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Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Qamea Island B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

What a great place, very simple yet has all you need, wonderful people looking after you, making you feel as though your one of their own, and the food is great, also a world class right hander straight out the front, take a step back and enjoy what it's all about, loved it

Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Maqai_Director, Owner at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

Bula!! Vinaka (thankyou) for the great (levu) review. We are glad you enjoyed stepping back. Qamea Island and Maqai Resort is certainly the place to do this and relax, recharge and reconnect with yourself, nature and experience the warmth of the people and cultural traditions of this part of Fiji. This northern area of Fiji has maintained its links to the past, with village life and the community aspect a vital component of sustainable living in this tropical paradise. Maqai Resort is an integral part of this community.
Vinaka vaka levu (Thankyou very much) for choosing Maqai. Ni sa moce (Goodbye).
PS. A very good read for people on the history of Fiji and in particular the role that Taveuni and the northern Islands played in this is the book by Daryl Tarte called 'Fiji'. Interestingly Taveuni was the first Island that Abel Tasman sighted in 1643 when exploring this part of the world.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Our objective when booking Maqai Resort was somewhere remote and very close to the beach so we could chill down.

Well remote it certainly is. A 1hr 15 min flight from Nadi where row 7 gets you the back of the plane, followed by a 30 min taxi ride hugging the edge of the coast over very bouncy terrain, and finally a 30 minute boat ride in an open skiff. Well there is an extra step if it's low tide and that's a 20 minute wade along the rocks until you come across the resort.

Please don't let the journey there put you off. Maqai is paradise, all be it a cost effective one. The staff are amazing, from Big Tony, Johnny the barman, Tex with her incredible laugh..the kitchen ladies who I apologise to for forgetting their names but who dished out wonderful food. We were lucky to have the co owners Angie and Shaw there during our visit. The whole crew have created a wonderful vibe.

We wanted close to the beach, well at high tide the distance between your bed and the sea is roughly 5m. Close enough! This was in one of the beachfront bure's. They are basic, cold shower but who needs a hot showers in the tropics, a loo that opens to the garden (you can use the bure back door as a toilet door if you require more privacy), comfy double beds with mosquito nets, a hammock to chill in and a deck looking out across the beach to the reef.

And chill down we certainly did. Maqai is just perfect for doing nothing. There are kayaks to borrow, snorkelling off the beach or a snorkelling trip to Black Rock Beach, jungle walk at the back of the accommodation, village visit, reefs to be surfed and the ping pong table. We just chilled for most of the 7 nights we were there. Dragging ourselves for a quick snorkel every now and again.

Maqui met all of our objectives and more besides. We had great conversations over dinner with the other guests. All meals are served in a communal area. With the exception of breakfast no one meal was the same during the 7 nights and the food was fabulous. Joining in the Kava ceremony is a must, and if you consume enough they will name the main Kava bowl after you. The bar has been set very high we understand.

Some tips for your journey and stay, grab some ear plugs for the plane ride from Nadi, certainly helps block out the noise from the engines, bring a bin liner or something similar to pop your bag in for the boat ride there and back just in case it's a little bouncy or raining. The taxi stops at a little store just after the airport, to stock up on some essentials. If you have your own snorkel, mask and flippers bring them. The resort does have a selection but if it's busy you may luck out on your size. Bring a small torch, the ones you can wear are really useful. Have a pair if reef shoes handy in case it's low tide when you arrive and they really useful. And be warned if Tony invites you to play ping pong don't let his size fool you, he's a demon with a table tennis bat. Most of all do visit Maqai, you won't regret it.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Maqai_Director, Owner at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

