Kula parrot

Rediscovering the lost Kulawai: Fiji’s effort to save a vanishing bird

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By Sanjeshni Kumar, Pasifika Environews In the lush forests of Fiji, the Red-throated Lorikeet (Charmosyna amabilis), known locally as the Kulawai, was once a familiar sight. This small, shy bird, easily distinguished by its striking red throat and vibrant green plumage, flitted among the islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Ovalau, and Taveuni. But today, […]

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Vavavi’s Soul Food

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By Kite Pareti Editor’s note: Vavavi has moved location since this article, but still offers a rich local food experience. It is a bright Saturday morning, and I am heading out of Nadi to learn how to make some delicious local food. Lovo is a traditional cooking method, practiced for centuries in Fiji and across […]

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The wonders of Qilaqila, Lau

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By Samisoni Pareti Located on the northwest tip of Vanuabalavu, Lau, tiny limestone islets— many of them looking more like boulders –litter the bay to make up this natural wonder. The limestone rocks are secure anchors, and the many narrow channels and sheltered coves form natural anchorage and berthing bays for yachts, motorboats and other […]

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Meandering Mates

Meandering Mates

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Discovering the Nabukavesi River By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Nature Fiji-MareqetiViti’s ‘Meandering Mates’ adventure for children and their families in the highlands of Namosi is a window to understanding the area’s rich biodiversity, and how it is under threat. The organisation’s vision is for a healthy environment that maintains its diversity of species, habitats, ecological integrity, and […]

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Spartan Games

Spartan to conquer Sabeto foothills

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By Alipate Pareti The Spartan Games has earned the reputation of being the world’s leading obstacle race course and it is coming to Fiji this year. Spartans were one amongst the most feared and formidable forces in the ancient Greek world, withstanding the Persian Empire to their last breath. You may recall learning about Sparta […]

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Teambuilding exercises at Kila

A place for adventure junkies and nature lovers

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Kila Eco-Adventure Park is a destination that caters for thrill seekers as well as visitors who prefer gentle strolls and immersing themselves in Namosi’s verdant rainforest. The adventure park boasts luscious green vegetation, botanical gardens, mini waterfalls, picnic bures, a thrilling obstacle course, eco-walks, and a zip line. It is owned and […]

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Sigatoka River Safari

Friends and Adventurers

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti When Jay Whyte was 13, he befriended a security guard at the Shangri-La Fijian Resort in Sigatoka, who introduced the Australian visitor and his family to an authentic Fijian experience up in the green terrain of Navosa. It was an experience that will forever be etched in his mind and heart. More […]

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Sabre

Sailing on the SABRE

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti It is a beautiful Saturday morning; the sun is out, the sea is calm, and we are ready to board the ‘Sabre’. The South Sea Sailing vessel—a 78-foot custom-built catamaran— stands out amongst the rest of the boats at Port Denarau with its beautiful yellow hull. Our captain, Poni, says he has […]

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Pacific Harbour Beach

Navua, Deuba and Pacific Harbour

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By Kite Pareti The Navua-Deuba/Pacific Harbour area is an hour’s drive from Suva and Sigatoka. It has a thriving community of nearly 20,000 residents and is home to veteran soccer legend Patrick Wise and rugby star Waisea Nayacalevu.  It is a place of pilgrimage for many local families and friends looking for a welcoming beachside […]

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Rafting the upper Navua

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Words: Samantha Magick Photo: Zoomfiji It was not my most dignified moment. Instead of ‘leaning in’, I leaned back, and quickly found myself waist deep in the rapids of the Navua river. Fortunately, nothing was hurt except my pride. And our guide was very quick to haul me back into our raft, pulling me up […]

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Sabeto mud pools

Sabeto: Meditative mud

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti The Sabeto hotspring and mudpool is a place of rejuvenation for both mind and body. Located midway between Nadi and Lautoka, it can be reached by driving along the Queens Road, and turning off where you see a sign for the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Continue just past the Garden and look […]

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Nausori water taxi

Nausori: History on the river

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Nausori was declared a town in 1931 but is rich in a history that started well before that time. It is the site of Fiji’s first sugar refining company, a place of remembrance for the people who died aboard the Syria and those who came to the rescue of passengers, and the […]

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Suva Thurston Gardens

A student’s guide to Suva

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By Leila Parina Fiji is a well-renowned tourist destination filled with clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, amazing culinary delights, a rich culture, and the friendliest smiles from the local citizens. All these make it an exceptional destination for studying. With the school year kicking off, the country has welcomed many students from across the […]

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Namosi ecolodge aerial

Finding tranquility, awe and adventure

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By Ariela Zibiah. Photos: Zoomfiji The Namosi Eco Retreat, nestled in a remote part of Fiji, is a get-away in all senses of the word. The sky feels bigger, the milky way appears to be at arm’s length, the air is crisp, and you are completely off grid, creating a feeling of being cocooned in […]

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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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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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Malamala

Marking time at Malamala

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By Lata Yaqona One of the many beauties of Fiji’s first island beach club is that you can do as little or as much as you want with no pressure at all. It is a short 25-minute boat ride from the Denarau Marina to Malamala Beach Club where  the laid back vibe of the island […]

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