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Barefoot Kuata has one of the nicest settings in the Yasawa Island group. Barefoot Kuata Island sits at the gateway to the Yasawas and features magnificent tall peaks with a beautiful white sandy beach, huge honeycomb rock formations and a pretty outlook across to Waya Lailai Island.
Not only are the beaches ideal for lazing about and swimming but the reef is also home to friendly white-tipped reef sharks that make for an unforgettable snorkelling experience. Certified divers have the opportunity to see the elusive Bull Shark in their natural habitat on the Awakening Shark Dive, where Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks and Silver tips are also sighted.
Barefoot Kuata Island is all about living simply, sustainably and in harmony with the environment. The friendly hospitality, superb location and a great variety of activities combine to provide a fantastic holiday experience for nature lovers in search of a quiet, simple alternative to the party islands.
The Yasawa Flyer, also known as the Big Yellow Catamaran, departs Denarau Marina at 8:30am every morning to island hop through the Mamanuca Islands en-route to their majestic neighbours, the Yasawas. The journey up through the Yasawas is magical: the Flyer stops along the way in the most scenic channels and bays, picking-up and dropping-off tourists who are moving on to their next slice of paradise. At each stop resort tenders (small motorised boats) whizz out to meet the Flyer to transfer guests to/from the resorts!
The Yasawa Flyer arrives at Barefoot Kuata Island at 10:30am then heads further north to the famous Blue Lagoon, before turning around and heading back south, stopping off at all the islands again, passing Barefoot Kuata Island at 3:45pm before arriving back at Denarau at 5:45pm.
Alternatively a scenic 30 minute seaplane transfer can be arranged from Nadi to Barefoot Kuata Island and vice versa.
The daily resort package fee includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily as well as free Wifi access and free use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment with access to non-motorised sports in order for you to explore and enjoy the wonderful island and the exquisite surrounding reef and marine life.
The resort features three swimming pools, a poolside bar, restaurant, hammocks by the beachfront, games room, tour desk, 240 volt mains power, tropical gardens, a daily activities programme and evening entertainment.
The onsite dive centre offers scuba courses, boat and shore dives, conservation programmes and shark talks with resident marine biologists.
Barefoot Kuata Island offers 23 traditional bure rooms for fuss-free travellers looking for comfortable and simple accommodation. Guests can choose between a shared-facility dormitory or a more modern bure, which offers combined living space with an ensuite bathroom. All rooms are fan cooled with a patio, coffee/tea making facilities and sparse furnishing.
Beach Dorm : Stylishly renovated and only metres from the shoreline, accommodating up to 6 people in bunk beds with shared bathroom facilities.
Safari Beach Dorm : These spacious tent walled dorms accommodate 6 people in bunk beds with a shared beachfront bathroom facility. They are located just metres from the beach.
Sea View Bures : perfect for couples or small families with a queen bed and sofa bed and a charming semi-covered bathroom with outdoor shower and indoor toilet and vanity.
Safari Queen Room : tent walled queen bed bures with sofa and large windows designed for two adults including a semi-covered bathroom with outdoor shower and indoor toilet and vanity.
Family Rooms : set on the beach with a lush tropical garden setting, the Family Rooms are designed for small families featuring a double bed and bunk bed. The couch can also be converted to a bed for an additional child (maximum 5 guests). The ensuite bathroom has an outdoor shower and covered toilet and vanity.
Barefoot Kuata is blessed with a location that provides stunning coral reef on opposite sides of the island so that no matter which way the trade winds are blowing, a sheltered reef is accessible. Snorkelling and diving is extremely easy for novice or experienced divers in the marine protected waters.
Paddle a kayak along the beach to get a closer view of the famous Phantom Rock Caves. A sunset cruise is also available on request or just wallow in the shallows of the beach with a cocktail in hand.
Guided village visits can be organised. Trek to caves, through jungles, along the beaches to rock pools and admire the spectacular scenery. The summit walk is well worth the effort offering exceptional views of the surrounding islands.
For families, whilst there are no televisions or kids clubs, there are plenty of outdoor and cultural activities to keep children amused. These include swimming, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, educational marine programmes, crab-racing, coconut bowling at sunset and basket weaving. Introductory scuba lessons for children are available for guests as young as 10 years old.
A snorkel trip out on spectacular Mouira Reef, home of the reef sharks, is one of the highlights of a stay at Barefoot Kuata Island.Mouira Reef is a short 15 minute boat ride from the resort. After a safety brief by the marine science team, you’ll be in the water and sharing the reef with Whitetip and Blacktip reef sharks. Known as the poodles of the shark world, these sharks are un-daunting and a spectacle to watch as they dart playfully below you. This extraordinary experience will change your perception of sharks forever.
Easy coral reef dives which are easily accessible on the house reefs or by boat as well as access to an incredible bull shark dive provide a good selection of dives for certified divers. Marine conservation and sustainable tourism practices are of great importance to the dive team at Barefoot Kuata.
Barefoot Kuata have created the ultimate shark dive site for certified divers with a focus on sustainable marine tourism. The Awakening Shark Dive site regularly attracts three metre Bull Sharks and provides an intimate insight into the lives of sharks in their natural habitat. The dive site also attracts Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks and Silvertip Sharks. Divers will be provided with a full brief on safety and shark diving procedures.