Makaira is ideally suited for the traveler that just wants to get away, be it for adventure, romance or quiet reflection at an affordable rate. For that special traveler, who does not want the crowds, our 3 well- appointed, self- contained accommodations are situated over 2 acres in their own private setting. We specialize in privacy as we are aware of your needs for a peaceful and beautiful setting in paradise, overlooking an easily accessible 1/3 km white sandy snorkeling beach below us and forever 180 degree ocean views.
We affordably offer our guests many of the amenities that one would expect to find in high end resorts in our breathtaking location. Included in our rates are spacious, comfortable accommodations complete with their own private dipping pools , king size beds, fantastic full time staff of at least 9, daily housekeeping, breakfast , WiFi, airport transfers, snorkel gear, snorkel tours out front, two person glass bottom Kayak, DVD player with hundreds of free movies, board games, , lending library, linens, towels, shower hygiene amenities to name just a few of our included amenities. . We also offer our own in house fishing charter operation for all types of anglers and boat snorkeling guided tours. We have our own consignor and driver to help you organize tours and activities around the island for hikes, bird watching and sightseeing. We cater dinners to our guests who prefer not to cook their own. If you are a scuba diver please ask us about our Dive special. Those are some of the ways we have tried to create the comforts you are accustomed to enjoying when you are on vacation while giving you a multitude of choices to design your vision of a perfect holiday. Then again, there is no law against just relaxing and soaking up the beauty and serenity that is and surrounds Makaira.
Each of our accommodations are unique. The Villa is an open floor split level design with a huge master bedroom that joins a “to die for bathroom “with separate shower area and separate bath that leads to a secret garden with an additional jungle shower. Actually all our accommodations have the additional jungle showers, but the Villa is special because it is in an enclosed garden. The lower level is the sitting and dining area with kitchenette that leads to a large covered deck with its own private dipping pool. It is the ultimate for a very romantic getaway. It can also accommodate 4 if the party is not looking for privacy. The Grander can either be a two bedroom 2 bath accommodation for up to 4 or can be converted into a romantic suite for a couple with the second bedroom becoming a spacious living room. The two rooms lead to a huge deck that is the dining/sitting area with kitchenette that leads to a sun deck with a dipping pool in the center. The Marlin Cottage is designed for a couple that might be on more of a budget with a large master bedroom, big bathroom with shower/tub combination. The bedroom leads to a large deck that is the dining/sitting area with a kitchenette with a private dipping pool in the front of the deck. We often get guests that want to have the whole place for their own group, so we can accommodate up to 10 people with the use of all 3 accommodations.
Location: We are privately located on the tip Ucuilagi Point that translated into English from the original Fijian name means Heavenly Point or point to Heaven. The original Fijians aptly named this location, as it is the only location in Matei that has stunning 180 degree panoramic ocean views that are right, left and center overlooking the Somosomo straits and islands on the horizon. The property is 4 acres with manicured gardens, filled with tropical fruits, flowers, and native birds. There are two white sandy coves to either side of us. The beaches to the left are the most beautiful and are the largest and most private white sandy beaches in Matei, with the best snorkeling on the island just moments from entering the water. Our two person kayak offers the opportunity to explore the 3 miles of reef and snorkeling to the left of us and discover another nearby deserted white sandy beach that is only accessible by sea.
About Makaira: We have tried to combine the best of the Aloha and Bula spirit in our design and approach to meeting our guest’s needs. We offer the best of both worlds of a vacation cottage and a resort. We cater to the traveler who wants to have a more private get away and design their own holiday without being regimented with time schedules, or be part of the faceless masses, nor do they want to be set adrift in a foreign country so we have a wonderful full time staff of 9 to cater to our guests according to their needs. We offer our guests every conceivable choice that Taveuni has to offer to design their holiday according to their time frame and desires. Malaria’s 4 acre breath taking location is set to create some incredible memories that will last a lifetime. The accommodations sit on their own private section that provide all the natural tropical drama of overlooking the ocean and two easily accessible white sandy coves, a canopy of stars at night, lush tropical gardens, and brilliant sunsets, a complete setting, which is sure to quiet the stress and inner yearnings for serenity. Set in tropical beauty with panoramic ocean views perched over and between some of the best white sandy beaches and snorkeling on Taveuni, all at an affordable rate.
Makaira your one stop fishing shop for those seeking fishing adventures. The Sea Dancer is a custom built fiberglass boat completed in September 2014, by Islander boats. She offers versatility for all angling techniques. Length Overall is 32ft or 10 meters. Beam: 9 ft. or 2.8 meters. She has a 150 mile range. Enclosed Cabin includes a V-Berth and Head.
Engine, Electronics, and Safety- 2014 4 stroke 150hp Yamaha. Electronics include GPS, Depth recorder and Fish Finder. Meets all USCG safety regulations.
