Just how many hours a day do you spend on Facebook ? And how many hours do you spend wading through rubbish ?
Left to our own devices for many of us it’s way too much – my wife racks up about 22 hours a day unless I disable her login. Since my hacking skills aren’t quite at the level of Penelope Garcia, disabling each of your logins is not an option. Instead, I’ve put together a collection of 7 Fiji related Facebook pages that won’t waste your life with mindless crap. I’ve excluded any Facebook pages I’m affiliated with, as well as any friends business’s and local resorts to avoid favoritism and a potential inbox full of questions as to why who got included or excluded, or being coconutted into a coma.
So, let’s go – my 7 favourite Fiji Facebook Pages to follow……
By far the most popular Facebook page coming out of Fiji, and an excellent first port of call for anyone coming into Fiji and seeking a general overview of all the main resorts and islands, as well as the usual facts, FAQs and resources. Lots of fun stuff and photos to get you in the mood for your tropical getaway: crystal clear pools, fruity cocktails, white sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets.
In 2016 Tourism Fiji discovered Taveuni (hurrah !!) and they made a nice little video clip to celebrate:
Visit Tourism Fiji on Facebook
Humans of The Fiji Islands
Inspired by Humans of New York and founded by Jon Apted, a Fijian lawyer by trade, the Humans of The Fiji Islands features the diverse culture, character and colour of Fiji in beautiful portraits of everyday people. The images, all taken in Mr Apted’s spare time whilst out and about around Fiji, are relaxed and natural and each tells a small story. He does a wonderful job at getting the best out of his subjects. No words are required really – the photos do the job admirably. I particularly like this father and son shot – how about you?
Visit Humans of The Fiji Islands on Facebook
Shane Bower Metal Fiji
Shane Bower produces amazing sculptures and architectural pieces using a variety of metals. He’s based in Savusavu on Vanua Levu, and next time I’m over there I’ll definitely be dropping by to see his work first hand and find something fitting for the house. Copper coconuts, iron gates, giant sailfish, traditional Fijian boats, intricate insects and multi-metal fish, crabs and flowers – you name it and Shane can probably create it. Some items fit nicely in your suitcase too, just be ready for few more beeps than usual going through security at the airport !
Visit Shane Bower Metal Fiji on Facebook
The Loloma Foundation has a long-standing record of excellent aid work on Taveuni, most recently in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The Foundations’ focus is generally medical and dental projects – to date more than 50,000 patients have benefited from their tireless work around the South Pacific. Many residents here on Taveuni are also actively involved with their work. Loloma are currently working and coordinating with other aid agencies (eg Red Cross and Rotary Club) to bring relief to many of the hardest hit villages and communities around the island.
Show your support by liking their page, and if you can spare a dime or two please do drop a donation their way.
Visit Loloma Foundation on Facebook
J Hunter Pearls
J Hunter is one of Fiji’s longest standing and most successful pearl producers, currently Fiji’s largest exporter of some of the finest pearls in the world. As one of Fiji’s pearl farming pioneers they take great pride in their process and environmental code of practice – and the results are simply stunning. If you thought pearls just came in white or black then prepare yourself for the amazing kaleidoscope of colors that have become the J Hunters’ trademark. Their base of operations is Savusavu, and they have a number of outlets around Fiji, including Prouds and the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Take these pearls home and wow your friends !
Visit J Hunter pearls Fiji on Facebook
Taveuni’s History Page
The Taveuni History Page primarily features the photographic collection of Ambaram Dayaram, father of Dilip Dayaram who now runs the Meridian Store adjacent to the Meridian Cinema, and a photography buff himself. Dayaram Senior pioneered and built the cinema in 1954 to show 16mm movies to the public. Without the pursuits of Mr Dayaram a large chunk of Taveuni’s history would be based purely on memory and hand-me-down stories. Unfortunately the cinema has long been closed due to a native land lease dispute.
A future resolution may result in the use of the cinema building to house a gallery featuring and honouring the exceptional work of Ambaram Dayaram – a fitting tribute and potentially a fantastic local attraction.
Visit Taveuni’s History Page on Facebook
For all things Taveuni: our wonderful natural heritage, animal welfare, charity and commnuity initiatives, arts and crafts, organic farming, local recipes and cooking, sporting events and celebrations, music, and much much more, it’s all here with a welcome lack of spin or agenda. If you like one page from this list, then this one will generally keep you in the loop on all the major Taveuni topics.
Visit Taveuni Island on Facebook
Well, that’s my list. If you have a favorite Facebook page (or pages) you would put on your own list leave a comment below and tell me why !
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Images of some of the devastation on Taveuni caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston which hit Fiji on 20th February 2016 with peak winds of 298kmh