Friday, 30 December 2011

Shark Free Marinas: Reducing worldwide shark mortality.


Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters take the leading role in the world with a major shark conservation initiative in the gamefishing community.
KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS – 14 July 2009 – Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters are proud to take a world wide leading role in the the international Shark-Free Marina Initiative.

The international Shark-Free Marina Initiative works with marinas, boaters and fishermen to develop policy designed to protect a vital component of the oceans health, our sharks.
Matava Director Stuart Gow said:
"We have worked hard over the past few months in Fiji at certifying many marinas and charter fishing boats as ‘Shark-Free Marinas’ and so far have more than any other country worldwide.
Matava and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters was the first in Fiji to sign up and is actively promoting, coordinating and distributing information about the Initiative. We are working towards when Fiji can be the first country to be proud to announce itself as a ‘Shark-Free Marinas’ Country!” he continued.
The majority of shark species caught by recreational and sport anglers are currently listed by the IUCN as ‘Threatened’ (or worse) and each year an average of a ½ Million of these sharks are killed in the United States alone. It is estimated that 70-100 million sharks are killed yearly world wide!
Bite Me Gamefishing Charters actively avoids fishing for any species of shark and encourages this practice to be followed by all. By encouraging non-lethal ‘catch-and-release’ shark fishing fishermen and those sharks inevitably caught accidentally can enjoy their sport while ensuring that shark populations are not further diminished. By promoting sustainable practices of ocean management we hope that sharks will be around to keep our oceans healthy for generations to come.

Many Fiji marinas and charter operations are already listed on the Shark-Free Marina website as well as having the right to use the SFMI logo and signs for their own publicity. We are now in the process of distributing the stickers, posters and metal dock signs to registered businesses, charter boats and marinas.
The SFMI website also has an education centre that we hope everyone will find useful, it includes tips on how to catch and release shark, a list of Endangered and Threatened species plus information on how they can help protect the ocean.

“At Matava, and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters we are of course both happy and proud to be spearheading this initiative in the South Pacific and indeed the World” said Matava Director and Bite Me Gamefishing Charter Captain, Captain Adrian Watt.

“We also see this as a great step forward and opportunity for all gamefishing and sportfishing charter boats, both on Kadavu and in the Fiji Islands, to move forward in their standards to achieve truly world class levels of service and capabilities demonstrated by the ‘catch and release’ programs.”

Captain Watt finished by saying “We would like to thank all friends and clients of Matava and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters past and present who have contributed to the success of our ecotouirsm principles and the resort and we look forward to exciting times ahead.”

The Shark-Free Marina Initiative has a singular purpose, to reduce worldwide shark mortality. We encourage shark conservation at sport fishing and resort marinas by prohibiting the landing of any shark at the participating marina. The SFMI works with marinas, fishermen and like minded non-profit groups to form community conscious policy and increase awareness of the need to protect our sharks, our ocean and our legacy.

Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort, is an eco adventure getaway offering you a fun and unique blend of cultural experiences and adventure activities in the environmentally pristine and remote island of Kadavu in the Fiji Islands. Matava – Fiji Premier Eco Adventure Resort is a PADI Dive Resort as well as a Project AWARE GoEco Operator. With more than 12 years experience in the Fiji Islands, Matava is recognized as a leading educational dive centre. Matava offers accommodation for up to 22 guests in lush tropical surroundings in traditional thatched Fijian ‘bures’ with hardwood polished floors, louvre windows and private decks offering privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.

Bite-Me Gamefishing Charters is our on-site IGFA game fishing specialists offering the best of superb record breaking blue water game fishing for tuna, wahoo, sailfish and marlin. As an active member of IGFA and The Billfish Association we advocate tag and release of all billfish and Trevally not deemed to be a National or World Record.

www.Matava.com www.GamefishingFiji.com


Shark Free Marinas: Reducing worldwide shark mortality.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Matava Resort- das Tor zum Great Astrolab Reef - Review of Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, Kadavu Island, Fiji - TripAdvisor

Im Im August 2009 besuchte ich das Matava-Resort auf Kadavu, der südlichsten der Fidschi-Inseln. Hauptprogramm meines Urlaubes war das Tauchen und dafür ist die Lage des Resorts ideal: auf der Südseite der Insel gelegen, bietet es mit Bootsfahrten von max. 40min Zugang zu insgesamt ca. 20 verschiedenen ausgewiesenen Tauch-Spots am Great Astrolab Reef, aber auch die Möglichkeit, das Riff an anderer Stelle zu erkunden. Die Philosophie des Resorts ist die Umweltverträglichkeit/ökologischen Nachhaltigkeit und die Kooperation mit den umliegenden Dörfern. Die Unterkünfte selbst liegen verstreut an einem kleinen Hügel, teils direkt am Strand, teils ein Stück bergauf. Doch jede der traditionell eingerichteten Hütten, von den Einheimischen Buré genannt, bietet einen einzigartigen Blick auf die vorliegende Lagune mit einer kleinen Insel sowie dem Riff. Die einzelnen Hütten sind für max. 3 Personen ausgelegt. Ausgestattet sind sie mit Doppelbett mit Moskitonetz, wenn nötig Einzelbett mit Moskitonetz, Schrank und Sitzgruppe. Das Bad ist über die Terrasse erreichbar und bietet WC, Waschbecken und Dusche mit Gaswassererhitzer. Licht gibt es nur über Solarenergie, Steckdosen sind in den Hütten keine vorhanden. Akkus etc. können aber in der Hauptburé geladen werden- vorausgesetzt, die Sonne scheint. Insgesamt sind die Hütten schlicht und einfach, aber dennoch gut ausgestattet. Der Service begeisert mit einer mir bis dahin unbekannten Offenheit und Freundlichkeit. Fragen, Wünsche oder Probleme wurden sofort in Angriff genommen und immer mit vollster Zufriedenheit erfüllt. Das Essen ist sehr abwechslungsreich und bietet eine große Fülle an unterschiedlichen Küchen (Indisch, Thai, Lokal u.vm.), eine vielseitige Auswahl von Früchten aus dem resorteigenen Obst- und Gemüsegarten sowie vielfältigste Variationen von fangfrischem Fisch, der teils von den Gästen selbst geangelt wurde. Angeln und Angelausflüge sind jedoch nur einer vielen möglichen Aktivitäten. Egal ob Schnorcheln oder Baden, Vogelbeobachtungen, Besuch von Dorf und Einheimischen, oder einem Spaziergang mit einem einheimischen Medizinmann- für jeden Geschmack ist was dabei. Eine große Rolle spielt im Matava auch das Tauchen. Der integrierte Tauch-Shop ist mit allem für einen erfolgreichen Tauchgang Nötigen ausgerüstet. Es ist ein großes Tauchboot vorhanden, aber bei größeren Gruppen werden auch mehrere Boote eingesetzt. Die Boote sind immer mit Sauerstoffkoffer und Notttelefon ausgerüstet und im Falle eines Notfalles existiert auch ein Notfallplan, der auch aushängt. Des Weiteren bietet der Tauch- Shop die Möglichkeit zur Aus- und Weiterbildung von Tauchern auf Basis des PADI-Ausbildungssystems.

