June 22, 2024
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Author - Rob Kay

Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winner Rob Kay wrote the original Lonely Planet Fiji Travel Guide, and is Founder of Fijiguide.com.

Kevin Sinclair–Holiday Inn Suva’s Chef Extraordinaire

Editor’s note: Kevin Sinclair, the Executive Sous Chef of the Holiday Inn Suva is a rising star in Fiji’s growing culinary constellation. He’s been with the property for the last five years. Prior to working for IHG he worked for Tropica Island Resort on Malolo, Pacific Resort Aitutaki (in the Cook Islands) and the popular Blue Lagoon Cruises (in...

Paddy Ryan’s new edition of Fiji’s Natural Heritage is a work in progress

Editor’s Note: When it comes to Fiji’s natural world no one has chroncled it better than Paddy Ryan. One of my most prized books is Paddy’s magnum opus, Fiji’s Natural Heritage. Paddy is multi faceted photographer–his subjects are both terrestrial and underwater. Whether his camera lense is focused on a crab, a salamander, a kingfisher...

Paddy Ryan’s life and times as a Fiji wildlife photographer

No one personifies Fiji’s natural history space more than Paddy Ryan, author of Fiji’s Natural Heritage. Traned as a biologist, Paddy is an acclaimed photographer, skilled diver and underwater photographer, writer and chronicler of Fiji’s natural world. In this interview or “Talanoa” with archaeologist, Fiji language expert and...

New Walking Tour of Suva by Peter Sipeli

Guided Walks–a walking tour of Suva, is a new endeavor created by Fijian Poet, Peter Sipeli. He created it with a strong belief that Fiji needed to provide more depth and knowledge about its contemporary spaces and culture as opposed to traditional Fiji Tourism which is too often focused on sun, sea and sand. Suva is a city he grew up in and is passionate about...

New release: Suva Stories–A History of the Capital of Fiji

As someone who just updated a travel guide to Suva (Suva a History & Guide) I presumptuously assumed that I knew something about Fiji’s capital city. Well, my hubris quickly evaporated when I started perusing Nicholas (aka Nic) Halter’s expansive new book, Suva Stories a History of the Capital of Fiji. Professor Halter, a lecturer in history at USP, has...

Rethinking Tourism — It’s all about authenticity

My colleague Fantasha Lockington penned a recent story for the Fiji Times which we have posted below. Fantasha is CEO of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, which is on the cusp of “re-inaugurating” the org’s annual tourism conference, heretofore delayed by Covid over the past few years. The theme of the event is “Rethinking Tourism”...

After 44 years, “Suva–A History and Guide” is in print again

My how time flies. Its taken over four decades, but the newest edition of Suva: A History and Guide is now for sale on Amazon–both as an eBook (on Amazon’s Kindle platform) and in paperback.. So what’s the story behind this book? And why did it take 44 years for a second edition to emerge? Suva: A History and Guide was first published in 1978 by my...

Savusavu unveils a national treasure in plain sight

With great fanfare, on August 2, 2022 the town of Savusavu “unveiled” its long simmering hot springs, national treasure, that until recently didn’t get much respect. I’m talking about the Nakama Hot Springs located in the center of Savusavu, which have been gurgling piping hot water and emitting steam for centuries. Until recently only a handful of villagers, who...

On Fiji Islands–An Interview with author Ron Wright

What a perfect opportunity to publish an interview with Ronald Wright. With the resumption of worldwide travel Fiji has once more become a favored South Pacific destination. The recent re-publication of his masterpiece, On Fiji Islands by Eland Books, our interview with Ronald Wright could not have come at a better time. Wright, a Canadian with English roots, is a...

Tourism is back in Savusavu–we interview Delia Rothnie-Jones (Daku Resort) and Monica Laurence (Tavola Fiji)

Fiji is back in business and Savusavu has opened up for tourism. Fiji closed its borders to international tourists in March 2020, and remained closed for nearly two years, reopening on 1 December 2021. During this period, all of us have had the opportunity to do some introspection. With a biblical plague at our doorstep we’ve had a chance to assess what’s...

Running a B&B in Taveuni–an interview with Roberta Davis

I recently had a chance to connect with my old friend Roberta Davis, who has spent the last 20 years at her B&B-style property called Makaira on the Garden Island of Taveuni. Located in the north of the Fiji Archipelago, it’s far from civilization and remains unspoiled. The Honolulu-born Davis and her husband, John Llanes, a Hawaii Island native, enjoy life in...

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