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5 Ways to Tread Lightly On the Earth in Fiji

August 7, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

UntitledLocated in the South Pacific region, the 330 islands that make up Fiji provide a tranquil and welcoming environment for tourists who love to travel in an environmentally-conscious way.

Fiji is a dream destination for eco-tourists, with its multitude of natural and outdoor attractions, as well as variety of eco-friendly accommodation and tour providers.

Fiji’s islands have mostly escaped the worst effects of industrial progress over the years, and the Fijian government, along with the country’s citizens, is doing its best to ensure the nation stays untouched and pristine.

If you want to visit this peaceful paradise and tread lightly on the earth while you’re there, book an airline ticket to Fiji and read on for five ways to travel in a sustainable way.

Select Eco-Friendly Accommodation

One of the best ways to tread lightly is to stay in eco-friendly accommodation. While there are a number of choices in Fiji, one of the most renowned is the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Situated on 17 acres, the luxurious resort has been dedicating itself to caring for the local environment ever since it opened.

The eco-retreat boasts an in-house marine biologist; a reef protection program; a large clam-breeding project; buildings made from sustainable timber and local reeds; an organic garden; natural toiletries; and recycled water. The five-star Fiji resort and spa has won a myriad of awards over the years, including the “Best Luxury Eco Tourism Property” gong in the 2012 Luxury Travel Magazine Australia Gold Awards. It has also been featured in many other publications, such as the Huffington Post and Conde Nast Traveler.Untitled

Enjoy an Outdoor or Cultural Tour

To learn about the local culture and to appreciate Fiji’s natural beauty, consider booking a tour with local operator Fiji Eco Tours.

The adventure tour company is situated in Nadi and specialises in comprehensive packages that allow visitors to experience the culture up close and personal, while at the same time showcasing the natural beauty of the islands. Tours on offer include activities like hiking, bird watching, visiting parks and waterfalls, and cultural activities like pottery, art and weaving lessons.

Take a Luxury Eco-Cruise

To explore the beauty of Fiji in a sustainable way, tourists can choose to book a tour with Tui Tai Adventure Cruises. The eco-friendly company is one of the only luxury adventure services on the globe to meet the International Oil Pollution Prevention standards, and is also the only company in the South Pacific that has been featured in National Geographic’s annual “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” survey.

All Tui Tai cruises are operated with a commitment to ecotourism, and the business ensures it evaluates its impact on the earth on a regular basis. It looks at areas such as waste management, resource purchasing, and the buying, storage, mixing, filtering and disposal of fuel. On top of this, the cruise company also gives back to the local community. Tui Tai fosters partnerships with indigenous groups in the region, and provides funding to schools and buys medical supplies and other items to aid community development.

Learn About Sharks and Habitat Conservation on a Reef Tour

UntitledFiji Shark Dive is an ecotourism operator that runs reef and shipwreck tours in Fiji. For those who like to take part in some more adrenaline-pumping activities, there are also some fantastic shark dives to sign up for.

The company focuses on habitat conservation and the protection of Fijian reef environments. It has also been instrumental in helping 48 kilometres of the “Fiji Shark Corridor” to be declared a no-fishing zone. In addition, the business conducts extensive shark research, and hosts regular shark conservation studies for high school and university students.

Visit Kula Eco Park

If you or your family members are animal lovers, then don’t miss a visit to the Kula Eco Park, located in Viti Levu. This educational attraction is the perfect place to learn about flora and fauna, the environment, and of course the vast array of animals that can be found around Fiji. Kula is a centre for captive breeding of a number of endangered species, and is also home to many varieties of native flora and fauna.

The Park has a mission to protect and conserve the environment and local species, and has close working ties with The National Trust for Fiji, The Endangered Species Recovery Council of San Diego in the United States, and the Parks Board of New South Wales in Australia. While visiting this popular Fiji destination, tourists can have fun spotting a variety of animals and plants in the ecological reserve. Some species residing in the Park are iguanas, tropical fish, turtles, snakes, peacocks and many types of birds.

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