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Matanivusi Surf Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vunaniu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 21, 2010

A small resort and this is reflected in the personalised attention each guest receives. I was there as part of a group of 5 guys on a surf trip/reunion.
Frigates certainly is a world class wave; heavy in sections but with a relatively easy take-off. The closer spots of Shifties and Pipes are also good but we only got Shifties good on one day. The wind can get up early and can blow hard. Pound for pound, Pipes is the heaviest wave I have ever surfed. If you like gnarly left hand barrels, this is the place for you. Even with the new decree, it was never crowded. Generally 10 or so people in the line-up at any time.
Brian & Donna are excellent hosts and all the staff are very friendly. In particular, Tony the barman is brilliant.
I strongly recommend this resort to people who want a holiday to simply relax and take it easy in a family-like environment surrounded by helpful but unobtrusive resort staff.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

Brian and Donna really have put together a wonderful place to escape to. The set up is simple overall but the rooms are very nice (we preferred them over our bures on Tavarua where we paid 50% more/night) and they have incorporated some wonderful eco-friendly components.

Things we loved: The raised wooden walkway through the forest connecting the bures, the dinners where everyone sat at one long table with candles and delicious food, the pingpong room and stand up paddleboards, the hospitality of Brian and Donna (they went so far as to ensure that my surfboards were delivered to a hotel near Nadi as they wouldn't be allowed on my interisland flight to Kandavu) who had a bottle of champagne on ice for us (it was our honeymoon) when we arrived.

The surf was always just our boat although unfortunately we never got it really good... too much wind at that time :( We did go river rafting which was really cool!

Thanks again for all your hospitality and we look forward to hopefully making it back to Fiji

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank 2sandyfeet
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

I surfed my brains out here and my wife and daughter were stoked, too. The resort has a two pools, Snorkeling was fun for everyone and hanging at the bar at the end of the day was awesome. You can see the sunset from your stool :)

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 3, 2010

If you have never been to Fiji this is the place to start. Brian and the staff make you feel like part of the family as soon as you arrive with a personal greeting by name. All the staff knows you and treats you better than you would ever expect. The resort is a better class than a surf camp with free activities as opposed to other resorts that nickel and dime you for everything. There is something about traveling through the jungle and the local village, only to find clean and quiet accomidations, that hints as to what it to come. The food was more than we would ever have expected topping all of the high class resorts in Denaru we visited. Ravi ROCKS. As for the surf, well one of the breaks is named Pipe, and when I got in the water I return for my helmet to sample the hollow waves over the reef. Not a place for the week at heart when pushing overhead sets. J's was an incredible right that had a fast section that I was pleased to make on my backhand. Then there was the final trip to Frigate Pass where Brian interpreted the swell perfectly as we surfed doule overhead surf about 6 miles offshore. We were thinking of heading back to Bali next year but have already decided to bring our friends back to this enchanting place. A place you only want to share with your closest friends. Brian, hats off to you and your staff for poviding us a true taste of Fiji and our return destination for next year.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2010

Just spent over two weeks in the area (Tavarua included) and this place is top notch with very friendly and helpful staff. This is THE place to go on the coast if you want to surf/fish/relax. Great food as well. With any luck we will be returning soon.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank josepulgada
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

We selected Matanivusi as a compromise between a hardcore surf trip for the boys and i and a family vacation where my wife could enjoy herself as well. What a great choice. We travelled with another family and found the other 3 bures occupied by families the same as our own, . One or two surfers and a surf widow with perhaps a couple of surf orphans, we quickly all became friends. Whilst the perfect uncrowded waves ensured all of our surfing expectations were met, the widows were entertained every day by Kevu and the rest of the staff with village tours, waterfall trips, jungle walks and snorkelling trips. Of course there was also plenty of time for just laying by the pool with a book.

If you want a big resort with private dining, nighttime entertainment, day spas and every minute organised for you, then Matanivusi is probably not what you want. But if you enjoy the feeling of just staying at a mates place with 10 friends, dining, surfing and ejoying each others company, then you will have the time of your life. Brian and Donna were just fantastic and nothing was ever too much trouble.

We enjoyed clean surf between 2 and 8 ft at Pipes, Jays, Shifties and Frigates. Out of 10 days in the surf, i would rate 8 as some of the best days surfing i have ever had. My 12 and 15 year old sons had no problems at all and rated it the best trip of their lives.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2010

Matanivusi more than lived up to our expectations. Considering cyclone Mick had been in town 2 days before, it in no way impeded on our holiday. Donna, Brian and the staff went our of their way to make our stay a memorable one. Family consenus was 'best holiday ever!' What more can I say except can't wait to go back!!!!
Steve, Katrina, Sophie and Isabella

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Address: | Pacific Harbour, Vunaniu, Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Vunaniu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vunaniu
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort is Fiji's premier eco resort in an amazing secluded location on the Coral Coast. The architecturally designed resort has only 12 beachfront deluxe king sized rooms with bathroom ensuites, all just metres from the picture perfect lagoon and fringing reef. You wont find a more perfect place to relax or be as active as you wish with surfing, yoga, SUP and snorkelling all on offer in this pristine environment. Matanivusi was the world's first STOKECertified "sustainable" surf resort. ... more   less 
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Matanivusi Surf Hotel Vunaniu
Matanivusi Surf Resort Fiji/Viti Levu

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