So Much To See In Fiji: Tuqa

Ms Tuqa lived in Noumea with her husband for a couple of years where trekking and hiking were popular
17 Jan 2021 15:02
So Much To See In Fiji: Tuqa
From left: Alisi Tuqa with her daughter on a two-night Talanoa Trek around Gaga and Nubutautau, in the interior of Nadroga Navosa.

Alisi Tuqa makes no bones about  travel being her passion.

“I love travelling,” the chief executive officer for Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) said.

She wants to carry out more leisurely travel locally, and said there was so much to see in Fiji.

“2020 got us to a few places,” Ms Tuqa said.

“We especially took on hiking and trekking in a new way – not something we really did before.

“Last year prompted us to, and we love it.”

Ms Tuqa lived in Noumea with her husband for a couple of years where trekking and hiking were popular, she said.

She loves trying new food and cuisine.

“At the moment, I’m trying to perfect my terrine making – made it once after Christmas, but need to get myself a proper terrine dish.”


Practising patience

Terrine making has taught her the importance of practising patience, she said.

Ms Tuqa lived in London with her parents during her formative years, before her family returned to Fiji  and she furthered her   education at Natabua High School.

“A great school in Fiji for the fact that a  great part of your high school mates become your professional/work network and social circle,” Ms Tuqa said.

This year, Ms Tuqa’s goals have included taking up some physical exercise regime, more reading and pick up quilting again.

Ms Tuqa enjoys charity work, and continues to enjoy her work with Rotary since 2007.

“I love the global network that Rotary brings, and the organised charity and community work we do,” she said.

“In Noumea I had also joined Rotary, with the intention of improving my French (that failed) and getting involved in community initiatives.”


What is one place in Fiji you would take visitors to, and why?

The inland/interior of Viti Levu where there is great trekking and hiking spots.

My daughter and I (and a group of friends) did the two nights Talanoa Trek around Naga and Nubutautau in August last year, which was one of the best things I have ever done in Fiji.

Amazing and picturesque sights and yes a good workout to boot.

Yes, Fiji is known for its sun, surf, beaches.

But we have equally amazing highlands, forests and grasslands, which we should be promoting more.


What is your favourite spot for a coffee or tea?

Tea/Coffee – definitely at home and especially when the kids or the hubby makes it (without you pushing them to the kitchen to do it).

But if out and about, I love the turmeric latte which Mad Hatter Café makes; and piccolo latte when passing through Korotogo at the uber cool Café Planet.

Truth be told I have also been sneaking into Fresh Choice coffee kiosk as they also have a fab piccolo latte (and cheese toastie.)


What is a local destination on your bucket list, and why?

Taveuni. Friends were there recently who raved about it and the trek there.


Is there a secret backyard spot that you enjoy? If so, please explain

We love going to Natadola – easy getaway where we can just throw everything and everyone into the car and take off.

Our usual haunt is the Natadola Villas nearby; always feels like home away from home, the amazing Natadola beach is a stone’s throw away; and love the fully fitted out villas with kitchen (especially when you’re travelling with tweens/teens who are constantly eating.)




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