Parts of Fiji were badly damaged in February by the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Fiji in recorded history. Viti Levu was one of the hardest hit areas of this island nation. On the 20th February 2016, winds reached 230 km/h just before the storm hit Viti Levu, leaving behind destruction and chaos in its wake.
Tenacious community spirit
In true Fijian style, communities pulled together. They supported one another and clean up operations and reconstruction projects began as soon as the dust settled. Some areas suffered minimal damage and were open for business almost immediately. Others that were in the hardest hit areas, like Viti Levu, have taken longer to be fully operational. Dive The World is excited to share that the well run, family owned, Volivoli Beach Resort will receive guests from November 2016.
Official statement from Volivoli Beach Resort
Nick Darling, the resort’s general manager, and family spokesperson discussed the resorts reconstruction and scheduled reopening: “We are now pleased to announce that Volivoli Beach Resort rebuild is well into its third month and on track. As we are making considerable progress we are confident that we will be reopening the Resort on 1st of November 2016. This is well ahead of our initial predictions immediately after the cyclone. Fiji is getting back on its feet and it will be business as usual at Volivoli from the 1st of November 2016. Our key message is that Volivoli Beach Resort will open bigger and better than before the storm. We are extending our main building and renovating our kitchen, restaurant, dinning and guest services area. We will also be adding an additional 8 Luxury Ocean View Villas with individual swimming pools to our room inventory later in 2017.″
• 1st November 2016 full resort reopening with accommodation available in Ocean View, Deluxe Ocean View and Premium Ocean View Bures
• Ra Divers resumed diving trips from 16th April 2016
• The SY Fiji Siren liveaboard has been back in operation since mid April 2016. She has completed 4 scheduled cruises since cyclone Winston.