Welcome to Lawaki Beach House.



My family lives in Naiseuseu and Naceva, two villages on the coast of Beqa. I went to school first on the island, and later on Viti Levu. After learning my profession as a welder, I entered the Fiji Military Forces.


I met Sam 1988 in Lautoka, when I was visiting Fiji on a journey. During his UN Service in Lebanon 1988/89, he spent his holidays in Switzerland. After our marriage in Switzerland in 1990, we lived and worked in my home country for the following 8 years. In 1998 we migrated to Fiji. We have the intention to live as self sustainably as possible and share our slice of paradise with guests interested in our philosophy, with respect to our nation, environment and culture.


In October 1999 we started clearing land we leased from Sam’s home community, and completed our main bure and home in 2001. Sam has overseen and directed all building at Lawaki, and by 2003, with the purchase of our first aluminium boat, Lawaki Delight, we opened for business with our original two bures and one dormitory.
Limited communications made life difficult at first, with no internet connection on Beqa, and mobile phone access only possible from one “sweet spot” near the beach. Contacting our guests was a challenge for all concerned. Despite this, we received a write up as “Authors Choice” in the 2006 Edition of Lonely Planet, and in 2008 the “Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award as Budget Accommodation on Islands”. These awards both helped people find us, and encouraged us in our efforts.
Improving communications in March 2007 brought internet reception to the island, along with the ability to use our mobile phones all over the compound. This was such an improvement to our lives! We updated our website in 2011 and again in 2019, and this became the main way our guests find and contact us.
Our marine protected area was started in 2004 and extended in 2010, contributing both to environmental improvement, and snorkelling enjoyment for guests. Contributions from friends and family in Switzerland, and most recently by the Embassy of Switzerland in Wellington, have enabled us to help our local school, the Uluinakorovatu Primary School, by providing cooked school lunches three times a week unde rthe project “Loloma Lunches” and in 2018 the building of a new wooden boat to act as a ‘school bus” on road-free Beqa.
We built bures 3 and 4 in 2015, enabling us to host families and a few more couples in greater comfort, without changing the feeling of our beach house. We enlarged our solar plant, which enabled us to add fridges and freezers, and bought a second (pink!) aluminium boat, Lawaki Delight Two, in 2017.
2019 looks like being a good year for Lawaki. We are currently extending our main bure decking, and have again updated the website. Watch this space for more of our news!

Check out our new and fresh bures nowadays


We have the intention to live as self sustainable as possible and share our slice of paradise with guests interested in our philosophy, with respect to our nation, environment and culture.

Sam Tawake

Sam (Semisi) Tawake-Bachofner


Sam is the founder and builder and has built everything on the ground at Lawaki 🙂

Christine Tawake-Bachofner


Christine co founded Lawaki with Sam and runs all the hotel management and communications when you email us.


Substituting Manager

Salome manages the Team when Christine is not around. Sam’s sister – substituting Manager – with us since 2003



Sereima is very much around and present whenever you pop into the main bure, there to help you with what ever you need. Sam’s Sister in law - with us since 2014



Alumeci can be found most days in the kitchen preparing all your meals and has been with us since 2014



Kalesi has been with us since 2016




Nani has been with us since 2018



Elenoa has been with us since 2019



Aggie has been with us since 2019



Kule has been with us since 2019


Captain, Farmer & Fishermen

Waisale is Salome’s Husband and has been on our boats working with us since 2005


Part time Captain & FNU student

Sam’s Nephew has been with us since 2018, and helps out when he is not studying at college



Jiokini has been with us since 2016 and keeps our gardens neat and tidy

Lawaki staffing is an interesting social experiment

The demands of full time employment are actually quite hard to sustain within the busy life of the village. Rotational employment gives people the chance to gain work training and experience, earn income when needed, but still spend a lot of time within their community.
Our core support team is supported by a rotating cast who join us when needed, and return to family life when those priorities are higher. You may see some of these faces around when you visit us , or there may be new faces just starting their careers.


We live out on the island of Beqa which has internet that comes and goes, so please give us 24 hours to respond 🙂

Give Us a Call

Give Christine a call on Mobile +679 992 1621 (remember we are GMT +12 hrs 🙂 )

Send Us an Email

Email is by far the best and easiest way to communicate with us. [email protected]

Sam and Christine are Lawaki Beach House. Their heart and soul lie vested in this gem located a mere 7km’s from Viti Levu.These astounding hosts have created an eco-lodge which is more home than resort. I consider this to be one of Fiji’s best kept secrets.
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