How can your clients have a relaxing break in Fiji at the same time as benefiting the local community and environment? Many resorts are now contributing to the long-term sustainability of their destination.
From Coral Reef Conservation to Sea Cucumber Breeding programs, strategic waste management programs to giant clam-breeding projects, here are five resorts that contribute positively.
5. CASTAWAY ISLAND
While your clients lay by the pool or hunt for Nemo among the coral reefs, their stay will also benefit the local community. Castaway Island adopts strategic waste management programs and conservation initiatives. Employment preference is given to locals, plus it sources many products and services from the local community.
4. TREASURE ISLAND
One of Fiji’s most popular resorts, guests love the three-tiered infinity pool with views to die for. But what they may not know is, Treasure Island has achieved the title of Sustainable Tourism Champion.
Supporting marine and ocean conservation, reducing energy and water consumption, plus minimising impact on the environment and local culture are some of the positive efforts this resort undertakes.
3. BAREFOOT MANTRA ISLAND LODGE
This island is a member of organisations including Pack for a Purpose, the International Eco-Tourism Society and the Manta Ray Trust. The adjoining reef is one of the few spots in the world where you can snorkel with the Manta Ray. The Barefoot Lodge provides guided interactions and is heavily involved in the protection of this species.
Their accommodation is perfect for those who want to experience untainted Fiji. There’s no electricity in the bures, guests are simply led by torch and the uninterrupted starlight.
2. JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU RESORT
Environmentalist Jean Michel Cousteau created this resort to prove to the business community that tourism can integrate with the environment with a sustainable approach.
Guests can snorkel and dive the marine-reserve sites in an ecologically responsible manner and the resort practices sustainable agricultural and fishing practices. It features an in-house marine biologist, a reef protection program and a giant clam-breeding project.
1. TAVARUA ISLAND
Widely known for its popular surf breaks, this resort gives back to local primary schools. Tourism dollars provide funding for fees, bus fares and uniforms. The resort also regularly donates office equipment to schools and medical clinics plus engages in other community initiatives.
They have funded electricity supplies to local villages, water storage projects, plus the building of homes, schools and community centres.