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ABC News is reporting that Fiji seems to be in better shape than many feared after Cyclone Evan passed
"Overall, Fiji appears to have come through the storm relatively intact, with some places yet to be assessed. THERE ARE NO REPORTS OF DEATHS, the international airport at Nadi reopened Tuesday
and most tourist resorts sustained ONLY MINOR DAMAGE. Power and communications remain down in
parts of the country." -- ABC News
Can anybody who's already in-country tell me what is the latest from Fiji after Evan has passed?
I'm due to get on a plane on Thursday (20th Dec) and Air Pacific are saying that flights are not affected.
I don't want to make the situation worse by turning up in the middle of a disaster zone - but I'm also aware that my tourist dollars would no doubt be welcomed in the reconstruction that will inevitably follow.
Is it too soon to turn up and expect some semblance of normality - or would I be better advised to cancel and come back later in the year?
My schedule was going to be a night or two in Nadi getting over the jetlag, maybe a few days down at the Beach House, then head over to the Yasawas and Mamanucas for about 10 days.
In about a week's time surely the seas will have calmed - but have the hotels on the islands been savaged beyond immediate repair?
I'll try and call around... more »
A Tropical Cyclone Alert has been issued for Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, in addition to the Yasawa,
Mamanuca and Lomaiviti Island groups. While the eye of Evan is currently not forecast to make a direct hit, authorities are cautioning residents and visitors to take precautions in advance of the category 4 cyclone.
Evan earlier moved through Samoa, causing property damage and three fatalities. Updated information on
Evan can be viewed at www.met.gov.fj
I'll be in Fiji celebrating my wife's birthday around the new year. We have much of the itinerary sorted but I need some advice for the last few days. We have Jan. 5-10 to figure out. What I'm looking for is an area where kava cultivation and exportation is important to the local people. I own a kava bar in Portland, Oregon and I'm looking for connections. Ideally, I would find some fabulous kava with a trustworthy exportation network. I know kava drinking is a big part of Fijian culture everywhere but I'm looking for a place where kava as a cash crop is also important. Other considerations are that my wife is relatively high maintenance (let's keep that between you and me), so no areas with only "rustic" accommodation, and because of our short time frame where we go needs to be quickly and easily accessible from Nadi.
Thanks for any advice.
Hey guys, I arrive in Fiji on 10th jan 2013 and was wondering if anyone was about and fancied meeting up/island hopping?
I'm around for a few weeks I'm 24 m UK
So we are off to Waya island next week, i'm well aware its the start of the wet season, and the weather reports on the internet have a few clouds with lightning bolts at the moment which we don't mind to much. I'm just wondering if anyone who may be in the area could give me a more detailed report, are these just afternoon storms? is there still plenty of sunshine during the day ??
any help much appreciated
I'm arriving in Nadi at 5am, and leave at 14:00 the same day. I'd like to get out of the airport, and see something so I can add Fiji to my list of places I've seen.
A beach/island would be good, and I don't mind to putz around the town for a little bit, but I'm open to any suggestions !
I'm on a tight budget, so nothing too expensive.
Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions !!
can anyone help?
we need to know the easiest route to get from caqalai island to savusavu?
My husband and I are flying to Fiji in the morning and just wondering are there any good places to eat Indian food ? Or any other nice places to eat?
We are staying in the Coral Coast region.
Thought I would pass on this story re. traveling in Fiji and health care available in the event of an emergency:
I don't know about the validity of the story, or if there are precedents, and certainly don't feel that this applies just to Fiji! However, I felt it was worthwhile posting onwards, even if just as a reminder to have a phone number of a consulate available, in the event you need emergency assistance, and to have international travel insurance that has a 24-hour number, ideally with local support available.
we have 5 spaces on a boat to Octopus Resort at 1pm on the 26th Dec - is anyone arrving too late for the scheduled transfer and wanting to get out to the islands later in the day?
We would like to find people to share the cost of the boat with!
Below is a letter sent to the editor of the Fiji Lonely Planet, regarding the errors in their 9th edition.
Dear Mr Starnes,
RE: FIJI LONELY PLANET GUIDE (9th Edition)
I am writing on behalf of the Levuka Tourism Association, regarding your newly published edition of the Fiji Lonely Planet. Overall, our members were most disappointed with the entries for the Lomaiviti group made by your writer Celeste Brash. Basically she has copied entries from the previous edition and has not done her job.
In order for you to appreciate the magnitude of her ineptness we have detailed below a number of inaccuracies. These, in your capacity as the coordinating author, are so obvious you should have picked them up, or at the very least questioned their duplicity from the 8th edition,
1. LEVUKA HOMESTAY
Old rates shown from 2009.
Have never served “cocktails”, as they do not have a liqu... more »
I am planning a trip for my nephew and his fiancée for December 2012. They shall be flying into Nadi from Hong Kong by Air Pacific Flight which has now been re-scheduled to arrive into Nadi at 08.00 hours. I had earlier booked a boat for them departing Denarau Marina at 09.00 am to their resort. I have given the new flight arrival time to South Sea Cruises who have suggested that it should generally be possible for them to clear customs by 08.20 and they should be able to make it, but I know it could be dicey – we are presuming a lot too many things – timely arrival of flight, speedy immigration and baggage retrieval. They have said that if they dont make it they shall be put on the next connection, which departs only at 3.00 pm. I dont think I shall make them wait so long for their transfer specially since they are on their honeymoon. So if they miss the boat, I would rathe... more »
Planning a last minute trip to Fiji for late december/early Jan. I have one week only and would prefer to stay in the one place for the whole time - possibly travelling alone so don't want to end up on an island thats mostly couples or families. There are so many islands to chose from that I don't really know where to start. Would like to hear peoples' recommendations for the Yasawas and the Mananuca island groups! Cheers.
I am travelling to Nadi early December to meet friends who are travelling over from New Zealand. I arrive on a 5am flight from LA and need a place to crash for the day/night as my friends don't get to Fiji until the following day.
Would like some advice on the best hotels to stay in and around Nadi, looking for a bit of luxury for the first night! And what's the best way to deal with the early arrival as most hotels only start check-in about 2pm...
Much appreciated, Polly
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