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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Our group of eight stayed at Oneta for a week and had a fantastic time. The resort is beautiful and very secluded; we easily could have stayed a lot longer. Richard and all of the staff are wonderful, so friendly and happy to accommodate all requests. We arrived shortly after Cyclone Keni; thankfully the resort did not suffer any damage. Obviously the visibility while diving was lower than usual, but we all did 10+ dives and fully enjoyed them. Vo and his team were great guides as were the guys on the boat. I especially loved the swim throughs and our dives at Archways and Purple Wall. We were all blown away by the coral at Archways, the vibrant colors were amazing.

We snorkeled with the Mantas at their cleaning station a few times which was such a treat. Oneta has sailboats, paddle boards, kayaks, fishing trips, there’s plenty to do. My favorite afternoon was probably the wonderful massage I had from Annie.

Our first night we stayed in one of the garden rooms which was very nice. We were able to move to turtle lair for the rest of our stay. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, but so worth it. The sunrise’s from our deck were gorgeous! Our group took up most of the rooms and you can’t go wrong with any of them.

The food was delicious, so were the cocktails! I also have to mention again how wonderful all of the staff are as they really make the resort extra special. Their laughter is contagious and the nights that they sang, played guitars and ukulele’s were truly special. We’d love to go back!

Stayed: April 2018, travelled with friends
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OnetaResortFiji, Owner at Oneta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

I'm glad that you made the trip over from California to experience the beauty of Ono Island. Your group was fantastic and your adventurous spirit was catching. You were able to experience a lot of what the area was to offer and thanks for your great description of your stay. At some point we will meet up in the California Sierras.

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

....a magical and secluded paradise that we were so very fortunate to experience! It’s difficult, in a sense, to write this review since what we really want is to keep Oneta to ourselves, always. But, since that is not possible we will share. Our 6 nights and seven days at Oneta were among the most truly relaxing we have enjoyed, ever. Small things, like the crabs shoveling out their sand homes each day on the beach. And the flying foxes making their appearance each dusk to feast on the fruits in the trees. Hiking with Vo through the rainforest to admire the views of the Great Astrolabe Reef in the distance while a rainbow danced just above her head. Spending our anniversary on an uninhabited island beachcombing and snorkeling as we dined on the picnic lunch packed by the always wonderful staff.
The adventurous boat ride through the mangroves followed by a challenging hike to a refreshing waterfall where we all swam and some jumped from the rocks. Snorkeling the pristine corals with the colorful fish and feeling like you are the very first person to swim in this particular spot. Being serenaded while sipping wine as the sun sets slowly in the west and the boobies and frigate birds gradually, yet with a purpose, make their way to their roosting spots for the night and the crystal clear water with its huge and fascinating corals beckon to be explored. And, I still think it was part of the plan for the boat’s battery to die, since as we were adrift awaiting a replacement with nothing to look at but the night sky we were rewarded by more stars than we thought possible. They crowded each other for room as the Southern Cross intersected the Milky Way while a familiar constellation, the Big Dipper, also made an appearance.
Should we mention the delish food? Or the amazing accommodations with the romantic bamboo outdoor shower? Or our amazing hosts and the delightful staff? But, of course!!! Vinaka vaka lavu!
We truly hope life cooperates to allow us to revisit Oneta, which is not something we typically do. The world is a large place and we have much to see, but we would go again in a heartbeat!

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Mariannie1111
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OnetaResortFiji, Owner at Oneta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Thanks so much for your amazing description of your Oneta experience. I do hope that you make it back to Oneta again. We so enjoyed having you and you are welcome to be part of the Oneta family at any time. I hope all the cats in Pennsylvania survived your absence!

