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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 Jan 2024
Levuka Homestay is undoubtedly an exceptional stay because of the hosts John and Maurilyn whose knowledge and love of Fiji is exceptional. The suites are designed to blend into a sloping block of land with extensive tropical gardens within easy walking distance of the old main street of the colonial capital which retains the allure of the colonial era. The local people are friendly when the area is secure to walk around at any time of the day. Fellow guests from different parts of the globe are interesting. While the dinnig optinss in Overlau are not exciting or reliable the breakfast at the home stay is exceptional
Date of stay: December 2023
Room Tip: Confirm transport to Levuka before leaving Suva
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 December 2023 via mobile

There aren't enough stars in the rating to give this exceptional homestay what it deserves. Not only is this the best place to stay in Levuka ( and likely all of Ovalau Island) but it is worthwhile to make the trip just to spend a few days at this incredibly welcoming accommodation. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable with all of the necessary amenities, including a refrigerator, shower with toiletries, a ceiling fan and AC, if you need it. John and Marilyn are extraordinarily gracious and charming hosts with touching and informative stories of their decades in Fiji and in Levuka. They are known and loved in the local community, for good reason. The breakfast is difficult to give justice to in writing. Fresh bread, with a spread of homemade jams, jellies, and marmalade (mango, lime chili, orange, and so many others.) Breakfast starts with a fresh fruit smoothie, followed by homemade banana pancakes and coconut bread. Then there is the cheese plate, coffee or tea, and eggs to order. The common spaces are very homey, with lots of books to read, and a spectacular view overlooking the town and the harbor. Town is only about a five minute walk, with lots of historical sites to explore along the way. John and Marilyn will arrange for drivers to take you around town for a guided tour, if you would like, or farther out to the many sites to see both north and south of the town. There are several ferry lines that service Levuka so there are generally at least two sailings a day in each direction between Suva ( 2 hour bus ride from Suva itself, coordinated with the ferries) and Levuka. A very relaxing, memorable stay Levuka Homestay. My only regret is not being able to have spent more time there. Plan accordingly.

Room tip: The homestay is built into a hillside so there are a large number of steps to get to the rooms.
Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

John & Marilyn (Levuka Homestay) was by far the best experience of our trip to Fiji! Their knowledge about Fiji was so deep, and our evening drinks together chatting are some of the fondest memories I will take with me moving forward in my life :) (by the way, they are also absolutely hilarious and can joke like no one else can!). My wish in life is to have something John and Marilyn currently have -- a place where all are welcome and drinks are to be had!

They were also very generous at times when we needed them most. For example, one day due to high winds the ferry out of Levuka was inoperable on our check-out date, and we were stuck on Ovalau. So John had a vacant room, and was kind enough to offer us lodging at a generous rate due to this unforeseen circumstance. And, on a late night where restaurants were closed, Marilyn was generous enough to make us dinner as we all sat around the table talking merrily late into the night. And when I fell a bit ill during the trip, she even provided medicine for me that kept me feeling better :)

The rooms are very roomy, spotless, and incredibly charming with lots of care and thought put into every detail aimed to delight you. They are also uniquely Levukan in style and feel that felt so authentic. The water was nice and HOT too!

And of course, the breakfast in the mornings are to die for. Marilyn even made us eggs and bacon any way we liked it. And the various jams and chutneys. My mouth waters as I think of it now!!! 🤤🤤🤤🤤 The breakfast is enough for you to want to stay another few days -- it's that good. The best breakfast on the entire island!

If you want to have a comfortable stay that also feels very Fijian with good music, talks, laughs (or if you even just want some private time), Levuka Homestay is the closest feeling you can get to a perfect stay. Do not hesitate to book.

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 October 2023

Just thinking about Levuka homestay makes me smile. I have stayed there a few time and I can not say enough wonderful things about John and Marilyn, the staff, the levuka town, and the breakfast (oh the breakfast)!! When I return home to America every couple of weeks or so I will longingly remember the levuka homestay breakfast. I have never had a breakfast that good, anywhere ever. Highest reviews from me! I Love this place!

Room tip: If levuka is your desired destination, this is where you have to stay!
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2023 via mobile

The homestay is the best place we have ever stayed. John and Marilyn are amazing hosts and are a very friendly couple, who make your stay so special, they become friends very quickly.

Our room was lovely with everything you could need. It was cleaned every day by Matilda and another lady. Nox the gardener kept the gardens looking amazing, we loved our daily chats with all the staff. Lovely friendly and genuine people.

Marilyn’s breakfast is totally amazing, it’s made with all fresh ingredients, a mix of different fruits, toast and so many jams, chutneys with so much flavour, toast, muesli, pancakes, coconut and pineapple bread, eggs, bacon, cheese, smoothies , coffee etc. All served with Johns amazing stories re the area and people. We certainly did not go hungry during our stay, we never needed lunch, and only had dinner a few times during our stay.

Levuka is like going back in time, very relaxing. The locals are so friendly, they take an interest in the tourists. They are all so happy with amazing big smiles. You won’t go far without someone saying “BULA”, which means Hello.

Although it was cyclone season while we were there, we only had rain at night, it was gloriously sunny and very hot during the day. It’s certainly a place to relax in, and the homestay is definitely the best place to stay in town.

Horizon is a lovely restaurant, food is good with so much choice, staff are amazing and make you feel so welcome. They never forget a name either, which makes you feel so special.

We will certainly miss Levuka and the people.
John and Marilyn you are an amazing couple and we will miss you so much.
Keep doing what you do best.

Room tip: Just relax and enjoy the area, talk to the locals. Take a trip around the island. Try the food at Horizon. Definitely stay at homestay!!!!
Date of stay: March 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2023 via mobile

Absolutely loved this place. John and Marilyn were amazed and made the most beautiful breakfast each day. The homestay is a short walk into the main area and the wharf is not far as well. If we went to Levuka again we would definitely stay here again.

Date of stay: March 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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