The Fiji sevens team is scheduled to spend the day playing and training with their new coach's former team, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is in Fiji to prepare to participate at the weekend's Coral Coast Sevens in Sigatoka as one of two fully fledged international sides, the other being Germany.
Samoa Hockey Federation has announced its intake for the Hockey Elites Programme 2017.
As a result of the Samoa Games 2016 in Savai’i, Samoa Hockey has for the first time identified elite hockey players from the big island.
Former Australian surfing coach Ian Portingale is now the new Fijian Surfing head coach. He said there is a lot to be done in the sport but the main focus is on the grassroots level.
“We are looking at having a lot of junior development in trying to develop coaching so the coaches develop those earmarked to develop faster and add more international flavour to it,” Portingale said.
THE mecca of sevens tournament, Hong Kong 7s is next up on the World Sevens Series.
This event does not only mean a feast of rugby but it has huge economic impact for the island nation.
Hotels are booked, there is an influx of more than 30,000 tourists for just one weekend, shopping centres are busy, restaurants are full, the taxi drivers are smiling and there are a lot of other people who benefit economically during just one weekend.
American Samoa's islands are located in the heart of the Polynesian, with Hawaii, Rapanui (Easter Island) and New Zealand making up the three points of the Polynesian triangle.
The Samoan Islands (American Samoa and Independent Samoa) were first discovered by European explorers in the 18th Century but its islands have been inhabited for over 3000 years.
During international rivalries in the latter half of the 19th Century over the Samoa Islands, Germany and the United States divided the Samoan archipelago by the signing of the 1899 Berlin Treaty, with the US formally taking over the eastern islands of Samoa.
On April 17, 1900 the high chiefs of the eastern islands of Samoa and the US signed the ‘Deed of Cession’ where American Samoa became a Territory of the United States.
Today, the Territory of American Samoa is a growing Pacific economy with a central government, sound infrastructure and a growing business sector, with international flights from Hawaii and Samoa as well as shipping connections from New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Hawaii and the US Mainland.
The Territory is regarded as one of the last undiscovered paradises of the Pacific with a tourism industry 100 percent locally owned and operated.
American Samoa is made up of five volcanic islands - Tutuila, Anu’u, Ofu, Olosega and Ta’ū - with rugged mountainous peaks and two coral atolls – Rose and Swains Islands with a total land area of 76 square miles. The Territory’s tallest peak is Mount Lata on Ta’ū Island 3170 feet, while the highest peak on the main island of Tutuila is Mount Matafao standing at 2142 feet. Pago Pago Harbor on Tutuila Island is regarded as the best natural deep harbor in the South Pacific, surrounded and sheltered by sheer mountain walls and the peaks of Mount Alava, Mount Matafao and Rainmaker Mountain on three sides.
Fiji boasts a stunning range of 333 islands, situated in the Melanesian area of the South Pacific Ocean. What you’ll notice first in Fiji is the friendly people, greeting everyone with the famous ‘bula’ which means hello in english.
Here you’ll find long, white sandy beaches, coconut trees swaying in the light warm breeze, crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling, and an abundance of water sport activities. It is the perfect island getaway.
As the main hub of the South West Pacific, Fiji is situated halfway between Vanuatu and Tonga. The two main Fijian islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu form the majority of land area for the country. The international airport of Fiji is located in the city of Nadi, which allows for easy access to the surrounding islands once you arrive.
The climate in Fiji is very tropical and is warm for most of the year with very mild minimum temperatures. The humid warmer season is from December to April with temperatures ranging from 19°-29°C (72°-96°F). The cooler season is from May to November with temperatures ranging from 22°-31°C (66°-88°F).
Fiji proudly showcases a wide range of activities for tourists, with the day time allowing for a variety of watersports, relaxation, massages, shopping, hiking, and much more. When the night falls, choose either to dance the night away at a number of nightclubs, visit a range of restaurants or have a quiet night in your chosen resort or hotel.
The culture in Fiji is rich in diversity, where you can observe the mosaic of Indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian and European traditions. View women creating mats, masi (tapa) hats, fans and baskets from natural materials, experience a kava session or get involved in the mekes (traditional song and dance).
