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Aquarius On The Beach Invests $50k In Boat Bar

Aquarius on the Beach used to be a luxury home back in the late 80s, into early 90s. It was purchased by the previous owner and turned into a hotel.
28 Feb 2022 13:58
Aquarius On The Beach Invests $50k In Boat Bar
Aquarius on the Beach Managing director Dale Hermanson with staff members during the launch of the new attraction on Wailoaloa Beach, The Wreck-a boat bar. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

To mark the return of international tourists here, Aquarius On The Beach in Nadi launched a new attraction on Wailoaloa Beach, The Wreck.

It is a themed boat bar based on an actual wrecked boat right on the beach with an investment around $50,000 was launched on Saturday.

The Wreck bar is built around a 35 foot fibreglass boat with mahogany bar counters, a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and pine stumps in the sand for seating.

The boat bar is housed under a traditional bure which was built by local craftsmen and presents a new landmark on Wailoaloa Beach.

The boat itself is a former fishing boat that was abandoned until rescued and transformed into its new purpose.

Managing director Dale Hermanson said this reflected the owners’ optimism about the gradual return to normalcy for the tourism industry.

“As far as its significance for hotels, we’ve just come out of two years of very little business because of COVID. So it is a new beginning for us,” he said.

“This is the first one in Fiji so we hope it’s going to be a very big draw not only for locals but for the overseas visitors as it is a great opportunity.”

Furthermore, the food from the hotel’s restaurant is also available to be consumed at the beach tables near the bar.

The bar is open to the general public as well as to hotel guests.

 

The property

Aquarius on the Beach used to be a luxury home back in the late 80s, into early 90s. It was purchased by the previous owner and turned into a hotel.

Mr Hermanson bought the property in 2011. It has 17 rooms with four room categories.

“For the last 10 years there has substantial investment going into this property. It is a family hotel owned by myself and my two daughters.

Basically our whole savings went into this place,” he said.

Currently there are 16 employees but for the last two years it dropped down to about five staff members in light of COVID.

For Mr Hermanson, Wailoaloa Beach is a growing area and there is more potential to it.

“I mean, my family and I were very lucky to get this place 10 years ago. It’s still growing,” he said.

“There’s a lot of opportunity in the area.

“We’re seeing a lot more businesses developing and growing.

“It’s really great, especially with tourists coming back now. It’s just looking very good for the area.”

About Mr Hermanson

Mr Hermanson is originally from the US, but has lived in Fiji for 36 years.

He came to Fiji in 1985 as a Peace Corps volunteer, worked with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Information.

Then he joined South Pacific Commission (now Pacific Secretariat) for seven years.

He is also a co-owner of the Pasifica Communications which was founded 27 years ago.

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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