It’s not every day that Jenny Bourke, owner of eco-luxe Nukubati Private Island resort gets a call from Quiksilver’s Bob McKnight informing her that he’s landing his seaplane to surf. “We had no idea we even had surf, but we had so much fun with them!” Bourke says of the now Quik-endorsed resort. The cozy island paradise hosts up to 14 people and successfully integrates true Fijian hospitality with eco luxury travel — “It’s like getting shipwrecked with the right end of the ship,” says Jenny’s son, Kim Bourke. Bungalow’s are void of T.V. and phones and if you must check email there’s limited wifi in the dining room. Nukubati does a fine job at acquainting you with true Fiji Time (a.k.a. not keeping time) with snorkeling, sailing, kava ceremonies (a Fijian drink known to induce a lasting smile and numb tongue), traditional dancing and singing, octopus spear hunting, and be sure to ask the chef to cook curry at least one night you’re there. Divers take note: Nukubati is the only property in Fiji with direct access to the Great Sea Reef.

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CASTAWAY

It’s every surfer’s dream: Nukubati Private Island charters you to world-class waves and there’s no one there but you. With only a handful of spots on Quik’s list there are plenty of un-ridden waves just awaiting your discovery. Book during the north swell season (Nov.-Mar.).

KID FACTOR

Not allowed, unless island buy out.

GETTING THERE

Fly to Labasa from Nadi. And you don’t have to give up the luxe island life when you leave the resorts. Bourke’s opened Fiji Orchid on the mainland (where the international airport is based) and has day and night rates for in transit R&R.

COST

Rates from $2,870, includes food, drinks, non-motorized activities, nukubati.comquiksilvertravel.com. Fiji Orchid rates from $150, includes breakfast and airport transfer, fijiorchid.com.

Photography provided by Nukubati Private Island

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