BY DONNA PARKIN — Journalists from Australia and Canada were among the first guests to arrive for the official reopening of Castaway Island, Fiji, on June 1 after its closure due to damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to host Vancouver-based Alicia-Rae Olafsson from Lululemon Athletica; Angie Kelly from Fairfax Media’s Traveller; Nicola Conville from Out There in-flight magazine from Sydney; and Harrison Tippet from Leader Newspapers, Melbourne.
Castaway Island General Manager Steven Andrews and his management team hosted a cocktail reception to celebrate the opening that culminated with a Meke (traditional style of dance). We experienced a Champagne beach picnic on Modriki Island, the setting for the Tom Hanks’ movie Castaway and joined other resort guests and the Mamanuca Environment Society for a coral planting activity to celebrate World Oceans Day and the first anniversary of OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE).
We also traveled to Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the main island of Viti Levu where we helped to relocate a giant clam as part of the resort’s World Oceans Day celebrations.
Visits to Conua Primary School where the resort is helping to build a new kindergarten was a highlight with many school children bearing Canadian Flag tattoos on their arms and faces courtesy of Alicia-Rae.
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