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‘Waivaka Village For The Waterfalls’

To overcome her fear of heights, she jumped out of an aircraft, at an altitude of 14,000 feet.
17 Jun 2022 16:00
‘Waivaka Village For The Waterfalls’
Lenora Qereqeretabua (middle) with women of Waivaka Village in Namosi following the launch of Domoika Adventures. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

Fiji’s tourism is more than just staying at Denarau Island, says Opposition member and sustainable eco—tourism advocate, Lenora Qereqeretabua.

“When visitors to Fiji say they have visited the country, but not beyond Denarau, I tell them to visit the villages to experience the real Fiji,” she said.

“Irrespective of their ethnicity, they need to go beyond the plush resorts.”

 

Ms Qereqeretabua was Chief Guest at the launch of Domoika Adventures, in Namosi.

She hailed the mataqali Nadakunibure for the initiative, particularly the clan’s effort to use the eco-tourism project as means of supporting a scholarship fund.

A former queen of a local beauty pageant, Ms Qereqeretabua was a radio announcer for FM96, and television anchor for a regional show.

 

To overcome her fear of heights, she jumped out of an aircraft, at an altitude of 14,000 feet.

“It did not fix the fear;” said Ms Qereqeretabua.

“Another jump from a higher altitude might do.”

 

Where In Fiji Would You Take Friends To?

Dravuni, Kadavu.

The village and ocean experience is worth it, and accommodation is readily available.

Waivaka Village, Namosi, for the waterfalls.

Matelita Katamotu left with tour guide Matia Belena at Domoika falls in Waivaka, Namosi

Matelita Katamotu left with tour guide Matia Belena at Domoika falls in Waivaka, Namosi

 

What Are Some Of Your Favourite Spots For A Coffee or Pie?

Mana Coffee and The Farmer’s Daughter.

They are owned by local women.

And they have good coffee.

Mana Coffee.

Mana Coffee.

 

What Are Some Places In Fiji That Are On Your Bucket List?

Right around Taveuni, to see waterfalls from the sea.

Yadua Taba, for the crested iguana.

Yadua Taba is a volcanic islet in Fiji, south of the larger island Yadua, in Vanua Levu.

On board Captain Cook Cruises to visit Lau, and definitely the Yasawas.

I was in Yasawa for the first time in recent weeks – and it was just so amazing.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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