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The Best Fiji Surf Resorts for Your Next Surf Trip

June 10, 2020 No Comments

Looking for a surf resort in Fiji for your next trip? We’ve got you covered. No matter if you’re the next WSL champion or hoping to catch your first wave, Fiji is an incredible destination for you.

In this guide, we’ll reveal the sneaky tricks that Fiji surf resorts often use to get you to pay more, advise you on where to stay, and show you the best options for groups of surfers and non-surfers alike.

Frigates Wave in Fiji Surfing

Things to consider when booking your Fiji surf resort stay

Compare the total cost. In Fiji, resorts are a bit cheeky when it comes to pricing–and they often hide their big money makers until you arrive.

This is a classic experience: Oh, accommodation is only $100 per night for a seaside room? That’s pretty good! But upon arrival, you discover a $90/day mandatory meal plan, $300 boat transfer fee, and $175/surf trip cost on top. Oh, and you want to go on a waterfall excursion? That’ll be another hundred, thanks! Plus the 3.5% foreign credit card fee.

When comparing surf resorts in Fiji, take a look at the price of the room, transportation to the resort (especially if it’s on a private island), mandatory meal plans, internet (if needed), and price of surf boat charter. This will be your total cost plus likely a 3.5% surcharge for using a foreign credit card. Some surf resorts, especially the resorts that market to U.S. surfers, will charge an extra 25% on top.

While these pay-per-item resorts are ideal for groups of surfers and non-surfers mixed together, they can be expensive for surfers who want two surf sessions per day. All-inclusive resorts may not be much more expensive, or are often even cheaper! If you’re in a group with non-surfers, see if the price is the same for those not taking advantage of the boat trips. If they are paying the same price, see if other activities like snorkeling trips or excursions are included in their cost.

You can save hundreds of dollars per person by spending a few minutes crunching numbers.

Surfing in Fiji

Factor the surf trip logistics. Some surf resorts have just one boat or take only one surf trip per day. This often means that you’re at the mercy of the other surfers staying at the resort. Beginners stuck in a group full of experts will have a tough time holding their own at barreling Cloudbreak. Meanwhile, experienced surfers dreaming of big waves will find themselves bored splashing around on a mushburger with a group of first-timers.

There is a major difference between resorts that offer surfing as one of their many activities, and dedicated surf resorts. Surf resorts often have multiple boats and will split surfers based on their experience levels/interests. Surf trips often happen twice per day, with a break for lunch. These resorts often have dedicated surf guides who know the surrounding surf breaks well and can help the group decide where to go to that day. There are also a range of surf camps, though these are less popular.

If you are the only surfer at a resort that offers surfing as an aside, the resort will prioritize the majority over you. If the conditions are pumping yet 10 kids want to snorkel with Nemo, the resort’s boat will probably be used to entertain the kiddos.

Available Fiji surf spots. If you book a surf resort on the Coral Coast but you dream of surfing Restaurants or Cloudbreak, you probably won’t be able to convince the boat driver to venture that far. It’s best to book a surf resort stay next to the waves you’re most excited about.

Wave at Frigates Fiji

THE BEST Fiji SURF RESORTS

RENDEZVOUS Surf Camp

Pros: Affordable, social atmosphere, multiple trips and boats per day.
Cons: Non-surfers might be bored as the resort lacks a nice beach and is somewhat remote.

Rendezvous is one of the best surf resorts in Fiji for surfers who want to spend most of their time in the water and don’t care to have a luxury resort experience. The resort has basic dorm and private rooms available, and there is no mandatory meal plan. There is a pool onsite, plenty of hammocks, and a large area for socializing. Broken boards double as resort decor. It hosts a social backpacker vibe and tends to attract surfers from all around the world.

The night before, surfers put their name on a white board under the surf break they’d like to go to. This is great for groups of surfers with mixed ability levels. Surf trips last about four hours and often take place twice per day, with a short break for lunch.

Book your surf trip at Rendezvous Surf Camp

Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort

Pros: Boutique service, plenty of non-surfing activities, beautiful scenery, eco-friendly.
Cons: Surfers will be charged extra for trips to Frigates.

Matanivuisi Beach Eco Resort is the type of resort that attracts non-surfers because of its beauty. With just a handful of bures (rooms), a stay here is intimate and service is highly personalized. There are plenty of surf breaks around the resort, and they also offer excursions to Frigates for extra charge. Non-surfers will be happy with the beach, kayaking, practicing yoga, snorkeling, and participating in daily cultural activities. The resort is kid-friendly and babysitters can be hired for an extra fee.

Price is inclusive of accommodation, three meals per day, snorkeling, kayaking, and trips to local breaks. Day trips and other activities like scuba diving and hiking excursions can be arranged for extra charge.

Book your surf trip at Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort

Tavarua Island Resort

Pros: Proximity to incredible breaks, quality of accommodation, family-friendly.
Cons: Side-eye worthy history of privatizing waves, added tax on everything.

