Second Taveuni Property For Sale

The family sold their two Hawaiian scuba companies to achieve their Taveuni dream, after describing the island as the best diving spot with the best people.
05 Jul 2021 16:58
Second Taveuni Property For Sale
Nakia Resort and Dive Fiji is on 10-acres of freehold land in Taveuni, overlooking Somosomo Straits in Taveuni.

Another boutique resort on the Garden Island of Taveuni is on the market.

Nakia Resort and Dive Fiji is the second on the island to announce such news, following that of Coconut Grove Beachfront Cottages.

Nakia co-owner Julie Kelly said the decision to sell the resort, was made before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My mom had a stroke which she’s since recovered from, but for safety reasons we have decided to return to America,” Ms Kelly said.

Nakia tops the list of nine resorts on the Taveuni TripAdvisor.

The owners’ asking price is $2.5 million.

Ms Kelly and her parents, Jim and Robin, own the resort, which they build from scratch in 2004.

The family sold their two Hawaiian scuba companies to achieve their Taveuni dream, after describing the island as the best diving spot with the best people.

Refurbished in recent years, the property now includes a kava bar, a dive shop, and an area for local musicians to perform.

With a tinge of melancholy, Ms Kelly said the decision to return to America was one that was deeply regretted.

“I don’t have a choice,” she said.

Ms Kelly and her parents have continued to employ staff, albeit on reduced hours.

“We haven’t had guests since last year,” she said.

“We’re keeping staff going, two days a week.

“We’re struggling.

“We’re using our saving.”

Ms Kelly said the magic ingredient of the resort was its staff and the hospitality.

“They’re the reason guests kept returning.

“And as guests returned, they brought with them someone who in time brought someone else, and the circle expanded.”

The resort has its own water source, drawn from an artesian spring, Ms Kelly said.



Taveuni remains a COVID-free destination.

“But that’s subject to review in coming weeks,” Ms Kelly said.

Cakaudrove paramount chief, the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, has refused repatriation of islanders, she said.

“We really want to keep Taveuni COVID-free,”Ms Kelly said.

“People on Viti Levu want to come over, to be quarantined at a local school.

“But we all know how that usually turns out – with groups of them gathered around for kava drinking.

“My partner is Fijian, so I know.

“No one can get to Taveuni.”

Cargo though, is allowed to be shipped to the island.

That’s about to change, said Ms Kelly.

“Without Goundar Shipping servicing the island routes, we’re expecting shortage of basic food items – flour, rice, sugar, etc.”

Goundar Shipping serviced routes to the island until two of its vessels were contaminated with the COVID-19 virus.

Smaller inter-island ferries from Vanua Levu continue to service the cargo needs of the island, Ms Kelly said.

“That’s to be reassessed next week,” she said.


Some highlights of the boutique

  • 10 acres of freehold land.
  • Each of the four bures have a 180 degrees view of the Somosomo Straits.
  • Three standard bures, one large bure.
  • Two dive shops.
  • Dive boats.
  • Surfing lessons.
  • Excursions and island hoping.
  • Child-friendly facilities.
  • Cliff top view from the two bedroom villa.
  • Two beaches for snorkelling.
  • A large 12-metre length swimming pool.



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