FIJIAN ISLAND BACK IN BUSINESS

September 16, 2016

 

4c130471-fbcc-46fa-8314-865f3367077fAfter a 28 week closure and a reinvestment in excess of AUD13.5 million, Fiji’s VOMO Island has now re-opened. A full renovation was completed in 2015, but further works were needed after Tropical Cyclone Winston struck.

More than AUD6.5 million has also been invested into two brand new palatial residences. This new three and four bedroom beachfront accommodation offers private swimming pools and the lavish interiors one would expect from Fiji’s most sought after island address.

All meals are included in the nightly rates for up to 8 people. Rates start at FJD5620 per night if staying 7 nights or more for 6 people including meals and non-alcoholic beverages. (around AUD3,600 per night).

Renovations to the main resort include changes to roofing, joinery, air conditioning, the main kitchen and landscaping as well as a makeover of the reception.

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The gardens have been transformed with fresh, vibrant plants, bursting with colourful and fragrant blooms by landscaping specialist ‘Meli’, originally from New Zealand. The results are stunning and this island paradise is glowing. New flowers are blooming everywhere, which have enticed species of bird-life not seen on VOMO before plus native species that were removed over the years have been added.

Mark Leslie, General Manager said, “It has been a challenging time for all concerned, however you have to experience a little rain to receive a rainbow and the enhancements we’ve been able to make during this closure have become our blessing.  We have two of the most amazing private homes ever built in Fiji that we can now rent on a nightly and weekly basis to guests, a fresh resort with so many new areas and facilities and an extremely experienced and talented team on the island to deliver the VOMO experience.  This is such a tremendous accomplishment for everyone who has not just brought VOMO back, but enhanced the resort in so many ways.”

VOMO is offering up to two nights on a complimentary basis in all villa and private residence categories when staying from 10 October to 23 December 2016, 9 January to 31 March 2017, 1 May to 23 June 2017. Book a stay of seven nights and only pay for five or book a stay of five nights and only pay for four.

Sandra Tiltman

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FIJI’S SIGATOKA RIVER SAFARI

April 12, 2014

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Fiji is a popular destination for Australians, especially during school holiday times. Only a three hour flight from Sydney to Nandi, where the international airport is located, it’s not long before visitors get into holiday mode, especially after receiving the traditional “Bula” welcome. Fiji offers a large range of accommodation, available in all price categories, from luxury private islands to resort hotels and serviced apartments.

Families flock to Fiji, as the variety of activities available appeal to all age groups, from lagoon cruises, swimming, snorkeling, shopping, sightseeing to a game of golf.

Waving goodbye to village friends SRSOne fun activity that should not be missed is the award winning Sigatoka River Safari. Celebrating its 8th birthday in April, the tour has truly lived up to its tag line ‘Simply Unforgettable’. As the first jet-boat safari tour of its kind in Fiji, it has become one of the country’s most popular tours, winning the 2008 Best Fiji Experience and 2007 Best Adventure Tour at the annual Excellence in Tourism Awards. The half-day adventure into the heart and soul of Fiji, aboard custom-built safari jet boats, travels along the Sigatoka River, visiting authentic Fijian villages, allowing passengers to experience a day in the life of the real ‘kaiviti’ (Fijian).

Founded by Australian Jay Whyte, who fell in love with Fiji when he was a child, “I visited Fiji for the first time in 1991 and met Fijian, Pita Matasau. Pita took myself and my family high into the Fijian interior to his village of Draiba.  It was from this experience that I decided other people should see that area of Fiji. The next year I visited New Zealand and that’s when I thought of combining a jet boat ride up the Sigatoka River with a visit to a real Fijian village, just like I had experienced.It didn’t happen overnight, in fact it wasn’t until ten years later that I decided to put my plan into action”said Jay.

Beginning fromasmall home office and a staff of four, Sigatoka River Safari now has a staff of 40 and two retail shops in Sigatoka Town. Their one boat has expanded to four.

One of the company’s most exciting developments was starting the new Off Road Caves Safari tour in 2012. Mr Whyte said “Off Road Caves Safari is Fiji’s only off road safari and takes passengers to the Naihehe Cave, Fiji’s largest Cave system. I’m extremely proud of what I have achieved and when passengers return from the Sigatoka River Safari and tell me how much it has really touched them, then I know I’m achieving what I set out to do. I love living in Fiji, working with my incredible team and helping the villages we work with”.

The Sigatoka River Safari is one tour that should not be missed when visiting Fiji.

Sandra Tiltman


NEW BROCHURE FOR CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES FIJI

May 26, 2013

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Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has launched their new 2013/2014 brochure for the Fijian Small Ship Cruise operations.

The new brochure titled “Fiji Islands Small Ship Cruising”, features the company’s weekly three, four and seven night Yasawa Island cruises, their new 11 night Lau cruise and their Northern Discovery Cruises, including the 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise (formerly known as the Northern Discovery Cultural Cruise) visiting Kio, Rabi and Labasa and Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise (formerly known as the Northern Discovery Heritage cruise) visiting Levuka, Savusavu and Taveuni.

The brochure also features information on their Tivua Island Day Cruise, Sunset Dinner Cruise, Tivua Island stay and wedding and private function cruise packages.

If you would like a copy of the new brochure, please contact their Australian distributor on 9516 0024.

Sandra Tiltman