Maqai is a secluded resort. it's not 5 star luxury, it's just heaven...we approached the island in a dingy, bouncing over the water, circling around to avoid the reef... on the beach, we could see people waving and dancing - staff and guests were waiting to greet us... over the sounds of the sea, we heard the music they were playing and when we came ashore, they formed a line and quickly shuffled out luggage off the boat, and welcomed us to paradise... We played games with each other and against each other: beach vollyball, pingpong and chess... We snorkled, hiked through the mountain jungle and lounged around and read books... when the staff climbed the coconut trees to get fresh coconut. we added some rum into the fresh coconut water... the meals were all fresh and wonderful... and then there's the nightly kava ceremony... we all sat around and sang and drank... one thing to be aware of - the island is remote, so the staff will do a shopping run for you when they go to the mainland, but it's a good idea to bring as many supplies (drinks) as you can. that being said, there's not much you need to enjoy paradise...when it was time to leave, everyone gathered around and sang our farewell. once again, they stood on the beach and waved and sang as we took off in the bouncing dingy, skirting around the reef. my final memory is of the friends i had made waving goodbye...if you go to fiji, get your [--] to Maqai - give yourself plenty of time to get there and back. If the location wasn't heaven enough, the staff and owners are angels...
- 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