So, about Daku. Did you ever have an absolutely wonderful experience at summer camp when you were young? I did. Even today, whenever I smell mountain pine trees, it takes me back to the good memories of those times so long ago now.
Daku’s kind of like that.
It’s simple. It’s fundamental. It’s real.
And there’s no place we’ve ever stayed that is so warm, so welcoming, such a marvelous experience in which you just quickly are helped to feel this is where you belong.
Part of this is the genius of JJ and his wife. Daku is a place that attracts classes and groups to visit. When we first arrived, there was an art class with participants from all around Australia (and a really terrifically talented and creative teacher). As they finished, a class from a Sydney yoga school – Body Awakenings – arrived. It’s the spirit of both the place and those who come that we were cordially invited to join in the yoga which took place – mostly – in an open room at the very top of the resort, overlooking the entire resort and out to Savusavu bay which starts just at the far side of the road below the driveway.
In addition to the classes there were other guests – two teams of four who were there on a dive trip, two very bright, beautiful and nice young women who had just graduated from medical school in Suva and were relaxing before starting the trips that would take them to London where they will be starting their residency in September.
The thing is, at Daku dinner is set at a long table and everyone eats together. Including JJ. And he’s a master facilitator of conversations, moving the conversations around, involving everyone, keeping it interesting while dinner is served.
There are places where you find privacy, where you feel you are in the most romantic place in the world, where it’s all about being a couple. Those are really nice places. But there is no place where you will ever feel as much a part of a family, a whole group, as you do at Daku Resort.
The Daku Resort is a real gem. Perfectly situated out of town, but not too far is you wish to walk in and experience the various restaurants. We stayed there for 12 nights and never ran out of things to do. There are lovely walks either up in the hills behind or along the coast road. We went on a couple of snorkel trips accompanied by George who was great company and knowledgeable about the sea life. In fact all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a very comfortable Bure, situated in lovely gardens with a great view of the sea and sunset. Later in the week the owners JJ and Delia arrived and went out of their way to make you feel like welcome house guests. They encourage everybody to integrate at the communal dinners each evening. Each morning they took an interest in your activity for that day and would help with any information or advice that would make your day go smoothly. We spent 5 weeks in Fiji and our time spent at Daku was our nicest experience. Thank you JJ , Delia, George and Anna.
You’ll be warmly welcomed and soon feel like part of the family at Daku. From the airport pick-up to being greeted with a fresh coconut to drink as soon as you arrive, the island hospitality is some of the best I have experienced anywhere in Fiji. I stayed here alone on a work trip, for two nights. Aubrey, JJ and the team do their best to make your stay comfortable. Don’t expect a luxury resort, but Daku has everything you need for a relaxing stay. If you need to stay connected it has free (and reliable!) wifi. The signal didn’t quite reach to my bure (one of the furthest from reception), but that just forced me to be less of a hermit when I had work to do, and there’s a breezy communal area that was peaceful as other guests were out on snorkelling trips. The bures are simple, clean and comfortable, with stunning breach front views. There was no problem with mosquitoes in the rooms as the windows all have screens. The food was tasty, and the staff will try to cater to special dietary requirements. Dinners are communal, but you can opt out and dine separately if you wish. After travelling all day to get there I had thought the last thing I wanted to do was share a meal and try to chat with a multitude of strangers, but it was actually fun and no effort at all with such easy going hosts and a great bunch of fellow guests. When my departure time was delayed until late afternoon, there was no problem to keep my room all day for no extra charge – this is so unusual and really made me feel genuinely welcome. I am glad I found Daku and I would very happily stay there again.
My husband and I just returned from 9 days staying at Daku resort and diving with the Jean Michelle Cousteau operation a few minutes’ drive down the road. We could not have been happier with our vacation.
Savusauvu truly is a hidden paradise, and the diving is exceptional, particularly at Namena, about a 40 minute boat ride away. The dive operation runs smooth-as-silk, and one never has to touch one’s gear throughout multiple dives.
Daku resort is ideal for scuba divers who want to spend their hard-earned money on diving, rather than on deluxe accommodation. Bures are built around the common area (swimming pool, deck, balcony and covered, open-air reception) or on the hill overlooking it. Views from the hill are truly spectacular, but poolside rooms may be more spacious.
If you prefer to swim in the ocean, it’s an easy 1-minute walk across the road, although there isn’t much beach to speak of. But the water is quite clear on a sunny day, and there is a modest outcropping of coral around the dock for a good acclimatization snorkel.
It’s a short, pretty and inexpensive taxi ride to the JMC resort down the road for daily diving, and Daku offers great diving and accommodation packages.
Service at Daku is warm and intimate. If you don’t find what you need, just ask for it and the staff will do their very best to accommodate. The place has the feel of a bed and breakfast, with lunch and dinner offered as well. Eating is communal, at a long table set up in varying positions around the pool, although they will set up a private table upon request. But take advantage of the chance to meet other guests – it’s part of the considerable charm of the place. And don’t miss the highlight – the enormously entertaining company of the owners, JJ and Delia. I can honestly say that I arrived at Daku as a guest, but I left as a life-long friend.
There’s no menu choices at Daku, just a posted description of that day’s meals on the blackboard by reception. But special requests and dietary restrictions are handled with aplomb, and despite not eating meat or shellfish, I was fully satisfied every evening. The food was fresh and very good, based on local produce and fresh seafood. And when I sighted soursop and passionfruit at the local market and mentioned my love of them to Delia, I was greeted with both delicacies every day for the remainder of my stay.
Don’t miss the botanical gardens tour. It’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, with over 300 species of palm trees. Truly a paradise!