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Project Blogs - Fiji


The Fiji Museum is located in a mall 2-storey house in a park near the center of the city. The artifacts and collections presented here are not very huge and overwhelming, but they are all interesting and has played a significant part in the rich culture of Suva.

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Symbiosis is when two organisms live together in a relationship in which at least one of them benefits. Sometimes, such as in the case of mutualism, they will be both benefit from the relationship. In instances of parasitism, one organism will benefit completely while the other is harmed or may even die. Commensalism is a form of symbiosis in which one participant benefits and the other feels no effects at all. Coral Reef ecosystems are teeming with symbiotic relationships.

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Teeming with life and exploding with colour, Fiji’s undersea world is breath taking and fascinating with more than 1500 species of reef fish, molluscs, turtles, anemones, and 390 kinds of coral! Did you know that Fiji is known as the “soft coral capital of the world?”

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The Orchid Island is about 1 kilometer away from the center of the city, but it is still worth a visit when in Suva. This is one of the existing (there are two others on the island of Fiji) traditional Fijian temples that are still in use and preserved on its original grounds.

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One’s perception of an island is based around sandy white beaches and clear blue waters. This is the definition of paradise for many tourists. However, once you settle in the need for coffee and vodka sets in. The two things that keeps the island going is a steady flow of caffeine and alcohol.

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The Colo-I-Suva Forest Park is an exquisite spot where you can spend several hours meandering through the thick rainforest. If you are on a package tour, choose the waterfall trail, forest hike or a visit to the top and bottom pools.

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Here in Fiji we conduct data collection surveys to evaluate the reef health around Beqa island. The technique we use for this is part of the reef check methodology used worldwide to monitor the general global reef health.

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This week was very emotional in Fiji as we said goodbye to 3 of our staff members while some new people arrived on the project.

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Many of the issues surrounding buoyancy control come down to correct weighting…

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Beqa island is a hotspot for shark diving with the amazing tiger and bull sharks being fed by the local resort while tourists can observe them every day. This activity is controversial from a marine conservation standpoint.

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