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

The journey to Oneta is an event in itself: a short flight and then an hour or so scenic boat ride. Just how scenic depends on the prevailing weather! We had a picnic lunch on the water on our way over dodging the showers. We were greeted by Liz and Martin, the owners who quickly made us feel like guests in their home, not at a resort. We soon realized that this is a special place.
We booked for 11 nights and ended up staying 14 courtesy of cyclone Keni which added a completely different element to our vacation. The effort the staff went to to protect us but make us as comfortable as possible is a real testament to the hospitality you can expect here.
Ono island is a quiet corner of Fiji where very little of modern life intrudes. There is the ocean, the reef, the islands and the villages. And very limited numbers of visitors.
Did I mention the reef? We dived for 5 days on the great astrolabe reef and had the whole place to ourselves. Not another boat in sight.
Vo the divemaster took us for a shallow refresher dive as we were out of practice and nervous. He made sure we were comfortable with the conditions and ourselves at all times. And boy did we see the reef! Visibility was quite poor due to the first cyclone but Vo loved the swim throughs and the caves and so did we. Vo showed us sharks, an octopus, moray eels, a pipe fish, Spanish dancers and so much more. We also saw 3 dolphins on one dive. It was awesome! Bestest diving ever…Vinaka vaka levu Vo.
And every time we went out at high tide we went to the cleaning station to look for manta rays. We swam with them twice and I am sure it would have been more if not for the cyclones. It was magical. Slip into the water and see them glide towards you for a check out and then a graceful curve away and around the reef.
I think you would have to stay a very long time and have a large budget to get jaded with this reef.
But if you did or if water is not your thing you could go out exploring on the kayak or wading in the tide pools or hiking on one of several nearby islands or get dropped off at another beach... It is a 30 min easy paddle over to uninhabited manta island which has four beaches to check out and coral heads to snorkel close to shore with lots of fish. The possibilities are almost endless. We had two weeks and still a number of things on our list that we didn’t get to do.
I loved the tide pools which easily extend for half a mile in either direction along the beach. In calf deep water I saw a baby shark several times, a barracuda, a moray eel swimming free all while in the company of several herons who were also interested in what had swum in at low tide. Not forgetting the tiny fiddler crabs, mud crabs and larger mangrove crabs that are everywhere on the beach.
We also went to church in the local village where some of the staff live and were warmly welcomed. No need for a church choir here – the congregation is the choir! Beautiful singing. The kids sang for us also as we shared kava with some of the villagers. The rugby balls and school supplies that we donated will be put to good use.
We went to Oneta for the diving on the reef but the icing on the cake was of course the local people, both in the villages and the staff who like to joke around but are laser focused on making happen whatever it is that you want to do. All are welcome in a raucous afternoon game of volleyball or pick up rugby on the beach. Be warned - there is no quarter given in either game!
The review wouldn't be complete without a shout out for the two Maria's who brought out the food, Eleanor who conjured up delicious food three times a day and Ben who announced dinner every night. The boat crew who navigated through the reefs at all tide conditions, Chomeli who lovingly tenders the gardens and the housekeeping staff who made up the bure every day. Last but not least, Richard, who we teased incessantly but keeps the Oneta family humming along smoothly

