Madisen Hiebert from Canada is an 20 year old SPTO Intern with the Sustainable Tourism Development Division. She shares this story of her special encounter with the Fijian sharks of the Yasawas during a trip with her friends.
The Asia Pacific Exchange Center (APTEC), supporting body of the UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific (RSOAP) is currently looking for an Expert to develop and implement a study that aims to provide knowledge, recommendations and case studies on synergies between tourism growth and tourism product development in Pacific Islands Countries.
A major step forward for the future promotion and development of the Solomon Islands dive tourism sector, the destination’s main dive operators have agreed to combine resources to create a formal representative body - Dive Operators Solomon Islands (DOSI).
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.