Coconut Grove, Taveuni, Fiji

After Savasi, we took the ferry from Savusavu to Taveuni, which has a reputation as the garden island of Fiji. It’s also a world-class diving destination.

We stayed at Coconut Grove, a small beachfront resort that offers three standalone room options. It’s an intimate place with personalized service. The American owner, Ronna, chats with visitors and asks what your plans are so she can help make arrangements. (She’s been running the place for 31 years, and she’s looking to retire, so if you’re interested, you can buy the resort for a cool $1.69 million USD.)

The rooms are cozy, with a firm and comfortable bed, a bedside bookshelf with some beach reads, a seating area, and an outdoor shower. The rooms each have a private patio with loungers.

The reef in front of the resort is beautiful. We snorkeled one morning, and I was impressed with the quality of the coral (though I did see a bit of coral bleaching) and the variety and size of the fish.

I was also impressed by the food. We tried local dishes and international fare, and they were all delicious. I particularly enjoyed the ika vakalolo (fish cooked in coconut cream inside a banana leaf), served with a side of roro (mashed up taro leaves).