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A slice of paradise
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 Feb 2024
Maqai is a slice of paradise. Everything from the beach to the food to the snorkeling is wonderful. The sunsets are spectacular. Our room was all we needed with turn-down service each night, and hot showers that were great after a sweaty day. Like so many reviewers say - it's the staff that makes this place so special. We felt like family. Sala, James, Navo, Uli, Mama Soko, Charlie, Wani and Cathy -- you are the best part of our trip. Deepest thanks. Sota Tale, we can't wait to see you again soon.
Date of stay: February 2024
Room Tip: Bring bug spray as per Cathy's great instructions!
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2024

A slice of paradise. Great location on a secluded beach. The rooms are basic, but had everything we needed, especially a fan! The snorkeling just off the beach is good, and other spots around the islands nearby are just outrageously clear and teeming with life. You eat 3 meals a day at the resort, and we enjoyed each one - we were there 7 days and no dish was repeated. So good, we would happily return, and we're not even surfers. The only thing you need to worry about is being adopted by the staff and never being able to leave. Thanks Cathy and team!

Date of stay: January 2024
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Thank Campbell M
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Catherine Tokaibai, General Manager at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2024

On behalf of the team, I thank you for your wonderful review.- we are over the moon. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Maqai as much as we enjoyed your company.
We look forward to your return visit
HOME is always here ready to WELCOME you back.
Vinaka Vaka Levu
Cathy

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Reviewed 12 January 2024

This place is spectacular and the staff are so much fun, and really looked after us.
From beautiful food to epic games of volley ball, table tennis and crab races.
We especially enjoyed the evening sing alongs with James ( and the odd cup of Kava). Spending long hours swinging in the beachside hammocks and swimming right out front in the beautiful clear water.
We had a fantastic traditional Fijian wedding here, it couldn't have been better.
Catherine the resort manager did a fantastic job of organising it for us and went over and above sorting out all the legals and paperwork beforehand, really pulling off a miracle with the local authorities to get it done.
Then the actual wedding was spectacular with absolutely stunning local flowers and traditional outfits, they really made us feel very special.
We shard a delicious feast with everyone that was cooked in the ground in the traditional way.
No surf this time but it didn't really matter as its just such a great place to hang.
Highly recommended, cannot wait to go back!

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Hamish I
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Catherine Tokaibai, General Manager at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2024

On behalf of the team, I thank you for your wonderful review.- we are over the moon. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Maqai as much as we enjoyed your company.
We look forward to your return visit
HOME is always here ready to WELCOME you back.
Vinaka Vaka Levu
Cathy

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Reviewed 23 October 2023

I honestly don't know how to put into words how incredible the Maqai Surf Resort and it's staff are. I never expected to go to a resort and leave feeling like I was saying goodbye to family. I never expected to go to a resort and cry alongside the staff when we left. Arriving we met kathy, the owner, and she had given James the responsibility of being our guide for the duration of the stay. If we ever wanted to adventure beyond the resort, James would be the one to go along with us. James is one of the kindest souls I have ever met, and I will truly miss him. We made some incredible memories whilst there. We got to know each other on a personal level. He, like the rest of the team, don't just treat you as a guest. They treat you like family.

If you are ever considering visiting Fiji, you have to.. and I mean HAVE TO visit the Maqai Surf Resort for as long as you can. Other resorts feel like just that, a hotel. But staying here felt like staying in a local village of Fiji. It was a truly authentic experience.

Love you guys so so much! And I will be back, I promise!
Sega na leqa
-David Patterson

Room tip: Don't just stay at the resort. Ask to explore around and see everything you can!
Date of stay: June 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Catherine Tokaibai, General Manager at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2024

On behalf of the team, I thank you for your wonderful review.- we are over the moon. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Maqai as much as we enjoyed your company.
We look forward to your return visit
HOME is always here ready to WELCOME you back.
Vinaka Vaka Levu
Cathy

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Reviewed 9 October 2023

We had a lovely stay here. The staff were so friendly and welcoming. This place is very off the beaten path, which is what me and my wife were going for on our honeymoon. James was the activities coordinator and he was really great. Unfortunately the surf during our stay was blown out but I guess that means we just have to return! Definitely do the day trip around the island. One of the most fun days in Fiji!

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Caleb H
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Catherine Tokaibai, General Manager at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2024

On behalf of the team, I thank you for your wonderful review.- we are over the moon. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Maqai as much as we enjoyed your company.
We look forward to your return visit
HOME is always here ready to WELCOME you back.
Vinaka Vaka Levu
Cathy

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Reviewed 30 September 2023

This beautiful resort welcomed our family with Amazing hospitality, kind, caring and fun people with endless amounts of fun activities to do. With all these incredible aspects of the resort our experience was further enhanced with exceptional delicious meals.

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Catherine Tokaibai, General Manager at Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2023

On behalf of the team, I thank you for your wonderful review.- we are over the moon. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Maqai as much as we enjoyed your company.
We look forward to your return visit
HOME is always here ready to WELCOME you back.
Vinaka Vaka Levu,
Cathy and The Maqai Team

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