Weiterhin als positiv zu nennen ist die familiäre Atmosphäre sowohl zwischen Gästen und Personal, als auch zwischen den Gästen untereinander. Aufgrund der geringen Anzahl von Gästen kommt man schnell miteinander ins Gespräch, egal ob bei den Mahlzeiten, bei der traditionellen Kava-Zeremonie oder den unterschiedlichsten Aktivitäten.

Zusammenfassend lässt sich also sagen, dass das Matava Resort durchaus ein Geheimtipp für all jene ist, die sich ausschließlich auf Sonne, Strand, sportliche und kulturelle Aktivitäten konzentrieren möchten und Abstand vom Alltag suchen. Und das alles in einer sehr freundlichen, offenherzigen und kommunikativen Atmosphäre!!!
Matava Resort- das Tor zum Great Astrolab Reef - Review of Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, Kadavu Island, Fiji - TripAdvisor

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

SeaWeb

Dear Friend:

video                                                                     link                                                                     imageThe ocean covers 71% of the planet and humans share 100% of the responsibility for its health. SeaWeb uses the science of communications to persuade influential individuals to become leading voices for a healthy ocean.

Let me introduce you to one such extraordinary person we have the honor of working with in Fiji!

Savenaca Tete lives in one of the most biodiverse ocean ecosystems in the world. However, the ocean that surrounds his home is under threat and that means the health and livelihood of his family and his community are in jeopardy. In fact, the collapse of marine ecosystems means devastation to the lives of millions of people like him in the region. For Savenaca, working on environmental issues is not just a hobby, it's a matter of survival!

Workshop in FijiFor that reason, Savenaca joined with SeaWeb to create the Community Educator's Network. Through the network, SeaWeb provides science and communications training for ocean champions—many of whom walk for several hours to participate.

And, to cope with limited access to technology and electricity in these remote villages, SeaWeb raised the funds to design and produce waterproof flip charts that Savenaca and other leaders could carry back to their villages.

What started as an innovative way to build capacity in these villages has grown into a vibrant network powered by volunteers who are taking action to better manage their ocean resources.

The results have been astonishing! As the result of SeaWeb's outreach, Fijian villagers worked together to:

  • Fiji villagers holding flip chartmove their pigpens away from the shore to reduce nutrient runoff;
  • ban the use of chemicals to kill weeds;
  • remove solid waste from their shoreline and dig pits to better manage this waste;
  • replant upland slopes and mangrove areas;
  • stop poaching;
  • ban night-time scuba spear fishing; and
  • establish a marine protected area.

Saveneca and other leaders are awesome but they can't do it alone. Please join us in thanking them for organizing actions that have improved the ocean for all of us! Your gift this holiday season could help them to stay empowered to do their lifesaving work.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Dawn M. Martin
President
SeaWeb


SeaWeb - Asia Pacific Program

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Top Ten Scuba Destinations

#2 Scuba Dive Fiji Islands, South Pacific

Fiji offers an incredible scuba diving experience. It is the "Soft Coral Capital of the World", the home of the "Great White Wall", the "Yellow Tunnel" and other famous underwater marvels, scuba diving conditions and visibility are unrivalled year-round.

Because of its clear water and dazzling coral Fiji is a favorite hangout for professional underwater photographers.

Top Ten Scuba Destinations

Friday, 23 December 2011

Catching the Fijian Fever | Official Website of 10 Magazine Asia

One of the reasons why people travel to Fiji year in and year out are the magnificent scuba dive sites located all over the islands. Even if you’ve never taken one breath underwater, there has never been a better time to start. Choose between simple (and often complimentary) pool dives to get accustomed to life underwater or opt for a full licensed PADI Open Water Course available at many certified training facilities around the island.

In fact, it’s far more cost-effective to take PADI training in Fiji than in many other countries. This is especially true if you head to the Beqa Adventure Divers office in Pacific Harbour (contact info below). The instructors at this surprisingly affordable course somehow manage to make holding your breath fun.

Once you feel comfortable in the water, move on to the world famous shark dive that the company offers four times a week. You can swim with tiger sharks, bull sharks, and a whole host of brightly-coloured aquatic life, and it is actually a lot safer than it sounds. Experienced divers can of course skip the course and jump right into ancient shipwreck dives, witness an abundance of coral splendour, and explore mysterious underwater caves. Plus, the water around Fiji is always warm enough for a deep ocean dive.

Best Dive Sites in Fiji
• Great Astrolabe Reef (Near Kadavu)
This great reef may not be as well-known as the Great Barrier in Australia, but it does attract a lot of manta rays and the soft coral is pleasing to the eye.

Magical Islands
Kadavu
One of the best preserved areas in all of Fiji. The area lacks a lot of the predators that prowl the main islands, allowing native wildlife to roam free and delight tourists. Kadavu also offers the perfect starting point for a dive along the Great Astrolabe Reef.
Catching the Fijian Fever | Official Website of 10 Magazine Asia

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Returning Soon - Review of Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, Kadavu Island, Fiji - TripAdvisor

We have been to several places on Kadavu and find Matava the best. We would return just for the food but when you add the reef, the wonderful staff, diving, snorkeling, fishing, and the very nice beach facing the resort we will be there again in 2010 and that should be about 12 visits for us since we began traveling to Fiji in 1993-ps we did our rescue PADI Certification there.