Outfitted with- Reelax Fighting Chair to accommodate big game fishermen that is removable for a flush deck for those anglers that prefer a large casting platform for light tackle or fly fishing. Safety Bow rail for sight casting. Transom Door for easy entry and exit and portable S/S swim ladder for easy water exit.
Fishing Gear- 2- 130’s Shimano, 4- 50’s Shimano and Penn, 2- 80’s Shimano, 8 Shimano Casting rods and reels. Bucket Seat for fighting chair, stand up fighting belt, flying and stick gaffs, 10 Rod holders and Outriggers. For Popping, Jigging, Fly Fishermen and Blue Water Hunters bring your own fishing outfits. We strongly support the live release of non-record GT’s, Billfish and all species of Sharks.
Your Capt. John Llanes has 40 years of international professional charter experience, primarily in Kona Hawaii. He has held his 100 ton Master license for over 30 years. Pristine and abundant waters surround your home base of Taveuni, Fiji. All the various prime fishing habitats are here and begin five minutes after launching, opening up to a vastness of virtually virgin fishing grounds in every direction. For Giant Trevally (GT) and Fly fishing and spear fishermen bring your own gear. We strongly support release of all billfish and GT's. We also offer two state of the art fishing kayaks for hire, inquire for more information.
We are originally from Hawaii and came to Taveuni in 1986 and realized how much it reminded us of the Hawaii of our youth that we thought no longer existed anywhere. So we just had to have another shot at paradise that was not lost. Quite simply we missed the charm and romance of Hawaii's yesteryears. It was gone before we were grown up.
“It is so beautiful, words can't describe how beautiful it is and photos can't capture the whole view. We wanted a property that was large enough that we could maintain its tropical integrity, have privacy and have enough space to be self sufficient with an organic garden. We are both ocean people, John is a many generation fisherman and we have a safe anchorage on the beach where he can launch his charter boat operation. I am an in the water person, and to be able to walk down and jump in the ocean and experience incredible snorkeling and do some reef gardening is more than I could ever dream of. It was also very important to us that no one could ever build on the beach near us because of what we saw happen to Hawaii's beaches. No one can build on the beach below us so it always maintains that element of privacy. For us it truly is practice heaven and we hope our guests feel the same way.”
Makaira's premier location perched above two beaches on Heavenly point offers breath taking panoramic ocean views, privacy, romance, adventure, magnificent sunsets. 4 acres of manicured gardens with little getaway bures for private massages. Self contained cottages or enjoy catered meals upon request from our Galley Restaurant exclusively for our guests. Being on a point offers peace and quiet from any road or airport noises. In less then 3-4 minutes one can splash into the turquoise seas for incredible snorkeling or a refreshing swim or soak up the rays on a white sandy beach that stretches a third of a kilometer long with rarely anyone on it. . Grab the kayak and go exploring, . Charter a day of fishing, island hopping , diving, touring or relax in the hammocks. Makaira's is set up to provide multiple choices for our guests to create their unique holiday vision with a full time Fijian staff to look after their needs.
Other Activities: On site- Deep Sea fishing, kayak, snorkeling with guide, reef gardening, bicycling, massage, paddle board, all offered within Makaira. Outside activities include scuba diving, hiking and horseback riding.. Ask about our dive special packages.
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6 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
We require a deposit of 200.00 via PayPal to confirm your reservations when you book. Balance is due during your stay by either cash in any equivalent USD denomination, travelers checks or credit card.
We have 3 accommodations, discounted rate for the Marlin is 162.00 a night for stays of 7days, 180.00 a night for 3-5 day stays. The Grander and the Villa accommodations are 225.00 USD a night for the weekly rate or 250.00 a night for stays of less than a week. .
“We looked for 3 years for the perfect property for us on Taveuni. One that was large and easily accessible to the sea. When we found this property it was raw and undeveloped, in fact we didn't know what a stunning view it had until we cleared the last of it. We only knew there would be an ocean view. Little did we know we got a 180 degree ocean view, that no one else has, it is breathtaking. Since it was undeveloped this allowed us to create our own vision within the means of what you can do in the tropics and our finances. For the last 10 years we have been developing it and I always think 'okay now it is well and truly done'. But it isn't! That has become kind of a joke with the Makaira family whenever I say it. But there always seems to be one more thing we think of that our guests might enjoy, so I imagine it will always be a work in progress. But we are done building accommodations, 3 is enough to offer our guests the privacy, personalized service and range in rates to fit their budget. For our many returness they get a kick out of what changes have occurred since the last time they visited and immediately incorporate them into their routine of enjoyment. Although we are not 5 star and never strive to be, that is not the Aloha style which is much more relaxed and unpretentious. We laugh and say we are no star and our guests say we are All Star, which is very nice and generous of them. But we strive to give our guests the best bang for their buck,in beauty, romance, adventure, amenities, personalized service, privacy, nice clean, comfortable accommodations with a few delightful surprises and the ability to design the holiday of their choice, like we would like to do if we went somewhere. So in short it was the opportunity to imagine that brought us to this property”