BY DONNA PARKIN — It was a long haul from Washington, DC, to Fiji for Rahim Kanani but worth it as he teamed up with fellow travel writers from New Zealand and Australia at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort (FOR) and Castaway Island, Fiji (FCI).
Representing Jetset and Upscale Living magazines, Rahim joined Amanda Woods from Sydney’s 2UE radio station and Adventures All Round; Kate Kyriacou from the Brisbane Courier-Mail’s QWeekend magazine; and Kevin Page from New Zealand’s NZMe Travel.
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has been a strong advocate of community tourism and the group visited its latest initiative, the construction of two classrooms at the Conua School in the Sigatoka Valley.
The writers also visited Sigatoka District Hospital where Outrigger helped construct a new maternity ward, the local produce market and Tavuni Hill Fort.
A ride on the newly opened zip rail through the rain forest canopy at Kula Wild Adventure Park raised adrenalin levels that were later calmed by a soothing treatment at the resort’s acclaimed Bebe Spa Sanctuary.
After transferring to Castaway Island, Fiji, the group boarded a speedboat for the trip to Modriki Island, famous as the setting for the Tom Hanks’ movie Castaway, where we enjoyed a guided snorkel followed by Champagne on the beach.
Back at Castaway, we again donned snorkels and goggles to view the results of the resort’s coral planting program, part of Outrigger’s OZONE conservation program.
Vinaka vakalevu (thank you very much), FOR and FCI hosts, for taking such good care of our media guests.