Scuba diving is next on director Yates’ to-do list
An adventurous Kaitlyn Yates enjoyed exploring Fiji during the three months she lived here. Ms. Yates is Director of the FIJI Water Foundation. She joined the team remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An adventurous Kaitlyn Yates enjoyed exploring Fiji during the three months she lived here.
Ms. Yates is Director of the FIJI Water Foundation.
She joined the team remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her role as capacity builder is to strengthen the team and explore opportunities for the Foundation to have the greatest impact possible while reviewing its strategic plans for the next five to 10 years.
Then it was time to travel to Fiji and conduct his work in person.
Having set foot in Fiji in January after a long-awaited arrival, she was motivated to explore every corner of Fiji whenever an opportunity presented itself.
How many places have you visited in Fiji?
So far I have been able to visit many places in Viti Levu and have taken a trip to the Yasawas.
I love the hike that took me to Abaca for the Mount Batilamu hike and waterfall visit.
I also climbed Mount Tomaniivi (also known as Mount Victoria) and got to experience hiking at the highest point in Fiji.
In March I participated in the Namosi Eco Challenge on Mount Vomo, summiting another peak in Fiji.
I also really enjoyed exploring the ocean during my time in Fiji, enjoying snorkeling at every opportunity.
I have also been on snorkeling cruises with South Seas and Beachcomber and both have been fantastic experiences.
On Beachcomber Island, I saw my first reef sharks while snorkeling!
An exciting and exhilarating experience.
Where is the only place in Fiji you would take visitors to, and why?
I have friends who want to come visit and am planning a super fun vacation for them based on my experience.
Of course, we’ll show them the amazing beaches and ocean life of Fiji, but I also think it’s important that they get to know life in Lautoka, where I live.
Simply strolling the streets of Lautoka Wharf and visiting the market are great ways for visitors to see a different side of Fiji.
Where is your favorite place for coffee/pie, and why?
I was able to experience the taste of local cuisine at a rock market held in Suva.
It was amazing. But my favorite place is Coffee Hub in Ba.
Their donuts are my favorite!
What is your favorite corner of the garden and why?
For me it should be Abaca as it is only 30 minutes from Lautoka.
It has hiking and swimming and you can make the day as adventurous or laid back as you want.
What is one place in Fiji that stays on your bucket list, and why?
I would love to learn to dive as I hear Fiji is one of the best places in the world to do it.
I would like to visit Taveuni and Kadavu for this experience.
I love seeing life under the ocean and it really makes you appreciate how small you are as a human when you’re in the water.
We’re not built with fins and fins, so that puts you in a vulnerable position.
It’s also a very liberating place where you can just let go and enjoy what the ocean has to offer.
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