Looking to goto Fiji...and wanted to know if I stay on Fiji am I allowed to goto Tavarua?
I know Tavarua only can only accommodate 36 people at a time. So, not sure if I should be staying on Tavarua or Fiji.
btw - Does anyone have any real experience there? I would like to hear about it.
When I went to Costa last week the owner of our Hotel went last year. Said the waves are very intimidating because of the reef and it being very shallow. He also said it is nearly imposible to get a trip out there unless you know someone. He used to live in SD and on the same block as Sean Collins so he was invited for the time period when Surfline gets the island. Apparently a long crazy story about how these surf companies made a contract with Fiji gaining them full ownership over the island. Each company gets a week or a month or some **** out of the year to go to the island. Like billiabong gets a month, quick, surfline, and so forth...
Since these companies have ownership of the island they also have ownership over the waves. There has been battles back and fourth about this regarding "no one owns the ocean" but it never holds water. Money talks and it is a very sad thing if you ask me.
He also said that only during the time period each Sunday for only 2 hours is when any one (me or you) can surf the break. Not even the locals can surf there unless it is okayed by the company who has it that month/week or they surf during the 2 hour window on Sundays when no one is on the island because they are shipping people by boat back and forth. When one group leaves immediately another group arrives. Some weird **** if you ask me...
So that is the rundown/history lesson I got and I am not saying it is correct or not but you have to know someone to get onto that island. On top of that it is big bucks unless a sponsor sends you during their time they get the island...
There could be some faults to my little story not saying I am perfect but that is what I heard about the great Tavarua. It sort of bummed me out because I know now that is a place I will never surf.
Yeah man I heard some stuff like that too...I thought it was bs. But, apparently it's true. The island is privately owned and like you said even the locals need permission to surf there. I'm still planning on going to Fiji but I guess Tav is out of the question. (what a let down) Hopefully, some of the other breaks will be good. I heard Frigates Passage on a good day compares to Cloudbreak. Lighthouse and some other small islands in the area can be good too. Yeah, I heard the reef is gnar gnar....and best bet is to surf at high tide.
Thanks for the info...you basically confirmed what I had suspected.