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Captain Abele Daurewa Makes Dream A Reality

Father of five, Abele Daurewa, 35 admits that his niche is on a vessel out at sea. “It was always my dream to captain a vessel”, Mr Daurewa said. The
21 Nov 2018 10:00
Captain Abele Daurewa Makes Dream A Reality
Abele Daurewa at Port Denarau in Nadi on November 18, 2018. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Father of five, Abele Daurewa, 35 admits that his niche is on a vessel out at sea.

“It was always my dream to captain a vessel”, Mr Daurewa said.

The Mamanuca group of islands is like his backyard as he has been sailing tourist cruise boats between the islands the last 10 years.

Currently he captains one of the classic South Seas Cruises vessels that specifically travels daily from the Denarau marina to the five star beach resort Six Senses Fiji transporting tourists and local staff.

Six Senses Fiji is located on the tropical Malolo Island and is located (25 kilometers) from Nadi International Airport.

Mr Daurewa’s trips are determined by flight schedules of tourists who have booked in advance for their stay at SSF.

“Sailing is my life; I love the sea because it signifies a lot about life. Then it is not always easy sailing as sometimes the seas are rough and I need to adjust for the safety of my passengers and vessel,” Mr Daurewa said.

“And so is life, I need to accept and go through what life has to offer,” he said.

“As a captain I am familiar with any situation that we face out in the sea and I also know how to handle it.”

“When I was small kid I had always wanted to be captain of a big ship. I was serious about it and I followed my dream to make it a reality and now my source of income.

“I always instill that to my children and those I came across daily that a dream needs to be accomplished – then it depends on the dreamer.”

Mr Daurewa completed his high school at Rewa Secondary School before furthering his studies at the then School of Maritime. He graduated with a Class Six Level Captain.

He said, “My job is an interesting one because I get to interact with a lot of people especially with tourists and foreigners. They have different mindsets of viewing things and I get to learn more from them.

“I get to meet new people all the time, interestingly everyone is different and that’s what that makes life interesting just like the sea.

“No two days are the same; there is always a new day, new challenges, new lessons and new friendships to mention a few.

“I sail for the sake of my family and for my children’s better future”.

Daurewa originally from Nukutubu Village in Rewa is married to Maraia Ema of Macuata Cakaudrove. They live at Votualevu with their five children.

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