28th November 2015
Saturday (7am – 4.30pm)
Join animated Isaac for a wonderful outing at the Sigatoka Sandunes, Fiji’s first National Park. Walk through woods, on the ridge of grass covered dunes, onto spectacular shifting dunes and down to the beach along sculptures of driftwood. Take in the sight and sound of the massive roaring waves, experience the difference between the Pandanas landscape and the quiet Mahogany forest. Learn from Isaac the different ecosystems and how they co-exist.
Saplings of native trees will be set up for easy and fun replanting along the first part of the route for kids and adults.
Bring a picnic and break for lunch on the dunes or on the beach.
Sigatoka Sandunes is spectacular in all weather conditions.
Cost: $35 for NatureFiji-MareqetiViti member. $40 for non-member.
- 7.00 am Sharp: Depart Suva from the Civic Center bus stop.
- 2.30pm Depart Sigatoka Sandunes National Park
- Minimum Age: 7years.
Medium fitness: The climb to the ridge and sandunes are relatively short but steep.
Total walking time (excl. stoppages): 2 hours.
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes are under the management of the National Trust of Fiji and are an important source of archaeological artificats and information for universities and archaeological institutes. The National Park has been shortlisted for World Heritage Site listing by UNESCO.
Isaac Rounds, an exuberant forest ecologist, is the Carbon-Offset Manager for Conservation International (CI) Fiji Program. On any excursion, Isaac is always the first on the ground, in the water or up a tree. He is comfortable in all types of terrain and has never lost his passion for the environment.
His work at CI involves overall coordination and management of ecological baseline surveys, Rapid Assessment Programs (RAP) and community awareness programs. He also assists in the scientific aspects of the Yaqara Reforestation Project, the development of the Yaqara Valley Nature Reserve Management Plan, and the overall coordination and management of the boundary survey and forestry inventory of the Nakauvadra Protected Area. Before his current role, Isaac was Senior Conservation Officer with the National Trust of Fiji where he was involved in the coordination of the Sovi Basin Nature Reserve project, a national forest inventory of Niue Island, RAP of the Nakauvadra Range and Southern Lau Group and was the team leader in the botanical survey of Namena Island. Isaac is Technical Advisor to both National Trust of Fiji and Nature Fiji Mareqeti Viti (NFMV) as well as on the Council of NFMV. Isaac has published several influential publications and reports in collaborations with other scientists