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Tourists stay away

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

LIFE has been difficult for some in Navutua Village in Yasawa ever since cruise ships stopped visiting last year.

Village headman Petero Nadriva said tourists brought by the ships used to bring much needed income for those selling necklaces and traditional Fijian wear.

"The visitors stopped coming from last year and some haven't been able to secure proper income since then," he said.

Mr Nadriva said previously, ships used to call in before moving onto Sawa-i-Lau, the system of caves near Yasawa-i-Rara Island which had attracted a number of tourists for a number of years.

"We used to sell them necklaces, pendants and any other accessory they could take back with them to remember us by.

"And then some of our men and women would provide entertainment after they are taken on a tour."

He said many of the villagers had now sought income from other sources.

"We don't have a lot. Now, we fish for our food and to sell to nearby hotels."

Mr Nadriva also revealed the village had since built a bure for homestay experiences.








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