Surf, sun and squirrels

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Tai Hara on his Fi­jian idyll and a Sin­ga­pore sur­prise.

AKE a tip from Home and Away star Tai Hara and make tracks to Fiji. The tele­vi­sion ac­tor re­turned re­cently from a trip to Italy and Scot­land with girl­friend Fely Irvine but says Malolo Is­land, near Nadi, re­mains his favourite place to un­wind.

Where’s your favourite place to hol­i­day in Australia?

TH: The North­ern Rivers dis­trict in New South Wales. It com­bines the best of Australia in one great place – coast, for­est, cli­mate and food. I surf and the beaches are so much bet­ter there than in Syd­ney, much less crowded, so you get more beach for your buck. I grew up on the Gold Coast and had fam­ily fur­ther south so it feels like my old stamp­ing ground.

How about over­seas?

TH: I re­ally, re­ally love Fiji. I’m a bit of an is­land boy at heart. All I need is sun, sand and surf. I was last there a year ago with my girl­friend, Fely, and it was so nice just to re­lax by the beach. Malolo Is­land is the best place I’ve ever stayed – clear wa­ters, happy peo­ple and per­fect weather.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten while trav­el­ling?

TH: It’s hard to nar­row down but I had some pretty won­der­ful home-cooked meals in Italy just re­cently while stay­ing with the fam­ily of one of my friends.

Where was your lat­est hol­i­day?

TH: Fely and I re­cently re­turned from Italy and Scot­land. We were there for 2½ weeks at Christ­mas. We had a great time ex­plor­ing Mi­lan, Venice, Florence and Rome, and we had Christ­mas in Tus­cany. But Scot­land was the favourite.

What did you en­joy about it most – hag­gis?

TH: (Laughs) No, the coun­try was just ev­ery­thing that I imag­ined it to be and that sort of ex­pec­ta­tion isn’t met too of­ten. You’ve seen the beau­ti­ful scenery in movies like Brave­heart but it ended up be­ing so much more. It re­ally ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. We stayed 100m down the road from Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle on the Royal Mile and loved it.

What’s one travel ex­pe­ri­ence that you think will stay with you for life?

TH: I was stuck in New York when Hur­ri­cane Sandy hit (in 2012). The sub­way and all the air­ports were shut. It was a pretty amaz­ing time to be there, see­ing a city as big as New York ba­si­cally shut down. But it was also very sad and scary for the peo­ple who were af­fected. It was up­lift­ing see­ing every­body band­ing to­gether af­ter­wards to help oth­ers with the clean-up.

Has any­thing gone wrong while you’ve been trav­el­ling?

TH: When I was go­ing through Sin­ga­pore I went to the zoo. While I was there I got caught in an en­clo­sure and had a gi­ant fly­ing squir­rel land on my shoul­ders (laughs) – that was prob­a­bly one of the scari­est mo­ments I’ve ever had over­seas.

Surely you’ve got a bet­ter story than be­ing scared by a squir­rel?

TH: Well, there was a time in Thai­land when I got caught in a storm while I was out on the ocean in a tiny boat. But I still think the squir­rel has the edge. In­ter­view by Chanel Par­ratt. Tai Hara ap­pears on Home and Away, 7pm, Mon­day-Thurs­day on Seven Plus.

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