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Life at Daku

Jan Cornall - Writing Retreats in Fiji

Breaking Through: Writing with Jan Cornall

11 April 2011

When you get off the plane in Fiji the first thing you notice is the way people walk. It’s the slow relaxed gait of people from a tropical clime. There’s no point in hurrying and besides it’s just too darned hot. The rush, rush of our city-folk ways seems suddenly ludicrous and as you begin [...]

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Cutting coconuts at Daku Resort

Coconuts, Car Parks and Covered Decks

21 March 2011

We’ve carved out a whole new entrance to the resort with a new drive and car park. The only problem is, there’s a 90 foot coconut tree in the corner and it bombs two of the spaces beneath. Have you ever looked at a coconut? It has three “eyes” in it, and the Fijians say [...]

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Billy Buck in Savusavu, Fiji

Billy Buck’s Story

26 February 2011

One of our guests in January had a particularly interesting story. It was a true case of a journey across the ocean to find long-lost family. Bill is a charming, gentle American with a lively and endearing interest in the life of Fiji and the foibles of Savusavu. We were fascinated by his quest and [...]

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The Magic Below the Water - Snorkeling in Fiji

The Magic Below the Water

14 February 2011

Our relatively new snorkelling weeks are proving to be very rewarding. We only take a maximum of 8 guests; this trip had 4. Two were from Brisbane, and two from Adelaide – and I asked one of them to write up the week as they saw it. In January, my husband and I arrived at [...]

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Marvelous Mereoni

Marvelous Mereoni

29 December 2010

Daku’s own resident artist, Mereoni Tadulala, featured this week in the Fiji Times. Mereoni, who has been creating and selling her tapa artworks for 10 years, learnt the traditional art from her mother. In the article in the Fiji Times Mereoni talks about the importance of keeping this cultural skill alive and passing it down [...]

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Yoga Retreat with Deidre-Lee Allen

Good Morning Show on TVNZ

16 June 2010

Through the Good Morning Show on TVNZ (New Zealand) we offered two places on DeidreLee Allen’s PureBalance YogaPilates course in the first week of June. The winner was Dannette who brought along her sister – and subsequently wrote this lovely letter of appreciation for the week: I was the winner of the 7-night Yoga Pilates [...]

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Snorkelling or Snorkeling ?

Snorkeling or snorkelling

6 June 2010

Who cares? you might say…..but in this day of search-engine driven marketing, it matters. When we put up details of our snorkeling weeks, the Americans will find it – but if we want the Australians and English to come along, it has to be snorkelling. Well, I’m probably exaggerating a bit because people trawl around [...]

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Daku Resort Fun Run

Savusavu Fun Run

29 May 2010

On April 10th Savusavu held its second ever Fun Run and we were hosts for the event. Organised by Sharon Wild, it raised over $400 for the PTA of Khemendra Primary School. We had a beautiful (and very hot) morning and with 80 participants and a fair amount of noise and chaos early on, but [...]

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New sign at Daku Resort

New sign – and back to normal

14 April 2010

Here’s a picture of our new sign – the last one got international coverage when it was destroyed in the cyclone, but here we are again back to normal. It was a bright sunny day when the photo was taken, but in case you’re interested, the rather dark figures below are Raj and JJ.

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Cyclone Tomas

Cyclone Tomas

26 March 2010

Cyclone Tomas hit Fiji on March 15, and the northern islands were particularly badly damaged. It’s being described as one of the worst cyclones in the area for 20 years. All things considered, we got away fairly lightly – no-one injured, no buildings damaged. We were very touched by all the messages of concern and [...]

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