28 March 2013
Labasa Town, Northern Division, Fiji
The incredibly efficient and fired up WWF South Pacific team in Fiji has given us a packed itinerary for our five weeks stay to document the entire length of the Great Sea Reefs of Fiji. Locally known as Cakaulevu, the Great Sea Reefs is the world’s third longest continuous barrier reef system. It runs for over 200km from the Northern Division’s north eastern tip of Udu point in Vanua Levu to Bua at the north west edge of Vanua Levu, across the Vatuira passage, veering off along the way to hug the coastlines of Ra and Ba provinces in Viti Levu and into the Yasawas of the Western Division. This amazing area in the South Pacific is barely known to the world. It is our job to showcase it and try to heighten the world’s awareness to this globally significant reef system and the people who call it home.
We started our first day in Labasa in pouring, pelting rain. The locals say this is not the usual weather for late March and recognise that the climate is indeed changing. Nothing is predictable anymore.
First on the agenda for our first day’s shoot was to visit the Labasa Provincial Office together with WWF staff Akisi and Koli to officially present ourselves and our plans. Then it was off to the sugarcane fields.