The Best Hostels in Fiji for Travellers on a Budget

Enjoy a paradise-like holiday in Fiji
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11 February 2021

Experience tropical-island life in the South Pacific – without rinsing your entire budget. From family-run bungalows to surf shacks, these hostels in Fiji are all bookable with Culture Trip.

When you think of paradise, Fiji comes to mind. White sand beaches flanked by teal water and towering palm trees – you can experience all of this, even when travelling on a budget. Embrace the warm local vibes here – you’ll be greeted with a cheery “Bula!” – while staying in one of these top hostels.

Tropic of Capricorn Resort

Hostel
3.6/5 (284 Reviews)
Tropic of Capricorn Resort
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Just 10 minutes from Nadi international airport, Tropic of Capricorn Resort is perfectly placed for exploring Fiji and hopping on your flight home. Choose from dorms, doubles or even oceanfront private rooms – with views across the azure sea to Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. When you need to cool off, head to the resort pool or golden-sand beach, just steps away from your room.

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Travellers Beach Resort

Resort, Hostel
3.5/5 (90 Reviews)
Travellers Beach Resort
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Set along a pretty strip of Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi, the aptly named Travellers Beach Resort sits in the shadow of palm trees. Dorms are plentiful here, ranging from four to 24 beds, including female-only options; plus, there are private rooms on offer. A cluster of cafes, restaurants and local shops is on your doorstep. Feeling peckish? The onsite restaurant serves delights like ika vakalolo, fish in lemon-infused coconut cream, with local greens and Fijian root crops.

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Smugglers Cove Beach Resort and Hotel

Hostel
3.7/5 (779 Reviews)
Smugglers Cove Beach Resort and Hotel
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Smugglers Cove Beach Resort and Hotel is primed for adventure seekers. Free scuba-diving or paddle-board lessons are available here. Come nightfall, fire-dance shows to traditional music are part of the regular entertainment. Rooms are either private or dorm-style (there’s a female-only dorm, too), and all come with the ever-essential addition of air conditioning. Nadi town centre is just a 10-minute drive away.

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Sunrise Lagoon Homestay

Hostel
4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
Sunrise Lagoon Homestay
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The small island of Nanuya Lailai was the filming location for the 1980 Brooke Shields film The Blue Lagoon. Here, you can stay at the Sunrise Lagoon Homestay, a lovely family-run hostel. Six-bed dorms overlook crystalline waters. When you’re not sunning or taking a dip, ask the owners to arrange a day swimming with “friendly” sharks, teach you the art of spearfishing or go scuba diving.

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Rendezvous Surf Camp Fiji

Hostel
3.3/5 (6 Reviews)
Rendezvous Surf Camp Fiji
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If you’ve ever wanted to try surfing, why not learn in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Whether you’re a novice or a pro, Rendezvous Surf Camp Fiji is a short boat ride from Fiji’s world-class surf breaks like Cloudbreak. Start in the baby waves before making your way beyond the break. Dorms sleep a maximum of four people, while private rooms are available for couples and friends. A major perk is that breakfast and dinner are included in your room price.

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Nadi Bay Resort Hotel

Hostel
3.5/5 (185 Reviews)
Nadi Bay Resort Hotel
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As its name suggests, Nadi Bay Resort Hotel is nestled within central Nadi, close to the beach and town. Surrounded by 8,000 square metres (86sqft) of tropical bushland, space is abundant here – there are two swimming pools, two restaurants and a 70-person cinema, too. Mixed dorms or private apartments are on offer, each fitted with either a fan or air conditioning to keep you cool in Fiji’s tropical climate.

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  • Mana Lagoon

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    Plonked directly on Mana Island’s glorious golden sands, Mana Lagoon is the ideal spot for beach lovers. Rooms are beautifully appointed, overlooking the teal water, fringed by palm trees. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the room price, too. Learn to scuba dive with the Mana Lagoon’s friendly instructors – you can sign up to your PADI Open Water Diver certification or just head out on a guided snorkelling trip.

    Fiji Beachouse

    Resort, Hostel
    3.9/5 (37 Reviews)
    The Beachouse
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    Perched on the white-sand Coral Coast of Viti Levu, the Beachhouse is one of Fiji’s best hidden delights. There’s a room for every type of traveller here, from luxe bungalows with private outdoor bathrooms to garden huts and bunk-bed lodging. Breakfast is included, as is afternoon tea with scones and jam every day. Start the day with a yoga class before making the most of the complimentary sea kayaks.

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    Naqalia Lodge

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    Naqalia Lodge
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    With a palm-fringed beach as its backdrop, Naqalia Lodge makes the most of its position on the beautiful Wayasewa Island. Part of the Yasawa Island group, the lodge is run by locals, and each of the traditionally built cabins boasts 12-bed dorm rooms. Communal dining is encouraged (you won’t want to miss the Fijian cuisine), and there are kava sessions to take part in, too – if you can pull yourself away from the beach, that is.

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    Bamboo Backpackers

    Hostel
    3.8/5 (278 Reviews)
    Bamboo Backpackers
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    Set on a sandy strip of Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi, Bamboo Backpackers bills itself as one of the largest backpacker hubs in Fiji. Rooms here are sleek, with both private and dorm options available. Head to the beachfront Travellers Cafe for a bite to eat – whether you’re feeling like bacon and eggs for breakfast or pizza from the specialised menu.

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    Bluewater Lodge

    Hostel
    3.8/5 (12 Reviews)
    Bluewater Lodge
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    Bluewater Lodge is a humble, friendly tropical lodge, just a 2-minute walk from Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi. Choose between an eight-person dorm and twin and ensuite rooms. Lounge by the pool in one of the swing chairs, or take advantage of the cheap, onsite laundry facilities. Head into Nadi town for food – Kanu Gastropub serves the best loaded fries and burgers around.

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    These recommendations were updated on February 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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