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Let’s Go Local: Saweni Beach Underrated: Loma Mataika

"I have lived abroad in Japan, Australia, Bali, Germany pursuing my architectural studies and now having acquired a master's in engineering/architectural design, I am glad to be back home in Fiji," she said.
15 Oct 2021 10:30
Let’s Go Local: Saweni Beach Underrated: Loma Mataika
Loma Mataika and Saweni beach in Lautoka.

Loma Mataika is one of the few female ­chitects in Fiji. She is originally from Natauloa village on Narai in Lomaiviti and grew up in Nadi.

Ms Mataika attended Namaka Public School and Swami Vivekananda College and later joined Fiji Institute of Technology

“I have lived abroad in Japan, Australia, Bali, Germany pursuing my architectural studies and now having acquired a master’s in engineering/architectural design, I am glad to be back home in Fiji,” she said.

Ms Mataika also works with Duavata Collective – a sustainable tourism collective, championing the interconnection between experiences within local communities, the environment and culture.

 

What Is The One Place In Fiji You Would Take Visitors To, And Why?
Leleuvia Island is my favourite place in Viti Levu, and maybe Nukubati Island resort in Va­nua Levu.

I love how quiet and serene the nature is on these islands, and would encourage everyone to get out to see.

Another adventure is the rafting or tubing you can do with the Rivers Fiji.

There is a huge nature reserve along that river where people can do rafting, it protects the rivers health, and the flora and fauna is breathtaking.

 

What Is Your Favourite Place For A Pie Or Coffee, And Why?
South Pacific Coffee Company on Nadi back­road.

I enjoy their smoked chicken lunch specials and a flat white.

Vanua chocolate in Namaka have cocoa nib brownies – one of my favourite treats.

The chocolate sample bowls they serve too, is one of my favourite things about this cafe.

 

What Is Your Favorite Secret Backyard Spot?
Saweni Beach is super underrated.

During the lockdowns, I enjoyed the beach as a place to work out, or soak or sometimes enjoy the sunrise or sunsets.

 

What Is The One Place In Fiji That Is On The Top Of Your Bucket List?
Rotuma, the Lau Group, watching and swim­ming with the dolphins in Tailevu and finally vis­iting my village Natauloa on Nairai islands.

 

Feedback: shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj



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