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Where to surf and stay in Fiji

Surf’s up at these top Fiji resorts

By Time Out in association with Tourism Fiji
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Not satisfied with fresh seafood, lush rainforest and beautiful waterfalls? Then there are also perfect beaches to hit up the next time you’re in Fiji. If you’re a fan of foam, you should also know that the Fiji islands are a spectacular place to surf.

In addition to world-famous waves such as Cloudbreak, the site of World Surf League competitions, there are plenty of beginner and intermediate waves to try. Many Fiji resorts offer either private surfing beaches or boat trips out to the best in the archipelago, or you can arrange a charter boat to the waves through a local surf guide.

The good news is that any time of year is great for surfing in Fiji – the air temperature stays warm and the water doesn’t get much colder than a balmy 23 degrees. Not into surfing? There are so many other activities you can try at these resorts – you’ll just have to tear yourself away from those gorgeous beaches long enough to do so. 

Fijian surf resorts

One of Fiji's best eco-resorts, Matanivusi is located on a quiet, uncrowded side of Viti Levu nestled between a rainforest and a reef. It’s here you’ll find world-class surf break Frigates, and be guided by the resort's own surfing pros who can help you find the best breaks of the day. In your downtime from surfing, the resort also offers guided snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, diving trips and yoga classes, as well as kiteboarding and kite surfing. The resort itself features beautiful, architecturally designed private rooms that are only steps from the perfect blue ocean. A great pick for those keen to escape the crowds. 

Surf, dive, fish, hike… however you feel like filling your days in Fiji, you can do it at Funky Fish Resort. This small resort is located on Malolo Island, which is a hop and a skip off the coast from Nadi and the international airport. The resort can boat you out to many of the best surf breaks in Fiji, including the world-famous Cloudbreak, frequently acclaimed as one of the top five waves in the world. Otherwise many of the crystalline beaches near the resort are perfect for relaxing and you can even go out on a crab hunt with resort staff who’ll teach you the Fijian way of catching a clawed critter. Plus, it’s one of the most affordable spots on this list.

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OK thrill-seekers, listen up. Waidroka Bay is where to stay if you’re after the ultimate in Fiji diving and surfing adventures. Situated on a private lagoon on Viti Levu, this resort has everything you’ll need for a perfect beach vacation – a pool, bar, restaurant and a range of oceanfront accommodation. But it’s the extras you’ll want to sign up for: yoga classes, white-water rafting trips, rainforest ziplining… not to mention all the left and right-hand surf breaks to try. The resort might be further away from the main cities and the airport, but it’s worth it for the experiences you’ll have.

If you want to get off the grid, this would be our suggested location. Located just eight kilometres off the coast of Viti Levu, Beqa is one of the smaller resorts around with only 25 deluxe air-conditioned bures. It’s an all-inclusive retreat with no towns nearby, so everything you need will be at the resort, including a restaurant, bar, activities and nightly entertainment. The resort is also known for its world-class diving options, and, of course, the plentiful surfing options in the area.

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It’s heralded as one of Fiji’s best-kept secrets but this relaxed beach retreat is a favourite for both Fiji newbies and those who’ve been a couple of times. The resort has stylish bungalows, an in-house restaurant and a load of outdoor adventures to try, including fishing trips, paddleboarding, coconut weaving, snorkelling and even a surf school if you need to brush up on your skills. Fiji Beachouse is located on the south coast of the main island and is an affordable option for Fiji travellers, too.

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