Let’s Go Local: It’s Rotuma For Bob Mitchell

Meet Bob Mitchell. Currently, Mr Mitchell is the Manager Quality Awards in the Division of Productivity and Consultancy with the Fiji National University’s National Training Productivity Centre. The Department of
04 Jun 2021 15:59
Let’s Go Local: It’s Rotuma For Bob Mitchell
Natural pool in Lopta, Rotuma and Bob Mitchell.

Meet Bob Mitchell.

Currently, Mr Mitchell is the Manager Quality Awards in the Division of Productivity and Consultancy with the Fiji National University’s National Training Productivity Centre.

The Department of Quality Awards under the 2005 Productivity Charter is required to work in close association with its social partners.

He ranges his hobbies from meeting people, networking and sharing ideas.

He loves reading and researching on topics such as innovations, productivity, business excellence, foresight planning, moonshot thinking approaches.

“Also, I do a lot of morning walks to keep myself energised.”

“Travelling is one of my favourite hobbies, going to new countries and learning about their cultures and economy.”


How Many Places Have You Visited Around Fiji?
I have visited many places in Fiji except Taveuni and Rotuma.

Through my work engagements, I managed to visit the whole Mamanuca group, famous surfing islands Tavarua and Namotu Island, Naviti and Yasawa Islands, Vanua Levu, and recently to Savusavu.

I have also travelled extensively in the interior of Viti Levu and seen Fiji’s golden goose, the ‘Monasavu Dam’ and the Nadarivatu Dam.

These investments by Energy Fiji Limited have contributed immensely to Fiji’s Development in the last 38 years.

It started with a vision, and the reality is where Fiji is today and still has more potential to grow.

We thank our leaders and World Bank back then for their foresightedness.

I have seen some of the breathtaking views from the top of the mountain regions and to get a glimpse of Fijian people in difficult terrains living here enjoying life and supporting each other.

I was also part of the Fiji Tourism team in the late 80s that visited Navala village in the upper interior of Ba where we presented our Sevusevu and asked for their permission to film the village which was later used as a national promotion on the TV station.


What Is The One Place In Fiji You Would Take Visitors To, And Why?
Savusavu definitely, is pure paradise.

While it has a small town, you have a good bay area, and it is now a fast-developing tourist hotspot.

However, something about it makes you want to stay; there could be its idyllic charm.

There are many hotels, lodges, inns, villas, and rent-out rooms with good views at affordable rates.

And you can also take a tour of the private pearl farm or visit the waterfall.

It has one of the best diving spots i.e., the renowned Namena Marine Reserve.

Universally acknowledged as Fiji’s best dive site, a few shops and the Captains Cafe can enjoy the local foods.

Savusavu has some of the best resorts globally, like Namale Resort, Savasi Island Resort, Naveria Heights Lodge, Daku Resort, and many others with breathtaking views.

Savusavu District Advisory Councillor Munesh Prasad many resorts and building industries coming up in Savusavu.




What Is Your Favourite Place For Coffee/Pie, And Why?
Holiday Inn.

Spacious and an excellent environment.

You also have a wide range of choices on the cakes, tarts, pies.

Top it all the ambience and within the vicinity.

Holiday Inn.

Holiday Inn.


What Is Your Favourite Backyard Spot, And Why?
The Pearl Resort at Pacific Harbour has been one of my places to relax and enjoy the view.

The hotel services are excellent, and during all my stays, they have always upgraded my stay.

The staff has always been friendly and helpful.

It is close to the other restaurants, and I have attended many conferences here, so I feel relaxed and comfortable.



What Is One Place In Fiji That Remains On Your Bucket List, And Why?

One of my mates who has passed away mentioned it to me to visit the island.

Also, my good friend Eric Jioje aka EJ was there during Christmas and mentioned that he had already made his retirement plans and would be his home island.

I have seen some pictures of the beaches and the nearby islands and very fascinating.

I hope to travel there someday and see the island.

An excellent way to also remember my best mate who passed away early in his career some 20 years ago, and he was from the lovely island of Rotuma.



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