Friday, August 6, 2021

Under a Fijian sun – first impressions

Fiji can offer a diverse range of first impressions for the visitor, depending on how you arrive and where you go. I first set foot on Viti Levu in 2010, on a 21 day South Pacific cruise to taste the cultures and sights the island nations are known for. As we sailed through azure...
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A drive in the Solomons

      I am not going to lie; when it comes to a good old-fashioned road trip, my family and I are failures on a gargantuan scale. Those who know us laugh about our lack of ability to get out of town without needing a toilet break and we seem to have an uncanny knack...

Melanesian Sky Islands: Engines of Biodiversity

The phrase “sky islands” was initially coined by Weldon Heald in his publication describing the mountains of southeastern Arizona; remote montane forests or woodland surrounded by an expanse of desert. Sky islands form when the uppermost reaches of ridges become isolated physically from each other and ecologically from surrounding lowland environments. They are similar to...
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| A drive in the Solomon Islands |

I am not going to lie; when it comes to a good old-fashioned road trip, my family and I are failures on a gargantuan scale. Those who know us laugh about our lack of ability to get out of town without needing a toilet break and we seem to have an uncanny knack for...
Colo-I-Suva Forest Park FIJI

Fiji’s luscious Colo-I-Suva Forest Park

When most people think of Fiji, they think of crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. The incredible coral and tropical fish beckon to divers while the constant breezes and friendly locals make tourists feel at home. Formally known as the Republic of Fiji, this truly is a friendly nation. The archipelago is centrally located...

COT Warriors – Eco Sailors Looking To Make A Difference

The archipelago of Vanuatu offers a plethora of wonders just waiting to be discovered, from amazing volcanic displays, tumbling waterfalls and pristine jungles, to a wondrous marine mecca beneath its sparkling waters. Add to this the innate friendliness of its people, the kastom and culture and it is little wonder that Vanuatu ranks up...

Taking to the Mountain

Once upon a time on an island in Vanuatu there was a great warrior who had special powers to predict the future. He predicted the arrival of the first missionary. He also predicted independence. He knew that the volcano would become silent and how he would die…. This story belongs to the warrior of Mt...

Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

In recent years, the island of Espiritu Santo has seen a surge of new locally owned and managed tourism businesses. Island-style bungalows, sand-between-your-toes restaurants, and activities showcasing aspects of traditional culture are adding yet more to the allure of Santo. TVET initiatives and training programs have much to do with this latest outpouring of...

Life as a Song

The Bank Islands have long been known as one of the last frontiers. So close to Australia, yet so far, these islands are truly unspoiled.

Fiji’s Coral Coast

Known as ‘where tradition, culture and nature meet’, Fiji’s Coral Coast radiates peace amidst blue ocean and emerald jungle. This stretch of coastline lies on the west of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu and extends from just south of Nadi, past Pacific Harbour, to the north of Suva, along Queen’s Road. The drive...