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Fiji's insider take:

Fiji the pioneered the upscale surf camp trend with the Tavarua Island Resort and Namotu Island Resort in Mamanuca Islands. They only accept people booking in for at least one full week, and the wait to get in can be up to a year due in large part to professional surfers and surf companies who use the resorts for retreats, photo shoots, and contests. What you pay for here is exclusive access to world-class waves like Cloudbreak, Namotu Left, and Swimming Pools: somehow the owners of the resorts have negotiated sole access to these waves with the local chiefs, and you cant even hire your own boat to take you out there or you'll be chased off. The one exception is if you book surfing lessons or tours through the Fiji Surf/Viti Surf Legend Shop in Nadi. The Fijian owner, Ian Muller, was able to gain limited access for his clients. There are several other known surf spots in Fiji, like Sigatoka and Natadola Beach on Viti Levu, and Frigates Passage off Beqa Island, considered the Fijian "Pipeline". There are other lesser known breaks around Fiji, but be forewarned, few of Fijis reef breaks are for beginners. Bigger surf rolls in April to October, but there are waves all year-round.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.