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You might say there are two types of visitors who come to the Mamanucas Islands of Fiji: Hardcore surfers and anyone else looking for a small, private island paradise.

The surfers have been making the journey to these stunning coral islands since the mid-1980s, since word first started to get around about an extraordinary surf spot called Cloudbreak off Tavarua Island. Meanwhile, the trend toward exclusive private island resorts blossomed throughout Fiji, especially in the Mamanucas, close to Fiji's international airport in Nadi on the island of Viti Levu.

Tavarua remains a surfer's playground, but if you're looking for a comfortable bure, white-sand beaches, and the pleasures of warm water and sun (these islands have the best weather in Fiji), you have your pick among a dozen resorts (and a few backpacker retreats) on some sister isles: Beachcomber Island, Malolo Levu, Malolo Lailai, Mana, Matamanoa, Naviti, Qalito Island, Treasure Island, Tokoriki, and Vomo. Some have less than a dozen bures. The islands themselves range from flat atolls to others that remind worldly visitors of the some green, hilly West Indies...from a long time ago.