1. Catching mud crabs
I loved catching mud crabs for the Fiji episode of Foodie Adventures with Ash Pollard. We took a traditional Fijian bamboo raft along a river mouth and pulled our crab traps out (which we set earlier that morning). The female crabs were released back for sustainability, but the males become the most delicious dinner. It truly was river-to-plate dining.
2. Picnicking on a private island
While staying at Nanuku Auberge Resort, we sailed out to their private island (Nanuku Island) for a picnic lunch. The experience was so beautiful; ocean views from every angle and nothing but the sound of swaying palms – heaven!
3. Visiting Sigatoka Markets
Visiting the Sigatoka Markets was so special. It’s known as ‘Fiji’s salad bowl’ and I can completely understand why. It is bursting with local, seasonal and sustainable produce; as well as the most beautiful smiling locals ready to welcome you behind their beautiful displays of fruit and veg.
4. Cooking traditional Fijian dishes
Another highlight was cooking traditional Fijian dishes with the team from Nanuku Auberge Resort. It was an experience I will never forget. We cooked prawns in bamboo tubes over hot coals and made kokoda (Fijian ceviche). Yum, yum, yum!
5. Giving the lovo some love
Lastly, I’d have to include cooking in the Fijian lovo, too. I felt like I’d stepped back centuries in time, watching the warriors wrap meat and fish in leaves and slow-cook them over hot stones in an earth oven. It was simply magical and delicious, too! Visit nanuku.aubergeresorts.com