Dolphin Island – Fiji
Dolphin Island has 4 guest bures each with a king size bed, a large and generous dressing room, and a full bath with gorgeous features! Each villa can sleep 2 adults, children five years and under are free of charge when staying with their parents in the same room, please read the policy at the bottom of this page for more information. Prices are per person, per night!
Located just 20 minutes by boat from shore, on the tip of Viti Levu, Fiji, Dolphin Island nestles like a precious jewel, surrounded by crystal-clear waters.
Guests never share Dolphin Island with anyone they don’t know, they can connect with nature and with themselves, enjoying a truly immersive style of holiday while every day becomes their own, in a myriad number of ways they never dreamt was possible. Guests enjoy the attention of warm and friendly Fijian staff looking after them beautifully, without being intrusive – with Dawn’s love of her guests being the heart and soul of Dolphin Island. She and her staff care for their guests during the time they spend on Dolphin Island in their very genuine and nurturing way, with much laughter and an innate feeling of kindness very rarely encountered in most of our daily lives. It is probably best described by these words written in our guest book “we leave Dolphin Island feeling like brighter, better versions of our former selves”
Dolphin Island offers access to a genuine and authentic relationship with Fijian culture, making it possible for guests to immerse themselves in the kava ceremony, tapa cloth making, listen to all the amazing legends and stories passed down the generations from the village elders, enjoy the beautiful voices raised in song and join the rhythm of the drums accompanying the traditional dances.
At Dolphin Island guests will discover a very real Pacific paradise, where the people are as authentic as the world they live in. They are willing to share this with our guests in their generous and loving way. It comes straight from the heart and this is what guests leave with – a place in their hearts for Dolphin Island.
The main bure, with its fabulous traditional palm-thatched roof and architecturally detailed elevation holds centre court, with a pair of equally picturesque guest bure suites sitting to each side in perfect harmony. This group of buildings are at one with the landscape and every aspect of their design ensures perfect enjoyment of the island’s nurturing and lush natural landscape.
Renowned interior designer Virginia Fisher has ensured Dolphin Island offers an extraordinary guest experience. Ambience is in great abundance as Virginia’s sense of place emerges strongly, as she references colours, textures and patterns from the Pacific – boldly and with her absolutely innate sense of style. Every level of guest comfort has been considered from thirsty beach towels to perfumed candles – and the total effect is utter magic.
THE MAIN BURE
The main bure holds centre court, enjoying an elevated position above the infinity pool and a series of poolside areas perfectly designated for relaxation. Perfect for time spent lying on day beds (either pre or post a dip in the infinity pool), or for alfresco dining.
Casual groups of plantation-style chairs, and soft feather-filled sofas beckon, as one day draws seamlessly into the next.
As the last rays of the sun catch on the tips of the palm trees and sink into the ocean, the open verandah, with its banks of bi-fold doors offers the perfect venue for a tropical cocktail or a glass or two of chilled wine.
GUEST BURE SUITES
Dolphin Island guest bure suites are perfect for a Pacific Island lifestyle – featuring heart timber floors, plaster walls, stone tiles, wooden shutters, high ceilings and the latest in air conditioned comfort.
The dressing rooms are large and generous and these are further complemented by well-appointed bathrooms, twin hand basins, shower, sculptural free-standing bath and outdoor shower, within a private garden courtyard.
Fine pure cotton bed linen and soft feather pillows are perfectly suited to the climate and The Huka Retreats famed attention to detail is strongly evident within this haven of relaxation and romance.
HILLTOP SLEEP-OUT BURE
This utterly divine, thatched open-air bedroom, is both rustic and refined – perfect for a tryst or for an overnight stay! It faces the sea and is flooded by the first rays of the sun come daybreak. Lighting is provided by lanterns and candles, a simple bathroom and shower and toilet are located to one side of the sleep-out.
DINING AND CUISINE
Food on Dolphin island often can be best described as Fijian fusion in style – a unique blend of traditional Fijian flavours and ingredients combined with elements of Indo-Fijian cuisine creates a fabulous array of taste sensations. Spices, chillies, coconut, seafood, fresh fish, limes, indigenous vegetables and exotic tropical fruits all feature on the menu.
Guests enjoy the best Fiji has to offer when Manager, Dawn Simpson, is preparing dishes for their enjoyment. Dawn is also happy to generously share the secrets of her kitchen with guests during their stay and to take them to the local market where she goes to carefully select her produce.
