Tavarua Island Resort, Tavarua, Fiji
If you’ve read William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days, you might remember his description of visiting a heart-shaped island with translucent barreling waves speeding over shallow coral reefs. Tavarua, part of the Mamanuca island chain in Fiji, is one of the wonders of the surfing world. It’s best-known for the deep-water left-breaking reef, Cloudbreak, but there are several other breaks at Tavarua, including the beginner-friendly Kiddie Land. The surf is biggest from March through November, but there is surf year-round on Tavarua.
Where You'll Stay: The Tavarua Island Resort has sixteen private, air-conditioned bures built in the traditional style. An on-site restaurant — with a reef-break right out front, of course — keeps you fueled with freshly caught fish and house-baked bread. Between surf sessions, you can relax in the resort’s pool or snorkel, SUP, fish, and kayak in the island’s clear, tropical waters.
Rates and Getting There: You’ll need to plan at least six months in advance to secure space. Trips are booked on a seven-day cycle and start at $3,366 per person, which includes surf transfers, all meals, and accommodation. Airfare and bar tab are additional. Reservations are through Waterways Travel, which can also handle flights. [tavarua.com]
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