MATANIVUSI Kite Week

CORAL COAST, Fiji 

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The Coral Coast is situated on the south-eastern (windward) side of Fiji's Viti Levu island, about 2 hours' drive from Nadi International Airport. Matanivusi Eco Resort is nestled in a slice of rainforest along this stunning stretch of coastline and fringed by white sand, beautiful reef and turquoise waters. Its untouched beauty has been retained and enhanced with small bures tucked in amongst the forest so you feel close to nature. 

The area is renowned for consistent Trade Winds throughout July-September and offers a multitude of reef breaks ideal for both surfing and kiting. Ben has been fishing, surfing and kiting along the Coral Coast for over 15 years and first visited Matanivusi a couple of years ago after becoming intrigued by its potential as a kite destination. This trip is all about guided adventures and every day is different - from surfing peeling reef breaks and exploring the rainforest to long downwinders and trips up and down the coast. Intermediate and advanaced kitesurfers will love the size and diversity of this natural playground. 

"Matanivusi has got to be one of the world's best locations for downwinders. The water colour, waves, wind and service at Matanivusi is second-to-none and I can't wait to get back there." - Ben Wilson 

 

Dates: 5-11 August 2018. Enquire via email

 

 

Kiting & surfing

Matanivusi offers world-class kitesurfing downwinders, surf-kiting, flat-water kiting, surfing and stand up paddling. Each day is a different adventure on the water. Epic downwinders and reef breaks including Frigates and Fijian Pipe surround the area and cater to a varying levels of experience although please note we do not cater to beginners on this particular trip.

Depending on wind direction and swell, Ben runs downwinders from Bird Island (pictured) to the resort, Pipe Beach to Fijian Pipe, Bird Island to Frigates, Up Rising to Matanivusi, Matanivusi to Mango Bay and many more. There are huge areas of incredible kiting and so much to see in this part of Fiji. When there's no wind there's great surf at Frigates, Pipe, Shifties, J’s and Vunaniu which provide an excellent mix of lefts and rights. Downwinders can be long and although we're followed by the resort's boats, we'll often be picked up at the end by car. 

*Please note this trip means lots of time kiting and we do not cater for beginners. Intermediate and advanced kiters only. 

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Conditions

When the Trade Winds blow they typically blow all day in this part of Fiji. July to November are the best months for wind.

Like most tropical locations, the waves are greatly effected by tide, wind direction, swell height and wind strength we will make a plan to suit the day's conditions. 

 

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

Although primarily a kite trip, Matanivusi is located in a pristine area that boasts a range of activities such as surfing, snorkelling, SUP'ing and fishing which are all included. Daily yoga is provided in the resort's beautiful studio and the area also offers SCUBA diving, nature walks and whitewater rafting. Of course you can simply unwind and relax in one of the pools, on the beach or simply have a drink at the bar. 

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FOOD & DINING 

All à la carte meals are included throughout your stay and cooked by local Fijian staff. 

Matanivusi’s restaurant offers an eclectic fusion of Fijian, Indian and contemporary dishes using only the freshest ingredients using fruits grown from around the property depending on the season, vegetables cultivated in the local villages and fresh Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi from the daily catches brought in at Suva harbour. 

The Restaurant and Bar has been designed with the intention of maximising the view of the coral fringed lagoon, whether you are enjoying fresh Trevalley cooked in coconut cream or a Matanivusi Mai Tai. The ‘Dua Tali’ Bar (the ‘One Moore Bar’) is a full service bar with a wide variety of tropical concoctions for your delight. The Bar also has a selection of wine and beers, along with a full range of spirits and liqueurs. If you are looking for something a little more romantic you can have a candle lit dinner on your private deck as the ocean waves serenade the sun to sleep or under the giant Baka (Banyan) tree.

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Photography

Legendary surf photographer Stu Gibson will be roaming around in and out of the water taking plenty of quality shots for you to take home. This is included for all guests and you'll recieve your pics on USB at the end of the week. Check out Stu's work on Facebook or in pretty much any surf mag on the shelves…

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ROOMS

The resort sleeps up to 20 guests in private bungalows set amid the lush rainforest. Each bure is divided into 2 separate accommodation areas with their own en suite. The room is tastefully furnished with a king size bed (or 2 king singles), mosquito net for that tropical feel, a coffee table and comfortable chairs. All rooms are screened. The large deck and vast expanses of glass gives each unit breathtaking views of the beach and rainforest.


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Enquire

 CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION & BOOKINGS

 "Matanivusi was insanely cool and unique. I felt so lucky to be in that place with that awesome crew! The world class snorkelling, evening cocktail party, the adventurous downwinders of discovery - just over the top!!!" - Laurel, 2016

DATES, BOOKINGS & Inclusions

COST: $3990USD pp twin-share for kiters

OR NON-KITERS: $2990USD pp twin-share for 

OR $5990 pp with private bure (normally bures are twin-share)

INCLUDES:

7 nights accommodation at Matanivusi Eco Resort

All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Unlimited surf break transfers and use of boats

Round trip airport to resort transfers. Enquire about upgrading to a heli transfer. 

