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Maqai Resorts Winning Way

Maqai Resorts Winning Way
Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort’s famous surfing waters.
February 12
15:42 2018

Located on picture perfect Qamea Island off Taveuni, Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort cannot believe they have been chosen as a finalist again for the Tourism Sustainability Category at the 2017 ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards.

For a resort that prides itself on sustainability, it is no wonder that they have won the Fiji TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and the Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award 2016/17 in the Sustainability Category.

Resort manager Melita Kabuanilagi said they were ecstatic about being nominated again after their win in the same category last year.

“We are so happy and thankful at being nominated with four other resorts.”

Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort’s beachfront.

Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort’s beachfront.

Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort is a private island resort set on five acres of land and owned by New Zealander Shaw Mead. It was established in 2009.

The resort works in unity with the neighbouring villages with mums, dads, aunties, uncles, sisters, brothers, and cousins working there. They are passionate about sharing culture with guests.

A big part of the resort was maintaining eco initiatives. It includes the use of solar power for energy, growing  vegetables and fruits onsite in organic garden, the use of fresh spring water from the mountains and the reduce, reuse and recycle of waste.

Fresh fish is purchased from local fishermen while a marine reserve protects the coral reef and fish directly in front of the resort.

One of Maqai Resort’s goals is to enhance employment opportunities and prosperity for northern Fiji.

It has a focus on the importance of vibrant eco-tourism and healthy eco-systems for Sustainable Pacific Communities – well being, health, education, and employment.

Maqai supports the local villages through employment, local business enterprise such as assisting people into boat ownership, education scholarships, Loloma Foundation medical care and local sporting team sponsorship.

After the devastation of cyclone Winston, the resort fed lunch for 10 weeks to 400 primary school children and 100 pre-schoolers, when their subsistence farming parents were unable to feed them.

This amounted to 25,000 meals.

The 2017 ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards Gala Dinner event will be held on Saturday, 17 February 2018 from 6.00pm at the Sheraton Fiji Resort’s Denarau Convention Centre on Denarau.

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