Bobo's Farm
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Bobo's Farm

Rukuruku Settlement Ovalau Island in Lomaiviti, 57368 Fiji
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#1 of 1 ranch in Ovalau Island
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Bobo's Farm is an Eco-tourism Guesthouse on a riverbank amongst the rainforest in the beautiful Rukuruku Valley on Ovalau/Fiji Islands. Large tropical garden with small stone pool, large farmhouse with deck and hammock, a natural riverpool, crops and vegetable plantations, cats, dogs, iguanas and cows are to explore and enjoy. There is a 10 minutes trek to a black sandy beach and 15 minutes trek to a waterfall with large pool and slide
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Rukuruku Settlement Ovalau Island in Lomaiviti, 57368 Fiji
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Nausori Airport
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Nate S wrote a review Jun 2008
Suva
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've been in Fiji for five months now traveling and studying. With only one month left I still felt that I hadn't got the full Fiji experience that I came for, but then I stayed at Bobo's Farm and finally discovered the real Fiji that I had been looking for. You get to stay in a cabin out in the middle of the rainforest that was built by Bobo himself. But this isn't no bush cabin, it has it all, shower, toilet, sink, hammock, stove, nice bed, clean sheets, good lighting, and a beautiful view. If you are like me and can't stand to just sit around on vacation, then there is plenty to do at Bobo's. He will take you for a trek around his farm to show you the many fruit and vegetable crops he has, hike through the rainforest to the black sand beach, or go snorkeling and spearfishing at a breathtaking private island in the middle of the ocean. All of these adventures are guided by Bobo while he tells you stories and gives personal insight into the way life should be. However, when the day is done it is always nice to hop in the hammock and relax before enjoying some amazing cooking from Karin's (Bobo's wife) kitchen. Its hard to believe that food could taste so good, but thats what you get when its all freshly picked from the forest, and Karin is an excellent Western and Fijian style cook. Overall, Bobo's farm is a place for anyone who wants to have a great time experiencing new things that can't be found at any upscale beach resort.
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Date of stay: June 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled solo
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JaimeB55 wrote a review Feb 2015
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Honestly one of the best holidays we've had. My girlfriend and I were looking for a real "getaway" holiday and Bobo's Farm was recommended to me by my sister.

Bobo and Karin own the many acres of land you'll be adventuring through in Rukuruku and treat you like family the moment you set foot on Levuka. There are numerous activities and tours to choose from while staying at Bobo's farm. From the lush rainforest to the pristine waters of the sand bank, Bobo guides you every step of the way on your choice of your activity and makes you experience this part of Fiji more as a local rather than a tourist.

The accommodation is quite basic but clean and well equipped, and (which was built from the ground up by Bobo himself) is about 20 metres from Bobo and Karin's house so you are far enough to have privacy but close enough that they can call out to you when the meals are ready. Karin is an amazing cook and had me looking forward to every meal.

If you are only going to visit one place to Fiji, this is it. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sabine R wrote a review Jan 2019
The Hague, The Netherlands
4.0 of 5 bubbles
After having read all these great reviews we were really excited about our trip to Bobo's farm. Maybe we had too high expectations due to this, but it was not as amazing as expected.
We did have a very good time and enjoyed our stay. We were lucky enough to be the only guests there at the time so we had the cottage to ourselves. It was great to have this much privacy for a change! The cottage has everything you need, although the bed was a bit uncomfortable but that is nothing new in Fiji.

The food was good, not as amazing as some of the other reviews might suggest but it was definitely good. And moreover there was plenty of it!

We spent the day with Bobo going out to the sandbank to snorkel and this was absolutely amazing! If you go here you should definitely ask Bobo to take you there.