Room Tip: All the bures are wonderful
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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OnetaResortFiji, Owner at Oneta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Thanks so much Wendy for your detailed description of your great experience at Oneta. I'm so glad you found us and that you enjoyed your time with us. Yes, cyclone Keni was an unexpected late season storm but we have since cleaned everything up and the resort is back to normal conditions. We are trying to figure out how to assist some of the villages in the area that weren't so fortunate.
We loved getting to know you both and I hope that you'll find your way back to us soon. Plenty of more adventure to be had and most likely with a lot better water visibility. Let us know when we can welcome you back to what I hope you'll consider your home in Fiji.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Beauty of the people and of the place, this is what Oneta is all about. It is one of the most incredible place on Earth I have ever been. People in Fiji are exceedingly friendly and gentle, more so in the remote islands of Kadavu and Ono and even more so in the resort. You will meet some of the most interesting people. The local villagers are living with very little but in full dignity and happiness (hint: visit a local village and bring school supplies, sport apparel and toys as donations and you will experience the overwhelming and emotional gratefulness of the entire community), the staff will adopt you as their own family while theirs are may be far away. It is common for Fijian families to be split for weeks and months on end because kids may be boarding schooled on different islands and parents may work on other separate island too. By eating all together you will socialize with other guests, exchange stories of life and interesting trips around the world (it takes a special mindset to get here so you are assured to find like-minded friends). If this is not enough Richard, the director, will entertain everybody with jokes and funny stories about his life. If you are lucky enough you will meet the owners, Liz and Martin, which thankfully decided to share all of this with you. We went to bed and woke up at the sound of the staff working and laughing every day. You will really appreciate the true beauty of people here and come back with a renewed faith in human kind!
And if this is not enough there is the beauty of the place. Kadavu, Ono and the surrounding islands and islets are incredibly beautiful. The contrast between the gorgeous green jungle, the palms, the gold sand beaches and the blue and emerald waters is to take your breath away. I have seen many Polynesian islands and atolls and honestly I was somewhat skeptical but the true natural beauty of these islands really hit me deep inside. You will hike to fantastic waterfalls and up the hills to incredible panoramas of the reefs and other islands. You will be dropped on remote beaches to live the castaway experience (hint: learn how to open a coconut with your hands…drinking its water and eating the pulp on a beach will make you feel really like a “survivor”) or will be able to kayak to them by yourself. We are serious snorkelers, having seen most places in South Pacific, Caribbean, Red Sea and Indian oceans but the Astrolabe reef that runs just in front of the resort and even the house reef easily reachable by just jumping on the water are among the most alive and beautiful we have ever seen. You will see mantas, sharks and abundant other sea life. All a short swim away or just ask Richard and everything can be quickly organized!
Last but not least the resort itself. We stayed in the Turtle Lair bure on the top of the hill overlooking the ocean. Obviously it is few steps to get up there but believe me...it’s worth the effort! Views are terrific, waiting for dawn will become a morning rite of passage and you will be amazed by the view of the stars, Milky Way and South Cross before retiring for the night. The bure is huge albeit less “modernized” than the recently renovated garden and beach bures (Shark Alley) where the rest of my family was staying and that are really nicely finished. But I would personally not switch for any reason as its architecture and furnishing are perfectly adequate and true to the place. The breeze up there is really nice and you will fall asleep at the sound of the local fauna (btw…totally harmless…). Taking a shower under the occasional rain storm on top of the hill or under a sky of stars is also quite an experience. One of my favorite moments was the happy hour before dinner when all guests congregate for a drink and relax talking about what happened during the day, followed by an exquisite dinner always with some Fijian taste and by even more late night talks…it’s called Fiji Time here…that basically means…forget your watch...Please remember you are on a tiny remote island of a small remote island of a bigger remote island…staff will do whatever you may ask for within the limits of their possibilities…(hint: visit the local “Costco” on nearby Kadavu even with its own gas “station” and you will understand what I am talking about…). Sure, Liz, Martin, Richard and the staff have their hands full in keeping up with resort maintenance, fixes and many planned upgrades so please before asking for something consider if it is really important to you and know that if it is they’ll happily oblige and help. But whatever you do please keep the soul of this place unchanged and pure like the water that naturally springs from the resort’s grounds!
To say that we had a fantastic, funny, active and relaxing week is an understatement...Liz, Martin, Richard, Elenoa, Sim, Ben, Gabby, Jonani and all the gang…Vinaka !

Stayed: April 2018
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OnetaResortFiji, Owner at Oneta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Alex, Thanks so much for your amazing review and your kind words about Oneta. I'm so happy that you and your family had a great time with us and that you were able to see what a special place it is. We also loved meeting you and your family and we hope to hear updates on how everybody is doing. Know that you will be welcomed back with open arms when you return (especially if it's on the sailboat you showed us pictures off). Oneta will always be a home for romantic adventurers like yourself.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

The staff and owners of the Onet Resort were extremely friendly and the atmosphere was great. There was plenty of fresh fish and the chef was always creative with the dishes. I especially enjoyed the private outdoor shower that was in the room. The ocean around the resort is pretty much untouched and we even had a pod of pilot whales surface for 20 minutes during a fishing trip.

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled solo
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Thank Kent W
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OnetaResortFiji, Owner at Oneta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thanks Kent for your lovely review. I'm glad you got to see the pod of whales that seem to be making the rounds this time of year. We also really enjoyed having you at Oneta. Your stories made the rainy afternoons immensely entertaining. Thanks for choosing Oneta for your Fiji adventure. Hopefully you'll accumulate enough miles to come back soon (and thanks btw for the great education on how to use airline miles).

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