Amazing property just a little uphill from Maui Bay jetty and just 2 minutes from Hideaway Resort. Perfect for large groups or families. 2 large bedrooms (sleeping 5 each) off a large central living space all wrapped up with a deck overlooking all of Maui Bay. Large French Doors, lots of plantation shutters, and ceiling fans in every room utilise the sea breeze making the air con units unnecessary except on the hottest nights. The staff are lovely and so helpful. Make sure to take time for a Lovo (traditional meal cooked underground) and get to the Hideaway Resort on a Thursday night for the Firewalking display and Fijian Dance show featuring Totoka Kalou's own gardener Jone (a highlight of our trip!)
Perched up the hill above Maui Bay, the views of the lagoon are spectacular. The elevation makes the most of cool breezes, so you don't get too hot. The house is extremely well-equipped (there's even an ice-cream maker). A petrol station and supermarket are literally at the bottom of the hill, and beach is easily accessible. Snorkelling is good for beginners, though you need to do it close to high tide. Unless you are a strong swimmer, avoid snorkelling in the lagoon off the wharf, as there are strong outward currents even on an incoming tide. Go down the beach a bit further for the easiest. Kelesi the House Angel comes in on weekdays, to cook and clean. She cooks a mean curry, and will organise a traditional Fijian lovo if you want. We own a beach house in NZ, and Tatoka Kalou feels very much as we would hope ours does. Thoroughly recommended.
We celebrated our son turning 21 by taking our family to Fiji. We were a party of 7 and wanted to experience more of the real Fiji. Totoka Kalau was great. We had a true Fiji experience and really enjoyed having Sereana and her family join us for a lovo. The beach is just down the hill - Magnificent views. We went diving with the local diving company. Visited some resorts and went to some restaurants. We ordered some meat to be delivered as although there is a great selection of foods in Sigatoka the choice of meat in Sigatoka is limited. We had some lovely meals also at Totoka Kalau with Sereana preparing a lovely curry meal for our arrival. This is a great place for experiencing the Coral Coast
Tatoka Kalou is a beautiful place to stay with complete views of the coral coast. It's a 5 minute walk down hill to Maui Bay where many tourists visit. Snorkelling the abundance of coral reef was amazing here also. With car hire we were able to get out and about including river rafting from Pacific Harbour, hotsprings (near the Naviti) and resort hopping where you are treated as a guest of each resort. Totoka Kalou is very clean and the food is amazing!! I've been to Fiji before and found myself bored/resort stricken. Staying here enabled us to have the best of both worlds, relaxed and adventurous! Can't wait to go back!!
(Zoom in on the pic! It's must closer than demonstrated.)
Apologies if this is long but I feel it needs to be written out this way.
We flew to Fiji with a few plans in mind. Hang out with friends (Fiji first timers) at a resort for a week, hire a car and drive to different places on the main island, stay in a private house, visit a few villages and make donations to them (we brought children’s books, stationary and clothes in extra suitcases).
Well; staying in the resort was nice, everything was clean, community pools were awesome, food was good and all activities were organised, easy. Our kids and our friends had a great time. I thought it was expensive and bland. I could have done almost exactly the same trip without leaving the country. It was great to be in the sun and not at work but… even the Fijians seemed restricted.
The next part of the trip was driving to the Coral Coast and staying at Totoka Kalou. I was warned it might be hard to find and noticed that google and apple didn’t really have it on their maps, BUT the maps sent to us by Kerry were perfect and made it easy to get to. I’d bought a prepaid SIM so using my phone for GPS was simple.
The day we arrived everything was beautiful, the house keeper (Sereana) and her husband (Ben) were at the house and welcomed us as family. Sereana had prepared us a beautiful meal for the night so there was no need for us to lift a finger on day one. Ben climbed a tree and fetched us several coconuts which we drank and ate for the next few days also.
Getting to know the house was easy, it has a very simple layout, easy to keep clean and well positioned for a fantastic sea breeze, position also allowed for a sunrise and sunset view every day. Air conditioning was not really needed but a nice perk. A great draw-card was the filtered water from a tap which we used for almost everything. No more buying litres of water every day. There was plenty of room for all 7 of us (including 4 Adults).
Wifi was easy to use and great to have. The TV, satellite and hard drive were good for keeping the kids at bay when needed.
The pool was a short hike down the hill and the kids loved it. It was great to have the (house provided) flotation beds and rings provided. I must say that we could have come to this house with only the clothes on our backs and still have had everything we needed already there. Down to the local activities and attractions listed in the house manual everything was quite well set out and available to us if we wanted.
The local service station and shop (a stone’s throw down the hill) had all our daily needs covered much cheaper than resort prices. Even at a pinch Sigatoka was only 25 minutes’ drive away and had anything you could ever want/need.
Maui Bay it’s self is a great location with a beautiful inlet & pier and lots of wildlife and things to see and do. Walking across the reef at low tide was a favourite activity for the kids. Sunsets were magical and you could walk those beaches forever… There are many locations, businesses and attractions very close by the house. We did as much as we could in the time we had.
We took a drive to Suva on a rainy day and it was not too far and worth a look. Kula Eco Park is a must see for those into the wild side of things. Our daughter did the ranger for a day activity and had a great time, handling, feeding and caring for the animals.
Speaking to the (unrestricted) locals gave us the opportunity to ask about visiting an inland village which we were privileged enough to be granted. Sereana and Ben helping us organise this. This experience was the most impactful thing I have done in a long time. We drove inland through rugged, absolutely awe inspiring views and countryside to an isolated village where we were accepted into the village as members of their community via ceremony. The local school children performed several dances, songs & speeches for us. The adults made us food, Fijian floral leis, sang and conversed with us. We gratefully presented our donations and they showed us through their village as family. We visited their homes, swam in their river and our children played as equals. We were truly honored and humbled by these beautiful people. I can’t emphasis enough what this meant and how it felt.
On the last day of our trip Sereana organised “Lovo” (Fijian name for a feast cooked in the earth) for us. She helped us go to the local market and purchase the best produce. We had traditional decoration, ceremony and foods, a guitarist that sang us songs and finished the night with a few fireworks. A night to remember. All of the house workers were so welcoming and warm we all felt at home.
Before it was all over we were already trying to organise our next trip to Fiji and it will feature more Totoka Kalou and less resort.
I’m more than happy to recommend staying at Totoka Kalou if you want to see the “real” Fiji.
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