Batiluva Office at Pacific Harbour

Batiluva Pacific Harbour OfficeBatiluva Beach Resort on Yanuca Island south of Viti Levu is one of the South Pacific's top surfing base camps. It's way less expensive than better known surfing resorts like Tavarua and Namotu off Nadi, and walk-in surfers are welcome (unlike Tavarua where you must book months in advance). To stay at Batiluva costs $175 Fijian per person a day, including lodging, meals, and a daily boat trip to Frigate Passage, one of the top surfing sites in Fiji. Compare that to the thousands of U.S. dollars you'd pay for a week at Tavarua, if you could manage to obtain a booking.

The news is that Batiluva has opened a support office across the street from The Pearl South Pacific at Pacific Harbour, just up from the bridge. I visited the office recently and spoke with Dan Thorn (pictured here), one of Batiluva's owners. Dan said that they hoped to begin offering daytrips from Pacific Harbour to Batiluva in the near future. Meanwhile, he and his Pacific Harbour staff are accepting walk-in bookings whenever space is available. Boat transfers from Pacific Harbour to Yanuca Island are only $50 Fijian roundtrip.

I visited Batiluva Beach Resort on a previous trip and was impressed by the friendly, welcome atmosphere. No groupie old boys stuff here. The snorkeling off Yanuca is superb, and several scuba sites near Batiluva attract dive boats from Pacific Harbour every day. Yanuca is a large enough island to attract hikers, but of course, the main attraction here is the world class surfing. I recommend Batiluva to one and all, but couples should book ahead as there are only two double rooms. Most guests stay in the four-bunk dorms.

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