In addition to being one of the world's best diving destinations, Fiji also offers a wide variety of other outdoor activities. Visitors can swim with huge harmless manta rays, snorkel over giant rainbow gardens of soft coral, kayak along the shores, or scuba dive in some of the best sports on earth. Trekking excursions and cave tours are just a few activities offered on various islands.
A great way to explore the beauty of this country is on a helicopter flying over the islands and the stunning reefs. A more relaxed way to explorer the waters of Fiji offers a half-day or full day islands cruise.
A highway around Viti Levu, Fiji's main island, connects all the major cities and settlements, all of them with colorful markets, shops, cafes, restaurants, night clubs, and attractions. Along the Coral Coast from Nadi to Pacific Harbor the road meanders through spectacular scenery including Fijian villages, sugar cane fields, Carribean pine plantations, coral lagoons, and beaches.
Pacific Harbor was developed as a complete visitor destination with its own shopping centre, Cultural Centre (Arts Village), 18-hole championship golf course and inland waterway where owners of luxury villas moor their pleasure crafts. The nearby island of Beqa (pronounced Bennga), home of the legendary firewalkers, is a world-famous diving location and also have resorts. Diving, fishing, sailing, golf, tennis, horse riding, surfing, jet skiing, white water river/rafting tours, zip lining, guided terra treks trips & walks, sea kayaking, village visit and a host of other activities awaits the visitor.
The two major cities on Viti Levu are Nadi and Suva. Suva, the capital of Fiji, with its mixture of colonial era architecture and modern skyscrapers, is a perfect combination of the ancient and the modern world. Guided tours of the capital usually include the Government House, the Fiji Museum, Albert Park, the Botanical Gardens, the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, the Fijian Handicraft Centre, the Moslem mosque, the Hindu Temple, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and the main shopping district.
The colorful marketplace of Nadi, the gateway city located only a few minutes drive from the airport, features yaqona stalls, homemade souvenirs, and a wealth of local culture. Fiji's largest Hindu temple is also located in Nadi. Nearby is Denarau Island with its luxurious resorts, championship golf course and Port Denarau Marina a getaway to cruises, a one stop shop, land based and water based activities.
From Nadi, it's just a quick hop to the islands of the Mamanuca Group, the country's largest resort area. Set among deep blue waters and fringed with coral reefs of turquoise and pastel green, the Mamanuca Islands and the islands of the Yasawa Group offer visitors some of Fiji's most outstanding island beauty. A visit to a traditional Fijian village is a must in order to understand the rich culture of this magnificent country.
Lautoka, Ba & Rakiraki - This is in the heart of Fiji's sugar belt with thousands of small holdings cultivating sugar-cane for the mills located in Lautoka, Ba & Rakiraki. The coastline faces Bligh Water and the Yasawa islands shimmering on the horizon. As well as the production of sugar, the area also has Fiji's goldmine at Vatukoula and green gold in the form of extensive mature plantations of Carribean pine trees, Teak Plantations, other subsistence cropping and Bee hiving. It is also home to Sugar Exports, Pine and tropic wood products, South Pacific Distillery Ltd for your Bounty Fiji Rum, Filming Locations, International Entry Ports for yachts & cruiseliner, Yaqara Cattle Ranch, Fiji Water, Fishing, spectacular Diving, Wind/Kite surfing, cruises, snorkeling, Horse Race, village visit, guided tours and a range of accommodation to choose from, the most affordable, mid range, deluxe to the most luxury.
Kadavu - Fiji's fourth-largest island lies some 50 miles (80 km) south of Viti Levu. It's a typical Fijian island with small villages, low hills, and wonderful beaches. Divers are particularly fascinated by the 31 miles-long (50 km) Astrolabe Reef and surfers rave about Kadavu's waves.
The Northern Islands - Fiji's second and third largest islands, Vanua Levu and Taveuni, as well as the smaller islands of Laucala, Qamea, Matangi, Namenalala, Nukubati and Kaimbu constitute this section and are also home to more than a dozen resorts. Taveuni known as The Garden Island, offers scenic beauty, good birdwatching, world class diving and an amazing underwater habitat including the 19 mile long rainbow reef, impenetrable rainforest, magnificent waterfalls and unhurried pace of life.