16 Jan A Guide to Kokomo Island, Fiji
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific. For anyone who feels a little geographically challenged by that, it is formed by a group of islands close to New Zealand and Australia.
If you are located in the Southern Hemisphere and have yet set foot to Fiji at least once in your life, you’ve got to pack your pack and catch a plane (or boat) right now. Fiji is famed for being a tropical heaven lined with fine, white sand beaches and encircled with coral reefs and clear lagoons. Days spent in Fiji are described as walking barefoot on the beach, dodging coconuts, sipping pina coladas and tanning under the warm sun, while the locals passing by showering “Bula”smiles that not only make you feel welcome, but like you’re coming home.
While you can’t go wrong in this country filled with wonders, one of the best ways to enjoy the most out of your days here is to combine a private island resort with oodles of activities and an excellent team of staff. Below is our quick guide to Kokomo Island, Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort, which will officially open in March 2017.
About Kokomo Island
The resort is situated on YaukuveLevu, a small Eden-like isle ringed by turquoise waters and the Great Astrolabe Reef. Kokomo Island consists of 21 thatched beachfront villas, a spa and restaurant complex as well as several opulent residences on the peak of the island.
Even though itofficially launches on March 31, villas will be available on a limited basis from January. One, two and three-bedroom villas have everything you need for your family to live comfortably as long as you wish. Each villa has a large lounge and bar, private deck, garden and infinity pool.
If you are heading out by flight, you will most likely arrive atNadi International Airport (NAN) or Suva International Airport. NAN, being Fiji’s main international airport, supports many direct flights from Los Angeles and Honolulu in the USA, and from Hongkong International Airport, as well as many other locations.
Kokomo Island is a 45-minute flight from NANin the resort’s helicopter or seaplane, and only 25 minutes South of Suva International airport, on mainland Fiji.
If you can’t take the resort’s helicopter for some reasons, fret not! There are helicopter services that offer seamless service with professional ground staff assisting and escorting you throughout Fiji. Check out Helipro (http://www.helipro.com.fj/) and Helicopters (Fiji) (http://www.pacificislandair.com/)
Note: A 4-month visa is granted automatically on arrival to visitors from most countries. However, make sure that you check the list of countries here (http://www.fiji.travel/information/getting-fiji/passports-and-visas). If you are not on this list, apply for VISA through your nearest Fifi High Commission. (http://www.fiji.travel/information/getting-fiji/fiji-missons-overseas)
What to do
The magnificent coral reefs and a profusion of multi-colored creatures in unpolluted waters makes snorkeling the perfect activity for the nature-lovers. There are also myriad of other world-class activities such as fishing, surfing, diving, kitesurfing, sailing, kayaking, wake boarding, aquablading, paddle-boarding and a massive list of other sports that you may never heard of.
For those who prefer their adventures on land, or done with submerging underwater all day, walking trails with waterfalls on surrounding islands is another unearthly experience. You can also discover the island rainforest on foot and bask in the expansive views from the island summit. After a long day, come back toimmerse in the resort’s gastronomic heaven or relax in the its authentic Fijian spa, which is complementary to the accommodation rate.
For those who travel with kids, rest assure that they will find the holidays as enjoyable as you do. There is Kids Club that offer interactive, fun and engaging activities for your little ones. Family activities are also available for special bonding time.
Before arriving, be sure to look at all the options available and book some trips in advance to make sure you don’t miss out any great experience. Check out the list below to decide how to make the most out of your trip.
- Sailing – Hobie Cat
- Sailing – Lasers
- Stand-up paddle boards
- Scuba diving – local* and outer reefs*
- Fishing (deep sea)*
- Swimming with manta rays*
- Outer reef fishing excursions*
- Outer reef surfing*
- Tennis court
- Resort pool
- Walking trails
- Private Island Excursions
- Supervised Kids Club
- Raintree spa
- Surrounding island excursions*
- Events and conferences*
Activities and facilities above marked with asterisk* are supplementary to the accommodation rate.
Other activities price range from US$100 – $2,000
What to Eat
In general, Fijian cuisine encompasses lots of seafood and curries due to the strong Indian presence in Fiji. However, the resort dining options feature gourmet meals from veteran Executive chef Daniel Johnson, with top ingredients selected from the surrounding waters and habitat.
Private in-residence catering is available. If you are after total privacy, book one of the residences with in-house chef, butler and nanny. and if you’re off on an island excursion, the special picnics will ensure it’s made even more exceptional.
For private services with house chef, butler and nanny, price range of $1,000 – $3,000
Accommodation rates and complementary services
Kokomo’s all-inclusive approach covers all you need:
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
- Non-alcoholic beverages with meals
- Mini-bar with accommodation
- Private infinity pool for each Villa or Residence
- Non-motorized water activities
- Introductory spa and dive voucher per villa/ residence, per stay
- Wi-Fi access and IPTV
- Nanny and butler service
- Complimentary access to fitness facilities and Kids Club
- Island facilities and activities
Rates from US$2,200 per night
Climate and best time to visit
Fiji has a warm tropical climate all year round. Temperate fluctuates between 31°C (88°F) and 26°C (79°F) which makes it a perfect destination for winter escapes and beachside holidays.
However, visitors should avoid the wet season which occurs during summer where high temperatures and humidity lead to higher risk of cyclones. The wet season runs from November to March and dry season occurs during cooler months from May to September.
July to August and December to January are the peak periods due to school holidays and festive seasons which make Fiji not only more expensive but is also crowded. If your schedule is flexible, visiting Fiji during the off-peak season is not only more enjoyable but can be cheaper because the best deals usually become available from March to October.
Bonus: Common Phrases in Fijian
Even though Bula (Hello! Cheers! Good Health!) is the only word you need to know when visiting Fiji, there is no harm learning a few others to impress the locals.
What’s your name? O ceinayacamu? O ceinayacamuni?
Good Bye! Moce Ni samoce
Have a nice day! Vanuinuivinakakinasiganikua