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Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Qamea Island B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I went to Fiji for 2 weeks and stayed here for my last 5 nights... To be honest I wish I'd gone straight to maqai, I could have easily spent the entire time on this beautiful piece of paradise. The resort is amazing, the food is mouth watering and always plentiful, the staff are the friendliest people I have ever met. Right from arrival I was made to feel part of the family. The evening kava sessions were sooo much fun, even if you don't partake you can just sit back and enjoy the beautiful voices and the sound of the guitar (and of course the papaya song- request it!) we done heaps of activities such as snorkeling, spear fishing, surfing and village trips, or if you prefer you can relax on the postcard picture beach, play ping pong or participate in a spot of afternoon volleyball.
I absolutely LOVED my stay here and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get off the beaten track an enjoy island life the non-touristy way. It's a bit of a mission to get there but it is totally worth it.
If you go anywhere in Fiji make sure it's this place, you won't regret it!
Big thanks to all of the staff who made my stay in maqai one I won't forget. Love you guys x

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Stayed here a few times now and love it.great people and a beautiful island paradise.surf is fickle though and can be a long wait to get a surf in.... but its a fantastic place to just relax on a hammock and read a book or 2.food is ample and tasty.the staff are very very cool and very helpful.just a beautiful place

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

We originally booked for 7 nights but extended to 9 nights because we were having such a great time. Transferring the extra nights from Tuvununu Lodge was easy being sister resorts.
Cathy and all the staff were wonderful, Big Tony, Rosie, Charlie, Sala, Par, Balei, Matau and Tex just to name a few went out of there way to welcome us as part of the Maqai family. Nothing was too much trouble, within reason. Kava every night with live music was a great way to meet everyone. if you want 5 star look somewhere else, but you won't have as much fun.
The village trip was really interesting, at no time did we feel like tourists, they are just friendly people, there were no pushy souvenir traders trying for the hard sell, just quiet island life.
Fiji time rocks, it does take a while to get used to but it's the only way to go for a relaxing holiday. We had a special night on Nanuku Island with friends we had made at Maqai, what an amazing place, just like staying on your own desert island.
My wife and i were very sad to leave and will hopefully be back soon. Till we meet again, love to all our friends there.
Dave & Annette

Room Tip: Bures near the beach are great.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

I was lucky enough to spend almost a month up at Maqai during December, 2012.
This place is beautiful, a real alternative to the trodden track in Fiji - you'll find the "real" fijians up here, whether it be working at Maqai itself, or the happy kids and families in the surrounding villages.
At Maqai itself the days fly by, if you're lucky the waves are pumping, if that's not your thing, fishing, volleyball, music - it's all there. Friendly staff that make you feel so welcome, and with Charlie and his crew pumping out beautiful food from the kitchen - it doesn't get much better!
Bamboo Backpackers in Nadi is the place to start this adventure, with a stop in the lodge in Taveuni on the way - all up a well organised and unique operation

I'll be back Maqai and Bamboo - see you guys all over again in October, until then take care and keep smiling..

Samwise

Room Tip: Bungalows on the beach - wicked!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We only spent one night at Maqai, but it was the perfect end to our 3 weeks in Fiji! I really liked our tent (with flush toilet and shower), its position 25 feet from the beautiful calm cove and lapping waves. Simon rocks with his music (and spear fishing) and Tony rocks with his Kava!!! Oh yea and Rosie rocks with her incredible cooking! In short, the entire staff, locale, culture, environment and setting, I found so relaxing and uplifting it was the perfect send off to our Fiji adventure!!! I recommend it highly to adventure travelers on a budget and to families who want to share a beautiful experience with their kids!!!
Namaste,
Cooke and Linda

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is paradise! If you are going to Fiji and just have time to visit one place, you should go here! Pay a bit more to stay in the bungalows on the beach, it is well worth the extra costs, the dorm is a bit crowded and there is a lot of mosquitos. So stay on the beach instead, much better! The people that work there are so nice, helpfull and friendly, just like your extended family. And the FOOD!!! The food is amasing! Best food I ever had on Fiji was here! So just go, you will not regret it!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Bula!!!
We stayed in Maqai in November 2012. We were due to stay for 1 or 2 nights and ended up staying for 4. We would have stayed longer if our flight home wasn't calling!!!
All the staff are really friendly and welcoming and you soon become part of the family. The food (Thank you Rosie) is absolutely delicious! You get 3 huge meals a day - there's no going hungry here. All the food is locally sourced and fresh.
The staff make sure you are having a great time whether it's snorkelling, kayaking, ping pong (challenge Cathy to a game), volleyball, Fijian lessons, village trips and fire shows. They also organised a trip to Nanuku which blew our minds - It's beautiful and definitely worth the bumpy ride!
In the evenings, enjoy a family gathering around the kava bowl, guitar playing and a singalong included =)
The accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable - more than what you would expect for the money. After 3 months away this was probably the best value for money we experienced - the best food, the best staff, the most fun. Once our wallets have recovered from a 3 month beating we will be back!!! Much love to Cathy, Rosie, Rafa, Pela, Do and Simon

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Wainimaqai | Taveuni, Qamea Island 00679, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Qamea Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Qamea Island
Price Range: $119 - $392 (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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