Fiji has two surf seasons. From April to October, the low pressure systems in the southern hemisphere produce consistent ground swells which can get up to 8 to 10 ft. The cyclone season from December to April is associated with shorter swells - this is when the local breaks fire up!
Nestled between the white sandy beach and a meandering creek, the Matanivusi Surf Resort has been developed to protect its amazing location. Enjoy the rich, unique environment at eco-friendly Matanivusi.
Matanivusi Surf Resort has been designed by award-winning architect Paul Uhlmann (www.pua.com.au), a surfer from the Gold Coast, Australia. Paul's design has integrated the natural landscape with the living areas, making them a pleasure to stay in and only a few steps from the ocean.
Exclusive whole resort booking – Rally your friends and book the whole resort out. Only 12 people (or six couples) are required to take over. This will give you the luxury of surfing with just you and your mates. Why not choose to celebrate that special occasion in real style. Enquire for a whole resort price.
Getting there – Matanivusi Surf Resort is located on the Coral Coast in Fiji, just a short flight from the east coast of Australia. Once you arrive into Nadi, it’s just a two hour air-conditioned transfer to the resort, where big friendly smiles await your arrival.
The owners and developers, Brian and Donna McDonald, found this amazing piece of coastline on one of their surf trips to Fiji. Sitting around the kava bowl with Vunaniu village elders, they mentioned it would be a great place for a surf resort (there are two good right hand breaks on the reef fringing the turquoise waters of the lagoon). The natural forest to the white sandy beach line, the creek and the untouched beauty indicated that a responsible development philosophy was needed. The resort has been planned as an eco-resort, the principles being to make as little impact as possible during construction, implement best sustainable operating practices once open and integrate fully with the local Fijian villagers. Minimal clearing was done to allow for the main building and the six bures, which are sited just metres from the sandy beach. Using post and beam construction, there has been minimal disturbance to the area. The native vegetation along the beachfront has been maintained and new plantings help protect the beach from erosion and storm surges. There is also a natural rock platform that acts as a buffer to trap the sand on the beach. Rainwater is collected in tanks for use throughout the resort. Recycling programs ensure that all waste is sorted and disposed of through commercial contractors. Educational programs are also run in the local primary and secondary schools.
The Matanivusi resort bures are classified as deluxe, and for good reason! All accommodation is beachfront and the bures have been designed by an award-winning Australian architect to achieve the integration of the natural landscape with the living area. Extensive use of glass panels are a feature to allow maximum views of the beach and rainforest. There is no need for air conditioning as louvre windows capture the cool seas breezes and ceiling fans are used to circulate the air. The bures are tucked between a creek at the rear of the building and coconut palms, exotic flowers and plants at the front, then the beach. If you are there at the right time you will be able to pluck a ripe pawpaw from the tree near your bure. A large variety of fruit trees are scattered around the resort. The bures are duplex style with two rooms adjoining (ideal for two couples or a family). Each room is tastefully furnished with a king size bed (or two king singles), mosquito net for that tropical feel, ensuite bathroom, a coffee table and relaxing chairs. All rooms are screened. The large deck and vast expanses of glass gives each unit breathtaking views of the beach and rainforest, even from the toilet!
Matanivusi Surf Resort caters for the non-surfer as well. Surfers can enjoy guilt-free surf trips with the knowledge that non-surfing partners or family are well occupied with what the resort has to offer. Take a dip in Matanivusi’s pool and relax on the decking and read a book from the library. Check out the local surroundings, take a walk on the white sand beach out the front or kick back in the hammock. If you don’t feel like just lazing around you can grab a kayak and head out onto the lagoon or organise a fishing or snorkelling trip on the beautiful reefs of Fiji. Experience the Fijian culture of Vunaniu Village located near the resort for a more personal Fijian experience.
If you have a little left in your tank after surfing all day, happy hour drinks and appetizers are served while the sun goes down followed by a three course dining experience. Party on with the resort guests or retire to the privacy of your bure.
The restaurant at Matanivusi Resort offers a fusion of Fijian, Indian and contemporary dishes using only the freshest ingredients. The aim of the restaurant is to be sustainable by using fruits grown around the resort; purchasing vegetables cultivated in the local Fijian villages; and sourcing fresh Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi from the daily catches brought in at Suva harbor.
Look forward to three gourmet meals a day (dinner includes three courses), a really great variety of fresh cuisine which will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.
The Restaurant and Bar has been designed with the intention of maximizing the view of the coral fringed lagoon, whether you are enjoying fresh Trevalley cooked in coconut cream or a Matanivusi Mai Tai. The ‘Dua Tali’ Bar is a full service bar with a wide variety of tropical concoctions for your delight. The Bar also has a selection of wine and beers, along with a full range of spirits and liqueurs. If you are looking for something a little more romantic you can have a candle lit dinner on your private deck.
