Why you should visit Fiji this year

As surfers across the east coast of Australia celebrated a new swell last weekend, thousands of our island neighbors in the surfing Mecca of Fiji faced devastation in the form of Super Cyclone Winston.

Many cities, villages and communities have been destroyed in what officials are calling the worst cyclone ever recorder in the Southern Hemisphere. With more than 42 already confirmed dead, many communities remain without water and it could be weeks before electricity is restored, says  Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

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The rebuilding effort is huge. Pic: Fiji Government

There is something that we, as surfers can do though. You can donate through the aid organisations listed below, or if you were ever considering a trip to Fiji, now is the time to book.  They’ll take a while to recover but it’s essential that the country and locals don’t also lose the tourist dollars they rely on. Many people have already cancelled their holidays, leaving hotels (and waves) empty and locals missing out on much needed income. Not only will you be helping a country that so desperately needs it right now, chances are more people will cancel their trips and you’ll have the waves to yourself…

ACT for Peace : 1800 025 101

Adventist Development and Relief Agency : 1800 242 372

Australian Red Cross : 1800 811 700

Care Australia : 1800 020 046

Credit Union Foundation Australia : 1300 490 467

Habitat for Humanity :  1800 885 599

Oxfam Australia :  1800 034 034

Save the Children : 1800 760 011

UNICEF Australia : 1300 884 233

World Vision : 13 32 40

World Vision : 13 32 40

To ensure your money is going where it should, these organisations are all members of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and are signatories to its code of conduct.  If you’re in Australia, donations of over $2 are tax deductible.

Feature image of Erin Barrios at Frigates by Liz Davison