Bula Vinaka for the wonderful review!! Having expectations met and exceeded is our goal at our little gem - Maqai Island Resort, and as you say at a cost effective price for people. We note that you have traveled extensively to what could be considered a must see list of places in the world, and so we most humbly appreciate the 5 star review. You have obviously traveled to some amazing places, and so to have the recommendation "that people must visit Maqai as you won't regret it" is something the staff will really appreciate. Vinaka (thankyou) We value this feedback very highly, and your description of the entire journey is classic (as that is what it is when coming to Maqai - a total experience) - an Island Paradise off the beaten track.
Vinaka vaka levu Mia (Thankyou very much).
Ni sa moce (Goodbye).
PS. Big Tony is ready and waiting for all challengers to the Maqai table tennis champion title.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

If you want a relaxed chilled break on reasonably isolated Pacific Island and go to sleep with sound of the ocean lapping literally four metres from the end of your bed you gotta go here.
It's basic accommodation. The food is local. Raw fish salad to die for. As a vegetarian normally I succumbed to the fish but would have liked greater portions of the wonderful veges and more papaya.
The staff and hosts the are really nice people. Welcoming and chilled.
Surfing was reasonable and snorkeling and spearfishing good.
Nice jungle track to walk or run of your more hardcore.
I left a board there so will be back!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Maqai_Director, Owner at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

Bula!! Vinaka (thankyou) for the fantastic review. We are so glad you loved the kokonda (raw fish salad) which is a real treat in Fiji. The jungle trail that goes to the lookout on the hills behind Maqai certainly is a great walk, or as you say good for trail running. We think you hold the Maqai ironman title to date for fitness training, and it is pleasing for the Maqai team that the healthy food on offer combines well with this training.
People may be interested to know we are holding a week long 'Maqai style' boot camp later in the year, with a full programme of fitness training and quality food. This is being hosted by an ex Australian heavy weight boxing champion. It will be a great week of fun and hard training. Contact info@maqai.com if you are interested in attending.
Vinaka vaka levu (Thankyou very much).
Ni sa moce (Goodbye) until we see you again.

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Just returned from Maqai Beach Eco Resort. The moment you are welcomed onto the island Fijian style you feel like you have stepped into another world. Surrounded by lush rainforest this location has to be seen to be believed. The snorkelling is better than the Great Barrier Reef, the water crystal clear with abundant sea life. The people are amazing with authentic Fijian cuisine morning, noon and night and in abundance. The accommodation is clean and comfortable and makes you feel you are actually staying in the jungle. Yes there is only cold showers but who wants hot showers in the tropics it just adds to the experience. The surf is amazing, I was lucky enough to have 14 days of incredible waves, the best I have ever experienced. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Go there, put it on your bucket list. All this was made even better with the friendly staff who finished off every night with a sing along lubricated with Kava. What an experience.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Maqai_Director, Owner at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2014

Bula Steve!! We are so happy you are stoked with the surf and experience you had at Maqai. We really appreciate the review, and the staff will have a big smile reading that you loved the "Majic of Maqai". Many have had the best surf and snorkeling of their lives at Maqai, including myself. We do have it on our bucket list to increase our solar capacity in the future to then be able to have hot showers and are also looking at some other new technology options, but as you say cold water in a tropical climate tends to be the best choice anyway.
Vinaka vaka levu (Thankyou very much).
Ni sa moce (Goodbye)