Tavarua Island in Fiji

If you’ve read Barbarian Days by William Finnegan, you’ve likely daydreamed about what it would’ve been like to have a private island next to world-class waves all to yourself. The heart-shaped island of Tavarua changed the course of surfing history after its nearby waves were in Surfer magazine in 1984. The resort, one of the first surf resorts in Fiji, offers a one-of-a-kind experience not easily found anywhere else.

At Tavarua Island Resort, surf trips, snorkel trips, island hopping trips, and three meals per day are included in the price. Ground transportation is not included. The resort is great for kids and nannies can be arranged for childcare.

Book your surf trip at Tavarua Island Resort

Namotu Island Resort

Pros: Proximity to incredible breaks, boutique service, great for groups with non-surfers.
Cons: Claim to rent foils only to experienced foilers but we’ve seen them getting tossed around in the whitewash of Swimming Pools.

Namotu Island Resort is a picturesque private island with water so clear, you can essentially snorkel from the top of your SUP. The island itself has a handful of waves surrounding it (Swimming Pools, Wilkes, Namotu Lefts). Price of your stay includes accommodation, three meals per day, surf trips, use of boards, snorkeling gear, round-trip transfer, and yoga. There are themed weeks throughout the year dedicated to kitesurfing, families (typically only kids over 12 are welcome), and SUP/foiling with Dave Kalama. Consider this a surfer’s island paradise!

Book your surf trip at Namotu Island Resort

Maqai Beach Eco Resort

Pros: Authentic island experience, high likelihood of uncrowded surf, can find surf any time of the year.
Cons: International visitors will need to reach the island of Taveuni from Viti Levu.

Pronounced “Mun-gai,” this remote surf resort has a back-to-nature type of feel with cute seaside bures, lush surrounding forest, and a relaxing atmosphere. You can wake up, check the surf around Maqai from the island itself, and hop in one of the resort boats for a trip out there. Because of its location, surf breaks year-round at Maqai. There are surf-inclusive (~1x/day) and non-surf packages available. Enjoy snorkeling from the shore, kayaking, and picking up a game of volleyball with the staff. Excursions to the island of Taveuni, one of the best islands in Fiji, are also possible. You need to do the Lavena Coastal Walk!

Book your surf trip at Maqai Beach Eco Resort

Waidroka Surf & Dive Resort

Pros: Ideal for a combined surf and scuba dive trip to Fiji.
Cons: No sandy beach to hang out at onsite. 25% added tax.

Waidroka Surf and Dive Resort is located in a prime spot, surrounded by plenty of local breaks that are rarely crowded. And, the resort organizes regular trips to Frigates. Rooms are decorated with a Fijian flair and have a back-to-nature ambiance. An onsite pool, SUPs, and kayaks help pass the time in between surf sessions. Packages include accommodation, three meals per day, and transportation one-way from Suva or Nadi. Surf trips are charged as extra.

The folks at Wairoka can also help arrange a Fiji Shark Dive. We recommend saving this dive towards the end of your trip if you’d like to surf without worry. Ignorance is bliss!

Book your surf trip at Waidroka Surf & Dive Resort

Diamond Sea Safari Surf Charter

Pros: Unique way to explore Fiji, can anchor boat near best surf breaks.
Cons: Not a great fit for groups with many different interests.

While it’s not a proper surf resort, consider chartering a boat and surfing just a few meters away from where you sleep. Onboard the Grazia, a catamaran that sleeps up to eight guests, you can choose your surf breaks wisely and paddle out long before the other resorts rile up their crew. Price is inclusive of all meals, surfing, snorkeling, and there are two kayaks onboard. Trips depart from Port Denarau Marina and can go to the local breaks of your choice. Longer trips can be arranged for special requests as well.

Book your surf trip with Diamond Sea Safari Surf Charter

Fiji surf trip essentials

Check that your travel insurance includes adventure activities like surfing. We recommend World Nomads. The nearest major hospital if you get injured is in Nadi, Lautoka, and Suva.

Pack a rashguard, reef-safe sunscreen, surf hat, and surf leggings to protect yourself from the sun. Roof booties are recommended.

Surf accessories like leashes, surf wax, a fin key, and ding repair kit may be challenging to find or replace on your trip. Keep your boards safe in a padded travel bag. A drybag backpack helps keep your towel and clothes dry while you surf. If you want to make a friend for life, leave all of your surf accessories with your surf or boat guide when you go.

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What Fiji surf resorts would you add to the list?

Chantae Reden

Chantae is the Coconut in Chief at Tropical Go. She is the author of Moon Bali & Lombok and lives in Suva, Fiji. She is a freediver, scuba diver, and surfer who is scared of big waves. Her drink of choice is a mojito--mostly because it's fun to say.

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