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Let’s Go Local: Eco-Trax And Matanivusi Resort Tops Vela’s List

“I grew up in the Fiji Police Barracks because my late father, the late Major Viliame Bale was the Director of Music of the Royal Fiji Police Band. It was most unfortunate that he died at the tender age of 67 but his legacy for music lives on in my five siblings and I. I’ve always loved to travel probably, because I was exposed to travelling as an infant due to my father’s career."
18 Jan 2022 10:00
Let’s Go Local: Eco-Trax And Matanivusi Resort Tops Vela’s List
Vela Bale with her friends enjoying an EcoTrax ride in Sigatoka and From left: Samita Singh, Vela Bale and Adelle Khan at Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort.

Vela Bale is known for her outgoing personality.

Ms Bale is from Oneata in Lau, with maternal links to Sawana, Vanuabalavu also in Lau.

She is 54 years old, turning 55 in May.

She worked at different United Nations agencies based in Fiji for 15 years.

She was with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA for seven years, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for seven years and UNRC’s Office for six months.

 

“I took a break of eight months before joining the workforce again.”

“But with a different international NGO called Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre – IDMC based.”

“It’s headquarters is in Geneva.”

“Every day, people flee conflict and disasters and become displaced inside their own countries.”

“I have been with IDMC for 14 months now.”

 

IDMC provides data and analysis and supports partners to identify and implement solutions to internal displacement.

“I grew up in the Fiji Police Barracks because my late father, the late Major Viliame Bale was the Director of Music of the Royal Fiji Police Band.”

“It was most unfortunate that he died at the tender age of 67 but his legacy for music lives on in my five siblings and I.”

 

“I’ve always loved to travel probably, because I was exposed to travelling as an infant due to my father’s career.”

“I am most passionate about travelling in-country and overseas and socialising with family and friends.”

“My family and friends know me for this and always call me a social butterfly.”

“But that’s who I am.”

“I’ve also travelled to a few countries but I would love to visit Italy mainly for the food, the fashion, the history, architecture, the opera singing, the markets….so much to discover in Italy.”

 

 

How Many Places In Fiji Have You Been To?
In Fiji, the places I have been to are my village of course, Oneata.

I need to revisit soon because I was about nine-years-old when I last visited.

I still have those rich memories.

I have also been to Taveuni, Savusavu, Labasa, Yasawa, Ba, Lautoka, Vatukoula, Rakiraki, Tavua, Namosi, Sigatoka.

 

Near Sigatoka on the Coral Coast. Approx 50 mins from Nadi. Source: Eco Trax FB Page

Near Sigatoka on the Coral Coast. Approx 50 mins from Nadi. Source: Eco Trax FB Page

What Is The One Place In Fiji You Would Take Every Visitor To?
One place I would take every visitor to would be the Eco Trax in Sigatoka.

It’s Fiji’s first electric powered velocipede.

Certainly a very unique way to discover the Coral Coast.

Not only that, I have never seen so many beautiful butterflies and goats as you’re going along the track. Incredible!

 

Moments Coffee: Source: Moments FaceBook Page

Moments Coffee: Source: Moments FaceBook Page

What Is Your Favourite Place For A Pie/Coffee?
Right now my favourite place for pie and coffee would be Moments.

I keep going back there for their famous cumquat pie.

It’s to die for!

 

Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort.

Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort.

What Is Your Favourite Secret Backyard Spot?
As for my secret backyard spot, well it wouldn’t be a secret if I revealed it right?

But I went once to Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort back in March last year.

I had never heard of the place.

I went with a couple of my friends to celebrate one of my girlfriend’s birthday.

It was absolutely amazing.

The friendly staff, the food, the environment.

Definitely going back there again.

 

Vanuabalavu Lau.

Vanuabalavu Lau.

What Is The One Place In Fiji On The Top Of Your Bucket List?
On top of my bucket list (locally) is to visit Sawana, Vanuabalavu.

I was supposed to have gone last December but due to obvious COVID reasons, I have moved it to this December this year.

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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