My name is Kolonio John Saverio and I'm a mix Poly-melon as we say here in our country which means a part Polynesian and a part Melanesian by race. History says my ancestors were exploring the South Pacific over 5000 years ago and finally settled unto the islands of Fiji about 3000 years ago. I come from a large family of fifteen family members living under one 'Bure' or household in a little village community. I've learnt to appreciate life in its simplest form 'putting family first' this is the greatest family value that makes us who we are as a family, a community and as a proud Fijian.
I began my career in the Fiji Tourism Industry in the year 2000 as Meet & Greet personnel at the Nadi Intl Airport providing information to arriving tourists working my way up to Product Development & Management in an executive international travel agency based out of Nadi. Within my 18 years in the Tourism Industry I've spent 8 years as a professional tour guide hosting travel agents, from small to large groups on cultural village tours, sightseeing tours, trek & hiking, island hopping, sport fishing, and even private helicopter tours. Currently I'm freelancing with a prominent tour operator with Cruise ship shore excursions for small groups and private tours. I'm also a sales & marketing consultant at a local prominent sport fishing company based out of Nadi since Oct 2016.
My deepest passion lies in traveling, learning new cultures, and meeting people from different countries and simply making new friends but most importantly sharing my beautiful country Fiji and her people, their rich culture and traditions and their daily life in today's fast changing world. Each tour made available is unique and full of life and rich with information.
Without interaction, travel is no different from seeing star-studded attractions on the big screen. The people we meet, stories we share and moments we treasure on our travels usually can be attributed to the locals we have met. Cultural immersion is at the forefront of what I believe in. The best way to understand a destination is through the eyes of the locals, and my small tours do just that.
I'm engaged with several non-governmental organizations and with every tour booked a small percentage is contributed to small community projects to help support projects for women, micro agriculture, marine conservation and education for our children.
I hope to hear from you soon to plan your next Fijian experience!
Vinaka Vakalevu (Thank you very much)
My Work Experience in the Fiji Tourism Industry
- 2 Years as tour consultant for FITs and small groups
- 2 Years groups & events coordinator
- 4 Years product development coordinator & management
- 2 Years marketing & sales
- 8 Years full/part time freelance tour guide for private & large groups incl. cruise ship shore ex. tours
- Certificate in Tour Guide training
- Certificate in First Aid training
- Certificate in Fiji Tourism 'Matai' Specialist
- Certificate in Tourism Management
Other Important Info
- Member of the Fiji Islands Guiding Association or FIGA and currently a committee member
On any site seeing tours using a vehicle I will have a designated driver on the tour as it is illegal to drive and tour-guide at the same time.