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Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:03:29 pm »
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Two years ago Giles meets great South African (Chad) when fishing in Oman.  Form firm friendship.
Chad tells Giles he is building an eco fishing lodge on a remote island in Fiji (it's called Yacata - Google it).
Giles says, oh great I'll come and spend my 60th there.
Chad says, won't be finished.  Then in off-hand way says "we're looking for investors"
Giles spends days working out how to broach subject of investing in a(nother) mad adventure with Paula.  Plucks up courage and blurts it out.
Paula says "fuck yeah".
Giles picks himself up off the floor.
We invest.
We are in Fiji.
Lodge not built.
Probably end up sleeping on beach.
Neither of us has ever been so excited about something in our lives.....

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http://oceansouldiers.com/osc-camp-amanzi-wai/
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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 10:54:39 pm »
you have each other....
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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 12:04:31 am »
That’s incredible. Go team Padmore!


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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 12:20:02 am »
No diving?

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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 12:30:45 am »
Not on Yacata....

In typical Padmore style, we chose to invest in somewhere that (for us living in Europe) is about as hard to get to as could be.

To get to Yacata, we have to get to Nadi; good flights from LA, SF, Australia, NZ, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea. Once there, we have to catch a small plane to Taveuni.  There is no guarantee that all our luggage would have got onto the small plane, so we have stopped her for a few days so that if my fishing tackle missed the plane, we had a reasonable chance of it getting to me before we leave for Yacata.  To get to Yacata we have to get the local dive company to take us by boat.  I have no idea yet how long that takes and it is weather dependent.

So, we are in Taveuni for a few days and will spend 3 mornings diving here before going to Yacata.

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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 01:12:22 am »
What an extraordinary place.
Works on my machine.

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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 01:16:26 am »
Sounds like an adventure, to me. Enjoy it.


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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 01:36:46 am »
Is the lodge close to Tavarua? I’d recognize that surf break anywhere....that’s cloudbreak. I saw it in the website. Killer

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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017, 01:59:18 am »
Nope.  Tavarua is to the West of Nadi.  We are already 90 mins by plane to the East.

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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 05:53:32 am »
"Investing in a mad adventure"... That's the way dreams come true.

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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2017, 12:42:29 am »
Have fun guys!  You deserve it!


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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2017, 08:02:43 am »
Freakin' awesome!That is all.


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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2017, 04:50:30 pm »
We will leave for Yacata for Taveuni on Monday, I will document as much as I can of the trip, the lodging and the fishing.   I think before we do anything, we have to be blessed by the village island chief .....

https://www.google.com.fj/maps/@-17.2547539,-179.5478636,11265m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en
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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2017, 05:03:59 pm »
I think before we do anything, we have to be blessed by the village island chef .....

On the menu tomorrow: Gosport "Cod"...

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Re: Amanzi Wai Lodge - Yacata, Fiji
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2017, 04:41:12 am »
We transfer to Yacata the day after tomorrow.  Just been sorting my tackle out for the bzillionth time.

My goals.

1) Catch a decent fish on this amazing popper I was given for my Kanreki by a fishing buddy.  Then immediately retire the lure....

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2) Catch a Giant Trevally on a fly, this one will be my first choice...

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3) Catch a decent sized Doggie (Dog Tooth Tuna)....
"OK face up to it - you're useless but generally pretty honest and straightforward . . . it's a rare combination of qualities that I have come to admire in you" - Geo 2011