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Let’s Go Local: Nakauvadra Range on Bucket List: Waitika Owner

"Top of the bucket list would be to explore the rich history that the Nakauvadra range has to offer. There is much to learn and much to experience right on our doorstep. Determined to do that one day."
28 Jan 2021 10:53
Let’s Go Local: Nakauvadra Range on Bucket List: Waitika Owner
Jean Hutchison Tikaram and her husband Anil Tikaram at the ROC market

Co-owner of Watika Farm in Rakiraki, Jean Tikaram, and her husband are one of the few bee gurus in Fiji. Mrs Tikaram, originally from South Africa, is a familiar face you will see mainly at the ROC Market in Suva and Vuda Market.

They operate more than 50 beehives that can be found on the hills of Wairuku in Rakiraki. The farm offers bee educational tours, delicious honey and honey flavoured nibbles including honey butter, chilli honey and honey flavoured pastries.

“We are a husband-and-wife team, one from South Africa and one from Fiji,” said Mrs Tikaram.

“We love bees and have established an apiary under the gorgeous Nakauvadra range in Rakiraki.”

Nakauvadra mountain range in Ra.

Nakauvadra mountain range in Ra.

What’s one place you’d take every visitor to Fiji and why?
If we weren’t bringing every visitor to experience our bee tours at Waitika farm, we would take them to the waterfalls at Nabalasere. They are just stunning and the local community are doing an amazing job in promoting this eco friendly tourist activity.

What’s your secret backyard favourite spot?
Our secret spot is a place in the interior of Rakiraki, beyond Waimari where the crystal clear waters of the Waimari River flows through the volcanic rocks to offer you nature’s best water massage.

What’s your favourite place in Fiji for a pie/coffee?
The best coffee in Fiji has to come from Ginger Cafe at the Museum in Suva. The coffee is lovely, the ambience is amazing and of course, nothing beats the beautiful Thurston Gardens.

What’s one Fiji spot on the top of your bucket list?
Top of the bucket list would be to explore the rich history that the Nakauvadra range has to offer. There is much to learn and much to experience right on our doorstep. Determined to do that one day.

Waitika Farm products.

Waitika Farm products.

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj


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