FIJI SURF ON THE CORAL COAST
The thought of “paradise” conjures images of tropical rainforests and sandy white beaches coupled with the sound of perfect waves breaking and birds chirping, complete with the magic touch of a rainbow overhead and a fresh fruity drink in hand, and there is no place more deserving of this title – paradise – than the Matanivusi resort in the Fiji Coral Coast. Located on the tropical coral coast of Fiji, Matanivusi is hugged by untouched, exotic, lush rainforest, practically overflowing with fresh fruit trees that will allow you to pick a papaya through your window and have the time of your life in the Fiji Surf.
The ‘front yard’ comes in the form of uncrowded waves breaking over reef breaks and onto white, sandy beach, making this the ultimate destination for your next Fiji surf vacation. The surrounding beauty provides the perfect backdrop for wander – lusters to explore, from breathtaking waterfalls to feast your eyes upon before river rafting or zip lining through the rainforest’s canopy, to the beautifully serene lagoon whose colors provide the perfect scene for snorkelers or a gorgeous sunset boat ride.
FIJI CORAL COAST ACCOMMODATIONS
Picture yourself laying in a plush cloud of a bed, with a feathery white canopy overhead and exotic, lush greenery beckoning you through every window around you, complete with the serene sound of the ocean whispering in your ear just a few steps outside your door… use your wildest imagination to conjure this scene, and it will undoubtedly match the incredible room you will find yourself staying in at the Matanivusi resort along the tropical coral coast of Fiji.
Located on a pristine patch of coastline, tucked into beautifully exotic rainforest with an oceanfront view, Matanivusi is the perfect location for your dream surf vacation. Staying at this resort through Adventure Sports Tours, you can get the surf tours of a lifetime, with uncrowded waves just steps away, along with guides and instructors to show you epic secret surf breaks or to provide you with surf lessons, essentially meeting all of your surf needs.
FIJI SURF INFO
Surfing the coral coast offers a vast variety of Fiji surf from rights to lefts for all levels of surfing. You will need surf tour provider or boat to get to the waves, as they are all on outer reef passes some more remote than others.Our surf tour services offer unlimited boat trips to the reefs pending tide and weather some closer to shore than others so you will need to bring extra water and snacks just to be safe if the surf is on fire. The average time on the boat can range from 3-5 hours depending on where you end up surfing.
A majority of the waves will start off with a barrel so you need to be prepared to ride the barrel while the end of the wave breaks a bit softer and in shallow water at times. Fiji surf offers waves year round, with the peak season March to October and off season Nov to February. The peak season will average head high surf while the off season delivers clean glassy conditions with nice swells when a south comes through.
SURFING REEFS & WAVES
F.A.QINTERMEDIATE SURFER & UNFAMILIAR WITH REEF BREAKS
I am currently an intermediate surfer and unfamiliar with reef breaks (used to surfing point breaks/beaches on the Sunny Coast). Would I be out of my depth at your local breaks?
I don’t think so. The point breaks can be fast and down the line type waves which is what the reef breaks are like. Maybe they have a bit more power, even when the waves are small and the takeoff can be steep. I think that because it’s not crowded, you can relax and catch more waves feeling comfortable knowing that if you blow it you’ll get heaps more chances.
We have Fijisurf guides who will be in the water with you to show you where to take off. Surfing a reef break can be challenging if it’s big and heavy, but we wouldn’t put our guests out in those conditions if they are not comfortable. It’s not always big, in fact I would say the majority of our Fiji surf is in the 4-6 foot range.
I noticed from your website that the majority of the breaks (except Frigates) require a wind from the North quadrant, yet the winds seem to regularly blow from the SE. Does that mean the only times to get clean surf (other than in a north wind), is for an hour or so at dawn before the wind gets up?
Shifties, J’s and Vunaniu all like wind with some north, or else calm conditions. Pipe and Frigates handle the SE trades. July – November is usually the time of Trades so you might be Fiji surfing lefts the majority of the time. We usually get a high pressure system that moves across us once a week. After these pass there can be north winds for a day and then before they get too strong we can get the glassy mornings.
If you’re looking for the biggest Fiji surf, June through August is the go. Surfers looking for the cleanest surf possible – and the least crowded – the wet season from January through April is excellent. Many people prefer to shoot for those shoulder months of March, April, May and September, October, November, hoping to get those glassy conditions with early or late south west swells.
The resort is ‘child friendly’. The rooms are screened so there’s no problem with mosquitoes. We have cots and single beds. A king size bed, cot, and single bed fit comfortably into each room. We also have a pool and other activities so the children have lots to do. Babysitters can also easily be arranged.
We offer both guided (or without a guide) diving and snorkeling, eco trips to the waterfalls, hiking and plantation walks; there are also rentals and/or lessons for stand up paddleboards and kayaks. We also have the option of taking a gorgeous sunset cruise, complete with beer, wine, appetizers, and a beautiful view! Game fishing is very popular, and we offer full or half day charters to catch some Trevally, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and Sailfish. Other activities include massages, beach volleyball, boccie balls, ping pong, board games, utilizing our entertainment room, ziplining, whitewater rafting, mountain bikes and the use of our lovely library.
All of your meals – cooked breakfast, lunch & 3 course dinner, accommodations, and trips to local Fiji surf breaks and snorkelling, along with all day tea & coffee from the breakfast bar.
Transfers, trips to frigates, diving, game fishing charters, bar drinks and snacks, special coffees (espresso, lattes and cappuccinos) organized day trips, laundry, massages, romantic sunset cruises, and any tips.
We recommend you exchange your money at the resort. We receive daily exchange rates from the bank and don’t charge any fees.
No Malaria is present in Fiji. Insect repellent is necessary considering the Resort is located on the beach bordering a lush jungle. As far as sunscreen goes, we recommend Zinc Oxide for the face and a waterproof sunscreen for the body. Bring a rash guard or a wetsuit top for extra protection. All of our boats are outfitted with first aid and a phone in case of an emergency.
Fiji has a tropical & humid climate. Heavy rainfall can be expected during the wet season (December – April). A year round average of about 30’C (85’F) during the day and 25’C (75’F) at night. During winter (June to Sept) it can sometimes get cool enough for long pants and a long sleeve sweater.
How should we appropriately address Fijian culture and customs? Dress appropriately outside the resort: Men should wear a shirt, while women should dress conservatively. A sulu (sarong or wrap around) with a shirt is acceptable for both men and women when visiting a village. Remove footwear when entering a Fijian home or hall. Additionally, going to Church on Sunday is an enriching and respectful experience .Do not show up to the village uninvited, and remove your hat & sunglasses when entering the village as a sign of respect.