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Conveniently located at the gateway to the Yasawa Islands, Barefoot Kuata is a superb eco-aware sanctuary with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Featuring professional yet personal service, expert knowledge, and unique experiences – including a sustainable bull shark dive – Barefoot Kuata is the perfect choice for lovers of the underwater world.
Located on an unspoilt stretch of beach on Kuata Island, at the southern end of the Yasawa Islands, Barefoot Kuata is an eco-inspired sanctuary for divers and snorkelers alike. Formed millions of years ago around the summits of active volcanoes, the picture-perfect Yasawa Islands are one of the warmest areas of Fiji, with picturesque beaches, stunning blue lagoons, and an authentic island vibe. The beautiful surroundings help to create a welcoming atmosphere within which guests are encouraged to relax, engage in enriching activities, and learn about conservation from the resident marine biologists.
Diving here is characterised by pristine fringing reefs, walls, gullies, swim-throughs and caves, suitable for all experience levels. The resort’s SSI dive centre combines top quality facilities, professional staff and truly unique experiences to create an all-round fantastic scuba diving getaway. Without a doubt, one of the biggest draws is the professionally run and sustainable bull shark dive which all but guarantees sightings of these elusive predators.
This newly-built female only dorm is located just meters from the beach and can accommodate up to 6 guests. Marama’s Sunrise Beach Dorm is fan-cooled and comes equipped with both single and bunk beds, as well as the best shared bathroom facilities you’re likely to find in Fiji, including hot water showers.
The resort’s spacious Sunrise Beach Dorms have been recently renovated,, and are located just meters from the beach. Accommodating up to 6 people, these dorm rooms are equipped with bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities.
The Garden View Bures come equipped with a queen bed as well as a sofa-bed on request, making them perfect for two adults or a small family. Each room also features a charming semi-open bathroom and a terrace with outdoor seating. Additional facilities include a fan and a desk.
Located just meters from the ocean, the Beachfront Bures come equipped with a queen bed as well as a sofa-bed or additional bunk-bed on request, making them perfectly suited to families. Each room also features a charming outdoor shower, indoor toilet and vanity, and a terrace with outdoor seating and ocean views. Additional facilities include a fan and a desk.
The spacious Beachfront Safari Double Rooms are located just meters from the beach and can be taken with either a queen bed or twin beds, making them perfect for up to two guests. These rooms share bathroom facilities with the Sunrise Dorms and come equipped with a fan, mosquito nets, and terrace with outdoor seating.
Barefoot Kuata’s restaurant and bar surround the resort’s 3 pools, and offer a relaxing, sociable atmosphere with the sand floors. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style alongside an a la carte dinner menu and a wide selection of drinks and cocktails. Fast free wifi is also provided in the bar and restaurant. Guests can take advantage of the wonderful tropical gardens equipped with shaded hammocks, or the island’s peaceful beaches and stunning coral reefs on both sides of the island also provide fantastic areas to sunbathe or snorkel.
A wide range of activities is offered here ranging from gentle pastimes such as history tours, island walks, basket weaving, jewellery making, and secluded beach picnics, to more adventurous events such as kayaking, fishing and snorkelling with sharks. Babysitting services can also be provided as well as a variety of children’s activities including coconut bowling, beach combing, and hermit crab racing. Sunset cruises are also available on request, as well as Kava ceremonies and visits to local villages to meet some wonderful Fijians.
Barefoot Kuata’s dive centre offers everything needed for a comfortable dive holiday including rental equipment, training pool, several dive boats, and patient and professional dive staff. The team consists of very experienced local divers and marine biologists who are committed to conservation and love sharing their knowledge with guests. SSI Open Water and Advanced Adventurer courses are offered from the resort which speaks English, Dutch, German, and Chinese.
The dive centre offers access to around 12 dive sites including reefs, caves, and walls, but the biggest highlights is the newly established Awakening Shark Dive. This professionally run bull shark dive is safe, easy, and sustainable, and allows divers of all levels to get up close and personal with these incredible predators – as well as the occasional tawny nurse shark, lemon shark, tiger shark and great hammerheads.
Barefoot Kuata operates a number of projects designed to benefit the environment and local communities. The health of the coral reefs surrounding the Yasawa Islands is paramount to the future well-being of the Yasawa people, who until recently, have survived primarily from using coral reefs as a food source. Today, as they look to improve their lives, the main source of income is tourism – and a key ingredient to encouraging tourism is healthy coral reefs.
The resort’s full-time onsite marine biologists, are dedicated to a number of projects including water quality testing, removal of crown of thorns starfish, and the creation of large marine parks. There are also several projects that guests can get involved with, and the Barefoot Kuata team love to share their knowledge and passion.