Local Travel

Birth and rise of Queen Victoria School – Part 1

This year Queen Victoria School celebrates the 70th anniversary of it being based at Matavatucou in Tailevu. After many years of moving from one location to another, QVS finally arrived at its permanent home. In addition, this momentous event was also significant in another very important sense. QVS and its antecedents were originally intended to...

Cold Melbourne to warm Fiji experience

It took me 10 days and a visit to a village before I realised the biggest differences between Fiji and my hometown of Melbourne. Some differences were obvious and immediate – the weather for instance. When I stepped off the plane in Nadi I was greeted with blue skies and sunshine, whereas Melbourne just experienced...

The Defence Club’s famous dollar bills

Last week, Discovering Fiji took a rare glimpse into one of Defence Club’s most famous antiquated pieces – The Chandos wooden bar counter from London that has been on permanent loan to the Suva establishment since the colonial days. This week we shall consider a few rare items that grace the walls and interior of...

Discovering Fiji: Unlocking the potential of Buca bay

Last year’s Nabua street brawls are long gone. They were events that remind us of how precarious the future will be if youths — our future leaders — are unguided and show disrespect for the law. Those acts of hooliganism that made national headlines in October 2021 caused many families in the area to cringe...

The unhabited Vuaqava island

In the vast expanse of Lau’s pristine seas is an uninhabited island called Vuaqava. The island lies five kilometres South South West of Fiji’s Southern Lau Group and is normally visited by nearby villagers, mostly fishermen and women. However, what most people don’t know is that its interior basin is occupied by what could be...

Discovering Fiji: Macuata’s mystery lake and earthen boats

Close to 45 kilometres Northeast of Labasa, the hometown of the Babasiga Lions, the meandering road took me across unkempt tramlines, roadside mud pools and sprawling cane fields. In no time I was in the middle of nowhere, and everything seemed slow, strange and consumed by silence. All I felt was this — each dashing...

Tourism Talanoa: Our top markets are open

Living with COVID” approach to its many restrictions now following the high vaccination rate, successful border reopening and where the last virus variant has moved to. We have been through some dark times over the past two years but we’ve managed to get our heads above water for now, but not without some experiences with reopening that have taught us some hard lessons. Following...

Influx of day cruise – Spend a perfect day in paradise

Beachcomber Island Resort is experiencing an influx of day cruise passengers through our local market. While small in size it can accommodate up to 400 pax for day cruise. Beachcomber Island Resort activities — For water sports enthusiast free activities include;  Coral viewing/fish feeding; Snorkeling; and Turtle viewing Land based activities include; Putt – putt...

Leave your footprints in the sand

Blue skies, summer days all year round… it’s the kind of place that will refresh you… it’s where doing nothing becomes an art form. Situated on a picturesque marine sanctuary in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands, Beachcomber Island Resort is an island that’s easy to get to yet so very hard to leave! The...

Book your dream holiday now

Nestled in idyllic Momi Bay, our award winning resort offers the iconic adults only overwater bure on the mainland. Book your dream holiday or relive the memorable staycation with our newly re-launched local resident rates. Our spacious duplex bure are guests’ favourite, facing either the lagoon which allows you to step directly into the lagoon...

The history behind the chiefly island of Serua and the people of Korolevu – Part 1

A long time ago, two brothers from Korolevu, Noikoro in the heart of Navosa had one of the most important conversations they ever made as siblings. The younger of the two decided to leave home in search of new land and possibilities. It was time to say goodbye. While the exact reason behind their separation...

Local Getaways: Hospitality at its best

Experience the magic of Beachcomber Island and share memories that will stay with you forever. Blue skies, summer days all year round… it’s the kind of place that will refresh you… it’s where doing nothing becomes an art form Situated on a picturesque marine sanctuary in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands, Beachcomber Island Resort...

Point of Origin – Many rivers to cross

Sixty-nine-old Waisake Naivakarusu of the Yavusa Naboro in Sawanikula Village in the district of Muaira, Naitasiri, vividly remembers the days when his elders had to relocate their homes from the old village site along the Wainimala River, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Bebe in 1972. He said the area where the village of Sawanikula...

Discovering Fiji: The journey of yavusa Vulagi from Kiuva to the Rewa Delta

A long time ago, members of yavusa Vulagi who now reside in Nasilai Village on the Rewa Delta left their home. The reason behind this early tribal migration was the outbreak of the deadly epidemic known as “matelila” or the wasting disease. It is believed they migrated from Bau. This article takes a look at how they moved from Kiuva to Nasilai in Nakelo...

Footprints in the sand

Experience the magic of Beachcomber Island and share memories that will stay with you forever. Blue skies, summer days all year round. It’s the kind of place that will refresh you. It’s where doing nothing becomes an art form. Situated on a picturesque marine sanctuary in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands, Beachcomber Island Resort is an island that’s easy to get to yet...

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