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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Sailors invest in eco-resort on Vanua Levu

A couple who has sailed to more than 150 countries has decided to make Vanua Levu home and are investing their life savings on a eco-friendly farm stay with six bure (Fijian traditional house).

The Palmlea Farms Bamboo Bures and Bistro Resort at Tabia/Naduri Road, Macuata Province, on Vanua Levu will be ready to receive visitors before Christmas.

Joe and Julie Smelser first came to Fiji 13 years ago and after spending 7 months in the country trying to repair their boat, they made up their mind to make the country their home. They bought 30 acres land on which they are building the resort and preparing farms to plant fruits and vegetables not available locally.

The Smelsers said they were not in the country to make a retirement home or make money but were here to stay permanently. They said Vanua Levu had a lot of potential to expand with its serene nature and friendly people.

Joe, an architect and builder, is overlooking the construction of the six bure while Julie is looking after the financial side with her business management background.

The couple said that after travelling around the world they were sure they wanted to settle in Fiji. The choice to settle in Vanua Levu was made while they were in Lautoka and a lot of friends suggested that they visit the Friendly North.

Julie said Naduri was an ideal place because it was bright and sunny, not hot and humid and neither did it rain much there.

The couple's property overlooks the open Macuata coastline and is surrounded by Indian settlements and Fijian villages.

They couple aim to give their visitors a touch of local tradition and culture and the local delicacies. They added that their accommodation would offer an escape from the busy world to serenity and tranquility with scenic beauty in every direction.

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