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Marine Reserve: Makaira

Roberta Davis of Makaira Resort is working diligently towards having the section of reef next to Makaira Resort…

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Added by Scott Putnam on February 1, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Makaira Activities: Coral Gardening Spectacular

Since I left, Roberta Davis at Makaira Resort on Taveuni Island has been going gang busters repopulating the reef with coral fragments. Within two weeks…

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Added by Scott Putnam on January 28, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Coral Gardening at Makaira

  

Today, Roberta and I are going coral gardening.  I've given her the primer and now we're off.…

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Added by Scott Putnam on January 24, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

What to do when a storm destroys a reef? CORAL GARDEN!

Cyclones, aka Hurricanes or Typhoons, hit Fiji with some regularity.…

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Added by Scott Putnam on January 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Video--Filleting and Cooking Wahoo

Over the last few weeks I've described the joys of fishing with the master--John Llanes, co-owner of Makaira in Taveuni.  The talk has been mostly about fishing.

 

After the fish is in your cooler you have to get…

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Added by Scott Putnam on January 17, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Videos--John Llanes, Fisherman par excellence!

 Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, John Llances, the co-owner of Makaira is a…

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Added by Scott Putnam on January 14, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Hanging out with the Bubba in Paradise

Well it only took an hour and a half to catch a wahoo, a half hour further of patrolling for sailfish (one jumped not too far off The Huntress) and then we headed home.   North of Taveuni, but still in Somosomo Strait, I could see Qamea and Matangi Islands to my left and Kioa and…

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Added by Scott Putnam on January 10, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Fishing with John and Bubba at Makaira

I'm not a good fisherman and I can't say in all honesty, that I've found much joy from the sport.  There I said it.  I know it's a…
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Added by Scott Putnam on January 6, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Makaira - A little bit of Hawaii in Fiji



I'd never heard of Makaira Resort prior to Rob Kay's (Fiji Guide founder) introduction last year. It reluctatly shows up on Google searches of Taveuni resorts (only with much searching) and it's not featured on travel agent web sites (Makaira…

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Added by Scott Putnam on January 2, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Getting to Makaira - via pearl shopping

Today, I leave Paradise Taveuni for Makaira Resort. Makaira is located a few hundred meters south of Matei Airport – so I’ll get a sense of the whole length of the island. Travelling with me are two Slovakian guests from the resort. I say my “Good Byes”, take a last look at the…

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Added by Scott Putnam on December 29, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Paradise Taveuni Resort Review Revisited

Recently I posted a video entitled, Paradise Taveuni Resort Review which I…

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Added by Scott Putnam on December 14, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Korolevu Island

"How often is it that a beach has a website? Well, the beach that serves as the rest stop in Somosomo Strait does: http://www.fijifiji.com You see the link on a sign attached to a coconut tree - more on this later in the blog . . .

The website is interesting - it doesn't really say anything or impart much information about the beach or the yet…

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Added by Scott Putnam on November 27, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Wow! Nuku Reef!

Paradise put on a great Lovo Feast last night. 'Twas real authentic: pig was put in the ground - roasted for a few hours along with vegetables - taken out and served. As we ate, people from the surrounding community started arriving with their families. The guitars, ukeleles, and voices soared above our conversation. The Milky Way shone in…

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Added by Scott Putnam on November 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cabbage Patch Video says it all

I've been pining to dive the Cabbage Patch in Somosomo Strait for years. In the IMAX movie "Coral Reef Adventure", Jean-Michel Cousteau was seen diving down to a 7 meter patch in crystal clear water, while Fijian children snorkeled above. I…

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Added by Scott Putnam on November 20, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Vuna Chutes

After finishing “The Stairs” dive site (see movie http://www.fijiguide.com/video/the-stairs-at-vuna-reef) and docking at…

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Added by Scott Putnam on November 15, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Zoo

Called “The Zoo” because of the plethora of pelagics, this is a wall dive. It’s actually part of the Rainbow Reef that extends like a submerged peninsula from Vanua Levu out to the Somosmo Straights. This was once a…

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Added by Scott Putnam on November 11, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Sunset in Paradise

Upon getting out of the water, I asked for the time. It was 5 pm – and the sun looked like it had just about a ½ hour. I quickly dropped my wetsuit, mask, BCD and fins into a large 2 meter radius bowl filled with…

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Added by Scott Putnam on October 9, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Breakfast at Paradise

I’d like to say…

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Added by Scott Putnam on October 5, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Shore Dive at Paradise Taveuni

To do the shore dive at Paradise, one just walks down the stairs onto a cement landing, puts on a BCD and tank and jumps into the water. It’s that easy. There’s no wading in muck or a long swim out to the reef. The reef is right there.…

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Added by Scott Putnam on October 1, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Welcome to Paradise

After meeting Allan, the co-resort owner, Star leads me to my bure. She smiles as she directs me to sit down and face the sea, as she brings forth bowls, water, and lotions.

“What’s this for?” I…

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Added by Scott Putnam on September 26, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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