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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.

Interview with Chef Mo Arun of the Grand Pacific Hotel

Arguably one of the most influential chefs in Fiji, Chef Mo Arun has become well known in recent years as a practitioner of the “Pacific Rim Authenticity Cuisine”.  A native of Nadi, he began his culinary career at the Fijian Hotel (now the Shangri-La) and Regent of Fiji (now The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa). He subsequently moved to New...

Fiji Guide Introduction to On Fiji Islands

It is my pleasure to introduce readers to Ronald Wright’s masterpiece, On Fiji Islands. In this work the author weaves his interests in history and ethnology into a visceral depiction of late 20th century Fiji. As the Washington Post proclaimed in a 1986 review: THIS IS A FINE TRAVEL BOOK, PERSONAL WITHOUT BEING PRETENTIOUS, OPEN·EYED WITHOUT BEING NAIVE, AND...

Travel Pro Rick Garrett answers FAQ on Planning your Fiji Trip–Part I

Rick Garrett, a long time South Pacific travel planner, stopped by our office once again to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about orchestrating a vacation in Fiji. Rick runs a wholesaler called Travel Pacific and he readily admits that the ease of booking one’s own land and air on the Internet makes many people shy away from working with a travel...

Lautoka’s Hidden Secret, the Northern Club

I stumbled upon the Northern Club by chance. I needed to huddle with a business partner in Lautoka but had no idea where to stay that was friendly, clean, reasonably priced and hopefully interesting. A friend recommended the Northern Club. I didn’t know about their accommodations nor did I know much about the organization. I decided to take a chance. Before I...

A Travelogue to the Yasawa Islands by Marilyn Marsh–Part 3, Octopus Resort, Likuliku Bay, Waya Island

A Travelogue to the Yasawa Islands by Marilyn Marsh–Part 3, Octopus Resort, Likuliku Bay, Waya Island

Long time Fijiguide.com contributor Marilyn Marsh has just returned from her annual trip to Fiji. This year she focused on the Yasawa Group. Marilyn is an excellent writer and a photographer with a knack for underwater shots. Over the next ten days Fijiguide.com will present her travelogue– both text and photos, in a four-part series. This the third segment of...

Six Senses Fiji – Setting the benchmark for sustainability

About Six Senses Fiji We’ve all read about the marketing of ‘sustainable tourism’. It’s a big draw nowadays but much of the time it’s all smoke and mirrors. However, in Fiji, they are not just talking about ‘selling’ sustainable tourism. Six Senses Fiji, an upscale property which has recently opened up for business, is really doing something about it.I...

A Travelogue to the Yasawa Islands – Part 1, How to get there

Long time Fijiguide.com contributor Marilyn Marsh has just returned from her annual trip to Fiji.  This year she focused on the Yasawa Group. Marilyn is an excellent writer and a photographer with a knack for underwater shots. Over the next ten days Fijiguide.com will present her travelogue both text and photos, in a four-part series. This first blog describes how to...

Fiji’s Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the Grand Pacific Hotel – Part 4

Part Four This is the Fourth in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen.  These next few excerpts cover the glorious history of the GPH Fiji Times twice to find people who had worked at the Grand Pacific or who were in any way related to the building and could tell a story about it, but only two persons reacted. The people I found who could...

Fiji’s Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the Grand Pacific Hotel – Part 2

Part Two This is the second part in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen.  These next few excerpts cover the glorious history of the GPH The Grand Pacific Hotel was built in 1914 and was hailed as a masterpiece of colonial architecture and a seat of splendid receptions, balls and dinners. It had 60 rooms and a hall with huge cane chairs...

A Travelogue to the Yasawa Islands by Marilyn Marsh–Part 4, Octopus Resort, Likuliku Bay, Waya Island

A Travelogue to the Yasawa Islands by Marilyn Marsh–Part 4, Octopus Resort, Likuliku Bay, Waya Island

Long time Fijiguide.com contributor Marilyn Marsh has just returned from her annual trip to Fiji. This year she focused on the Yasawa Group. Marilyn is a fine writer and a photographer with a knack for underwater shots. Over the next ten days Fijiguide.com will present her travelogue– both text and photos, in a four-part series. This the fourth segment of her...