbnb. I have had my fair share of travelling around the world and found it quite an amazing experience to learn other people's culture and lifestyle. I consider myself an International citizen. I invite you all to visit Fiji and I assure you it will be an experience to remember.
I live in a spacious 3 bedroom country style house. Toilet and bathroom is shared with family. There is cable tv, radio and internet available at your disposal. Meals are inclusive in the fee.
I also have a house in Suva (Capital of Fiji), which I and the kids mostly reside at due to educational purposes, therefore, If you ever decide to visit the Capital, then you're most welcome to stay there as well. However, arrangements have to be done prior to visit.