The long-anticipated arrival of MS Bremen cruise came to an end on the 1st November 2018 when Bikati Island (pronounced Big Arse) on Butaritari Atoll witnessed and experienced their very first cruise ship reception. The islanders were very curious at the same time excited to see the cruise ship and the 131 visitors landing on their shore.
On November 12th, 2018 on a rainy and cold day in Suva, I drove up early to Pacific Harbour with my childhood friend Una who was on holiday from Australia. We were going to do the shark dive and it wasn’t the first time for the both of us. The weather that Monday morning wasn’t very promising and it seemed like there was going to be a mini-cyclone or somewhat developing into one. This was the usual Suva weather but then again we were into the cyclone season, so anything was possible.
THE number of cruise passengers arriving in Fiji has more than trebled since 2010 with more than 180,000 people visiting by ships last year, says IFC’s resident representative for Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati, Deva De Silva.