African tulip

A greener future for tourism in Fiji?

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By Anne Moorhead Recently I arrived back in Fiji after nearly two years away. One of the first changes I noticed, on the drive from Nadi to Suva, was the proliferation of the African tulip tree. It’s a beautiful tree, with huge scarlet flowers – hence its introduction a few decades ago as a garden […]

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Sigatoka River Safari wins global award

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Sigatoka River Safari has successfully defended its title as Oceania’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator at the World Travel Awards for the sixth consecutive year. Managing Director Jay Whyte says its a reflection of the team working at Sigatoka River Safari, and of the people of Navosa and the 18 villages they work with throughout the […]

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Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven in the Mamanucas

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By Kite Pareti A few beers and a pen….and Fiji’s newest floating bar and restaurant came alive. Located in the turquoise waters of the Mamanucas – Seventh Heaven – is a F$4million investment by four New Zealanders: Eddy and Martin Rotteveel, John Cornwell, and Glen Matheson. With a jumping platform, massage rooms, kitchen and bar, […]

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Suva Marathon Club

Obese? Fat? No!

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Shedding those kilos and avoiding NCDs with the Suva Marathon Club By Sadhana Sen In early 2014, a group of ‘fairly decent’ runners living and working out of Fiji’s capital, Suva decided to pursue the idea of creating a platform to promote marathon running for Pacific islanders, and to use it to encourage healthy living […]

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Bean Peanut

Bean Peanut

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A brilliant Fijian Story from the Lighthouse Fiji team about Fiji’s longest serving bean peanut seller, a Suva bus stand icon Mausam Ali.

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Suva Short Film Festival

Suva International Short Film Festival

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Join us for an afternoon & night of International award-winning short films from USA, South Africa, UK, Japan and more. From Fiji, the festival will showcase recognized local films by up-and-coming Fijian filmmakers, together with films from former winners of the local Kula Film Awards. The event also marks the launch of the country’s Media Learning […]

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All hail the Vude Queen

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A matriarch of music, the Queen of Vude, supporter of many charities, and a diva who comes home and cooks for her family every night.  Laisa Vulakoro has an in-depth talanoa with Islands Business’ Rowena Singh about her four decades in the industry. “I’ve been in this industry for over 40 years and I’m still […]

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Rako dance and music

Pacific Regional Cultural Strategy launched in Suva

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti The 50th anniversary of the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture was marked in Suva this month with fire-dancjng and Rotuman rhythms, as well as contemporary dances and songs. The theme ‘Na wekaqu, noqu iyau’ which means ‘My relationships are my heritage and wealth,” put a spotlight on kinships and relationships. In […]

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One Night Only: Celebrity Chef Louis Tikaram returns with a tasting menu at Nanuku Resort

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By Rajan Sami Photos by Chris Sharma/Gallery Fiji, Wendy King There was a ‘prodigal son returns’ quality to the one night only tasting menu that Fijian-Australian celebrity chef Louis Tikaram presented at Nanuku Resort in Pacific Harbour in late June. The Brisbane-based chef briefly regaled diners — many of whom, like myself, had made the […]

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Sarah Gwonyoma

Sarah Gwonyoma: Suva Book Swap founder

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Before she left Fiji recently, Sarah Gwonyoma ran a mecca for Fiji book lovers, the Suva Book Swap, from her garage. Fiji Traveller spoke to Sarah about her life in Fiji before her departure. Sarah Gwonyoma, a writer and online book influencer by profession, moved to Fiji from the United Kingdom after meeting a “beautiful […]

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All aboard the Nasese bus: Destination-World Music Day

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Suva’s Nasese bus has the reputation of being not just a scenic trip as it skirts Suva’s foreshore, but also a good place to sit back and enjoy the preferred tunes of your driver turned DJ. While the view might be—we hope temporarily—marred by long-running roadwork on Queen Elizabeth Drive, the chilled […]

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A trip to remember: Moce island

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Words and images: Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti The trip to Moce in Fiji’s Lau group, I must admit, was scary but thrilling for me. It was the first time I’ve travelled by boat by myself, and I didn’t know anyone else aboard. At the back of my mind as I boarded the Lomaiviti Princess IV, was how […]

