This isolated island of the Lau Group is still very traditional when it comes to western influence. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values. We have been fortunate enough to be allowed into this community, but under certain guidelines, on arrival every member of the party will be introduced to the Chief in a ceremony know as Sevu-Sevu, a Kava gathering.
Once introduced and blessed we will be allowed to make our way to Oceansouldiers base camp, Amanzi Lodge. Fishing will commence after a hearty breakfast every morning, lunch will be out on the water and we will return after a hard days fishing for ice cold beers and an authentic braai under the stars, where the anglers will no doubt banter about the days action. During our reconnaissance spent fishing the area was nothing short of mind blowing.
Our Eco Camp is a completely sustainable offering. Due to its completely remote nature we had to build cleverly with an off-the-grid mindset. Run by solar power with a fresh groundwater well that has served the villagers for centuries, this place is truly mystifying.
The camp concept is to be comfortable yet relaxed atmosphere. Simplistic yet appealing in its construction.
Solid foundations with beautiful, salt-water treated local hardwood make up the decking of the complete camp. At its hub is a main area, where our guests can watch our chef create world class creations time and time again. Enjoy an ice cold local beer from the equipped bar while watching the unspoilt sunset reminiscing about the days events around the sunken fire pit
We want our guests to literally feel at home, like our friends would in our own home. It’s a different mindset but one that sets us apart from the rest. We have cut away the frills but replaced them with the essential things that one truly needs to have both a unique experience and a rejuvenating break of a lifetime...
The camp will be fully completed to accommodate 6 guests (max 4 fisherman) by February 2018
Wellness and good food is also at the heart of our ethos. Living off the land where possible has been our approach from the start. We have developed a Organic vegetable garden on-site that will feed our guests with seasonal dishes all year round.
This coupled with our homemade terracotta clay tiled pizza oven, fired by wood and an open barbecue area will make the main cooking facilities on the island. Homemade breads, scones and granola will all be made daily coupled with freshly pressed juices and world class food form morning to midnight on offer for our clientele.
With both the owners coming from a very strong South African culture of barbecuing over wood coals, the evenings meals will be overseen personally and cooked to absolute perfection time after time. Australian lamb and beef, fresh seafood from our oceans and vegetarian and allergy options will all be on offer.
For parties of larger than 6 personal menus can be arranged on enquiry. A world class trained chef will be at the helm of all our meals and will provide our guests with modern yet simple cuisine bursting with flavours of an island-style bistro inspired by South African, Fijian and worldwide cuisine. You can be rest assured the food will be a highlight of the trip no doubt.
- FULL BOARD -
Part of our ethos is offer all our clients a standard full board when staying with us. Standard full board includes three meals cooked by a world class chef made from both local and sustainable ingredients, snacks, water, soft drinks, local juices. Captains Full Board will include 3 X local Beers OR 2 X glasses of fine Australian, New-Zealand, South African house wines OR 2 X 50cl shots of local spirits. A fully stocked bar will be available to all guests and placed on their tab to be settled upon check-out.
Three Fiji Bure’s* will make up the camp in its initial phases. We have chosen to use what fits best to the ecosystem and the people and culture of Fiji. These will make up the accommodation in the camp. Each Bure will have its own privacy with world class views of the jungle and the the sea overlooking neighbouring islands. One Bure will have its own private beach access, making it an ultimate honeymooners dream or romantic getaway.
The Fijian Bure’s present the perfect mix for tropical luxury. Treated and tested for the local climate for centuries, they provide a solid structure and ultimate comfort and a fresh sea breeze on a hot day. Locked down they provide a fortress against the sporadic test of harsht elements and tropical rainstorms.
All Bure’s will have en-suite bathrooms, equipped with full bathroom and enclosed shower, decorated in accents of sustainable hardwoods. All beds are singles that can be made comfortably up into doubles, with cotton sheets, linen and towels will be provided including all the amenities one would expect from a top class resort. Ultimately providing a space that all our members would happily call home away from home while with us.
Our Family Sized 'Saqa' (meaning Kignfish in Fijian) Bure sleeps three fisherman or a family of 2 Adults and 2 children comfortably. - images seen below...
It goes to say that the waters we will be fishing and have exclusive access to are some of the most pristine uncharted waters in the world. The species that can be found literally in front of our lodge on a pushing or dropping tide are something to keep our guests with sleepless nights being bust off by large permit, Triggerfish or on a massive Giant Trevally feeding ravenously at sunset. This place is like no other on earth.
Our two specifically customised 23ft Skiffs designed to cater for the worlds most avid Salt-water Flyfisherman and Topwater anglers will go out daily and recce our surrounding islands and their respective flats, which make up our waters, in search of uncharted fishing locations.
The flats fishing is a fly-fisherman’s skinny-water dream, boasting Triggerfish, GT’s, Blue-spot Kingfish, Indo-Pacific Permit, Wrasse, Coral Trout, Spangled Emperor and more. Our local Intel have also reported bonefish to be in the region and intend to find them in the coming months...
Drifting along the shallow reefs or working the edges can also produce large Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Amberjack and more. All the main locations lie within 5 - 20 Nm. range.
NB: From the 2019 Topwater anglers will also have an option to go out wide daily on our 32ft Sportfisher, equipped with 2 X 200 Four-Stoke Yamaha’s, Simrad navigation and sounder system and a thirst for world-Record potential Dogtooth Tuna, Amberjack, Wahoo, Sailfish and the ever present massive Giant Trevally. This Sportfisher will roam between the 25Nm. - 40 Nm. locations with a very real chance of landing a fish of a lifetime.
If this means you please contact us for updates on exact dates to book for our 2018/19 season.