Everyone wants to do their part to help the environment, and help save the planet. But what if I told you that you could help save the planet by taking a vacation to a south pacific tropical paradise and basking in the warm tropical sun on beautiful beaches, and swimming in amazingly calm lagoons? That sounds almost too good to be true, but it isn’t. Here is how you can save the planet with a trip to Fiji’s Yasawa island chain.
A Natural Paradise
Fiji’s Yasawa island chain is a chain of islands to the north west of Fiji’s big island of Viti Levu. Up until 1987, land based tourism in the Yasawa islands was severely restricted. It was common for cruise ships to pass through the area, but tourists had to view the beauty of the islands from on deck.
As a result of the restrictions on tourism in the area, the Yasawa island chain has remained free of the type of urbanization commonly associated with other tourist destinations. Many resorts have popped up on the islands in recent years, but unlike the sprawling mega resorts found in places like the Bahamas or Hawaii, the resorts in Yasawa are small, sustainable, backpacker resorts. Often run by the local villagers, the resorts are designed to preserve the islands natural beauty so that the local villages can continue to live a lifestyle that they have been accustomed to for centuries.
When you choose to spend your vacation on the Yasawa islands, you not only get the opportunity to experience Fiji in it’s more natural state, you also help the local villages preserve their heritage.
Learn About Environment
Most of the resorts in the Yasawa island chain offer island tours where you can learn about the plants and animals that are native to the Fiji islands. These tours don’t just educate, they also give you a deeper appreciation of nature, and the importance of preserving our environment.
In addition, most resorts can set up a village tour. Here you can see what life is like in a local Fijian village. You can gain appreciation for a lifestyle that is centuries old. You may also be able to take part in a traditional Fijian Kava ceremony.
Getting to Yasawa
If you plan to take advantage of the incredible opportunity to do some eco-tourism in Fiji’s Yasawa islands, you need to plan your trip properly. Most international flights to Fiji go to Nadi international airport. However, you can’t just rent a car from there and drive out to Yasawa. The Yasawa islands are about 50 miles off the coast of Nadi. To get there, most people go by boat, or by seaplane. The boat costs a little less then the seaplane, but it takes about 5 hours, and only leaves once per day. Turtle Airways has seaplanes that leave Nadi almost hourly, and will arrive in the Yasawa islands in about 30 minutes. Our low flying scenic flights can even leave you, in many case, right at the beach of your chosen resort.
So plan your trip to Fiji’s Yasawa islands today, and don’t forget to book your resort transfer with Turtle Airways.