Bula! Is the Fijian greeting word that roughly translates as hello, how are you, nice weather or just about anything that comes to mind. It’s a happy word for a happy place – smile you’re on Fiji time now. Fiji is an epic island archipelago group in the tropical south pacific and very accessible via a short flight from the east coast of Australia.
For the purpose of this trip I chose to stay at Musket Cove Island Resort due to its close proximity to world class surfing & dive sites – the place truly is magic. At Musket Cove you’ll find the pace of life smooth and unhurried.
Located on Malolo Lailai in the picturesque Mamanuca Islands. The resort’s proximity to Nadi international airport allows quick and easy access by hi-speed catamaran, plane (including seaplane) and helicopter.
Musket Cove Resort has an extensive is range of bures (villas) that cater to all . If you’re on a surf trip with friends I would definitively select a lagoon bure, spacious, top water vistas from your room and well equipped kitchenettes. Traveling with children? Then I highly recommend the garden bures as they are ground level and feature direct garden and beach access. Obviously, it is the beach front bures that are the superior choice for couples and lovers, such a romantic setting combined with that authentic Fijian holiday feel.
Musket Cove Resort is adjacent to the marina where you will find all sorts of intrepid yachties and travelers alike; all more than keen on happy hour at the infamous ‘Island Bar’. The island bar also has BBQ’s on-site for all to use so on the unlikely occasion that the surf is flat or the wind is up you can always go deep sea fishing come back and sizzle up your catch of the day there.
Travel Tip: there’s also a mini mart at the marina within easy walking distance that offers daily goods at reasonable prices think fresh bread, barbecued chickens, local fruit & vegetables and liquor.
For a memorable massage the Makare Wellness Spa at Musket Cove Resort is a relaxing hideaway to unwind and be pampered. Or just chill out with a few kava bowls on the 12km stretch of pristine white sand beach. Also onsite is Dick’s Place Bistro which serves fresh & healthy meals, it features a mix of traditional Fijian inspired dishes with a modern twist. Reminder the buffet breakfast is both extensive in choice and absolutely delicious.
Non-surfers will never be bored either with a host of world-class diving and snorkeling spots close by. Plus there’s a range of island activities to chose from (see the daily time table on the blackboard in front of the water sports hut) it is best book in advance particularly during peak season.
The Fijian people are very kind in manner and great with children so it’s worth keeping in mind that there are reliable babysitting services available here. In fact I found the staff at the resort to be incredibly friendly and professional at all times. I for one will most certainly return to visit the beautiful Musket Cove Resort again.
Note for surfers: surf boat transfers are available to book at the resort – it’s about a 20 minute ride out to Wilkes Pass and from there another 5-10mins out to the infamous Cloudbreak. Message me if you want the best surf guide in Fiji’s phone number! His name is Jonah and he’s a total legend. Very helpful and super knowledgeable about the local swell conditions.
I’d certainly advise bringing a few different size boards in your quiver as the swell can increase dramatically and you don’t want to find yourself under gunned at a heaving Fijian reef break. Intermediate surfers would be more inclined to find a few gentler waves – please do ask your surf boat driver for suitable recommendations.
My ultimate guide to surfing holiday in Fiji is a great resource too – check it out here.
For further information including rates and availability please contact the resort direct.
One response to “Review: Musket Cove Resort – Relax, Rejuvenate & Score a Few Waves”
Thanks Rox! Been thinking about doing a Fiji trip! I will check out your recommendations! Awesome!