Dreamiest joint on earth establishes environmental bona fides.
The ultra-exclusive American owned surf resort Tavarua has re-opened to the public after two years bolted down by government decree and has revealed a pivot to clean energy.
Tavarua, a heart-shaped island in the Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago, is about the dreamiest joint on earth, a pool and bar staring into a sizzling, fall-off-and-you’re-bloodied lefthander called Restaurants and but a ten-minute boat ride to Cloudbreak, one of the world’s most iconic waves.
In 1982, Californians Dave Clark and Scott Funk secured exclusive surfing rights to Cloudbreak, setting up Tavarua as a then wildly expensive hundred bucks a night surf resort.
Surf Ranch before Surf Ranch.
In 2010, those rights were dissolved and Cloudbreak became a free-for-all, good for some, poor shredders and travellers, bad for rich surfers whose domain was finally trampled by rampaging peasants.
Anyway, joint has been closed down for two years and has just reopened, and has revealed a pivot to clean energy, installing 483 solar panels and Tesla batteries to power most of the island. There’s still backup generators, ain’t always sunny and rains more than you’d think in Fiji, but a very good move, don’t wanna keep drilling for oil etc.
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Current rates for Tavarua are four gees a week in peak season, five gees for a couple (March through October) and three gees in the off-season. It’s a mostly all-inclusive deal, three meals, water and juice, and boats, but y’gotta pay for your booze which can easily add five hundred or so a week depending on your thirst.
Beers fourteen bucks, wine, cocktails more.
Worth it at the time etc.