Guided activites with Ben Wilson and team including downwinders to/from Bird Island, Ghost Town, Mango Bay, Fiji Pipe, Frigates, surfing, kiting reef breaks, snorkelling & SUP

Use of resort facilities such as pools, local fishing, games and non-motorised activities such as snorkelling

Photography and video by renowned surf photographer, Stu Gibson (provided on USB prior to departure)

Daily yoga 

Hotel taxes

Internet & use of resort facilities

 

Also available:

BWSurf gear hire - we bring BWSURF boards, kites, bars and everything you need to save on baggage fees and hassle*

SCUBA diving*

* indicates an additional cost. Please note, airfares, SCUBA & alcoholic beverages/bar tab not included.  

 

Nearest International Airport is Nadi (NAN). Roughly 2.5hrs by car from Nadi to Matanivusi.  

Prices are quoted in USD. To lock in your space, we require a 25% per person deposit (per person, per week). This deposit is non refundable and non transferable. Again, this is first come first serve, so please let us know what space you would like to take and we will confirm the current availability.

Payment in full: Payment in full is due 120 days prior to departure

 

Itinerary 

Day one, Saturday: 

Whether you're flying into Nadi Airport or being transferred from another location, Saturday is free time to settle in, relax and unpack. There are no guided activites on Saturdays however we'll do a meet&greet prior to dinner. 

Sunday-Friday:

Each day is different and depending on the conditions we may be surfing and SUPing in the morning and kiting in the afternoons. Don't worry, we'll scour the weather reports and make a plan so you can just go with the flow. 

Friday night is final slideshow. Look back at the moments Stu captured during the week and enjoy your final evening. 

Last day, Saturday:

It's time to pack up, check-out and depart by 10am. Ben and crew will leave early and head to Namotu and guests travelling onward to Namotu will leave around 9am.

 

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Cancellations

* 60+ Days Prior to Departure - 50% penalty (total cost of trip)

* 0-59 Days Prior to Departure - 100% penalty (no refund)

If you need to cancel your trip we try our best to fill the spot and provide a full refund HOWEVER, we can cannot guarantee this so please ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance plan prior to travel. You will need a plan that covers medical emergencies and transport, trip cancellation, travel changes, loss of property and luggage at a minimum. Note - in the event travel is cancelled due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, we cannot offer a refund. 

 

Getting There

The best way to arrive is by plane to Nadi International Airport (NAN). You’ll be picked up by shuttle bus and taken to Matanivusi, your home for the week. 

Spend the Saturday afternoon settling into your room, surfing, kiting and exploring before the welcome drinks with your hosts at 6pm. While the weather is normally reliably windy however in the event of no wind we will surf, SUP, snorkel, kayak, sail and swim. 

Checkout is 10am on Saturday. 

 

FAQ

Do I need travel insurance? Yes, it is compulsory. You will need a plan that covers medical emergencies and transport, trip cancellation, travel changes, loss of property and luggage. We recommend a comprehensive cover to ensure you're protected. 

Best time for wind? May to Sep, but the trade winds can blow anytime and are historically the most consistent in August.

Best time for Swell? April, May & June, but swell year round.

Internet? Yes, wireless internet is available for free

Water temperature? Around 26 degrees.

Do you need a wetsuit? No, but a long sleeve wetsuit vest or spring suit can be handy sometimes for wind chill.

Strength of wind? It can be any strength, but normal trades are about 15-20knots and we mostly ride on 8m - 12m kites.

Can you ride a twin tip? Yes there are plenty of nice flat water spots.

Can I hire equipment? Yes, we have introduced a weekly hire. You can rent boards, harnesses, kites & bars. 

What are the waves like? Depending on swell size there is any type of that you want, long and hollow, or short and fun. 

Can you ask for vegetarian meals when booking? Yes, we can cater to a range of dietary restrictions, just let us know prior to travel. 

Will harnesses & kitesurfing equipment be available to buy during the week? Yes, you may wish to hire or pre-order – there are limited harnesses and spare gear on the island so please be prepared and bring your own gear or contact us before hand with what you may need. If hiring, you can decide to purchase at the end of your stay - the hire cost will be deducted from the price.

Do I need booties? It's a good idea as it's shallow on the reef.

Will there be booties for sale or bring your own? Bring your own. We ask that you bring all your own personal items such as booties, sunscreen, wax, legropes, surfboards, kites & accessories. 

Is there a shop for basic items? There is a small store on the island but realistically imagine you are in the middle of nowhere, plan for your personal needs, sunscreens, any medications, rash vest etc before you get here. We’ll send you a list of things to pack as a guide.

