Travel

Beyond the sea, sun and sand – Nukulau’s eventful history

Nukulau, known to many as a picnic spot in the Suva peninsula, has an interesting history behind it, a remarkable one beyond the island’s abundance of sea, sun and sand. An aspect of the islet that most know is the fact that it was connected to the ceding of Fiji to the British Crown in...

Taking Fiji to the peaks

THE mountains have a certain charm about it. From its gentle slopes that continue for a long distance to the craggy rough rocks. Despite its harsh beauty, these mountains have attracted many adventurous dare-devils willing to conquer it. Mountain climbing or mountaineering is something Yolanda Chen has done for the past eight years. The Chinese...

Thrilling Takalana

“If you want to relax, watch the clouds pass if you are lying on the grass or sit in front of a creek just doing nothing.” Those words by an Australian model, Miranda Kerr, darted in my head as Takalana Bay Beach Resort, on the picturesque fringes of Tailevu north, inched closer by bus. With...

Dau Nakelo – On call to fulfill their duty

IN an itaukei setting everyone has a duty to fulfil. In several cases around the country, there are those that are special. A young boy or girl is born into a family with specific traditional roles and responsibilities and no one else can perform that specific duty much better than those who are called or...

Bula smile

LEIGH Hutchinson has never been to any place in the Pacific. Growing up, the lass from the United Kingdom had heard quite a few stories about beautiful islands in the Pacific region and it had always been her dream to travel to the place someday. So it happened that at the age of 30, her...

Ministry sets target

THE Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia is targeting 5000 Fijian visitor arrivals for this year alone. Head of the section for marketing development for Oceania, Indian Muncar said the Familiarisation Trip Oceania was one of the programs implemented that would help the ministry meet their target. “We have a very optimistic target...

Yacata Island- Serene seduction

FROM a bird’s eye view, Yacata’s sparkling sand, lush tropical trees and aquamarine seas all combine to create an intricate kaleidoscope of colours – tones that no city streets can create. For a moment, you’d forget the stresses of life and just absorb the blissful moments and feeling of peace and pleasure. But the beauty...

The eight- headed snake – Uluiwalu

THERE are many stories passed down by our forefathers that fascinate us for their magical innuendos, charms and beguiling characters. Some stories are held in reverence among iTaukei cultures and sometimes it is not shared freely. But one story that is commonly told is that of the eight headed snake. Like other cultures around the...

Cruise ship makes it to Fiji waters

THE Pacific region particularly Fiji can expect the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Cruises to have a permanent presence in the region in the future. This was highlighted by the MSC Cruises owner representative Tim Skinner during the MSC Magnifica visit to Fiji. MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader...

Yacata women celebrate

Women on the island of Yacata in Cakaudrovehave can now celebrate. All homes except eight now have water tanks that are able to harvest rainwater needed for cooking, drinking and cleaning. STC Winston flattened homes and blew away roofs when it ravaged Fiji in 2016, affecting villagers’ ability to harvest rainwater. Women, who depended on...

The greatest tragedy

THERE are many reasons why a certain tribe came under the rule of another or became a vanua qali. According to historian and linguist Dr Paul Geraghty as a vanua qali you are subservient and under the rule of another vanua. For example, when Fiji was ceded to Great Britain, we came under the rule...

Leleuvia – A little piece of heaven

LELEUVIA Island can be described as a little spot of sunshine, surrounded by emerald turquoise waters. Just the view of the island can take your breath away. Getting there is easy. Once you’ve reached Nausori Town, you catch another bus to Bau Landing. The resort will have organised their resort boats to wait for you...

Run down heritage homes

IT’S a house that holds so much history. The Harbormasters house which is listed on the UNESCO world heritage list has been home to many interesting figures from the 19th century some of whom played an important role in World War II. It sits on a hill overlooking the seaport town of Levuka; silent yet...

Island moka and Leka the ancestral deity

THE people of Vatulele Village on Koro have many stories to tell the attentive listener about how the monster storm, Winston, caused death and destruction on the island in February 2016. But if you are lucky enough, you might also hear from a handful of elders and some young people too, the old story behind...

Leleuvia – A place for self-reflection

THERE is one reason why Leleuvia Island Resort management bans single use plastic and all toxic chemicals, because it is concerned about pollution and the impact it has on our natural ecosystem. I had heard a lot about Leleuvia Island Resort but had not been able to visit the place until last week, when I...

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