Returning Soon - Review of Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, Kadavu Island, Fiji - TripAdvisor

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Two new species of freshwater fishes discovered in Vanua Levu (Fiji) now internationally recognized

Two new scientific papers have been published in the last several months highlighting the discovery of two new species of freshwater fishes unique to Fiji and only known from two river systems in Vanua Levu. Wetlands International –Oceania staff Aaron Jenkins and Kinikoto Mailautoka, made the new discoveries as part of surveys for the Ecosystem Based Management project over the last several years.

This month, the scientific paper entitled, “Hippichthys albomaculosus, a new species of freshwater pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) from Fiji” was released in Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, co-authored by Aaron Jenkins and Kinikoto Mailautoka. This handsome pipefish was found in a small mangrove lined tributary near the mouth of the Dreketi River and is distinguished from other species by several characteristics including 10-11 white spots on the lower trunk region.


The name comes from the latin albo (white) and maculosus (spotted), in reference to this new species distinctive series of white spots. This species reaches around 9 cm long and the males carry the eggs in a trunk pouch until they hatch. This paper is significant as not only is it Fiji’s newest endemic (only found in Fiji) animal species, it is the first new freshwater pipefish (related to a seahorse) to be discovered in about the last 30 years. Taxonomic description work was all done in country, based out of the University of the South Pacific and, recognizing the capacity being built in country, the second author is the first indigenous Fijian to have co-authored a new species of fish.

New freshwater goby

The second new species of fish to be named recently was also first collected by the Wetlands International –Oceania team but described overseas by Dr. Helen Larson of the Northern Territory Museum. As part of a large review paper released last month in the international journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, the new freshwater goby, Redigobius lekutu has been described. This species gains its name from the Lekutu river where it was first discovered although it is also now also known from the Dreketi river system. This species is significant, as it also is only known from Vanua Levu and only generally in clean water in the upper catchment areas of these two rivers with high forest cover and nowhere else on earth. It only reaches about 2.5 cm in length and is threatened by catchment disturbances such as logging, invasive species and gravel extraction in particular.

Unique and fragile nature of Fijian freshwaters and aquatic biodiversity

Aaron Jenkins, a fish biologist who manages Wetlands International work in the region and also represents Oceania to the global IUCN/WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group states, “These recent publications are timely to help remind us of the unique and fragile nature of Fijian freshwaters and aquatic biodiversity. Only over the last decade or so are we beginning to gain a clear picture of the global uniqueness of Fijian and other Pacific Island freshwater fish faunas. Whole of catchment and “ridge-to-reef” water resource management are absolutely essential not only for preserving Fiji’s unique natural heritage but also for protecting our own health and well-being.
Article:

Hippichthys albomaculosus, a new species of freshwater pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) from Fiji

http://www.aqua-aquapress.com/latest_issues.html

NEWS

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Hippichthys albomaculosus, a new species of freshwater pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) from Fiji

Hippichthys albomaculosus, a new species of freshwater pipefish
(Pisces: Syngnathidae) from Fiji

This paper describes a new species of Hippichthys collected by the second author durng a 2009 freshwater and estuarine ichthyofaunal survey of Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji.

Abstract
A new species of freshwater pipefish, Hippichthys alboaculosus, is described on the basis of 22 specimens, collected from Vanua Levu Island, Republic of Fiji. 
This species is distinguished from its closest relatives by a combination of characters that include: 13 trunk rings, total rings usually 48; dorsal fin origin on first tail ring; scutella not keeled; pectoral fin rays modally 14, trunk depth about 1.7 in head length, anal ring depth about 2.8 in head length; series of 10-11 white ocelli with dark margins bilateral to median longitudinal ventral keel and below inferior trunk ridge.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Explorer - Shark Dives in Fiji - NYTimes.com

In Fiji, Dancing With Sharks


Martywolff.com
Divers like to see big fish. At 50 feet below the South Pacific in Fiji, a dive leader feeds a piece of tuna to a white tip shark.


