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July 2010 Blog Posts (14)

Namena Reserve Park: Chimneys

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Added by Scott Putnam on July 30, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Next Stop--Grand Central Station--Check out this Video



Scott Putnam, videographer extraordinaire, is at it again.…



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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 29, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cousteau at Night

For those following along with my series, I apologize for the delay. Each blog requires me to retype notes, inject a few photos and work on an applicable dive or review video. This can only happen on weekends when I'm not…

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Added by Scott Putnam on July 24, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Fiji Surf is deregulated--Part IV--Interview with John Philp

Q: Will this really impact the growth Fijian surfers?

A: Absolutely. For instance surf guides in Lau will learn to surf and their kids will as well. It may take some time, but it will happen. It's inevitable.

Q: Seems inevitable that more low budget surfers will come. How will Fiji manage their numbers and maintain the quality of place?

A: The new Decree, as with everything coming…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 22, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Pacific Sun Drops Mana and Malololailai

On July 1, 2010, Pacific Sun stopped flying from Nadi Airport to Mana and Malololailai islands due to a "lack of economic performance" which is a polite way of saying "not enough bums on the seats". Mamanuca tourists now have no choice other than to use the regular catamaran services or expensive charter flights. The Mololo Cat to Malololai… Continue

Added by David Stanley on July 22, 2010 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Fiji Surf is deregulated-- Part III--Interview with John Philp



John Philp, a founder of the Fiji Surf Association and one of Fiji’s most ardent advocates, sees the decree as a great deal more than a political or economic event. The fallout from the…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 16, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Fiji Surf is deregulated--Part II

For many years the surfing resorts had a sweet deal. Based on historical precedent that dated back to pre colonial days, the entrepreneurial surf resort owners cuts deal with the Fijian chiefs who had rights to the reefs that they had been fishing…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 14, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Fiji Surf is deregulated--Part 1



Shortly after the Fiji Tourism Minister announced the “Surfing Decree” the Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) sent out a press release (see below) to the surf media commenting on the new…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 12, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Fiji opens up surf breaks to anyone--monopoly of resorts is over



The word from the Fiji government is that surfers can, beginning Friday July 9 access any local surf break without need to obtain permission…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 9, 2010 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

FIJI OPENS PUBLIC ACCESS TO SURFING AREAS

I read in today's http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/text.shtml that "Fiji has passed a decree regulating surfing areas and wiping out existing business licenses to run surfing operations in the industry." This seems to indicate that waves like Cloudbreak off Tavarua Island, which were formerly restricted to upscale resort guests most of the time, are now to be opened to all surfers. If true, this will be quite… Continue

Added by David Stanley on July 8, 2010 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

The sorrows and joys of trip planning

Thank goodness for Robert Kay.



This may be the first time I've not had time to plan my own adventure once I arrive in Fiji in July--I only know I'm going there for a little relaxation and writing material research. With a full plate of deadlines and commitments, what was I to do?



Call Rob.



Robert graciously suggested an itinerary based on my interests and needs, got me in the know about great people and places to connect with while there, and in an…
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Added by Christine Thomas on July 6, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Lighthouse Dive Site at JMC

Cyclone Tomas hit northeast Fiji dead-on. A ferocious storm, it clobbered the eastern tip of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Qamea, Matangi, and Laucala for close to two terrifying days. Greg Taylor, JMC's…

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Added by Scott Putnam on July 6, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

I get settled (into JMC)



I shake Greg’s hand good-bye and follow my guide as we begin the overview of Cousteau’s bures. My guide is a sweet gal, dressed in a green dress uniform. All of Cousteau’s staff, except for Greg and his assistant manager, are uniformed. One’s job description dictates the uniform worn.



There are twenty-five (25) bures (cabanas, cabins, bungalows) at Cousteau; the layout for the bures can be found online at:… Continue

Added by Scott Putnam on July 1, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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