• Senior women from the family of the Taukei Namara (The Kingmaker of Naduri) showing their clan folks what they have put together as their presentation or "reguregu". The mats and masi are part of this family's presentation and the women will go to the mou

A Funeral to Remember – Goodbye Paramount Chief Ratu Aisea Katonivere

25 – 27 April 2013 – Naduri, Vanua Levu, Fiji

We started our journey to Macuata Province first and foremost with a traditional sevusevu in Naduri with the Macuata Province Paramount Chief Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere on the 28th of March. It was our very first traditional sevusevu, the first of many to come. After hearing what our noble […]

  • A dive camp in Yadua Island with 20 to 30 divers going to out the Great Sea Reefs scuba diving for beche de mer or sea cucumbers.

Sea Cucumber Hunters of Fiji in the GSR

April 2013 – Kavewa Island, Nukusa Village, Yadua Island

Sea cucumber is a high value, high demand Chinese delicacy that is sought after by Chinese traders buying dried sea cucumbers from all over the world especially in Asia and the Pacific. Sea cucumbers are flexible, elongated echinoderms belonging to the class Holothuroidea.  They live on the sea floor in reefs, lagoons and coastal shallows […]

  • Turtle monitor Peter Qarau catches, tags, measures and releases a green se turtle along with 11 year old Irris and her mom Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific in Yadua Island

Yadua Turtle Monitoring and Irris

20 April 2013

Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager brought her lovely 9 year old daughter Irris to rendezvous with us on Yadua Island – we, coming from Macuata Province and they, coming from Suva. They were joined by Pita Qarau, Turtle Monitor from Yadua Village in Suva and they all took the ferry from Viti Levu to Vanua […]

  • Cyclone Evan mercilessly went through Yadua Village and this leaning house is one of the casualties of the cetegory 5 cyclone.

Yadua Island and Cyclone Evan

19 – 22 April 2013

The 17th of December 2012 will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of Fijians and the memory is unfortunately not a good one. With a maximum wind speed of 270km/hour, Cyclone Evan devastated many villages from northeast Vanua Levu all the way to northwest Viti Levu with more than […]

  • Laitia Tamata of WWF South Pacific and Laitia of University of South Pacific downloads year-long data from the newly retrieved data logger that shows the temperature of the Great Sea Reefs for a year.

WWF and University of South Pacific at work in the Great Sea Reef

April 2013

Our visits to the Fijian villages and the one resort in Macuata Province were made the richer when we were able to document the fieldwork of WWF South Pacific Marine Species Coordinator Laitia Tamata, WWF Labasa staff Koli Musudroka and University of South Pacific Laisiasa Cavakiqali. They were visiting 5 sites in the target reef systems in […]

  • Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager chats with Kia Island village teens.

Kia – The Remote Island Paradise of the Great Sea Reef

10 – 14 April 2013

It was a long 4 hour boat ride from Nukusa Village to Labasa Town where we stayed overnight before heading to Kia Island. We armed ourselves for the next stretch of island village living, quickly shopping for a million little things like Milo, laundry detergent, more mosquito repellent, mosquito coils, junk food and […]

  • Turtle rodeo catch, tag and release. Turtle monitor Emosi Time catching a big male green turtle.

Kavewa Island – Turtle Monitor

4 – 6 April 2013

Emosi Time, son of Kavewa Village chief is known as a Dau ni Vonu or Turtle Monitor. Emosi used to be a turtle hunter, catching turtles for turtle meat offered in traditional Fijian celebrations. Since 2011, Emosi has turned from the dark side and is now a guardian of turtles. Lifting text […]

  • Tui Mali Ratu Apenisa Bogiso holds up two skeleton bones of a stranded sperm whale.

Days with the Chiefs – Mali Island (Nakawaqa Village, Vorovoro Island and Ligaulevu)

30 March – 2 April 2013

Mali Island

The nearest island to Labasa Town is Mali Island, comprised of 3 villages on the island (Nakawaqa, Ligaulevu & Vesi) and 1 (Matailabasa) on mainland Vanua Levu. We visited 2 villages and experienced real Fijian life head on.

Our first stop was Nakawaqa Village (pronounced Nakawangka) where Macuata Province’s only […]

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Life in Navakasobu Village with Kava, Weaving and Fishing

30 March 2013

Navakasobu Village, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Our wonderful guide and companion Koli Musudroka, WWF Field Officer for Labasa invited us to his village on Black Saturday. He had been telling us about the women in his village weaving a special kind of mat and traditional Fijian wedding costumes made of a reed locally called kuta. So we made a […]

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First Day – Labasa, Fiji’s Northern Division

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 […]