Though I'm back in the cold winter of Canada, I find my thoughts are still at Maqai Beach. We visited in April of 2013, after 5 months in New Zealand. We arrived at Bamboo hostel in Nadi and were talked into the North Fiji Backpackers project. It was by far the best decision I've ever made. The guides take you right from Bamboo to Suva, where you board the ferry to Taveuni. Though it was meant to be about a 20 hour ferry ride, it turned into 27 hrs. But you know what they say, "Fiji Time". We stayed a night at Tuvununu Lodge, which was also pretty magical. However, because we were so late arriving on the ferry we missed out on the chance to go to the natural waterslides.
Arriving at Maqai was unbelievable. The nicest beach, a great gazebo with couches, ping pong table, and a large dinner table. I loved sitting in a comfy couch with my toes in the sand. The place is solar powered but they have candles at the ready in case the power goes off during Kava. All meals were included and it was amazing. Cheers to Rosie and her team! The people were incredibly welcoming. Tony and Rosie run the place and Eleanor manages bookings. Celio runs the kava sessions at night. Dex gives great massages, and she has an amazing voice. She also made me a coconut ring that I am really attached to.
There are no shortage of day trips to choose from and they are all very reasonably priced. We went to the village to meet some locals and the kindergarten class sang and danced with us. They served us lots of food and tea. It was really a very humbling experience.
The cabins are perfect. Great view of the ocean with a deck and chairs out front, toilet and cold shower out back. (Trust me you would not want a hot one). I would not hesitate to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maqai Eco Resort is located on breathtakingly beautiful Qamea Island just north of the garden island of Taveuni. The moment your feet hit the sand you will fall in love with this dreamy island getaway and never want to leave. The resort lies on a stunning stretch of private white sandy beach set against a backdrop of lush tropical rainforest on Qamea Islands uninhabited southern shores. Its here you'll find a destination for adventure, culture, nature and getting off the beaten track. Spend your days snorkeling in the spectacular coral gardens a out front of the resort, scuba diving , surfing, fishing, kayaking or simply swimming in the crystal clear Pacific waters. Take a cultural visit to the local village, try your hand at traditional Fijian arts and crafts, enjoy a game of volleyball or table tennis or simply explore the local surrounds hiking the island's stunning trails. Treat yourself to a pamper session with a luxurious massage or simply relax in a perfectly positioned hammock. This intimate resort with a big heart accommodates up to 35 guests with a range of accommodation to suit most budgets. Surround yourself in nature.. Nine Eco safari bures are scattered along the beachfront with spectacular views of the ocean and just a few steps to the waters edge. Known as glamping (glamorous camping) these bures contain all the comforts and little luxuries from home - raised wooden floors, wooden shutters, comfortable queen beds with quality bed linens, and mosquito nets, fan, lamps, en-suite bathroom and a private veranda to sit and take in the natural Maqai beauty. Sit back, relax and unwind-there's no cooking to partake in here- the resort is so remote that this is the only kitchen for miles! A delicious, generous meal plan is part of your stay at Maqai and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll enjoy a range of fresh vegetables picked from the organic garden, sun-kissed tropical fruits, daily baked homemade breads, wood fired pizza, freshly caught fish, and Fijian delicacies including lovo and kokoda. Most dietary requirements can be catered for including gluten free and vegetarian. Simply advise at the time of your booking Getting there:- There are 2 options . Flying; Suva- Taveuni Daily Fiji airways or northern air twice weekly Nadi- Taveuni Fiji airways 3 times daily Ferry Savusavu- Taveuni daily from Buca Bay Suva -Taveuni twice weekly Experience nature at is best in this magnificent secluded island paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maqai Beach Hotel Qamea Island