You would never know that only a few years ago, Turtle Island was once a barren island called Nanuya Levu that was overrun by wild goats. Located in the Yasawa Islands in Fiji, Nanuya Levu was bought by American Richard Evanson in 1972.
He dedicated himself to restore the land and hired a village of islanders to plant thousands of trees to reverse the damage that the goats had caused and then renamed it Turtle Island.
In 1980, after Columbia Pictures shot the infamous movie ‘Blue Lagoon’ on the island, Richard decided to open a resort after seeing how much he enjoyed having guests that appreciated the natural beauty as much as he did.
When you visit Turtle Island, it’s not a typical getaway – the resort has been developed with respect to the island’s biodiversity. Richard also prioritized job opportunities for local communities and creating a resort that celebrated Fiji’s rich heritage and culture.
By keeping guests to the minimum of 14 couples at a time, the island’s environment is preserved and the service you receive is amplified. It will seem as if you are in your own isle of paradise with the personalized attention that Turtle Island is renowned for.
From your private bure, you have views of the Blue Lagoon, made famous by the Brooke Shields movie, as well as Yasawa and Fijian Islands. Choose from two accommodation types, the Grand Bures or Vonu Point. Each bure is spread across the island, so you will have your own private beach, and all the bures have been constructed using modern, eco friendly building techniques with traditional Fijian craftsmanship.
Each bure is unique but it’s signature features includes a king-size bed, extensive dressing area, writing desk, walk-in double shower, hot tub, outdoor open air rinsing shower, and a veranda with queen-size day bed for napping in the sun-flecked shade of the palms overhead. The Deluxe bure has a king-size bed, bathroom with two showers, a rattan furnished sitting room, a writing desk, a queen-size day bed, and an outdoor open shower.
It’s not only the timber to make the bures that come from Turtle Island – most of the fruits and vegetables is grown on it too and the seafood is from local waters. Choose from intimate dining private locations, breakfast on the beach or in the privacy of your bure or perhaps you’d rather eat by lantern on a floating platoon? There are also group dinner parties every night, so dine as you wish with an impressive range of international wines to pick from.
You will also be taken care of by a Bure Mama, who will look after you during your stay. She will organize the laundry, housekeeping as well as a multitude of other services including guiding you on tours and even joining you for a personalized snorkelling tour. Bura Mamas will also take pictures, if you wish, so that you go home with your own personalized photo album.
Water based activities include swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing, kayaking, fishing, and more. Land based activities include horseback riding, bike riding, running and walking the islands trails, beach picnics, kava ceremonies, island and garden tours, and more.
There is also a spa with a range of luxurious treatments and services. You can also get married or renew your vows at Turtle Island – why not experience romance the Fijian way in their traditional clothes?
For more information, visit www.turtlefiji.com or call +679 672 2921.