The following weeks see a hive of activity throughout Fiji as we begin to gear up for the end of year finale.
Starting with a jump forward in time, daylight savings will begin in Fiji on Sunday 27th October, 2013 when we push our clocks forward from 2am to 3am. Don’t forget and get left behind!
Throughout the entire month of November you have the opportunity to help celebrate and record Fiji’s amazing coral reef biodiversity, show you care about our world’s delicate coral reef systems, and have fun, by taking part in the Fiji-wide Shark Count.
The Mana Island Swimfest is also scheduled for the 25th and 26th October with round island swims, relays, individual ocean swim races of varying distances from 500m to 10km.
With the start of the Tuna season upon us, join in the Bill Williams Memorial fishing competition at Port Denarau on 26th & 27th October. On the 2nd and 3rd November, the Carptrac CAT Game Fishing Classic is on at the Royal Suva Yacht Club.
Look out for spooky Halloween tricks and treats around the 31st October – there are parties going on all around the country including a Villain themed beachside bash at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour or the Masquerade Halloween night on the 1st November ( a day late it may be – but heck, we are all on Fiji Time!)
If you are a keen golfer, the 2013 Pacific Harbour Amateur Open – 36 Holes Stroke Play – is on the 2nd and 3rd November at the Pearl South Pacific Championship Golf Course.
Monday 4th November will again see the country slow into Public Holiday mode as we celebrate the 5 day Hindu Festival of Light – Diwali.
Fiji is set to revel in a night of loud bangs and cool ‘Ahhhs’ from spectators watching as explosions of colour fill the skies from sunset into the early hours. During the festival, people share joy and warmth by greeting one other with sweet handmade treats. You may be lucky enough to be gifted a plate of such delights which represent joy and warmth given in the spirit of sharing.
At the Copra Shed Marina in Savusavu, delicious Diwali specials are on the menu at The Captains Table restaurant. Traditional Indian 3 course dinners will be served on the Marina lawn, which will be adorned with festive lighting. Vuda Marina will be offering a live band, specials, lights, sweet stand, fireworks & henna art on the night of the 3rd.
On November 5th, its off to the races as the nation is swept up in the excitement of The Melbourne Cup. Don your most elaborate headwear, grab your lucky charm and head to the Royal Suva Yacht Club to place your wager and celebrate (hopefully!).
The Corona Uprising Festival of Music and Lights is a must-attend for anyone in Fiji on the 9th November. 12 hours of non-stop live music presenting the crème de la crème of Fiji’s music virtuosos and contemporary show dancers in support of Fijis W.O.W.S charity for children fighting cancer.
If you like Rugby, you cannot afford to miss the three day Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens from November 14th to 16th. Watch Fiji’s number one sevens tournament and discover why Sevens rugby is considered a religion in Fiji. Matches will be played at Lawaqa Park which is one of the best rugby grounds in the country, and home to the IRB funded High Performance Unit for Fiji Rugby. Both the shadow men’s and women’s USA teams have been confirmed as have two Fiji women’s selections who will play for the women’s ‘Crest Na Iri’ Trophy.
November 23rd, sees The Pearl South Pacific Resort and Spa host the 2013 World Supermodel Pageant. A spectacular choreographed show that highlights the latest fashions and leading designers from around the world. A fabulous night on par with the fashion industry’s finest see’s 24 Supermodels from over 14 Countries and Regions vie for the 2013 crown.
If you are in Savusavu, or the Lau Group, look out for the famous annual spawning event of the Balolo worms (Palola viridis) around the last quarter of the moon. This event is eagerly anticipated by locals longing to devour the spaghetti-like delicacy. Balolo worms are harvested in nets and eaten boiled, fried or raw. Are you game enough to try?
With something for everyone happening over the next few weeks, we hope you enjoy your stay here in Fiji!
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