Tavarua Island Accomodattions, Surf Trip Tavarua Images


Tavarua first came to the attention of the surfing world when it made the cover of Surfer Magazine in 1984 – with Kevin Naughton leaping off the bow of a boat to the beckoning barrels beyond.

The resort at Tavarua began in 1983 with eight detached rooms. Over the last quarter of a century, the resort has evolved with prosperity and change of ownership, and the accommodations have been polished to a world-class luster.

Kelly Slater proclaimed Tavarua a “beautiful experience,” while Kevin Naughton called it a “Fiji wave garden… an idyllic experience.”

The accommodation is part of the beauty of that experience. Tavarua offers 14 private bure along with two Sunrise bure.

The 14 bure are all private and en-suite, made of hardwoods and thatch, beautifully appointed with Fijian art and surf photos to remind you why you’re there. Each bure is air conditioned and has two VCQB (Very Comfortable Queen Beds), a day bed, louvered windows, ceiling fans, mini-bar, and a large beach side verandah for relaxing, watching the sunset or just taking in the lush island foliage and bird life.

For larger families or groups traveling together, Tavarua has two air-conditioned Sunrise bure which have two bedrooms and can accommodate four adults. The Sunrise bure have two VCQB and two sleeper-couches, private verandahs and a mini-bar.


One of the most beautiful sounds on Tavarua is the blowing of the Davui shell, which is the Fijian equivalent of banging a metal triangle and shouting “Come and get it!”  The Davui shell announces that breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Tavarua bar/restaurant which has an epic view over the swimming pool, across the inner reef and out to one of the best waves in the world – aka Restaurants.

The key word in the Tavarua is “fresh,” as in fresh fish, fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh bread, baked on the premises. Meals are served buffet style so it’s all you can eat – a risky proposition for two dozen people who have spent the day depleting themselves out in the sun and on the waters.

The tables at Restaurants seat seven people, so meals are also mixers, bringing together water people and vacationers from around the world.

They serve three fresh meals a day, plus Happy Hour, which begins each day at four. Guests come to sample appetizer platters served poolside and on the deck. And to cleanse salty throats, the Tavarua bar is fully stocked with an international array of wines, beers, liquors and mixed drinks that are unique to the island.

Not to be confused with the super-fun wave that breaks on Namotu Island, the swimming pool on Tavarua is as clear and blue as the ocean water and very very popular with kids wanting to splash, adults wanting a drink in the shade, or waterpeople coming back in from the reefs, crusted with sun and salt, who want to rinse off in fresh water – before taking a drink in the shade poolside.

The pool at Tavarua is directly adjacent to the restaurant with a perfect view of Restaurants. Loved ones can swim while others get barreled, out on the reef.

Next to the swimming pool is a heated spa where tired surfers can soak away the pains of the day and enjoy a happy hour drink…or two.

Some guests to Tavarua have business back home that must be attended to and Tavarua provides an office for international phone calls, faxes and Internet access to stay in touch with the world.

Tavarua also offers a boutique for buying necessaries and gifts: sunscreen, hats, beach clothes and surf gear, but also local art, jewelry and photography to bring home as a consolation to those who couldn’t make it to Tavarua.