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Mary Rokonadravu

Fiji’s Rokonadravu wins Pacific 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

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Fiji writer, Mary Rokonadravu has won the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific) for her story, The Nightwatch. Rokonadravu described the win as affirming.  “Stories are bridges to connect us with each other, especially when we disagree or are different – stories allow us to walk in each other’s complexities and gain understanding of the […]

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European Film Festival on this weekend

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The first European Film Festival to be held in Suva is on this weekend, with films from Finland to France, Slovakia to Spain and more. The European Film Festival is an annual and global event. This year, the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific brings the European Film Festival to the Pacific for […]

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Fiji Fashion Week

What’s On Fiji

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Oceania Centre Sculpture exhibition 11th May – 27th May 2022 at the Gallery of Oceanian Arts located at the upper Laucala campus University of the South Pacific Suva The Accident A new play, written and directed by Larry Thomas. 24-28 May, 8pm Australia Pacific Performance Space, USP Laucala campus Tickets available at the Oceania Centre, […]

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Chaiwala brings Indian street food to Fiji homes

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By Rajan Sami “I’ve always been obsessed with chai,” says Nikhat Khan, the twenty-six-year-old environmental scientist behind Chaiwala, the specialty tea brand she founded under lockdown in Suva in 2021. “I think chai is very comforting,” she says of the often sweet milky, spiced tea that’s cooked in stovetop kettles in Indo-Fijian households. Working from […]

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What’s on May

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Talanoa Tuesday: Foodpreneurs Tuesday May 10, 7pm Mana Coffee, Suva Girmit Festival Until May 14 (official program starts 7pm daily) Syria Park, Nausori Fiji Tourism Expo May 12-13 (official opening May 11) Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa Dirty Disco Saturday May 14, 7pm-late Kanu Gastropub, Suva ROC Market Sunday May 15 from 9am Suva Fiji […]

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International street food with a Vasaqa twist

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti It’s been three years since we last travelled down to the western part of Fiji, so the Easter long weekend was a great opportunity for my little tribe to explore Nadi. After a small detour (thank you Google Maps for getting us our hotel) and some time exploring town we were famished. […]

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Taveuni Dateline Market

Taveuni Dateline Handicraft Market launches

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A new market is operating in Taveuni, the Taveuni Dateline Handicraft Market. Established by Susanne Neli and her family, with support from the Taveuni Tourism Association (TTA), it is located at the International Dateline in Waiyevo. The new market will initially be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with plans to extend business hours in time. The […]

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Fiji Fashion Week launch

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Beauty, heart, strength and sustainability By Sera Tikotikodua-Sefeti The Fiji Fashion Week launch on Saturday night saw Fiji’s creative community and its supporters enjoy a fun-filled evening that showcased this year’s exciting lineup of designers. Fiji Fashion Week Managing Director, Ellen Whippy-Knight, told guests that this year’s event will be headlined by “Australia’s global-renowned designer […]

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What’s on April/May

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A poetry reading with Peter Sipeli Friday April 22 from 6pm The Copra Shed, Savusavu Royal Suva Yacht Club Sail Past April 23 from 10am Royal Suva Yacht Club A tribute to Lata Mangeshkar 24 April 6pm onwards at the Jai Narayan College Hall, Suva. ROC Market April 24, 9-3pm Suva Arbour Week 2022 23-30 […]

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Jack Oakley

Fiji motorcycle racer set to hit the tracks of Europe

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9-year-old Jack Oakley is set to become the first Fiji national to appear on the international stage of motorcycle racing.

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What’s on in March

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Global Recycling Day March 18 at the Vodafone Arena Carpark, Suva Red Wave Retrospective art exhibition Gallery of Oceania Arts, Laucala Campus, USP, Suva. Until March 25 (extended for one week) Royal Suva Yacht Club – live with Four Quarters March 18 Holi March 19 Come-n-Try program by World Archery Fiji March 19, St Joseph’s […]

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Vegfest sold out

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The first VegFest dinner of 2022 prepared by Niu Grillz was a sold out event. Dish of the night for us; the generous chunk of pumpkin topped with creamy palusami. The Niu Grillz team soldiered on in difficult conditions (a blackout, dramatic thunderstorm) but managed to get the meals out in the end. Next time […]

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