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Let’s Go Local: Namosi for Digital Detox – Roshika Deo

Roshika Deo is a well-known figure on the social media platforms. She is constantly finding ways to empower youth and women and create awareness on gender equality. The 40-year-old also
10 Feb 2021 10:00
Let’s Go Local: Namosi for Digital Detox –  Roshika Deo
Namosi Eco Retreat offers 10 bures in the highlands of Namosi.

Roshika Deo is a well-known figure on the social media platforms.

She is constantly finding ways to empower youth and women and create awareness on gender equality.

The 40-year-old also briefly tried to get involved in politics. She ran as an independent candidate during the 2014 general elections.

Ms Deo was also the recipient of the US Secretary of State International Women of Courage Award from Michelle Obama in 2014.

She is the founder of the Be the Change Campaign/Movement in Fiji. The movement endorsing feminism, LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning), disability, human rights, and environmentalism.

Her organisation aims to bring social, political, economic and cultural change to Fiji.

She says: “I work in the social development sector and my work takes me to many parts of the world including to many places in Fiji. I love travelling so it works out well for me.

“I am always on the lookout for bargains and specials to be able to visit places that I normally would not be able to afford.

“I love snorkeling and being on the beach but also the mountainous terrains of Fiji.

“Depending on my mood I can plan a getaway that involves non-stop activities or one that involves doing nothing at all.

“I like travelling/holidaying on my own as much as I like travelling and holidaying with family and friends.”

Roshika Deo (left) with former United States of America first lady Michelle Obama.

Roshika Deo (left) with former United States of America first lady Michelle Obama.

 

 

What’s One Place You’d Take Every Visitor To Fiji And Why?
There is not one place.

There are so many beautiful parts of Fiji that every person at least once must get to.

Plus, there are still many parts of Fiji that I have not had a chance to explore so I somewhat feel I am not going to do any justice if I only select one.

I would tell any visitor that a trip to Fiji is incomplete if they have not been to Yasawas, Namosi, Kadavu, Ovalau, Taveuni, Labasa and the Coral Coast.
– My favourite part of Coral Coast is the Vatukarasa stretch and watching the waves crashing against the rocks whilst eating sila.
– Namosi is one of the places that I have been to quite a few times because it forces me to go on a digital detox and provides a great spot for hiking adventures – for this Namosi remains a favourite.
– The isolation from the mainlands and snorkelling (and futile attempts at diving) in Kadavu is one of the most memorable experiences especially drinking coboi and watching a pod of dolphins frolicking.
– Ovalau is also another destination that one must get to especially with the rustic feel of the town and the wildlife.
– The marine life and the vibrant ocean in the Yasawas are too much of a beautiful feel to miss it.

Plus I did my first diving course in the Yasawas and still remember the very early morning cold swim with the manta rays.
– The waterfalls and the wildlife in Taveuni are breathtaking and magical.

 

What Is Your Secret Backyard Favourite Spot?
It really would not be a secret if I told you that.

 

What Is Your Favourite Place In Fiji For A Pie/Coffee?
Any place that has gluten and dairy free products.

 

What Is One Fiji Spot On The Top Of Your Bucket List?
Rotuma.

 

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj



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