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Let’s Go Local: Akaansha Nand and Loves Yasawas

Akaansha Nand’s passion for the great outdoors led her to obtain a Degree in Environmental Science. The move for higher education furthered her passion to understand nature and the environment,
15 Apr 2021 11:18
Let’s Go Local: Akaansha Nand and Loves Yasawas
Akaansha Nand and Trekking in the Northern Yasawas.

Akaansha Nand’s passion for the great outdoors led her to obtain a Degree in Environmental Science.

The move for higher education furthered her passion to understand nature and the environment, she said.

“I lived in Suva City before I moved to the ever contrasting Vatukoula Gold Mine for a few years, where the rural backdrop and open fields inspired my spirit of adventure when there were no video games and cinemas in sight,” Ms Nand said.

“I currently work as a Project Manager for Enrich Projects Fiji Pte Limited and its sister companies.

“Enrich Projects is an investment company which invests in the local community through its various ventures such as farming and export, fishing and land developments focusing on joint venture business to name a few.”

 

What Are Your Hobbies?
Travel is fulfilling for the soul; it opens you up to the wonders of the world.

I enjoy rock climbing in Australia and New Zealand pre-COVID-19.

I spent trips to New Zealand and Australia camping and vanning; soaking up all the natural sites.

I used to Hobie Cat before at Suva Point.

Yoga is not so much a hobby as it is a necessity for grounding and gratitude.

 

What Is The One Spot In Fiji You Would Take Every Visitor To, And Why?
To pick one spot is so hard as the beauty of Fiji and its people transcends mere visitation and pleasure for the eyes as the experiences go straight to your heart.

One such spot that has captured my heart is Yasawa, particularly the Northern islands which are a little bit more secluded.

The crystal clear waters, the white sandy beaches just take my breath away.

During sunset it is so surreal, my friends and I joke that its almost like a ‘computer simulation’.

You really need to be present two soak up all those beautiful moments the warmth, the colours, just the sheer beauty of the islands and the people that live humble lives off the ocean and land.

Maybe when visitors see the beauty there, they are inspired to treat the natural environment with more respect both travelling and at home and make better conscientious decisions to care for the natural environment and what we leave behind when visiting such beautiful places.

We also make our treks to explore the hills and caves through the thickets and tall grass up to the hilltop to watch the sunset from there.

 

What Is Your Favourite Spot For A Pie Or Coffee And Why?
I am a coffee addict. I ground and brew my own every morning.

TT Cafe in Nadi has one of the best coffee beans I have tasted.

The flavour is smooth with chocolate notes almost.

The beans were specially selected for its slightly sweeter taste, a hit with the locals who want to try a more energising yet smooth flavor of freshly brewed coffee.

 

What Is Your Favourite Backyard Spot, And Why?
Anywhere I can go with Buddy my Labrador, which is not that many places in Fiji.

We recently had a luxurious stay at the Fiji Marriott, everyone loved to have him there.

They have designated pet rooms, which made the stay less worrisome when having to leave a loved one behind, and so luxurious and convenient to stay right on the beach.

Otherwise we normally pack the car and go to Natadola where we have the endlessly long beach to play fetch and beautiful cool waters to dip in after.

There is a small beach break there, good for beginner surfers and paddle board enthusiasts.

Need to be there early during holidays as the parking can get a little crowded.

An aerial image of Marriott Momi Bay Resort.

An aerial image of Marriott Momi Bay Resort.

 

What Is The One Spot In Fiji On The Top of your bucket list and why?
Savusavu and Taveuni.

I still haven’t been North.

I would love to see Savusavu and the many yachts the beautiful area attracts, as well as the famous waterfalls everyone talks about so much.

savusavu-view

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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