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Turtle Island

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Fijian Yasawa group is made up of six main islands and many small islets. The archipelago stretches in a north-easterly direction for over 80 kilometres. It is volcanic in origin and very mountainous, with peaks reaching 600 metres. Yasawa is the main island of the group, covering 32 square kilometres.

Turtle Island is just over 200 hectares and is privately owned. It has 14 pristine beaches, eight of which can be reserved by one couple at a time for a sunrise breakfast, picnic or just lazing the afternoon away.

Richard Evanson purchased the uninhabited island of Nanuya Leva in 1972. He made a commitment to restore it to a state of beauty, not because he anticipated living there indefinitely, but because he perceived it as the natural, necessary and right thing to do.

His ethos and commitment has culminated in an internationally recognised example of how environmental and cultural sustainability can be integrated into a quality tourist operation.

The experience begins as your seaplane reaches the South Pacific paradise, which has 14 thatched bures scattered along Blue Lagoon Beach. Vonu Point, the premium bure, is a traditional, two-room thatched cottage built by Fijian craftsmen. It is spacious, comfortable and filled with light on the elevated headland at the northern end of the Blue Lagoon beachfront.

Grand bures have a king-size four-poster bed, extensive dressing area, private jetted spa tub, outdoor shower and outdoor verandah with day bed. Deluxe bures have queen, four-poster bed, two full baths, rattan-furnished sitting room and desk. The stone cottages have two rooms, two baths, vaulted ceilings of intricately woven palm fronds, wheat-coloured walls and wood or terracotta floors.

Bures have a dedicated Bure Mama who takes care of guests for their entire stay. She is responsible for laundry and housekeeping and other services.

Activities on Turtle include kayaking, horseriding, reefwalking, snorkelling, diving, line and game fishing, sailing, windsurfing, biking, sunset cruises and massage.

Every night is a dinner party. Turtle's wonderful cuisine includes fresh crab and lobster, Australian beef, vegetables from their own garden and tropical fruit. Unlimited liquor and champagne are served to accompany meals on the beach, under starry skies.

After-dinner entertainment is provided by the talented Fijian staff.


The Yasawa Island group of Fiji.


Turtle Island resort has a six-night package including accommodation in a Grand Bure, all meals and beverage, activities, a massage and seaplane transfers for $8330 per person twin-share.

Pacific Blue has flights to Nadi.

One-way fare from;
  • Brisbane, $259
  • Sydney, $279
  • Melbourne, $339
  • Adelaide, $330
  • Perth and Darwin, $375

Prices quoted are correct on November 23, 2006.

More information

Turtle Island
38-40 Garden Street
South Yarra 3141
Ph: (03) 9823 8300
Fax: (03) 9823 8383
NZ toll-free: 0800 700 050

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136789

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