What do I need to bring for SCUBA diving? Please make sure you have your PADI certificate and bring your own gear if you like. There will be equipment available, however if you are particular, we recommend bringing wetsuit, fins & snorkel. 

What power plugs are used? Will I need an adapter? 240volt with Australian/New Zealand standard outlets. 

How does Fijian culture impact dress code? Dress appropriately outside the resort. Men should wear a shirt, while women should dress conservatively.  A sulu (sarong or wrap around) with a shirt is acceptable for both men and women when visiting a village. Remove footwear when entering a Fijian home or hall. Going to Church on Sunday is an enriching and respectful experience. Do not show up to the village uninvited. Remove your hat & sunglasses when entering the village as a sign of respect. 

Is it suitable to bring our children? The resort is ‘child friendly’.  The rooms are screened so there’s no problem with mosquitoes.  We have cots and single beds.  A king size bed, cot and single bed fit comfortably into each room.  We also have a pool and other activities so the children have lots to do. Babysitters can also easily be arranged.

Do you have a car seat for our child? Yes. We also have cots, a high chair and baby bath at the Resort.

Are Babysitters available and how much? Yes. FJ$10/hr.

My wife doesn’t surf.  Is there anything for her to do? Yes…there’s lots to do.  If she is tired of relaxing by the pool, perhaps she would like to go for a kayak, get an in-room massage, use the stand up paddle boards, the pedal boat, guided plantation walk, visit to the waterfall or one of many other activities either around or outside the resort. However, please be aware that we will be out on the water and away from the resort for most of the day.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Additional Requirements are on a 'request only' basis and are not guaranteed.

We require the payment of a non-refundable deposit of 25% of total tariff to confirm a booking

Payment can be made by PayPal or bank transfer

The balance payable 120 days prior to departure

No refund for early departures

Check-in is at 11:00am on Saturday and check-out is by 10:00 am on the following Saturday. Early check-in and late departure is not available.

Only the number of guests paid for and showing on the receipt may stay on the Island

All bed and bathroom linen is provided.

We do not accept any liability in contract or in tort for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or other events which are beyond our control, including but not limited to war, cyclone, civil disturbance, fire, floods, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or any authorities, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment. Failure by the client to obtain a passport, visa, proper vaccinations or travel insurance.

Costs are quoted in US Dollars and therefore may cause fluctuations in prices when converted to other currencies.

PACKAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Flight details should be provided at time of booking or prior to travel to ensure transfers are arranged

Please notify us in advance of any dietary requirements so we can accommodate you

SCUBA diving is an additional cost and proof of endorsement must be provided (please bring PADI cert)

Bookings for additional services such as SCUBA and massage can be arranged on the island and are subject to availability

Bar tab must be paid in full prior to departure

CONDITION OF OCCUPANCY

Rooms must not be used for any unlawful purpose

The Guest will be liable for payment of any charges incurred by any Guest together with all replacements and necessary costs for any damage or loss to the apartment and its contents or resort caused by any Guest

The Guest authorises the manager to charge any credit card for any loss, damage or monetary contribution for which any Guest is liable under this document or otherwise

Neither the resort, staff or crew is liable for any damage or loss of property, which a Guest may sustain while on the complex

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations should be made in writing by e-mail to

Cancellations including original deposit are non-transferable and non-refundable. However we do our best to fill spots and reimburse the cancelled guest the full amount less any bank charges.

We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance immediately after booking to cover unforeseen circumstances including travel cancellation due to inclement weather, natural disaster and personal circumstances as we do not accept any liablity for any costs you may incur. 

 STAFF

We have an amazing team of hosts who are there to teach, support and generally make your stay incredible. HOWEVER, if in the case of emergency, illness or similar, it is a possibility that one or more of the advertised hosts may be unable to attend. In this unlikely event we cannot offer a refund but we will guarantee to replace that staff member with someone equally capable to ensure your week is not affected. 

 

gear hire

Save on baggage fees and let us deal with excess baggage dramas for you! Weekly gear hire now available. 

Surfboards - $500USD

Kites - $300USD per kite

Harness - $100USD

Package - Kites, surfboard & harness $1000USD

T&Cs - any major damage is to be covered by the guest. This includes fin box damage due to impact or misuse and kites that have been washed over the reef or ripped in the waves.

If a kite or board is deemed unrepairable then the guest must pay the difference between the rental charge and our wholesale pricing. If a new board or kite is required and one is available then the guest will not have to pay any extra however if the second kite or board is damaged the full wholesale rate will apply.

At the end of the week the guest has first option to buy the board or kite at our special Friends & Family rate - 15% off RRP. Rental cost is deducted from purchase price. 

Damage deposit held prior to departure - USD$500

Please arrange at least 4 weeks prior to departure. 

 

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