Published: January 17, 2010

THERE’S a moment when the sheer awe of being arm’s length from a procession of hungry sharks — so close that you lock eyes with each one as it blitzes by your head — gives way to a sudden burst of clarity, and all your thoughts coalesce into a single edifying idea: “Maybe I should duck.”
Scuba diving in Fiji, a collection of some 300 islands strewn across the South Pacific, poses a kind of recreational Sophie’s Choice for anyone with less than a month on his hands. Do I chase manta rays across the famed Astrolabe Reef off Kadavu Island? Can I make it to the pristine, remote waters between the big islands? What about the legendary soft corals carpeting the Great White Wall in the Somosomo Strait? Shark diving in Pacific Harbor, a couple of hours’ drive from the international airport on Viti Levu, elbowed its way onto my list because it offers a fairly certain chance of seeing what any honest diver will admit to yearn for: lots and lots of big fish.
Giant trevally, each bigger than a grown man’s torso, racing around in swarms. A grouper the size of a love seat. Schools of plump snapper. Stealthy suckerfish, with their eerily flat heads. And such vast quantities of smaller reef fish clouding the deep that they alone, not the raging seas above, often pose the biggest obstacle to an unobstructed photograph of the huge bull sharks lumbering by.
There is a trick to luring sharks, I quickly learned when I was in Fiji last fall, and it is deviously simple. Dive boats chum up the waters with hundreds of pounds of discarded fish scraps, drawing a storm of life from miles around. Purists may call it cheating. Biologists fret over the potential impact on shark behavior, or on the delicate balance of life around the reefs. But there is no debating its efficacy.
Kneeling on the sea floor, almost 100 feet down, I counted 10 adult bull sharks circling directly overhead on one of my six shark dives, their skin taut over thick layers of muscle. Higher up, as many as two dozen speedy, smaller sharks — gray reefs, black tips and white tips, with their catlike eyes — darted by our stunned group, close enough that I felt a swoosh of water on my face from a passing tail. Had we not been clamping down so tightly on our regulators, our mouths would surely have been agape.
But if attracting the sharks is a relatively crude affair, handling them is nothing short of an art. With no cage to protect us, professional divers flanked the group, gripping aluminum prods in case the predators became overzealous. Then the feeder would reach into his bag of fish parts and wave the sharks in, one by one. Clad in chain mail under his wet suit, the feeder would dangle and sway the waiting flesh, enticing the powerful beasts, some of them about eight feet long and hundreds of pounds, to eat right from his outstretched hand.
The smaller sharks, graceful and lithe, needed little encouragement. With surprising discipline, they took turns approaching the feeder in an orderly single file, snatching the treats and quickly swooping away, their white bellies nearly grazing our heads as they scurried off.
Keenly aware of the ritual, they then circled around for the next spot in line. When a brazen newcomer from another reef broke ranks and rushed up from behind, one of the feeders, Manasa Bulivou, a Fijian man who goes by the nickname Papa, deftly grabbed the five-foot shark, spun it around and socked it in the gut with an uppercut — a lesson in manners, Papa later explained.
But the big bull sharks, despite their reputation as aggressive man-eaters, were strangely shy. An enormous and visibly pregnant one the divers called Big Mama seemed almost finicky as she warily sniffed at the flesh being offered her before turning up her nose entirely. Some of the bulls lurked in the distance, no more than silhouettes in the blue. Others swam languidly toward us, as if playing a lazy game of chicken before nonchalantly turning away.
R. Dean Grubbs, a shark expert at Florida State University, says this is probably the safest way to encounter bull sharks, in deep, clear water, where they are far less likely to mistake you for their normal prey, as they do with swimmers and surfers in the shallows or at the surface. Some sharks, including bulls, also have space issues, so the fact that they’ve come to you, not the other way around, means they’re less likely to feel crowded and testy.
But George H. Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, contends that once you start luring big sharks all bets are off, pointing to the death of a tourist on a shark dive in the Bahamas last year. Still, he acknowledges that statistics don’t show that chum dives are any more dangerous than normal dives. In fact, the bigger concern for researchers like him and Dr. Grubbs is the impact on the sharks themselves.
Even Papa wonders if his beloved sharks have grown a little complacent under his care, though they still adhere to many of their natural habits, like migrating or disappearing up the rivers for weeks on end when it’s time to breed. And because some shark-diving profits go to the villages themselves, no one fishes along the reef or drops anchor on it, granting it a welcome reprieve from overfishing.
Some of the local divers say the reef certainly looks a lot healthier than it did before the shark diving started here 10 years ago. Long before Christianity, Papa said, the people of his village considered sharks their spiritual guardians and looked to them for protection before going into the water. Now, Papa said, he is the protector, boasting that he and his crew are deputized to impound illegal fishing boats that wander in the area to pluck from the healthy fish stocks there. He even speaks of the sharks as his children.
“They know Papa’s coming,” he said, heading out to sea one morning, his nickname emblazoned across his T-shirt. “They’re waiting for me.”

Explorer - Shark Dives in Fiji - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Non rebreather masks available in Fiji



This disposable mask provides oxygen for breathing persons who cannot tolerate demand-valve oxygen regulators or when two divers need emergency oxygen.
Adult Nonrebreathing Mask (also called Constant-flow, non-rebreather mask)
  • Low-resistance check valves prevent rebreathing and allow exhaled gas to escape
  • Clear, soft vinyl for patient comfort and visual patient assessment
  • Complete with 7-ft. oxygen supply tubing
  • Adjustable nose clip assures comfortable fit
As a reminder, this mask should be used with/on the constant flow barb of your regulator with a MINIMUM setting of 15 lpm to try to maintain a high concentration of inspired oxygen.

Only F$20.00 each + VAT (plus shipping $5 within Fiji)

This mask consists of a mask that has a reservoir bag attached. The bag is separated from the mask by a one-way valve that prevents air and patient exhalation from diluting the oxygen in the reservoir bag. When the patient inhales, the valve opens and the patient breathes primarily oxygen. There are also one-way valves that cover the holes on the mask to allow patient exhalation to escape without allowing large quantities of air to enter the mask.


These masks have this one-way valve on both sides of the mask. Care must be taken beacause if both sides are covered and gas flow ceases, then the patient will not be able to breathe because the valves keep air from entering during inhalation.

The common high oxygen concentration mask has a one -way valve on only one side so that if gas flow ceases, the patient can still breathe.

At a minimum oxygen flow of 15 L/min, as long as the reservoir bag is kept filled and a good seal is maintained, this mask can deliver 60 - 75% oxygen to the patient

But remember, for denitrogenation we need the highest possible concentration of oxygen, so, although this system is better than nothing, all efforts should be made to supply accident management kit with a demand system.

Contact Stuart at Stuart@ResortSupportFiji.com or call +679-336-3625.



Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Save our sharks, Miss Fiji to tell pageant

Please support Fiji's Miss Hibiscus at the South Pacific pageant. She is championing the Fiji Shark Campaign as part of her bid to become Miss South Pacific. This is a great way for us to get the message out! Please spread this on all your Facebook, Bebo, Google + and Twitter networks!

You can support her by voting for her at :misssouthpacificpageant.ws/about-us/contestants-2011.html. You can do it once a day so come back again and again to assist the effort of protecting sharks in Fiji.

Miss Hawaii is FAR ahead at the moment, let's get Miss Fiji up there!

FIJI SUN
Save our sharks, Miss Fiji to tell pageant

writer : SITERI SAUVAKACOLO

Miss FijiReigning Miss Vodafone Hibiscus Alisi Rabukawaqa will advocate for the stop to the exploitation of sharks across commercial fisheries at the Miss South Pacific Pageant in Samoa next week.

Hibiscus Event Group Executive secretary Aqela Cakobau in a statement said Miss Rabukawaqa would use the pageant as a platform to advocate for shark protection.

“This issue has prompted me to use the Miss South Pacific Pageant platform to champion the protection of the shark species, a species that is held in high regard (as a totem) in the Pacific, and particularly in Cakaudrove where my mother hails from.

“Sharks have a critical role to play in keeping the marine ecosystem in balance,” the Bua lass said.