Guests on Dolphin Island can choose what they would like to eat and menus will be created to suit the style of food that is their personal preference. Every day, as one of the local fishermen returns to port with his catch, he calls into Dolphin Island where the guests are encouraged to select fish and seafood to eat later that day. Eating fish that fresh is truly a memorable experience as is the traditional lovo prepared as a farewell dinner for guests. Delicious parcels of food are lovingly prepared and carefully wrapped in banana leaves before resting on hot stones under the earth, where they will slowly cook for several hours before the lovo feast is ready to be served. Dolphin Island has many fabulous dining venues and guests are encouraged to enjoy as many of them as possible during their stay.
The elevated wide wooden plantation style verandahs catch a gentle breeze, while overlooking the infinity pool. The floating pontoon has a table in readiness for breakfast or a candlelit dinner and tables can be set up at very short notice beside the pool, on the beach, or wherever guests feel they would like to dine.
Manager, Dawn Simpson and her team continue to provide the warm style of authentic hospitality that Fijian people are so well known for.
They will look after guests as little or as much as they desire, while always providing attentive and solicitous service for all Dolphin Island visitors.
Family time in tropical paradise
With your own private island, you and your family have the freedom to create your very own bespoke family experiences and operate to your own schedule.
Manager, Dawn and her team are only too happy to make sure you have everything you need to have an absolutely amazing time on Dolphin Island.
Our warm and friendly Fijian staff adore children and will ensure the younger members of your family have a wonderful stay on Dolphin Island. They are also available for babysitting, should this be required.
Children’s menus can be created especially to ensure lots of delicious treats are always on hand.
There is lots of interest for children to engage with, and experience, on the island itself. Circumnavigating the island at low tide with rock pools to explore, playing on the white coral sand and paddling and swimming in the warm, safe crystal clear waters surrounding the island provides endless hours of fun. There is also snorkelling gear, sea kayaks and a Hobie catamaran provided for guest use.
There are many experiences that the whole family can enjoy on shore – adventures like Nara Waterslide Tour and cultural exploration with the Suncoast Tour, and Tapa-making Class. Aquatic experiences are amazing in the Fiji islands and Dolphin Island is located in the midst of the very best diving and fishing, with lots of potential for water sports. Children can have snorkelling instruction and older children who are confident in the water can have scuba training with an accredited dive master, should you want this to be part of their holiday experience.
Dolphin Island provides the most extraordinary romantic place to honeymoon. The level of privacy offered is unrivalled and everything is designed to meet your needs and your daily schedule. Meals will be prepared and served when and where you want them and each day is utterly your own.
Escape to Dolphin Island for massages on the beach, a candlelit dinner for two in the Hilltop Sleep-out bure, a midnight swim in your own infinity pool, cocktails on the floating pontoon, and savour tropical days and sensuous nights that you will remember forever.
Recently Dolphin Island was the chosen venue for a very intimate ceremony attended by the bride and groom’s closest family members, who all stayed with them over the celebration.
With the beautiful voices of a Fijian choir, fire dancers, and a pyrotechnic display, the happy occasion included a Champagne tower and Dawn’s delicious food.
Like all destination weddings it all took a lot of planning however the Bride did a magnificent job, with support as required by Katherine and the Huka Lodge team and Dawn and the Dolphin Island team.
After farewelling their families the bride and groom enjoyed the island in total seclusion, as they honeymooned in their very own tropical paradise – Dolphin Island.
World-class diving experiences await in the pristine Bligh Waters surrounding Dolphin Island. Both snorkelling and tank diving trips can be arranged for guests with carefully selected, specialised local operators.
Water temperatures are very warm, visibility underwater is extremely high, with the soft coral and schools of fish abundant in terms of both quality and variety. The beauty and diversity of this marine paradise is breathtaking and our dive team has all the local knowledge to ensure you enjoy every minute of it.
Four reef systems, with 25 dive sites are readily accessible, with a range of 20-minute (to Hailstone Reef), to just under one-hour boat journey (to the Vatu-i-Ra Passage).
The dive sites of Rakiraki are such that beginners can feel relaxed and enthralled, while experienced divers can enjoy the diversity of the topography and marine life. While staying at Dolphin Island there is also easy access to the highly-rated sites of the Vatu-i-Ra Passage in Bligh Water (the waters between the two main islands of Fiji), which are considered among Fiji’s best diving destinations.
Local sites offer a wide range of variation with tunnels, swim-throughs and canyons provide an ever-changing vista, to life-filled walls, reef flats and impressive pinnacles. Many sites feature the signature soft corals that make Fiji diving so famous. You can expect to see a lot of vibrant colours and large numbers of fish.
