Barefoot Kuata offers a deliberately back-to-basics approach to vacationing in Fiji, which isn’t to say that Yasawa Islands property is devoid of comforts. It’s just that peace, quiet and nature are the priorities, unpretentious and unpretentious being its calling cards.
The property, popular with divers and which reopened in early July, has once again welcomed its guests with accommodation which, while affordable, offers a higher scale of luxury: 10 new beachfront bures, built during the COVID-19 travel disruption.
The bures join a set of 23 existing accommodations, including two dormitories for six people, three swimming pools, a restaurant and a bar.
However, it’s the water surrounding Kuata Island, part of the Yasawa Volcanic Group, which lies northwest of the main island, Viti Levu, that is, of course, the biggest draw. Barefoot Kuata has its own private beach and the fringing reefs offer spectacular diving and snorkeling.
The resort’s aquatic offering may include the zenith of diving, the chance to encounter sharks, with bull sharks being the main attraction, but other species such as tiger and hammerhead sharks have been recorded .
Those who don’t want such encounters needn’t worry – it’s a boat trip to a specific location in deeper water for those who do (and it’s a well-orchestrated excursion that keeps divers away of the path of the sharks).
The island is full of snorkeling spots with lesser faced but still spectacular sea creatures to see.
And even for those who just feel like paddling, the new bures are just steps from the water’s edge and offer views from all angles, including from the open-air bathrooms and beds, which are positioned for sunrise views. Sleeping arrangements can be adjusted to accommodate families, with beds for a third or fourth person.