“As Pacific island people who rely heavily on our marine resources we must be in the forefront of protecting these resources and support initiatives that drive governmental policy changes to save sharks from extinction and at the same time protect the future health of our seas.”

Preparations began in October for Miss Rabukawaqa. Brothers Craig and Warwick Marlow design her sulu/sarong category wear, award winning designer Epeli Tuibeqa who’s designing her traditionally-inspired category costume, music composer Igelesi Ete is assisting with her talent. Head of Communication at the Fiji National University Shailesh Lal is also working with her on her communication and public speaking skills.

The Hibiscus Event Group is funding all aspects of Miss Fiji’s preparations and trip to Samoa and Pure Fiji is donating gift packs for Miss Fiji’s fellow contestants.

The Miss Fiji entourage will leave for Samoa on Sunday December 4.

The Miss South Pacific Pageant proper will take place on Saturday December 10 at the Samoa Cultural Centre.

Vote for Miss Fiji

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Sea Save Foundation - Auction Home Page - BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction

The Sea Save Foundation Holiday Auction is now open!

The proceeds will go to Sea Save Foundation in order to support ocean conservation.

Auction items range from exotic diving vacation getaways, diving equipment and gear, underwater photography courses by noted oceanographers, and incredible hand crafted works of art guaranteed to delight and surprise.

So, tell your friends, family, and community. Let the bidding begin!

Sea Save Foundation - Auction Home Page - BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Drop Zone: Fiji Powers Up More Than 100,000 Fuel TV Households

Exciting dive and surf documentary turns viewers on to diving and the underwater world

Released on: 7/27/2011

More than 100,000 households tuned in to Drop Zone: Fijiduring the month of May, introducing viewers to the exciting world of scuba diving. This action-packed dive and surf documentary produced by PADI, Body Glove, Air Pacific andSport Diver magazine, first premiered on Fuel TV in March and continues to generate interest in diving among members of Generations X and Y.

FUEL TV is dedicated to the sports, lifestyle and humor of males ages 12-34. “Having Drop Zone: Fiji on FUEL TV is a tremendous opportunity for the dive industry because it introduces a new audience to the sport. The numbers of viewers not only proves that Drop Zone: Fiji is a hit, it demonstrates Gen Y’s growing interest in becoming divers,” says PADI Americas Vice President of Marketing and Communications Kristin Valette.

In addition to airing on FUEL TV, thousands of viewers have seen Drop Zone: Fiji on university campuses, at trade shows or in restaurants and hotels at more than fifteen venues throughout North America. “Scuba diving is receiving an ever-increasing amount of attention from nonendemic media as a result of Drop Zone: Fiji,” continues Valette. “In fact, water sports enthusiasts are now learning about diving through surf-related magazines, trade shows and online channels.”

PADI Members can purchase DVD versions of Drop Zone: Fiji and Drop Zone: Tahiti by contacting their PADI Sales Consultant and soon will be able to download digital versions from the iTunes Store. For more information, contact PADI Americas Marketing Consultant Cambria McConnell.

Drop Zone: Fiji Powers Up More Than 100,000 Fuel TV Households


Friday, 17 June 2011

DRT UW Photo Competition 2011

DRT Show 2011 will feature the largest underwater photo competition in northern Asian region. If you have great underwater photo, please submit online to join our competition, you will got the chance to win over US$30,000 in world class prizes.

This event supported by EZ Dive, Scubapro, Aqualung, Akona, Sherwood, 10Bar, UK, Scuba Formula, Aggressor Fleet, Minahasa Lagoon Resort, Hans Christian Andersen Cruise and many more... On April, there is also underwater slide presentation show in GuangZhou and Shanghai presented by Stephen Wong, Takako Uno and Takaji Ochi. For more information, please visit our website. www.divingandresorttravelexpo.com

1) Categories:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Reefscapes
  • Marine Conservation

Deadline for submissions 18 June 2011

  • Winners will be announced on 8 July online.
  • Display in the DRT Show Exhibition Hall.
  • Published by our media partners worldwide.

2) Rules & Guidelines:

  • The DRT Show Underwater competition 2011 is open to entrants of all skill levels.
  • All submitted images must have been taken by the entrant and taken underwater.
  • Each individual can only win one prize or prize package. Entrants with multiple winning entries will be given priority in prizes by value.
  • Winners will be announced on 08 July during DRT Show 2011.
  • Any images that have won or placed in photo contests with winning entries may not be submitted.
  • Photographers retain all copyrights to their images. DRT Show, EZ Dive Magazine retains the right to publish the contest entries in print or online to congratulate or feature the winners and their respective images, and to promote future events.
  • Winning images will be included in a press release for third party websites and publications in the context of congratulating and/or featuring the winners and winning images, and to promote future competitions. Strict guidelines requiring photo credit and specific one-time press release usage are issued along with the press release.
  • Entries may have been taken from any camera, film (as scanned slides) or digital.
  • All photo contest staff and judges are not allowed to enter the contest.

3) Photo Submission Guidelines:

  • Entries must be saved in jpeg format and upload to our web server, please limit your images to a maximum file size of 3,000KB (3MB) when uploading.
    a) Register at www.divercommunity.com
    b) Create a Photo Album under your profile and name it “DRT Underwater Photo Competition 2011”
    c) Upload your competition photo into this Album, provide title and description of each photo.
  • Entries must also use registered mail to send your competition image raw file or print quality image (A3 size, 300dpi) in CD to our office: Rm 1801 Wing On Central Building, 26 Des Voeux Road C., Central, Hong Kong. (Please attached a copy of your payment slip)

4) Entry Fees:

  • USD10/image
  • No limitation of entry!

5) Payment methods:


DRT UW Photo Competition 2011

Monday, 16 May 2011

Drop Zone Fiji Premieres on Fuel TV


Tune in with millions of viewers to watch the premiere of Drop Zone Fiji on Fuel TV on March 19th at 9:00 PM.

It will continue to air throughout the year.