Diving in Rakiraki is characterised by swarms of brightly coloured tropical reef fish including Moorish idols, damsels, butterflyfish and red emperors. However there are also larger more impressive fish that can be sighted in the region. These include schools of barracuda, trevally, rock cod and more. You are also likely to encounter sharks such as black tip, white tip, bronze whalers and grey reef sharks as well as turtles.
If you are seeking the ultimate Fiji dive experience then take a full tank and dive Breathtaker. Three coral heads sit at around 25 to 30m from a base of around 100m, meaning plenty of nutrients and a resultant throng of marine activity. Divers will almost certainly encounter sharks here in impressive numbers, including blacktip, grey reef sharks and whalers. Keep an eye out for mantas, barracuda and Spanish mackerel at this breathtaking Viti Levu dive site.
Some of the Rakiraki dive sites are named after their remarkable topography as is the case with Amazing Maze, featuring channels, swim-throughs and canyons to explore. Fans, coral trees and soft corals line many of the walls and provide a haven for the innumerable smaller reef fish that live here, close to Nananu-i-Ra Island.
The famed Vatu-i-Ra passage boasts deeper, more exposed dive sites such as Mellow Yellow, famed for its profusion of soft yellow corals, and Wheatfield where twin towers rise from a depth of 45m, surrounded by an abundance of marine life.
Other diving sites worthy of note include Black Magic Mountain, Mary’s Maytag, Pandora’s Box and Pot Luck.
We have sea kayaks available for use by our guests.
Dolphin Island is within easy kayaking distance of many other nearby islands, so there is much to explore on your very doorstep.
Take a delicious picnic with you and set off for some adventurous exploration of your very own, while enjoying the warmth of the water and the unspoiled beauty of the golden sand and the palm fringed shores, you will pass by.
Guests can go on two-hour hand-line fishing trips to sheltered reefs to fish for magnificent coral cod, sea trout and snapper.
Great fun as a family activity, with plenty of fish to be caught and much excitement every time one is safely landed on board. All fishing gear provided.
Trawling trips (3 or 4 hours)
Fish the outer reefs for all the adventure of sporting fish, your catch may include coral cod, trevally, tuna, barracuda, walu and mahimahi. Rods and lures provided.
Hand-line fishing (2 hours)
Guests can take fishing trips to sheltered reefs to fish for coral trout, cod, and snapper. All transfers by private boat and fishing gear/equipment and refreshments are provided.
INCLUDED IN THE RATES
Included in rates are private vehicle transfers from Nadi to Wananavu, return boat transfers to and from Dolphin Island – a journey of 20 minutes each way, all meals and a standard bar. Use of all island facilities, kayaks and snorkeling equipment. Transfers to and from Dolphin Island are also available by seaplane and helicopter. For helicopter and seaplane rates or any other questions please email us at – firstname.lastname@example.org
RESERVATION & CANCELLATION POLICY
– A minimum two-night stay is required.
– Included in the rates; accommodation, three meals a day and standard drinks, land transfers between Nadi Airport or any hotel in Nadi, and boat transfer from Ellington Wharf, Raki Raki to Dolphin Island, and activities such as kayaks and snorkeling equipment.
– Rates are charged on an exclusive use, per night -basis.
– Rates are exclusive of 9% VAT.
– Rates are subject to confirmation at the time of reservation.
– Children are welcome. Children five years and under are free of charge when staying with their parents in the same room. Only one child permitted per room.
– In order to confirm a reservation, we require a current credit card number with an expiry date that has validity beyond your date of departure from Dolphin Island.
– On confirmation of the reservation, a 35% non-refundable deposit against the total amount, must be made to guarantee the reservation.
– The remaining balance will be charged 30 days prior to arrival.
– Any additional activities and expenses will be settled in full after guest departure.
PLEASE NOTE: there is a 9% VAT tax that will be added to your final payment!
Pricing is based on per person & 2 guests in 1 bure basis.
Here is the pricing table, when booking we will email you with an updated price dependant on the number of guests in your group.
1 Bure, 2 Guests $1346 per person, per night
2 Bures, 3 Guests $1346 per person, per night
2 Bures, 4 Guests $1009 per person, per night
3 Bures, 5 Guests $1211 per person, per night
3 Bures, 6 Guests $1009 per person, per night
4 Bures, 7 Guests $1150 per person, per night
4 Bures, 8 Guests $1009 per person, per night
NOTE: there is a 9% VAT tax that will be added to your final payment!
In the event that we are unable to replace a cancelled reservation, the following applies:
Any cancellations made 31 days or more prior to arrival will forfeit the 35% deposit made at time of booking.
Should a cancellation be received 30 days or less prior to arrival there will be a 100% charge for every room night cancelled.
‘No shows’ will be charged at 100% of the applicable rate for the total stay.