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Let’s Go Local: Mt Batilamu Bucketlist For Kiel AhSam

Abaca National Heritage park, Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, Nase Lodge, and Mt Batilamu, are all part of the out eco-tourism system.
13 Mar 2021 13:00
Let’s Go Local: Mt Batilamu Bucketlist For Kiel AhSam
From Left-Right: Kiel AhSam and Mount Batilamu, Koroyanitu National Heritage Park.

Du Aull Services project manager is the 29-year-old Kiel AhSam.

Popularly known as Kiel, he also works for an industrial blasting and painting company.

“I’m one of three National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) certified and licensed individuals in Fiji.”

He is also the newly appointed vice-president for the Uto Ni Yalo Trust.

He is currently assisting with the overhaul out of the vessel at Vuda, Lautoka.

What is NACE?

The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) is an organisation serving nearly 35,000 members in 130 countries.

It is recognised globally as one of the premier authorities for corrosion control solutions.

NACE International is a not-for-profit professional organisation for the corrosion control industry, whose mission is to “(equip) society to protect people, assets and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion.”

NACE started in 1943 as the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.

What is the one place in Fiji you’d take every visitor to, and why?

All the luxuries aside.

I believe every visitor young or old should experience the true essence of Fiji, that does not denote any locality, because the entirety of Fiji is beautiful. (One of the main reasons for staying in Fiji).

What is your secret backyard favourite spot?

If I’m going to be picky, it would be Natadola Beach for a day trip.

A wonderfully long set white beach nestled away from the hustle of the highway especially with refreshing cool breeze and continously calm rolling waves.

A positively breathtaking place for anyone who has never been, and seeking that bit of tranquillity.

What’s your favourite place for a pie/coffee?

I’m a bit picky, so I’d probably say my own pie would be the way to go.

But my favourite coffee spot would have to be Vuda Marina, General Cafe.

What’s one Fiji spot on the top of your bucket list?

Having travelled to so many parts of Fiji and they have grounded me in their own way.

But if I have to say, some where I haven’t been to, may be Mount Batilamu, Koroyanitu National Heritage Park.

There are six villages within the park that co-operate as part of an ecotourism project.

They maintain the landscape and tracks, and subsequently earn tourist dollars through village stays and manning the office.

Those who make the climb to the summit of Castle Rock, from Nase Lodge, will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Mamanucas and Yasawas.

A marked track leads its way up; it takes about four hours, one way.

There is also a two-hour hike that takes in a waterfall, the terraced gardens at Tunutunu and the Navuratu village site.

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj



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