Check your local programming for air times or visit Fuel TV online
Drop Zone Fiji: Drop Zone Fiji Premieres on Fuel TV

Monday, 9 May 2011

Digital Underwater Photography Workshop with Mathieu Meur @ Matava, Fiji

5th Underwater Festival™ 2011 (UF11)

‘The Australasia Challenge’

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3rd – 10th September 2011

  • Hosted by Mathieu Meur, Underwater Photographer
  • Daily photo workshops
  • Practical in water assistance
  • In depth RAW photo post processing labs
  • 7 night stay at Matava in an Oceanview Bure
  • All meals and airport transfers included
  • 5 days of 3 tank boat dives – 15 dives (incl 1 night dive)
  • Complimentary unlimited shore diving
  • Guided waterfall hike and village visit
  • Free use of kayaks, snorkelling around the resort
  • Free PADI Coral Conservation Course on one afternoon
  • Traditional Lovo Feast and Kava Ceremony

FJD 3250.00 per person

(only valid for double / twin share)

(Group 10 pay – 2 FOC)

Underwater Festival

UF11Held annually, the 5th Underwater Festival™ 2011 (UF11) will be the biggest one yet. With the tagline ‘The Australasia Challenge’ it will incorporate an Australasia-wide simultaneous photo and video shootout competition like no other with over U$100,000 in prizes.

UF11 will feature a shootout competition that happens simultaneous all over Australasia – 25 countries spanning both hemispheres – every dive you can imagine will be a shootout locality, every dive centre, liveaboard, resort in the area will facilitate this new kind of shootout. You can dive your local favourite spots, go out with your dive club or shore dive with your buddy

Become part of this huge event and not unlike an underwater ‘Earth Hour’ help to highlight the underwater beauty but also the underwater issues of this fantastic bio-region and help to show the world what we’ve got to lose.

Octopus in Shell - Jeffrey de Guzman

If you like organised events, dozens of Underwater Festival Fringe Events are planned all over Australasia during the 10-day shootout period.

The top 100 images will be showcased at the new Australian Dive & Tavel Expo ODEX in Brisbane on the second weekend in October 2011. A whole hall will be devoted to the Festival and seminars as well as the Underwater Festival Awards will be held during the 3 days of ODEX 2011.

The Week’s Plan

Dive with Mathieu to learn practical skills in:

  • Art of Composition
  • Shooting with Ambient Light – silhouette & colour filter
  • One on one image review & critique session with Matheiu
  • Shooting Macro techniques & strobe positioning
  • Art of fish photography
  • Shooting with single/ twin strobes
  • Night Shooting – lighting & techniques
  • Working with models

Practical hands on classroom workshops on:

  • Processing RAW images – using Adobe Bridge CS5
  • Tonal correction – Level and Saturation tool
  • Asset Management & Workflow
  • Lighting Techniques – single strobe, two strobes
  • Art of Seascapes – wide angle
  • Conversion to Black & White techniques
  • How to select images for competition
  • Preparation of images for portfolio and entry into UF11 competition

Shoot-out Sign Up

You can sign-up to the Underwater Festival Shootout by purchasing your entry credits – or if you are not ready to commit yet, you can just register yourself for FREE and purchase the shootout credits later.

There are 2 initial packages:

  • Photographer registration (A$50) – 5 photo upload credits + 5 lucky draw entries
  • Videographer registration (A$50) – 2 video upload credits + 5 lucky draw entries

Additional entries can be purchased at any stage in the lead up and during the shootout period:

  • A$10 per additional photo – includes 1 lucky draw entry
  • A$25 per additional video – includes 2.5 lucky draw entries

Head on over to the official website for the Shootout to register.

Mathieu Meur

Mathieu has been shooting underwater for close to 20 years, at first free-diving and subsequently on scuba. He was one of the early adopters and promoters of digital technology for underwater photography, authoring presumably the first PADI-approved digital underwater photography specialty course in the world in 2001. He went on to contribute regular columns on photography techniques to dive and photography publications.

In 2004, Mathieu co-authored “An Essential Guide to Digital Underwater Photography” with Michael Aw. This was the first book entirely dedicated to the techniques associated with shooting digital underwater. The book was met with an overwhelming response, and was quickly sold out, requiring an updated version to be published in 2005.

Following the success of this introductory book, Mathieu went on to co-author “An Advanced Guide to Digital Underwater Photography” in 2007.

He is currently working on a new, comprehensive book on underwater digital photography, “Complete Digital Underwater Photography”, which is due to be published in 2011.

He is also a regular speaker at dive events, judge at underwater photography competition, and coach at underwater photography workshops.

Matava

Mad Fish Dive Centre is Matava’s on site PADI Dive Centre. We dive the The Great Astrolabe Reef extensively and cater for all levels of diver from beginner to experienced. Mad Fish Dive Centre will take you to sites varying in depths, currents and visibility ranging from 20 – 50m where you can expect a kaleidoscope of colourful corals and wonderful marine life – we can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

UW Photo Festival

The crew at Mad Fish Dive Centre are a dedicated team of professionals who look forward to guiding you through some of the best dive sites in the world. As the only dive operation located directly on the world famous Great Astrolabe Reef we will zip you the abundant coral reefs of the 4th largest barrier reef in the world in minutes.

Combined with simple access to The Manta Dive, Fiji’s only year round manta dive site, Mad Fish Dive Centre truly offers divers easy and comfortable access to some of the best diving Fiji can offer. With a fully stocked dive centre and access to some of the best scuba diving in the world on the Great Astrolabe Reef, Mad Fish Dive Centre is the prime diving operation in Kadavu.

Matava is Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort offering you a fun and unique blend of cultural experiences and adventure activities in the environmentally pristine and remote island of Kadavu in Fiji. Mad Fish Dive Centre is Matava’s on site PADI Dive Centre. We dive the The Great Astrolabe Reef extensively and cater for all levels of diver. Mad Fish Dive Centre will take you to sites varying in depths, currents and visibility ranging from 20 – 50m where you can expect a kaleidoscope of colourful corals and wonderful marine life – we can assure you that you won’t be disappointed

UF11

Contact us to book your ticket to this once in a lifetime opportunity event!


Digital Underwater Photography Workshop with Mathieu Meur

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

DiveCaching

Sounds like a blast, looking to place some in Fiji!

