Vomo Island is 87 hectares of secluded beaches and landscaped gardens. It's a 45-minute boat ride from Port Denarau on Viti Levu, Fiji
's main island.
Jason Dundas has visited Fiji before but was really taken with Vomo. It's a South Pacific paradise with white sand, warm tropical ocean and smiling staff. If one side of the island is windy, you can wander to the other side it will more than likely be calm.
Vomo Island Resort has 28 one-bedroom villas set amongst palm and frangipani trees on the beachfront and creeping up the hillside. For families or groups who want privacy, there are two premium suites: three- and four-bedroom ensuite villas with private pools and a butler. They are a few steps away from the beach.
You can stroll around the area and find the perfect spot for a picnic. Maybe you'd prefer to grab a book and swing in a hammock under a thatched-roof or play golf, tennis or croquet.
Children love Turtle Club. They are entertained with activities to suit their age group, including painting, craft, weaving and the favourite crab hunting. They can be taken for an early dinner and taken care of if parents fancy a romantic night alone.
At sunsets guests are served cocktails at Rocks Bar before enjoying dinner in Reef Restaurant, on the beach, poolside or on the villa deck. Diners are entertained by traditional Fijian musicians, meke dancers and a torch-lighting ceremony. Meals are included in the resort's rate.
Put your used clothing in a "magic basket" each morning and it will be returned at the end of the day folded and ironed. Now that's being on holidays!
The waters off Vomo have some of Fiji's richest marine life and its coral reef offers fantastic snorkelling. Fishing at dawn and dusk can be rewarding.
Vomo's original name was "Vonu", meaning "turtle", for very good reason. Between December and March, hawksbill turtles go there to lay eggs. Folklore says that if they lay their eggs early, there will be no cyclones during summer.
Hawksbills have always been found in Vomo's waters, feeding on sea grasses, sponges, ascidians and soft corals. It's estimated there are around 1000 in the Pacific Ocean with Fiji's population between 120 and 150. Human harvesting for meat and shells poses the hawksbill's biggest threat and around 30,000 shells were exported during the 1980s.
The Vomo Turtle Breeding program is aiming for a 10 percent survival rate of eggs laid on the island. They are protected until hatching when staff members house them in a dedicated turtle nursery. They are fed and cared for until their shells are hard enough to protect them from natural predators and then released into the ocean. With luck on their side they could live to be 100!
Guests are able to observe the turtles in their nursery year-round.
Vomo Island in the Mamanuca Island group, 45 minutes from Fiji's main island by boat or 15 minutes by helicopter.
Vomo Island Resort villas start at around $715 a night. All meals, fruit, wine, daily laundry, non-motorised water sports, tennis and golf are included.
Pacific Blue, international airline of Virgin Blue, has fares to Nadi.
One-way fares from:
- Brisbane $269
- Sydney $289
- Canberra $339
- Adelaide and Melbourne $349
- Perth $409
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.
Prices correct at October 15, 2009.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
Vomo Island Resort
PO Box 5650
Ph:+ 679 666 7955
Fax: +679 666 7997
Visas: Australian visitors to Fiji are issued a visa on arrival. They last one to three months.
Electricity: 240V at 50Hz using the same pins as Australia.
Time zone: GMT +12.
Currency: the Fiji dollar.
International dialling code: + 679.