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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Bula! We stayed for six nights at Maqai recently. I have been to Fiji several times, but my boyfriend's first visit. We decided to stay here purely so my boyfriend could surf.
According to my boyfriend the surf was good, he got the end of a big swell and surfed everyday ( sometimes three times a day except two days) with a couple of other guys who we're staying on the island. He was over the moon about the break right out the front and it not being over crowded.
The staff are lovely and very friendly. A special Bula to Tex, Lucy and Tina.
It was my boyfriend's birthday while we were there and the staff organised a Lovo and Lucy make a cake!
We both received a beautiful massage from Tina on the deck of our Bure.
Most of the guests were there to surf on the island, however if you wanted to do something else, you can snorkel out the front which was beautiful. We also went to the waterfall across on Taveuni, which was great!
Everything is Fiji time here, so nothing happens in a hurry which suited us as we wanted to relax. However, if we did need something such as fresh sheets or towels all we had to do was ask and nothing was too much trouble. We enjoyed the food prepared by Lucy, yum! The communal dining area was good, all the guests ate together and it was nice getting to know people, something you wouldn't get a large resort.
The only things that we felt could be improved on was the Bures. The Bures are basic, which was fine with us however it would be great if they all had fans and screens on the doors so you can have the open at night, a little bit of TLC.
The island is solar power and at times at night the power will turn off. Whilst we were there it happened twice, once when one of the share holders was on the island and after he had left. The first time, the generator was immediately turned on so we had power until we finished our drinks and went to bed. The other time the generator was not turned on so we all sat there in the dark while someone got some candles. It made it difficult when we got back to the room and it was a bit uncomfortable to sleep as we couldn't have the fan on for a couple of hours. It didn't ruin our stay but we were a bit confused as to why the generator wasn't turned on or working.
After we left Maqai we stayed at a large resort with my family and we often said how we missed the island and the staff.
We would definitely return to Maqai, intact my boyfriend is already planning another surfing trip for later in the year.

Vinaka

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Maqai_Director, Manager at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2014

Bula Vinaka for the wonderful review and Vinaka (thankyou) for taking the time to write it. That is fantastic that your boyfriend was able to share his birthday at Maqai, and a lovo is always a special treat in Fiji. We appreciate the comments on how we can improve, and you will be pleased to know that we have more fans that are designed especially to run off the solar power being installed next week. They are being brought up from NZ as they can't be sourced in Fiji, as we do usually try to buy local and support the Fijian economy. When you were staying we had an issue with our solar system that has never happened previously with a fault code being displayed, as the latest technology Outback system we have installed from USA is very reliable. I can assure you on that night the generator was not able to feed power through the system (and not as the shareholder was not there), as we needed to get hold of the service team in NZ to reset the error code. This is the first time this has happened in the 2 years we have had the new system installed, and it shouldn't happen again. We are so very sorry that you were hot for a few hours. It sounds like we will be seeing you again if you boyfriend is planning the next trip and we look forward to hosting you both again.
Vinaka vaka levu Mia (Thankyou very much).
Ni sa moce (Goodbye)

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Go there if you like:
1. dirty and filthy rooms (the cleaning takes 5 Minutes and consists of sweeping the floor and changing linens; the bathroom and toilet have probabaly never been cleaned as long as they exist)
2. Cockroaches
3. rooms with almost no furnuture (just beds)
4. terrible beds with bad, old matresses (it feels in the morning like your ribs were broken during the night)
5. average beach (its either low tide or too windy and rough for swimming/snorkeing)
6. tolerable food with too small portions after which you still feel hungry
7. staff which cheats you for you money (I am still waiting for my 120 Euros for the 2 nights which we have cancelled because we could not stand to stay there any longer; also they tried to charge us 50 FJD each for a beach walk: my husband and me were going and one staff member said she wanted to join us on it, which we did not mind and afterwards they wanted money for the guide, although we never asked for one).
8. staff which is lazy and hangs around the whole day long instead of repairing things or cleaning rooms.
If you do not want the things listed above during your holiday: AVOID THIS PLACE!
We cannot understand who wrote all the positive reviews of this place. Its definitely not worth going there for the beach or for authentic FIji experience: you will find much better beaches in the Yasawas and more interesting cultural and social Fiji experiences in Taveuni.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Maqai_Director, Owner at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2014

Bula!! Thankyou for taking the time to write a review from when you stayed way back in November 2013, and we are very sorry that Maqai did not live up to your expectation. The wonderful thing about travel, which I note you have done plenty of with your 33 reviews, is that there are so many places to visit that suit every persons taste and budget. Maqai was obviously not to your taste. We take great pride in our cleanliness and service and the resort has been further upgraded in late December 2013 /January 2014 with new beds and mattresses as well as all lovely new white linen, and improved cleaning systems with a new policy that each bure is cleaned morning and night. Guests are offered a fresh towel each morning and the room is cleaned and the room is also cleaned while the guests are having dinner. The room and deck is swept out and the bed is turned down.