Professional Dive Centers are always looking for fun local diving events to keep their current customers engaged. Local and regional diving activities are as important as dive travel to promote education, equipment purchases and fun. Today the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) is proud to announce the release of a new in-water game called “DiveCaching,” designed to keep divers active locally while promoting more diving, more retail dive business and keeping customers involved!

“We’re extremely excited to be introducing this new real-life game to the diving and snorkeling community,” commented Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA. “It’s a simple in-water activity that can be conducted almost anywhere, regardless of visibility or dive conditions. There are so many rewards to be gained from participating in DiveCaching; exploring new dive sites, visiting favorite locations with a new eye for adventure, and simply thriving on the fun and excitement of discovering ‘treasure’ underwater. DiveCaching gives certified divers a great reason to dive locally, use and update their equipment, brush up on previously learned skills such as navigation and search, and just have a great time with family and friends. Divers can also search for caches when traveling to dive anywhere in the world, and there’s virtually no limit to the games and activities in which retailers, dive professionals, and divers can incorporate DiveCaching. DiveCaching is truly ‘Looking for Fun!’”

DiveCaching is an underwater variation of “Geocaching,” a decade-old game that uses a GPS device and simple search skills to locate hidden land-based caches. Here’s how it works:

  • Divers hide a “treasure” or “cache” underwater and post the GPS coordinates and compass directions on www.geocaching.com, the official global GPS cache hunt website
  • Other divers search www.geocaching.com for divecache listings near their dive site and actually dive to locate the cache
  • Once the cache is found, divers log their cache visit using the on-site visitor’s log. The finder may also choose to photograph the cache, deposit an additional treasure in the container or simply return it to its original location
  • After returning to the surface, the finders log their visit on www.geocaching.com, sharing their adventure with other divers around the world

There are more than 5 million geocachers worldwide and more than 1.3 million active, mostly land-based, geocaches. Divers can join www.geocaching.com with a free basic membership, and log the caches they hide for others to find as well as any they find while searching.

Why DiveCaching? Not only is it fun but it also gives divers motivation to dive wherever there are submerged caches located in dive environments for which they are trained and equipped. Caches can be hidden in almost any underwater environment, and the visibility, temperature and other diving conditions are part of the challenge of hiding and finding a cache. It also creates the perfect family outing when combined with land-based geocaching or social activities and allows non-divers to join in the fun!

DEMA member retailers will receive DiveCaching information and tools over the next few weeks to get their customers involved and help them hide their own caches. In the meantime, visit www.facebook.com/DiveCaching to view and share the introductory video now! DEMA will “officially” launch DiveCaching to the entire diving community beginning on May 17th at which time online ads promoting DiveCaching to consumers will begin to appear. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get your customers involved in this exciting activity!

For more information about DiveCaching, including finding and hiding a cache, visit www.DiveCaching.org and don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the latest DiveCaching details, updates and events!

DiveCaching

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Underwater Photography Seminar at Matava in August 2011

You’re a pretty good underwater photographer, but not a pro. You want to step up your game by sharpening your eye, honing your photo trigger finger and getting your lighting down. If you just had one week, you’re thinking, you could get it done. And if you had a patient instructor, minus the intimidating resume and overinflated ego, who’s willing to spend as much time with you as you need, you’d be all set.

Wait! Did you hear that knocking at your door? It’s opportunity. Scuba Travel Ventures is now proud to offer divers the chance to spend a week luxuriating in a Pacific paradise while elevating their underwater photography skills. Noted underwater photographer Dr. Andre Smith is leading a seminar on the subject from Thursday, August 11 to Saturday, August 20 at Matava – Fiji’s leading eco-adventure resort, on the island of Kadavu – for shooters of all levels of skill and experience.

“We’re taking all comers, aiming to make sure that everyone gets the right level of attention,” says Smith, an anesthesiologist by profession who originally hails from South Africa but now calls British Columbia home. “Some resorts and live-aboards offer courses, but they forget that people are on holiday and want to have fun. The diving will be fun and easy and not pressurized.”
The diving goes down in the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the Pacific’s most radiant dive jewels, located on Kadavu’s southern shore. With an area of about 75 miles, the reef is the world’s fourth largest and features encounters with graceful manta rays, curious reef sharks, a rainbow palette of tropical fish, spectacularly colorful hard and soft corals, walls and mesmerizing passages. Some of the sexiest sites include a handful in the immaculate Naiqoro Marine Reserve, the aptly named Manta Reef, the richly colored Japanese Gardens and Coral Wonderland. It’s all yours to photograph.

Smith says the course – which also features instruction by shooter and trip leader Randy Osgerby – will involve daily classroom sessions, with two days devoted to macro, three to wide-angle and the final day devoted to a diver’s choice, with a slide show at the end of the trip. The majority of the work Smith says he’ll do with his new students will be underwater and after dives to check out the results.

“There’s lots of multitasking on dives and I’m hoping to simplify things for divers so the photography part becomes second nature,” Smith says. “I’m not looking for shooters to compete with each other. But by the end of the week, we’re hoping to turn out confident photographers.”

To check out more of Dr. Andre Smith’s fabulous underwater photography click this link or visit his website: http://andresmith.speedalbum.com/home.htm.

Dive Package $2899

August 11 - 20, 2011

This package includes Round trip airfare from LAX, 7 nights Ocean View Bure accommodations, taxes and airport transfers, all meals, 5 days unlimited seminar boat dives, 5 days underwater digital photography and unlimited shore diving, prizes and give-aways, Traditional Lovo Feast and Kava Ceremony.

Call 1-800-298-9009


Diving in Fiji: Underwater Photography Seminar at Matava in August 2011

Hammerhead in Vatu i Ra on morning dive

Helen's morning dive today!



Sunday, 27 March 2011

Fiji Instructor Development Course in May 2011

Bula Vinaka,
 
We are now finalising the numbers for the Viti Watersports Instructor Development Course in May.
 
In order to secure a place on the course we require a F$300 deposit. Please email mike@vitiwatersports.com for dates, prices.and further details.
 
Once we have received your deposit, I will email detailed instructions on how to prepare for the course.
 
Please remember that proper preparation is essential and NOW is the time to begin.
 
I am available to visit your resort, or you can send staff to me, so that  I can assess their knowledge and set them a schedule to ensure that they are well prepared.
 
