After just spending a week of SSW winter swells in Fiji, I am confined that it is definitely an alternate to the rat race of Bali. Since the Decree in 2010 (allowing everybody the right to surf the world class waves of Cloudbreak and Restaurants), Fiji is now on the map for a cheap surfing destination. It now allows surfers to by pass the expensive islands of Tavarua and Namotu and stay on the mainland in cheap style accommodation with daily boat rides out too these world class waves. Surrounding breaks including Wilkes” Pass, Tavarua Rights, and Namotu Lefts.
Affordability allows you to stay for around $120 a day that includes everything from meals to a little partying after a hard day at the office on a board. It of course comes at a price that can bring crowds that have been non-existent for the past 20 years. Cloudbreak can be crowded when it is small and a little warning that when it does become solid that it at Restaurants are both serious waves that is evident when pulling in and looking down at reefs that resemble concrete highways with coral heads stuck in them compared to the softer reefs (soft Cunje) of the south coast of the Island.
For an all girls getaway and good times trip, I can strongly recommend surfing the main breaks for a couple of days (depending on winds) then heading to the Coral Coast. This truly is a Fijian experience, everything you expect from white sands, palm trees and many surf breaks that can be a little more easily handed (Sigatoka River mouth, Seru rights, Pipe, Dumptrucks and a high quality lefthander Frigates).
When going down south make sure you stay at the Beachouse, which was a highlight of my trip. An Australian family runs it that really looks after their local staff, reflecting in the hospitality of the place. Andrew should be very proud of what he has created in his own piece of paradise in Fiji. Paul one of the local Fijian top surfers is there every morning to take you to all the surf spots by boat depending on the winds, which can be more favourable in the summer months (Northerlies). If there is a flat spell there is lots to do from trekking through the rain forests, cannoning or just simply sitting back in one of Kit’s hammocks.
Fiji is a great destination only 4 hours away that is created by surfing world class waves, its people and not to mention the whole whoops I forgot a day Kava drinking experience.
If you would like any more details send me an email and I would be more than happy to help out. Vinaka
Words by Adrian Shortland.
Adrian Shortland in Byron Bay
"Its all about Good Times"...surfing with friends,eating well,having a clear mind and balancing life. Adrian is a specialised Remedial Massage Therapist who has spent the past 10 years dedicated to lecturing and research in the field of Natural Therapies, combining this with his passion for surfing and knowledge of the body and its movements, he has helped many surfers get back on their boards from chronic injuries.
To contact Adrian, 0412 430 262