This is certainly an interesting development proposal for the Macuata coastline, not only for the moving of containers but also for the numerous yachties who find this part of Fiji excellent for cruising and needing a port of entry. It's not far from our mataqali land so that is a plus for our families.
From today's Fiji Times:
$5m jetty for north
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
GROUND work on the construction of an international seaport at Middle Point in Vanua Levu is expected to begin soon following the visit by a group of Canadian consultants to the site last week.
Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica told The Fiji Times the Canadian consultants visited the construction site at Yalava Village along the Naduri coastal road last Monday.
Divisional Engineer Roads (Northern) Jone Luveniyali said technical inspections were carried out at the construction site.
"The consultants made a field visit last week to check out the place," Mr Luveniyali said.
"The Department of Mineral Resources will be carrying out soil inspection and the necessary technical investigation and details of the investigations will be provided to the consultants."
The government has allocated $5 million for the construction of Middle Point - the port of entry at Naduri in Macuata province.
Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere in an earlier report told The Fiji Times the Middle Point port would boost investment opportunities and activities in the Northern economy.
He said the port of entry was no longer an 'illusion'.
"The Look North Policy is now turning into reality following the allocation of needed funds for the construction of a port of entry on this island," Ratu Aisea said.
He said the Middle Point in the North would bring about competition and would encourage exporters to produce up to potential.
He said export and import activities would become timely with low freight costs.
When I tried to find out the location for this project it seems that it is in the Nabala area maybe near Palmlea Lodge eco-tourist place, and on one website the Labasa -Macuata area offers excellent potential for tourists when they suggest the following places to see:
The Great Sea Reef – the third longest continuous barrier reef system in the world
Hiking, snorkelling, fishing, swim in our 25m lap swimming pool, laze in a hammock, kayaking, exploring, sightseeing, surfing November to May, GT fishing, bird watching and learn native handicrafts
Visit Yalava’s famous “Lions Head” Rock landmark
The Spiritual “Naag Mandir” Cobra Rock Hindu Temple
Explore the huge protected Lagoon behind the Great Sea Reef
Adventure hiking the mountain hinterlands
The large fruit, vegetable, handicraft market in Labasa town
Waisale Rainforest Reserve
Diving, fishing and snorkelling
Breathtaking Open Road trips with driver /guide or Drive Yourself by rental car
See traditional weaving done the Old Fashioned Way in Naduri
Visit and learn about Healthy Noni Juice, Noni Honey, Noni Leaf Tea at Dreketi
See the world’s largest meat goats the “Boer Goats” at Palmlea Farms, Yalava
Learn Fijan bamboo craft
Surf the Great Sea Reef—November to May
Go night crabbing for Mangrove Crab with a local guide
Vanua Levu has many kilometres of unspoilt country roads for hiking and trekking
Non-commercial traditional village visits, participate in a Sevusevu Ceremony
Visit the Pearl Farm at Savusavu
The Mountainous Spine (3000ft elevation) divides the island into the wet rainforest of the South and the sunny hillsides of the north
Explore the north shoreline and offshore islands by Kayak
Wasavula Ceremonial Site to see the sacred monolith and head chopping stone for cannibalistic ceremonies just south of Labasa