Botaira Beach Resort, FijiThe Luxury of Simplicity in the Beautiful Yasawa Islands



About Botaira Resort

Imagine….. "Pristine white sand and soft waves lapping on the beach as the sun sets leaving an unbelievable array of colours in the sky" … this is the ideal romantic setting for your Fiji Wedding or honeymoon. It is not a dream, it is a reality at the private setting of Botaira Resort on the natural Naviti Island - the largest of the Yasawa Island Group, Fiji.

Botaira Beach Resort has, for privacy and pleasure, only 11 spacious contemporary Fijian style bures with modern ensuite facilities sited on an absolute beachfront location. This is the picture postcard tropical island resort for dream holidays of swimming, tropical fish, coral reefs and lazy days in the sun. Just bring your swimming costume and shorts & a good book for a relaxing breakaway in Fiji's tropical paradise. Don't worry about a thing, let us take care of everything so you can enjoy

Your Fiji Island Hosts

Jerry and Alumita Sovatabua, have come back to their own island after years of professional experience in a 5 star Fijian hotel on the mainland. They have many years experience in business having owned and operated several of their own businesses.

Their passion to support the local islanders has led them to employ many villagers, creating a truly friendly Fijian resort with modern luxury bures in a perfect tropical island setting of palm trees, white sand beaches, coral reefs and clear warm water.

The staff at Botaira Resort don't wear name tags, as after a few days you are part of the family. Each and every one makes you feel welcome and are more than happy to help you with anything you may need.

Jerry and Alumita
Jerry and Alumita Sovatabua


Botaira Resorts Location

Botaira Resort is located on the largest island in the beautiful Yasawa Group, Naviti Island. Botaira is on the western side of Naviti Island which means every night you can watch gorgeous sunsets while sipping cocktails on the beachfront bar deck!

Botaira is 20 mins by road from Nadi Airport to Denarau Marina, then 3 hours on the Yasawa Flyer - a comfortable, air-conditioned, high-speed 25 metre catamaran which leaves daily from Denarau at 8.30am. You arrive at Botaira just in time to step ashore, settle in then enjoy lunch.



ABOUT FIJI

The Fiji Islands are a small island group situated midway between the South Pole and the Equator in the midst of the South Pacific Ocean. Fiji is on the airline route from the USA to Australia and New Zealand and is often used as a stop-over point by Air New Zealand.

Fiji welcomes visitors and to facilitate easy entry, everything has been done to make the process as pleasant as possible. A valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel to another country, which he/she is authorized to enter, is required.

The Fiji Islands are not impacted by the earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis as much as some other south pacific islands.

To learn more about travelling to Fiji please read our Travellers Tips.

Map of Fiji


Weather

There are two main seasons. The wet, summer season runs from December to March, and the drier, cooler season from April to November.

Type of weather
Trade-wind tropical with NO real extremes. Always hot by day but never excessive, always cooler by night—mostly a pleasant comfortable climate.

Temperature
Usually in mid 80's F / 26ºC by day, low 70's F / 21º C by night. Daytime rarely above 90 F / 32º C.

Humidity
Tropical showers are possible all the year round, but heavier from December to March. Even then there are always dry and sunny spells especially in the Yasawas.

Comment
Exceptionally good weather for the tropics



Traveller Tips

Airport
Nadi International Airport (NAN) is situated 9km north of Nadi town.

Average Temperatures
Tropical. There are two main seasons. The wet, summer season runs from December to March, and the drier, cooler seasons from April to November.

Coastal winter daytime temperatures average 25-26°C and are seldom lower than 20°C overnight. Costal summer daytime temperatures average 30°C and are generally no lower that 23°C overnight. The water temperature is 25°C to 29°C all year.

Clothing
Lightweight tropical clothing. Wraparound sulus (sarong) are worn by both men and women and are ideal for wearing over swimsuits and shorts or with T-shirts. It is offensive to wear brief clothing outside the resorts. It is also customary to remove headgear before visiting a village to avoid insult.

Communication
The international country IDD code for Fiji is 679. There are no area codes. International services including telephone, telex, facsimile, internet and email services, and mobile cellular phone network through Vodafone.

Currency
The unit of currency in Fiji is the Fijian dollar

Culture
Certain rules of etiquette must be observed when visiting a village. Modest dress is required and it is a good idea to carry a wraparound sulu (also known as a sarong, lavalava or pareu) to cover up brief clothing. Hats should not be worn in a village as this is an insult to the chief and it is also insulting to touch someone's head. Shoes must not be worn in people's houses.

Driving
Driving is on the left-hand side of the road with a maximum speed limited in built-up areas is 50km/hr and 80km/hr on the highways. Be aware of wandering stock, animals sleeping on the warm road surface, speed bumps in villages and pedestrians, particularly at night when visibility is poor. The legal driving age is 17 years. Rental cars are available on the mainland. Parking meter wardens are vigilant with a parking ticket costing F$20.00.

Electricity
The electrical currency in Fiji is 240 volts, AC 50hz. Fiji has 3-pin power outlets like New Zealand and Australia. Leading hotels and resorts offer power outlets for 240v or 110v shavers, hair dryers, etc.

Food
Fijian, Indian, Chinese and European food are all part of Fijian cuisine, reflecting the many ethnic groups represented in Fiji. Seafood is a main part of the Fijian diet, often cooked in lolo (coconut milk). Island nights at many of the hotels and resorts feature food traditionally cooked in an earth oven (lovo) and served buffet style, accompanied by traditional entertainment. Island nights also include a kava drinking ceremony and a meke (song and dance).

 

Health
There are hospitals located in most towns, and private medical services are also available. Fiji is free from malaria and most tropical diseases.

Religion and Churches
Visitors will see Christian churches, Mosques, Sikh and Hindu temples in the towns and countryside. The majority of Fijians are of the Wesleyan persuasion. Visitors are welcome at Sunday worship throughout the Fiji Islands.

Shopping
Some bargaining is still conducted but most shops have fixed prices. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, resorts, shops and car rental companies. Cards include American Express, Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard and JCB International, In general, business hours are Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm, and Fridays until 6pm. On Saturday, hours are 8am to 1pm.

Tipping
Is not compulsory

Taxes
All purchases in Fiji attract a 12.5% VAT charge. The price charged is generally inclusive of VAT unless stated otherwise.

Time
12 hours ahead of GMT (sharing the timezone with New Zealand) and 20 hours ahead of US Pacific Time.

Water
In cities, resorts and urban area, water is safe to drink.

Visa and Entry Requirements
For nationals of 108 countries no visa is required to enter Fiji, however your passport must be valid for three months more than your intended stay in Fiji. Nationals of the other countries require pre-arranged visas that can be applied for at the nearest Fiji High Commission. Check www.fiji.org.nz, www.immigration.gov.fj, or www.bulafiji.com for a full exemption listing and visa application forms. Four-month entry visa are for holiday purpose only. Business purpose visas are issued for 14 days. Passports must be valid for a minimum of three months beyond the intended duration of stay.

Language
English, Fijian and Hindustani are also widely used in Fiji. Fijians will speak Fijian between themselves, but all are proficient in English and will always speak English to visitors.
Visitors rapidly become familiar with the word 'Bula', Fiji's traditional greeting.

Useful words
English Fijian Pronunciation
Hello bula mbullah
Good morning yadra yarn drah
Goodbye moce mothey
Thank you vinaka vee naka
Excuse me tulou too low
Yes io ee oh
No sega senga