There is surf all year round in Fiji, but like anywhere else cannot be guaranteed. There are two surf seasons. One is from April to October when the low pressure systems in the Southern Hemisphere produce consistent ground swells which can get up to 8 to 10’. The cyclone season from December to April is associated with shorter swells, however the conditions could be called ‘tropical’ as it is glassy or light winds all day and extremely hot with afternoon showers. This is the time when the local breaks fire up. During the winter season, the SE trade winds which are offshore at Frigates can blow very strong (20-25 knots) for up to a week at a time. The surf at Frigates Passage (which is all outer coral reef and overhead high) can be challenging for inexperienced surfers. For this reason surfers need to be competent and confident. Recommended surfboards would be a ‘hotdog’ short board and a larger semi-gun for the bigger days. Board shorts can be worn year round, a rashie and sunscreen are needed for sun protection and booties are optional for the reef.
Only a short boat ride from Matanivusi Surf Resort, are three right hand reef breaks that, depending on the wind, tide and swell, can offer the experience of a life time. While 20km offshore is the world famous Frigate Pass.
J’s: is a hollow, fast wave that breaks from 2’ to 6’. Its best around the high tide with winds from NE to W. It needs some west in the swell to run down the reef.
Shifties: has a deep water take off making the break a ‘not too threatening’ ride. This outside point of the Barrier Reef picks up all the swell and can be double the size of J’s and Vunaniu. It is powerful and thick. When everywhere else is flat you can almost guarantee a 4 foot wave at Shifties. Also it can be surfed at all tides. Again a wind of the north quadrant is needed.
Vunaniu: is a short wedging right which has a bowl section at the end, usually smaller than other breaks this would be a good option for the kids. It does get good. It is best at high tide.
Frigates: Frigates is definitely a world class left that can rival Cloud Break for power, size and consistency. Because of the gradual tapering of the reef it can handle all swell sizes. The SE trade winds are offshore, so when the inside waves near Matanivusi are blown out there is always the consistent Frigates. Because it’s out in the ocean, about 20 kilometres from Matanivusi, it picks up all swell. However some west in the swell can make it a bit dicey. It definitely makes the end section stand up! Frigates is accessed by a number of resorts and can get crowded. However, once the swell gets up over 10’ there is a drop in the numbers tackling the waves. A longer board is recommended to tackle the big drops and strong off shore winds.
Fiji Pipe: is a hollow and sometimes heavy left hand reef break that breaks really good on 2-6 ft swells. The SE trade winds blow offshore all day here during winter and can create some epic barrel rides.
Included in a surfer package is a daily surf transfer (two transfers if tides permit) to uncrowded breaks located only a short boat ride from Matanivusi Surf Resort. There is also the option to head out to Frigates Pass, a world-class left hander which is located 20 km offshore. This separate trip is run at the resorts' discretion and requires a minimum of 3 surfing guests.
Swell: Sth, SW
Wind: Any type of Easterly
When you're not surfing, the options are endless. Fish, dive, swim, snorkel in the lagoon; go kayaking, rafting or exploring the beach; or simply laze around the pool and spa and treat yourself to a Fijian massage.
Game Fishing: If you are interested in hooking up on some Trevally, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish then Matanivusi Fiji is the right place for you. Bottom fishing is also great with massive Coral Trout and Red Emperors hiding in the local reefs. The resort offers half day and full day charters. If you are serious like surfers, we recommend that you bring your own equipment and favourite lures. The right tackle would be two trolling rods with about 50-80lb test and spinning rods with 30lb test for Trevally.
Diving: Come see giant schools of barracuda and trevalley or massive coral reefs teeming with aquatic life. Upon request, Matanivusi will organise and run local dive trips directly from the resort. Not a diver? Matanivusi offers PADI certification on the premises with the use of their pool for your Discover Scuba lessons.
Snorkelling: Take a local trip out to some of the most magnificent coral reefs fringing the lagoon, where you will find a wide array of parrot fish, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, clown fish, sea anemones and large amount of soft and hard corals. Guests can snorkel inside the lagoon around the coral bombies or outside the fringing reef along the drop-offs.
Stand up paddle and kayaks: Take a morning cruise around the calm lagoon or an evening paddle to watch the sunset from the water. Matanivusi can also take you by boat to the local creek where a guide will give you a tour of the surrounding area on your kayaks or SUP. The paddle boards are 11ft in length so they are easy for everyone to ride (even children so they are a great family activity). Also a fantastic way to view the aquarium below.
Eco trips to the waterfall/ plantation walk: Take a guided trip up to Korolevu where you'll see a tropical waterfall hidden away in the lush jungle. The plantation walk will give you a better understanding of the traditional village subsistence living and medicinal plants.
Sunset Cruises: If you are looking for a romantic option, take a sunset tour on the resort's Power Catamaran with beer, wine and appetizers. If you want your whole group to come out for a little sunset party on the boat then that is fine also. (Tour only operates on an evening high tide).
Other activities: Massages, beach volleyball, bocce balls, ping pong, board games, entertainment room, Ziplining, Whitewater Rafting, Mountain bikes and a library.