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Tavarua Conference- June 22-29, 2024

Tavarua Conference- June 22-29, 2024


When: June 22-29, 2024

How To Reserve: Steps in this order:

  1. Ensure that you have paid your SMA membership fees (100 for medical/25 for non-medical) on this site-this trip is open to members of SMA *Must be a SMA member to join
  2. Pay conference fee on this website $515
  3. Contact Brian Sturgill: and cc., screenshot your conference fee and membership fee receipts. Brian will confirm that you have paid your fees and reserve your spot
  4. Confirm and pay with Waterways Travel
As far as volunteering/serving in the local villages–we’ll wait to get more information as this comes available.  Thank you all who have reached out specifically about the humanitarian portion of the trip–we will find some way to contribute.  At the very least, I’m hoping that we can still bring medical equipment/medications/hygiene supplies/clothing/etc to donate.  Unsure about what kind of interactions will be permissible with local villages.

 Some of the most important new entry requirements that we are sure of are listed below:

•             All visitors to Fiji that are 18+ yrs old must show proof of vaccination

•             All visitors must provide proof of travel insurance



Event Description:

Why: The SMA was born on Tavarua, having held our first organizational meeting there in the mid-80’s, the first years that Tavi was open. Every year since, we’ve met there for our annual gathering.

The SMA trip is a great mix of outstanding surf, world class lodging and food, superb family environs with activities for all (swimming pool and gorgeous natural hot tub, SUPs, diving, unbelievable fishing, village trips), medical and social interest talks in the evenings, and medical clinics in the villages. With over 30 years of experience, this trip allows us to find the absolute best of Fiji, including sharing in the lives of Fijians we’ve watched grow up. The village trips will deeply impress you with what wonderful caring people the Fijians are. Then there are those barrels at Cloudbreak….

Who goes on the trip? A wonderful mix of individuals, couples, and families all sharing an interest in the waves, culture, and medical well-being of Fiji. Most, but not all, of those who come have medical training and practice.

What does it cost? The SMA charges a conference fee of $500 (plus paypal fee). We use the fees to not only support SMA activities, but also for scholarships for Fijian villagers, projects in the villages, medical supplies, medications and to support the Christmas fund for Tavarua employees. Note that the conference fee is payable by all adults, medical and non-medical, surfer and non-surfer alike.

Where: In addition, lodging and travel costs charged by Tavarua are as follows:

Tavarua Land Package – ISLAND DATES: JUNE 22-29, 2024

General PER PERSON rates in US $ for 2023 as follows:

Adult Villa $6,960

Adult Bure $5329

CHild 11-14 $1,999

Child 2-10 $1,203

Package includes:

7 Nights Air Conditioned Accommodations

3 Meals Daily, water, juice, tea, coffee

Unlimited surf transfers by boat to local breaks

Use of resort facilities (SUP, kayak, snorkeling, fitness facility, skate ramp, etc)

Hotel taxes

Airport transfers

Not Included in base package: 


Bar tab

Travel insurance

Staff gratuity

I have also attached a WaterWays Travel Booking Form, a Credit Card Authorization Form, and Tavarua Island waiver.

I will need each passenger to complete a WaterWays Travel Booking form and a Credit Card Authorization if you would like to pay by credit card.

These forms can be printed, completed and faxed back to 310 584 9800, or can be completed on line via the following links:

The Tavarua waiver will need to signed on the island when you arrive.

WaterWays Travel Booking Form:

Credit Card Authorization Form:

Please notice that Tavarua requires travel insurance prior to arriving on the island.  You must do this on your own, WaterWays Travel is not licensed insurance agents so we cannot sell this to you directly.   You may choose to purchase travel insurance with any provider.  Feel free to contact Travel Guard (their contact info is on your  listed on your invoice) with any travel insurance questions and for quotes.

If you have any pre-existing conditions that may prevent you from travel, you will want to make contact with them prior to/or withing days of paying your initial deposit.

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