I am also available for staff training in other areas, such as EFR Instructor, Specialty Instructor MSDT etc.
 
Vinaka,
Andrew Redfern

Monday, 21 March 2011

Scuba diving regulators for sale in Fiji at giveaway prices

We have 5 regulators for sale here
in Lami/Suva, Fiji Islands

We used these regulators for teaching and as back-ups during our years of reef surveys and ReefChecks.

Now we are cleaning out our closets we don't need this many anymore (most divers now bringing their own gear).

These regulators have been well maintained and have only seen a  couple of dives since their last service.

This is great chance to pick up a reg at a silly price for your weekend diving!

(I will only sell to certified divers in Fiji who can come and get them in Suva!)

Regulator #1
F$300
  • 1st Stage: MARES MR12-DFC
  • Primary: US Divers Conshelf SE-8
  • Octo: US Divers Conshelf SE (Yellow)
  • Gauges: Sherwood boot/compass/SPG/depth gauge
Regulator #2
F$300
  • 1st Stage: MARES MR12-DFC
  • Primary: MARES MR12-III
  • Octo: US Divers Conshelf 22 (Black)
  • Gauges: SUNTO boot/compass/SPG/depth gauge
 Regulator #7
F$250
  • 1st Stage: US Divers SELECT
  • Primary: MARES MR12-III
  • Octo: US Divers Conshelf 22 (Yellow)
  • Gauges: Aquapro boot/SPG
 Regulator #5
F$300
  • 1st Stage: US Divers Conshelf 21
  • Primary: US Divers Conshelf 21
  • Octo: US Divers Conshelf 21 (Yellow)
  • Gauges: AquaLung boot/SPG/depth gauge (ft)
 Regulator #9
F$300
  • 1st Stage: MARES MR12-DFC
  • Primary: US Divers Conshelf Stainless METAL
  • Octo: SeaQuest MIRAGE (Green)
  • Gauges: SUUNTO boot/SPG/depth gauge/compass 
If you want the lot then we can discuss a great rate! Drop me an email: stuart at resortsupportfiji.com or call em on 997 5416.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Fantastic location & adventure options, and the people were terrific! - Review of Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, Kadavu Island, Fiji - TripAdvisor

I've traveled extensively and for the overall value this was one of the best remote eco-resorts I've ever visited.

The owners and staff treated me like a long-lost friend. Meals were made with local food, prepared very well, served family style, and there was always enough to go around. The guests were from around the world and were fun and friendly.

The staff were helpful, accommodating, friendly and professional. As a diver, I really appreciated how well the dive operation was handled -- gear, boat, dive masters, safety, etc. were all PADI 5-star.

If you open your mind and heart to the local Fijian people, especially if you visit one of their villages, they will be friends for life...
Fantastic location & adventure options, and the people were terrific! - TripAdvisor

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Matava wins Environment/Local Sustainability Award at AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010

Matava wins AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award 2010

Matava has been awarded the Environment/Local Sustainability Award at the AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards

KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS – 26th February 2011 – Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort is proud to be announced as the winner of the Environment/Local Sustainability Award at the AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010 for its policies on environmental sustainability and the environment.

The annual Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards night sponsored by AON was held at the The Warwick Resort and Spa on the Coral Coast on Friday 26th February 2011, and attended by Matava Director, Stuart Gow. Many local tourism operators and business people attended the evening presentations. This year there were over a thousand nominees in the 12 categories. This glamourous event was Red Sea Rig & Cocktail theme, welcoming guests with a 3 course dinner, an awards ceremony & fantastic live entertainment with a turn out of over 400 guests.

The Environment/Local Sustainability Award recognises efforts to preserve the environment & local communities for the benefits of locals & visitors alike in developing & fostering both environmental & national conservation. It also assesses efforts to support cultural initiatives and promote public awareness and education in support of “Fiji Made” products by reducing their carbon footprint.

Matava was proud to be nominated in 3 categories, and was chosen as a finalist in all nominated categories at this year’s AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards. Bite Me Gamefishing Charters and Mad Fish Dive Centre were recognised as finalist in the Fiji Experience Award, and Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort was a finalist in the Quality Accommodation Award as well as winning the Environment/Local Sustainability Award.

“We are extremely proud to win this award. We have been lucky to win overseas and global awards for our environmental policy in the past year, but it is especially gratifying to be recognised at home by our colleagues in Fiji.” said Mr Stuart Gow, one of Matava’s Directors.

Richard Akhtar, Managing Director of Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort said “At Matava, we are of course both happy and proud to receive this prestigious award. We find it even more important that the industry, by rewarding environmental efforts, choose to take a stand for the environment we depend on. We also see it as an important continuing signal to the community which at the same time can serve to inspire the numerous individuals and companies who have been doing so much, and continue to do even more in the field of environmental enlightenment and conservation. This award has highlighted Fiji’s leading role and efforts in this regard especially.”

About Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort:

Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort, is an eco adventure getaway offering you a fun and unique blend of cultural experiences and adventure activities in the environmentally pristine and remote island of Kadavu in the Fiji Islands. Matava – Fiji Premier Eco Adventure Resort is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort as well as a Project AWARE GoEco Operator. With more than 14 years experience in the Fiji Islands, Matava is recognized as a leading educational dive centre. Matava offers accommodation for up to 22 guests in lush tropical surroundings in traditional thatched Fijian ‘bures’ with hardwood polished floors, louvre windows and private decks offering privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.

About AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards:

The awards which have been in existence for 14 years, honour those who have made a significant input to Fiji’s most important industry. The prestigious awards are given to individuals, groups and companies in a broad range of categories; covering accommodation, restaurant and dining, tours and transportation, environmental and local sustainability. Winners were chosen as part of a nomination process which began late last year and closed in January. Recipients of the various awards have proven dedication, active participation and innovation in their fields of speciality, and have thus merited the esteem of the industry. Over the years, the AON Excellence in Tourism Awards has grown in prestige and now not only bestows recognition but serves as an incentive for individuals and companies to aspire to greatness in the sector.

AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010

www.Matava.com

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Matava wins Environment/Local Sustainability Award at AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010