July 15, 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.

The Naqaqa Family Farm, Fiji

Description Beauty, song and the Garden of Eden in this second film in the series from Vanua Levu — a very magical and musical short about Setareki the farmer and his family at the Naqaqa farm, near Naidi Bay and at the foot of Mt. Serenitoba on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. (Naqaqa is pronounced Nanganga.) They grow Taro, Casava, and vegetables — and they sing...

Rabi performance at the Savusavu festival

Video Description Not a lot of people get to Rabi, which has a distinct culture. This video (which includes an interview with a Rabi elder) will will give you a taste of Rabi that I suspect you’ve never seen before. Enjoy… About Rabi Island Rabi (pronounced [ˈrambi]) is a volcanic island in northern Fiji. It is an outlier to Taveuni (5 kilometers west)...

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...

New Year’s Eve in Taveuni–The Pinnacle of my Fiji Vacation!

New Year’s Eve in Taveuni–The Pinnacle of my Fiji Vacation!

New Year’s in the world’s first time zone–the first celebratory place on the planet. Just down the road from Makaira (Roberta Davis’ and John Llanes cool little resort) is a local hangout called Tramontos.   It was a bit slow to start.  Someone opined that money was tight and perhaps not enough visitors were coming because of curtailed inter...

First Time to Fiji: Day 12

First Time to Fiji: Day 12

In Namale we are greeted with song, drinks, and salusalus (leis.) Namale manages to be a luxury resort while maintaining a non-resort feel. All the thatched log buildings are beautifully designed with high ceilings and log pillars decorated with tapa. The staff is very impressive. Everyone had memorized our name by the time we check in. A beautiful wooden “Dan...

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