Local Travel

Ratu Sukuna’s 1944 mission to Yacata

Part 3: This is the final article is on Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna’s visit to Yacata Island, Cakaudrove, in 1944 to tell villagers about the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Corporal Sefanaia Sukanaivalu. It is based on a radio program delivered by Sir Len Usher through the Fiji Broadcasting Commission in the 1950s. He...

Voice of the people

Part 5: This is the final article based on letters written by A.J.C.Foster that appeared in The Fiji Times of April 8, 1959.   There will be many who have to be convinced against their will or judgement.here is little more to be said on the subject of a change against someone’s will. I am...

Eco-friendly resort

The Colo-I-Suva Rainforest Eco Resort is Suva’s premier city getaway just 15 minutes drive from the city centre, Nausori Town and airport. Close to town but far enough to feel like an outing, next door to the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, the resort is a wonderful family venue. It is one of the best eco resorts...

Escape to paradise

Plantation Island Resort is giving locals the opportunity to truly escape for the weekend and enjoy an island getaway. The property is opening up its new Tavola development area, including 40 new ocean view hotel rooms, restaurant and bar. Locals will be able to relax and enjoy this stunning new development at a fraction of...

Love our locals campaign

Ready for a holiday or weekend break? Tourism Fiji recently launched its Love our Locals campaign. Supported by tourism industry stakeholders, the “Love Our Locals Fiji” campaign plays out primarily on social media and includes the creation of a Facebook group where industry operators can communicate specials, exclusive to Fiji residents. The campaign embraces the...

LOCAL TRAVEL: Return to travel in style in 2021

One of Fiji’s original and iconic private islands — Toberua Island Resort — is offering 36 guests the unique opportunity to book the entire island — including its 16 beachfront bure — for their exclusive use. Located in the middle of a tranquil turquoise lagoon, easily accessible from the east coast of Fiji’s main island...

Nature’s playground on your very own private island

ONE of the most popular resorts on the Coral Coast has reopened with special deals for local guests. Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, with its slogan – Nature’s playground on your very own private island – is fitting for the property and also allows Fijians to support the local economy badly affected by COVID-19 with...

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...

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