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Highland lodge plans extension

Avinesh Gopal
Thursday, January 02, 2014

A LODGE in the Nadarivatu highlands plans to expand in the very near future.

Being in operation for the past three years, Stone Bowl Lodge is frequented by tourists and locals.

The lodge sits on top of a hill overlooking the Nadarivatu government station and the Nakauvadra mountain range.

Located about 2000 feet above sea level, fresh water is available at the lodge full-time with other amenities.

Lodge owner Tuinamo Narisia said he named the lodge after Stone Bowl, which is the source of the Sigatoka River and about 100 metres from the lodge.

A logger by profession, Mr Narisia said he leased the place three years ago and started the lodge, saying people were coming to know more about it now.

"There are three rooms and one dormitory with beds, cooking facilities, refrigerator, fireplace, washing machine, fresh water from the mountains and fresh air," he said.

"It is a very old wooden building from the colonial era and a stove from that time which is still working and can be used by guests."

Mr Narisia said he charges $50 per room per night but if there are more than 10 people, then the charge is per person but reasonable.

"I also have a tour guide licence and if guests want to go to Mount Tomanivi or Mount Victoria as it's commonly known, then I charge $30 per person.

He said people could see the whole of Fiji from the top of Mount Victoria. He said there were nature reserves in the area too.

"What makes this place great is its location, which is right in the mountains and where there is peace, fresh water and food sources.

"I plan to make some bure behind the lodge and do some renovations also."