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Kiwi Couple Marks Fifth Trip To Suva

Kiwi Couple Marks Fifth Trip To Suva
Victor and Barbara Mobley on August 7, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
September 08
15:34 2017


A Kiwi couple visited Suva for the fifth time on board the giant cruise liner Pacific Jewel yesterday after making their maiden visit in the 1970s.

“The first trip was when we came around the late 1970s – we thought Fiji was a wonderful place, but we will be coming here often because we’ve done lots of travelling around the world and we just want to go somewhere close and warm,” 71-year-old Barbara Mobley said.

“It’s winter at the moment in New Zealand and is slowly going into spring so that’s why the warmth here at the moment is good for us.”

The 1900-capacity Pacific Jewel dwarfed the Suva waterfront yesterday when it arrived with thousands of passengers on board.

The Australian P & O cruise liner is one of 40 ships that have docked in Suva so far this year.

Ms Mobley, and her husband 73-year-old Victor Mobley said the island cruise was a wonderful change from Auckland.

“Well actually this is just completely different to Auckland but we do love Fiji and we do come on holiday and it’s a really nice place,” Ms Mobley said.

“We will go sightseeing around Fiji and then to Tonga.”

While originally never expecting to visit the country, the Mobleys first visited Fiji almost 40 years ago.

“Years ago, my mother had a friend and her son was the Governor of Fiji and back then I lived in the north of England,” Ms Mobley said.

“I never ever thought that I would ever come to Fiji.”

The amount of New Zealand visitors has increased by more than any other country, according to the latest data from the Fiji Bureau of Statistics.

Fiji experienced a 15.1 per cent increase in the number of New Zealand visitors in the 12 months leading up to July 2017 compared to the same period the previous year.

Ms Mobley, who is a seasoned traveller, cites Fiji’s warm weather and proximity to New Zealand as the main draw for her and her husband.

After enjoying My Suva Park, a short tour of village life and settlements yesterday, the Pacific Jewel passengers will head to Port Denarau, Dravuni Island in the north of Kadavu and Savusavu before continuing to Tonga.

The cruise ship departed from Suva at around 5.30pm yesterday and will return to the Fijian capital later this month.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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