FIJI, QAMEA ISLAND
01 OCT – 3o APR
From $1,360 US
Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort – Qamea Island, Fiji
Winner of Lonely Planet Sustainability Award 2012
Fiji TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015
Located on picture perfect Qamea Island, 6km north-east of Taveuni Island, the Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort is a must see and do, “off the beaten track” northern Fiji holiday destination.
Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort is a private resort set in five acres of rainforest with stunning coral reefs, white sandy beaches, the friendliest people and some quality surf breaks.
Come and discover the real Fiji ……
A Fiji Surf Resort
Established in 2009, the Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort (pronounced “Mung-aye”) was created by a group of friends seeking a secluded tropical location with some easily accessible uncrowded waves. The resort operates in unity with the neighbouring Fijian villages and the “little resort with a big heart” maintains small island eco values with initiatives of solar power for energy, vegetables and fruits grown onsite in the organic garden and from the local villages, fresh fish caught daily by local fishermen in the crystal clear waters of Qamea Island and fresh spring water from the mountains.
A marine reserve protects the coral reef and marine life directly in front of the resort and there are a selection of surf breaks on the reefs a short boat ride from the beach.
Maqai Accommodation – Beachfront Bures
At Maqai Resort there is comfortable accommodation in nine beachfront cabins dotted along the shoreline enjoying the spectacular ocean vistas. There are four styles of bures for couples, independent travellers and families.
All bures are located just a few steps from the water and are equipped with ensuite bathrooms, comfortable beds with quality bed linens, mosquito nets, fans and private verandas.
Double Beachfront with 1 x Queen sized bed.
Twin Beachfront with 2 x Single beds.
Family Beachfront with 1 x Queen + 2 x Single beds.
Superior Double Beachfront with 1 x Queen + 1 x Single beds.
The Sandbar is the heart of Maqai Beach Eco Resort with a communal area for dining, mingling and relaxing. Here you will find the restaurant; café serving snack foods; the licensed bar and a tour desk to help plan your activities.
Dining – Meal Plan
Sit back and relax, there’s no cooking to do here – a full meal plan is provided when staying at Maqai Resort which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll enjoy a range of local and international cuisine and Fijian delicacies such as lovo and kokoda.
Most dietary requirements can be catered for – just let us know at your time of booking.
Near Maqai there are a range of waves suitable for intermediate through to advanced surfers and overall very suited to the average surfer looking for some fun tropical waves on their holiday. There is also a learner wave out front of the resort for those who just want to give surfing a go.
Surfing is possible year round in Fiji with two distinct surf seasons being the summer season November-April and winter season May-October.
November-April: This is the prime surf period with consistent medium sized surf and light winds for predominantly glassy conditions; the days can be hot with the chance of afternoon showers.
During these months the rights (Maqai Right and Purple Wall) really fire up and Maqai becomes the true surfer’s paradise with warm water, no crowds and quality surf that is suited to most levels of surfer.
‘Maqai Right’: Located a five minute boat ride directly out from the resort the right is a machine-like wave with something for everyone regardless of ability or wave craft. Breaking on a forgiving coral reef, the first section of the wave allows the experienced surfer to get deep barrels before working into a very rippable face and mellower barrel section. The end section is perfect for intermediate and beginners alike as it ends in a deep channel and can offer up 100 metre plus rides. Virtually any sized swell from the south works here, from one foot up to triple overhead and it can be surfed at all tides.
‘The Purple Wall’: A fifteen minute boat ride to a shallow reef off the coast of Taveuni, Purple Wall is a thick fast right-hander that is a heavy wave in long-period swell and only for the competent to expert surfers at mid to high tide. Unlike Maqai, it is a sharp reef and an unforgiving wave that throws up deep barrels and solid walls for the experienced surfer.
May-October: The winter low pressure systems of the Southern Hemisphere produce consistent ground swells which can get up to triple overhead. During the winter season the South Pacific south-east trade winds are predominant especially from June – September and are offshore at the three left-handers, Kavas, Bula Bowls & Left-Overs.
‘Kavas’: The best of the bunch, Kavas is just 600m across the pass from Maqai Right. It works in the trade-winds and is best surfed at high-tide as some coral bombies are exposed here at low tide. It is a fast, walling left for competent to expert surfers, with barrel sections and fast walls for carving.
‘Bula Bowls’: Located on the other side of the reef from Maqai Right is Bula Bowls, a softer breaking wave than Kavas and suitable for intermediate surfers and up. When the swell is smaller it’s a friendly left hander that can offer up shorter but fun waves. On big swells another heavier wide peak starts firing which can throw some back-door barrels and big carves for the experienced.
‘Left-Overs’: Around the corner at Black Rock (10 mins from Maqai), is a fickle wave known as Left-Overs; a short fun wave that breaks down the edge of Black Rock during south swells. It is not as consistent as the other breaks, but can provide a good alternative when the south-east winds are strong and there is a solid south swell.
The shoulder periods of April – May and October – early November can be the time to really score with mostly light, variable winds and glassy conditions coinciding with the early and late solid winter swells.
Recommended surfboards are a short board and a fish for the small fun days, and a larger semi-gun for the bigger days in the winter months. Board shorts can be worn year round, while a rashie, (wetsuit top) & sunscreen and zinc are needed for sun protection. Booties are optional to protect the feet from the reef while surfing, but imperative for coming back to the resort during low tides.
Water Sports & Other Activities
Snorkelling & Diving Qamea Island
Maqai Beach is one of the best snorkelling areas in Fiji and is an adventure playground for water lovers where you will discover an array of soft corals and a variety of fish species right out in front of the resort, a marine reserve area. There are also some renowned diving spots near the resort and off nearby Taveuni Island and diving excursions can be arranged through the Taveuni PADI Dive Centre.
Fishing Qamea & Taveuni
Taveuni and Qamea Island has an abundance of fish so spend some with the local fishing guides who will take you to their secret fishing spots for some line or spearfishing!
For those who would like to indulge in big game fishing this can also be arranged.
Treat yourself to a relaxing Fijian massage using coconut oils infused with natural floral scents. Be pampered either on your private deck or on the beachfront open bure.
There are the in-house activities of table tennis, volleyball, kava & music nights plus kayaking, jungle walks, village tours, island tours…………but after all of that you might prefer to just lie in a hammock and do absolutely nothing!
Fly to Nadi from the east coast Australian capitals with Fijian Airways or Virgin.
Flying to Taveuni
From Nadi a short scenic flight on a Fijian Airways Twin Otter aircraft will take you north-east to the picture perfect and laid back garden island of Taveuni.
Flight schedules are early morning and afternoon to the island so an arrival night in Nadi is usually required.
NOTE: As these are small planes it is recommended that boardbags be under 7’ long to fit in hold.
Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you with a short van and boat trip to their Qamea Island paradise.
Ferry to Qamea
Alternatively you can take an overnight ferry from Walu Bay Suva. This ferry goes twice weekly. We recommend the Lomaviti Princess as she has sleeping cabins for your comfort, the sailing time is 18 hours.
On arrival we will greet you at the dock and transfer you to the resort.