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Ratu Kini's Backpackers and Dive Resort
UK
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228 reviews
73 hotel reviews
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“Great activity, entertainment and relaxation”
Reviewed 3 September 2011

Great little place to chill out for a few days even if you are not into diving. Bit of entertainment each evening, maybe a few games, definitely a few songs and a welcome for everyone who arrived that day. The boat trips are reasonably priced and plenty of other island visitors seem to congregate at Ratu Kinis (because of the chips we were told!) Would suggest you bring a couple of bottles of spirits (if you so desire) and maybe snacks and biscuits as these are in limited supply and pricey. Between the airport and the Mana Flyer boat in Nadi there is a supermarket on the left of that main road. Otherwise the food is reasonably priced, if a bit 'samey'. King David is a great all-round entertainer and he and the staff are all friendly and helpful. Internet is a quite patchy. First place that we have ever been sung 'farewell' to on our final night. Nice little touch. Our friend said I had to tell everyone that the showers are cold. I'm guessing you already know this though being a backpackers, but she hadn't backpacked before and I forgot to warn her (doh!).

Room Tip: Room 106 is a double en-suite, great place at the back of the resort.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

I've stayed at Ratu Kini's on multiple occasions over the past few years... and it keeps getting better and improving. As the title says... I come here to relax, dive, eat well, and meet people.
Relax... on the beach right in front of the resort deck, or on the said deck which is awesome right in front of the water watching the sea or the sunset.
Dive... always enjoyed my diving here... it's too easy to organise a dive, got my Padi here quickly and cheaply (compared to others in Fiji), and have seen some amazing varied types of corals, fish, sharks, rays, lobsters... even a moray eel that scared the s&%! of of me.
Eat well... many times have I eaten fish we caught on fishing expeditions, the set meals are always filling and delicious, and people come here from other resorts to eat which says it all.
Meet people... this is what sets Ratu Kini's apart from other places... there are always people from all round the world here... everyone's friendly... and the setup with nightly activites and tables on the deck means you can develop friends and have a great time.

Look... this is not a 5 star resort, and doesn't try to be... it's value for money, the rooms and beds are fine for the price, the staff are friendly and will always try to help, the owner listens to feedback and is continually improving the place (as I've noticed over the years), there's a good internet cafe, the nightly music and activities are fun and a great way to relax and meet people, and if you just want to do your own thing you certainly can.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Canberra
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Reviewed 19 May 2011

The location is beautiful, and the staff so friendly. The diving is spectacular, everything was excellent value for money. Entertainment every night and yummy food! This is the second time I have stayed at Ratu Kini, and I will be back in August... I can't wait!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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Reviewed 3 May 2011

Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone if you want to relax yourselves. Staff smoking in the lobby area, laughing shouting at each other in the kitchen! I stayed there for three nights and had no time even outside to relax due to noise. Staffs are friendly though but lack proper training a waiter just march to and fro with order book without taking orders have to keep on going to e reception to ask for a order we get same response from the front desk that take a sit will take down your order.
We were served by a different waiter who seems have just came back from sleep without shoes and untidy hair. We ordered chicken fried Rice and beef fried rice was served to us.
Overall the standard of the hotel is OK but lack in some major areas.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2011

Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. Rude staff and worst of all- bedbugs! Loads and loads of bedbugs. I stayed there for three nights and had to spend those nights in three different beds because of bedbugs. The staff sprayed the beds with some random stuff they said would kill the bedbugs but when I used my torch and looked under the mattress they were still there. They also said the wooden bunks were new - but if you read the inscriptions under they're people who slept in them 2003. The problems are well known on the other islands and if you go from there to another island resort you will have to wash all your stuff. My advise is - Go somewhere else!

Room Tip: There arent any good rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Ratu Kini's Backpackers and Dive Resort
Address: Mana Island | PO Box 2845 Nadi, 00000, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Mana Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Mana Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:2 star — Ratu Kini's Backpackers and Dive Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mana Island is close to Nadi, offers fantastic reef diving, clean and well serviced accommodation, local tropical foods in our Award winning Bar and Restaurant, outrageous beach parties, friendly, uniformed and educated staff and sunsets to die for!We operate a fully equipped PADI Dive Resort (R-36364) managed by a Course Director. We dive the Supermarket, Gotham City, Plantation Pinnacle, Namotu Passage and other world famous dive sites, which are just minutes away ... more   less 
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