The reason we were not as excited about the place was that we felt like Bobo and Karin were no longer enjoying it as much. They told us quite often that they had wanted to quit earlier but can't do that yet. Karin also regularly complained about having to work or spend the whole day in the kitchen while we were out on the boat. I don't think they realize, but these comments stick and made us feel awkward for being there. In a place like this the hosts are everything and when they are no longer enjoying what they do it takes away a mayor part of the experience. I can see this was once an amazing place but I think those times are unfortunately disappearing slowly.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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saryon61 wrote a review Jul 2017
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Only one question remains: why didn't we stay longer? Among a plethora of resorts in Fidji, we have discovered with this farm great people and experience. For people wanting to know more about Fidji, I urge you to give a try as you won't be disappointed by such a great hosting.
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MontgM wrote a review Apr 2017
Montgomery, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want hotel food, obsequious waiters, plastic orchids and expensive drinks, then maybe you shouldn't go to Bobo's Farm. If you fancy waves of frangipani through your bedroom window, the freshest fish caught that morning, delicately cooked vegetables that you've probably never seen before, homemade icecream, lovely warmhearted hosts, great conversation, a cabin in a clearing in the rainforest, a romantic garden of orchids (22 species) and tree ferns and ginger and dozens of other besutiful trees and flowers and native birds, not to mention snorkelling off your own tiny island in the middle of the ocean........then its possible that Bobo's might just appeal to you.
And all for less than the cost of your hotel.
Thank you Karin, thank you Bobo.
We may not be able to come again, but we will never forget you. Mary and Bobxx
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Adele W wrote a review Mar 2016
Buderim, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While my husband and I only stayed two nights, we loved it. Karin and Bobo make the best hosts - warm and open, making you feel right at home. We visited just 4 weeks after Cyclone Winston, and while the damage was obvious, so too was the spirit to get things back in order. Karin's cooking is amazing - a taste of the real Fiji, and Bobo's guided walk into the village was full of information, insight, stories of culture and history, as well as the stories around Winston. We REALLY must go back for a longer stay.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are only two rooms - no difference.
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Jane T wrote a review Oct 2012
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently spent five nights at Bobo’s Farm, and despite our group of six ranging in age from eight months to seventy-one years we were beautifully cared for by Bobo and Karin. The meals prepared by Karin, Oona and Artetha from the nearby gardens, creek and sea were delicious and nutritious, and whilst trundling us on various adventures to the village, the sandbar and exquisite reef, the waterfall/slide, and the beach, Bobo anticipated our every need and kept us entertained with jokes and wisdom. There was always a strong relation or two to help us with babies and luggage and lots of talk and kindness. The fishing was bountiful and there was a wonderful night of kava and song. Of our four locations during a fortnight in Fiji this was the one with soul.
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Date of stay: September 2012Trip type: Travelled with family
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tunderszem wrote a review Feb 2011
Miskolc
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed almost a week with Karin and Bobo. We have got so many adventures, so many experiences, so warm welcome in Bobo's farm! They know all kind of herbs what you can eat as a salad, or use as a shampoo! The natural water slide in the creek is something what you will never forget! The kava ceremonies and singing in the evenings are also what you would never get in any turistic resorts. ....and the food was excellent! fresh fern salad, freshwater prawn in coconut souce, bread fuit. Do not miss the snorkling by the sandbank which is visible only lowtide. Bobo know all the coral, what you can touch or even sit on it. I can recommend it for families with children as well, the whole island is very safe, even no mosquitos!
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Date of stay: January 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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koutsa wrote a review Aug 2010
Sydney
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The experience we had at Bobos farm was so good its difficult to put into words!

Bobo and Karin are the most incredible hosts ever. Anything you want they are happy to do it for you like when we found a coconut and asked Bobo if he could open it up for us, he was more than happy to. The simple pleasure of meeting Bobo and Karin was half the joy of staying at this place. They have both lead amazing lives and have some amazing stories to tell their guests.

Despite the fact that it is slightly difficult to get to, it's isolation is the main draw card. Bobo has built this amazing guest house with his own hands in the middle of his jungle/forest/bushland. It is an incredible location with beautiful scenes, handicrafts and wildlife.

The food we ate their was authentic Fijian and fresh produce from their farm and surrounds - The best we ate on our whole holiday. We ate crushed taro leaves with coconut cream, dalo, kassava, fresh tropical fruit, fresh fish from the sea and fresh prawns from the creek. Absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

Just because it is out of the way doesn't mean there aren't things to do. Visiting the local village of Rukuruku was an amazing experience within itself. We even attended their Sunday morning church service which was incredible - such an authentic experience. The people in the village were incredible to meet and we wish we could have stayed for longer. The principle of the local school was even nice enough to let us greet the kids in class who were very eager to say hello to us foreigners - with delightful smiles on their faces!

