The first challenge I faced was to come to grips with the geography of Fiji. It's actually harder than it sounds. You fly into Nadi (pronounced “Nandi" - someone way smarter than me will have to tell you why). It's on the West Coast of one of the two main islands. But it's not the capital. Suva is the capital of Fiji. Suva is on the East Coast of Viti Levu, the largest of the Fijian islands. Nadi and Suva are on the same island, about 4 hours drive apart. The other main island is called Vanua Levu. These two islands account for nearly 90% of Fiji's population.
It should be noted is that here are over 330 islands in the Fijian archipelago. If you had the time, money, equipment and inclination, you could find bucketloads of surf breaks in lots of tucked away places. For those of us who don’t have that combination of luxuries, there are two main areas to surf. The areas are commonly referred to as the “Cloudbreak” area and the “Coral Coast” area.