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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Lautoka April 23rd 2018

Blog 31 Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji April 20, 2018 – Weather forecast: mostly sunny; temperature 32°C, wind 7kts (3 Beaufort) Today we visit Lautoka on Viti Levu, the second largest island in the Southern Pacific. Lautoka is this island nation’s second largest city with a population of 52,000 and is affectionately known as “Sugar City” due to the largest sugar mill in the Southern Hemisphere located near our pier. Fiji has over 300 islands under its control with approximately 106 of them inhabited. Fiji gained its independence from England in 1970 and became a republic in 1987. We selected another cultural experience in the form of a traditional Fijian meke, a performance that conveys the tales of love, legend and history through song and dance. The ceremony started off with the elaborate preparation of “kava”, a ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Lautoka July 11th 2016

Geo: -17.61, 177.45With the Melanesian Championships finished and Fletcher's course complete we had one day where we could just be tourists. Fletcher had made sure we could have a night to go to First Landing, a resort just north of Nadi on the road to Lautoka.. He had been there several times before and wanted to take me to dinner there. Last week we decided to stay there too so I went online and booked the last available roo, Tis happened to be a Villa which originally was priced at $236. Though that was more expensive than we would usually pay the description of the place told me there were two King sized beds, a living roo and kitchen. So I thought it was worth it. It turned out that the price quoted was in US ... read more
Fletcher at the Novotel
Me at the Novotel
One of the villages

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Lautoka September 23rd 2014

Well, my welsh mate Mark was on his way to join me in Fiji. What did he want to do? I knew he wanted to buy his own yacht but had he any in mind and where were they. Did he want to go directly to Suva or the western division (Nadi and Lautoka)? Today is arrival day and I was sitting in the bar across the road from the Copra Shed keeping an eye out for the Welshman. Mark said he was flying into Labassa and then catching the bus south to Savusavu. I was expecting him from mid morning on and suspected that he would have a pile of gear. Yep that guy walking with lots of stuff busily talking to the other palangi was Mark. I was right about the gear, four bags ... read more
Scissortail sergeant
Found the clown fish

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Lautoka October 9th 2012

Bula, a word used by every person, regardless of where they originate, workers along the waterfront, hotel guests and screaming school children. Meaning hello, it's the main Fijian word used where most people's mother tongue is English. And boy did we hear it hundreds of times daily. Despite the fact we went nowhere! Our flight from Auckland was a good one, fairly good breakfast on the early morning three hour flight where although we advanced, we went back in time an hour (Fiji do not have spring daylight saving for its always sunny*.) We were greeted by a man wearing a skirt (completely normal) playing a banjo singing in Fijian folk (even more normal), we got through customs fine and although many staff wanted us to take a taxi we got the public bus, success. Although ... read more
Waterfront sunset
Islands from waterfront
Sleeping stray dogs

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Lautoka May 28th 2012

This instalment of our blog is dedicated to the memory of Edna Rosina Beaken who died this month and who's funeral is taking place in Sheffield today. She was nearly 90 and she was Carla's Gran. She was an intrepid traveller. Alex: On Tuesday morning I arrived at the offices of the Glacier Guides company wearing about 5 layers so that I wouldn’t be cold. Our guide was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and suggested that I might want to leave a couple of layers behind as it wasn’t going to be all that cold on there. I had been expecting to walk up onto the glacier, as that was the advertised trip on their website, so was happily surprised when I was told to walk around to the heliport to wait for the helicopter ride ... read more
Anglican Church Franz Josef 1931
Arthur's Pass (3)
At A Scenic Lookout (2)

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Lautoka October 5th 2010

Summary of Trip Sailed from Lautoka, on the west coast of Viti Levu Fiji, to Whangarei, NZ. Started from Lautoka at 10:30 am on Tuesday 21st September and arrive in Marsden Cove Marina 22:08 on Wednesday 29th September, having travelled 1195 nautical miles (nm) (or 2,217 km) at an average speed of 5.8 knots. The best 24 hour run from noon to noon was 158 nm with an average run of 143 nm. The lead up to the trip After Sharron left us in Denarau, our main jobs were to find a third crew for the trip back to NZ and get Hakura ready. To find a crew member, we put up notices in the Port Denarau Marine Office, the Vuda Point Marina and we had already put up a notice in Musket Cove. We also ... read more
The new anchor winch.
John on th helm at the beginning.
The hugh Mahi mahi

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