Other than visiting the village, you can go trekking, bush walking, swimming in the creek, snorkelling or simply read a book on the verandah. Taking in the serenity of the place is practically an activity within itself!

You will definitley be doing yourself a favour if you visit, don't let the isolation draw you elsewhere. Our stay here was by far the best experience we had on our holiday, so much so that upon leaving Bobo's Farm we were fearing that the rest of our holiday may not live up to our time spent there! Indeed, it was true - yet we still had a great time on the rest of our holiday :-)

And if you do get the opportunity to visit please say hello to Bobo and Karin for us as we miss them!

Adam and Kara.
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Date of stay: July 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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cinanka wrote a review Jun 2008
Toronto
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Bobo's Farm! Saying that just brings back a flood of memories from our recent trip to the Fiji Islands. We had opted to stay for nearly the entire duration of our time in Fiji -- and it's a good thing we did. Through living in the rainforest, we were able to get the real Fijian experience: the people, the food, the raw nature. These are things you will never truly enjoy if you make this journey and then stay in a hotel resort. This is especially true on Suva or Nadi, where the high tourist concentration guarantees a disconnect from authentic Fijian lifestyle. Sure, the people are Fijian but there's this assumed relationship of you *the tourist* and the Fijian people who are working to serve you. Herein lies the main difference.

Because we stayed with Karin and Bobo, we were taken in as their family in-spite of having been complete strangers. But their genuine warmth and kindness made us truly feel welcomed and we no longer felt like tourists in an unknown land. Bobo showed us to the local village and school, introduced us to Chiefs and to countless Fijians who welcomed us like their own. We never had to worry about offending local customs because Bobo always told us about Fijian culture and educated us in the Fijian way of life.

We never felt bored in our time spent there, going on hikes with Bobo around Rukuruku -- going to the beach, sandbanks, nearby islands, snorkeling (the underwater life was incredible!!!) and the well deserved picnics afterwards, having kava with the locals :)!, rainforest adventures -- it's hard to condense everything into wording because it was much more than that. Each day was a day in itself. Ah yes, and Bobo is a walking encyclopedia for the plantlife there, medicinal uses and wild herbs used for cooking. You become aware of how the land is abundant, as obvious as it already is. Speaking of cooking, Karin made sure to prepare a variety of food each day which included traditional Fijian dishes. All this is homemade each day, ingredients taken from their land or caught from the sea/river :) you never ate better.

On our last day when we left Ovalau, we had a few hours to kill before heading to the airport and since we never had time to stop in the capital Suva on our first day, we thought it would be perfect timing to check it out. This only confirmed our suspicion of 'touristy' Fiji VS natural real Fiji. Back on Suva, sure there were Fijians, but none were so welcoming as those on Ovalau. You could immediately feel the change in atmosphere. We were back to the industrial world of KFCs, MacDonalds and millions of cars :( We instantly missed the peace and quiet of Bobo's Farm and Rukuruku. We missed the people and their genuine hospitality. If you want to go somewhere warm, get a tan and lie on the beach, pick any beach elsewhere and do that. But if you want to experience REAL Fiji and see life as it was really meant to be there, I recommend Bobo's Farm. After all, you have to ask yourself when you'll ever have the chance to walk to the center of a volcano in untouched jungle nature :)
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Date of stay: May 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bula, as we have a cottage with two rooms with double beds, which in your case would fit your parents and one of your siblings, the other two have to sleep in make up small folding beds in the lounge or in our farmhouse guest room in a double bed and a small folding bed esides. Thank you for asking.
cdn n wrote a tip Dec 2018
New Plymouth, New Zealand2,062 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The bedrooms in the cottage are identical, and they have one in their house for extra guests, too."
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Adele W wrote a tip Mar 2016
Buderim, Australia31 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are only two rooms - no difference."
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Caz B wrote a tip Dec 2014
Dunedin, New Zealand21 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"just a wee house with 2 bedrooms. lovely veranda with a hammock. Meals served on Karin and Bobo's veranda. The garden is lovely."
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Chris E wrote a tip Jun 2013
Whitianga21 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are only two rooms, well ventilated with insect screens."
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Freespirits182 wrote a tip Apr 2012
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom57 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is just one cottage, perfect for 2 or 4 people with a double bed in each room. It can fit 6 inside with a squeeze. But both rooms inside the cottage are the same."
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