Just as you are able to review us the great thing with Trip Advisor is that we also can see your other reviews, and I have the feeling from reading these that Maqai Eco Resort was the never the right place for you, and in future I would recommend Qamea Resort and Spa which is nearby to us on Qamea, and is a fantastic 5 Star resort which is likely more to your requirements. However, this does come at a price with a Beach Front Bure at US$550 a night whilst Maqai Resort is approx. US$80.

I noticed in your reviews of all the places you stayed in Fiji that you scored a 5 for both the Nadi and Suva Novatels, which is higher than the averages for these place (4 and 3.5) and also interesting that are both the big towns in Fiji. You wrote a very similar review for Botaira Resort on Naviti Island in the Yasawas as you gave Maqai "Absolutely disappointing! Holiday spoiled!" You also scored them a 1 whilst they are a 4 on average from all other reviews (175) and we are a 5 (75 reviews). The review actually is just about the same as the one you wrote for Maqai, and shows all the discerning Trip Advisor readers who believe in fairness and the integrity of a review, that you are a very hard person to please who does not always make the most suitable choices on places to stay that suit your very definite needs and requirements.

Perhaps this answers your question that you wrote on the Maqai review "We cannot understand who wrote all the positive reviews of this place. Its definitely not worth going there for the beach or for authentic FIji experience: you will find much better beaches in the Yasawas and more interesting cultural and social Fiji experiences in Taveuni".
Interesting that you scored a 1 for your visit to the Yasawas so you can;t have had a good time there either, and a 3 for the place you stayed on Taveuni, when everyone else has scored on average a 5 from 116 reviews. I think you have the answer, and in future it may be a good idea for you to plan better to make your stay in Fiji a wonderful one for you.

As for the other comments these just seem to be malicious and invalid, and the low tide at the beach remark I think most travellers know that the one thing that happens daily around the world is low and high tides which are caused by the lunar cycles of the moon. Every resort has low tide and yes being islands in Fiji it does get a bit windy which is very cooling during a hot day in the tropics. I suggest resorts with pools are more to your requirements in future.
Ni sa moce (Goodbye)

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Reviewed 18 March 2014

We have been staying here for nine nights (I guess). Nice beach, mostly very friendly staff and a beautiful beach with a nice reef for snorkelling. overnight trip to a inhabited island was amazing. service can be extremely slow and sometimes stuff doesn`t work out at all, but this might be the fijian way of life. (I wanted to go scuba diving, which never happened. But it was actually the fault of the diving centre they work with, I guess). Another minus point are the extremly uncomfortable beds (rubber foam).

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Maqai_Director, Owner at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2014

Bula !! We thank you for the 4 out of 5 review and apologize that your stay was less than perfect. It was a long way back in June 2013 when you stayed and that is fantastic that Maqai is still in your thoughts. I very pleased to be able to tell you we purchased brand new wooden beds handcrafted in Fiji and also brand new quality mattresses in December 2013. We are sorry that they weren't there in June for your stay, but when we took over the management in October 2013 this was the first thing we decided to upgrade. We do hope you come back to get a wonderful nights sleep with the new beds and sound of the sea close-by putting you to sleep. We also in December 2013 teamed up with a local dive company and offer scuba diving from Maqai Resort, which was previously as you pointed out a bit hard at times to organize and another part of the previous business that needed improvement. The diving is certainly incredible off Qamea Island and we do hope you return to experience this first hand. Vinaka vaka levu for taking the time to write the review, it is appreciated and helps us to continually be the best we can be for our guests (Thankyou very much).
Ni sa moce (Goodbye)

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Address: Wainimaqai | Taveuni, Qamea Island 00679, Fiji
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Region: Fiji > Qamea Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Qamea Island
Price Range: £73 - £262 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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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