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Rob Kay, author (photo by Cynthia Ramirez)

Since 1996, FijiGuide has provided readers with all they need to plan a visit. This includes practical advice on accommodations, scuba diving, dining, surfing, trekking and even kava drinking. In short, the mission of FijiGuide is to steer the visitor to the very best of Fiji.

A little about the creator of the website:

Rob was the original author of the Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit to Fiji. A great deal of the the content for this website was adopted from the book. First published in 1986, it went through three editions.

FijiGuide continues to be updated. For example we have completely revamped the Suva section of this book. During Covid many businesses closed their doors so these changes are reflected in the current incarnation of this site.

“About Us”

As they say, it takes a village to raise a child and in Rob’s case its taken a “koro” (village) to develop FijiGuide.

Chief among his collaborators was the late Dr. Albert Schütz, Professor of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The author of numerous books on the Fijian Language (including Say It in Fijian and Discovering Fijian), Al provided the site with a comprehensive primer on the Fijian Language for visitors. This includes useful phrases, tips on pronunciation and a history section explaining how European explorers and missionaries perceived and chronicled the Fijian language. Sadly, Al passed away in 2020 and he is missed.

Then there are the photographers.

Appreciation goes to Paddy Ryan, undoubtedly the most recognized nature photographer of the Fiji Islands. Paddy lived in Fiji as a child where his father worked as a meteorologist. Thus he has a visceral feel for Fiji and this is reflected in the quality of his art. He once told Rob that the his landmark book, Fiji’s Natural Heritage, was highly recommended by Sir David Attenborough–an accolade that he is justifiably proud of.

Rob also owes a great deal to photographer Jon Apted, a Suva native, who is among the best living chroniclers of contemporary Fiji. Many of the people featured on the FijiGuide index page and throughout the site are the work of Jon who works in Suva as an attorney. His work can be found on Humans of the Fiji Islands.

The work of Stefan Cabaniuk, who generously provided some remarkable landscapes of Fiji’s parks, forests and heritage sites, is also featured on this website. A former British volunteer (VSO), Stefan focused on conservation and development of heritage tourism, which established community-based parks and reserves such as the Sigatoka Sand Dunes and Koroyanitu in Viti Levu and Bouma in Taveuni.

Finally I would like to thank Richard Goodman, whose classic black and white photos from the 1970s can also be found on this website. Dick Goodman, founder of Goodtravel Tours based in Oakland, California, was a pioneer in eco-tourism before the concept even existed. He introduced me to Fiji back in 1979 and for that I am eternally grateful.

If you have any comments regarding these pages let me hear from you. Email me at rkay@fijiguide.com.