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Rotuma Island: breathtaking views and expensive budget vacations

Rotuma Island is one of the hundred inhabited islands of Fiji. It is located in the waters of the Pacific Ocean and is north of the main island of the country with the capital Suva. The distance is about 500 kilometers. The island's nearest major neighbor is New Zealand.

3D2Z Rotuma IslandRotuma Island. Author - sunshinesimis.

Colonial past

The lands of Rotuma Island were first discovered by Europeans in 1719. At that time, representatives of Great Britain landed on its land territory. Subsequently, almost a century later, they declared the island their own possession and remained here as masters until the second half of the last century.

Economic present

The territory of the island is small. It has an area of 43 square kilometers. Another 3 square kilometers are accounted for by smaller surrounding islands. The total population: a total of 2002 people.

The main source of income for the locals is the extraction and processing of copra. A small number of tourists, who prefer a secluded vacation, also bring money to the treasury.

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Rotuma for tourists: ascetic conditions and a pleasant experience

The main means of transportation on the island are two roads. One of them is a country road stretching from village to village. There is also an equipped coastal strip.

The island is divided into seven administrative parts. Each settlement has its own coasts and beaches with white sand and blue water.

The largest settlements on the island are the administrative center of Ahau and the small settlement of Motusa, which at the same time acts as the port of Rotuma.

The island of Rotuma is interesting to walk around. The land is of volcanic origin and has a corresponding relief. The mountain slopes attract all fans of hiking or long treks.

The vegetation of the wildlife and the crops cultivated by the local population have a clear distinction and it is visible to the naked eye.

The few local people live their own measured lives and welcome the occasional tourist. They allow you to see their way of life.

Despite the smallness of life, the quietness and tranquility of the visitors are so attractive that many people do not want to leave.

Living conditions on the island of Rotuma are very modest. There are no hotels. As accommodation for visiting guests are offered small houses with the decoration of the budget plan. It is difficult to get qualified help in case of a serious problem. There are no official services.

3D2Z Rotuma Island Tourist attractions spotRotuma Island. Author - John Game.

Problematic and expensive communication

Vacationing on Rotuma Island is not a cheap activity. Despite the average level of service and ascetic conditions for vacationers, the flight to the island lands is expensive. Three-hour air journey through the capital of Fiji, the city of Suva, will cost almost 800 euros.

At the same time, airplanes fly to Rotuma Island erratically. Flights, as a rule, weekly and following the schedule depends on weather conditions. It is not uncommon that after rains, planes do not depart to the small Rotuma airport due to flooding of the runway. Scheduled flights are also easily canceled on holidays, and passengers may not be informed in advance.

Another way to get to the island is by sea. Every month a cargo ship docks to the shores of Rotum. It is often used by regular passengers as well.

Favorable climate

The climate on the island of Rotuma is humid tropical. There is a pronounced wet season, which lasts from November to March. The period from May to October is arid, with almost no rainfall.

The average temperature is between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Unique language of Rotum

The language of the local population belongs to the unique languages, which are distinguished by linguists around the world. According to the rules, the last vowel in a word in some cases changes with the standing last consonant.

Rotuma Day in Fiji

Among the public holidays in Fiji is Rotuma Day, which is celebrated annually on May 13. The reason for the celebration is the incorporation of the island into the state.

Previously, this holiday was celebrated exclusively by local islanders. But today it is celebrated outside of Rotuma on other islands of Fiji. The holiday is celebrated with great fanfare. This format of celebration is due to the fact that many people who used to live on Rotuma have moved away and settled in other provinces and cities of the state.

As a rule, on Rotuma Day, the Fijian authorities visit the island itself to conduct the ceremonial part of the event, inform the people about their programs and express their wishes.

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  • 2024-05-21 08:36:44
PRESS RELEASE May 21, 2024 Pacific Islands DXpedition Group, Inc. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hal Turley, W8HC email: November 3D2Z Rotuma DXpedition to Partner with Youth on the Air (YOTA) Americas; Young Amateur Operators to Participate in DXpedition via Remote Radio In the interest of bringing more young amateur radio operators into DXpeditioning, the Pacific Islands DXpedition Group, Inc. (PIDXG) and Youth on the Air (YOTA) Americas are pleased to announce a partnership involving the upcoming 3D2Z DXpedition to Rotuma in November. Youth on the Air is a program for and by young amateur radio operators with the expressed goal of building skills and fostering lasting friendships and mentors with younger operators. Rotuma DXpedition organizer Gregg, W6IZT will be taking two of his NexGenRiBs as a complement to the 6 member DXpedition on-island team. Gregg says, "Following the success with the remote radio used at the recent CBØZA Juan Fernandez DXpedition, we will have two remote stations available to young amateur operators through YOTA on Rotuma. It is our hope that 75% of the remote contacts made from 3D2Z will be made by the youth participants." Nineteen year old YOTA member Kees, WØAAE will coordinate the scheduling and operation by the remote YOTA operating team. A freshman aerospace engineering major at Iowa State University, Kees was the 2023 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award recipient. He coordinated participation in the Americas for December YOTA Month and is active with remote operation for young hams through RHR. YOTA Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG said that he welcomes this partnership with the youth members of the YOTA organization and the PIDXG DXpedition to Rotuma. "I think this is a great opportunity for our young operators to experience a DXpedition and enjoy operating in pileup conditions." The 3D2Z DXpedition is scheduled for November 15 to December 4. In addition to the young operators who will be involved with the remote-side of the operation, one of the on-island team members is 23-year old Jamie, MØSDV, who was one of the members of the recent 8R7X DXpedition to Guyana. Additional members of the 3D2Z team include veteran DXpeditioner Hal, W8HC; Nathan K4NHW; and Mike, WØVTT. Gregg says that they are awaiting word on the sixth member of the team, another young amateur operator who will be named soon.