May 24, 2024
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New Sanctuary to preserve turtle population

A NEW turtle sanctuary has been established at Mana Island Resort and Spa in an effort to preserve the turtle population in the Mamanuca Group.

Dubbed the Volivoli Pond, the sanctuary consists of breeding bonds for hawksbill turtles and different varieties of clams and lobsters.

Chief guest at the event, resort owner Osamu Ide said

The resort’s turtle conservation program was an important part of its attraction to international guests.

My father, who bought the resort in 1993 was someone who loved nature and he was the one who wanted us to protect all of the natural resources on Mana Island said Mr Ide.

So when we started building more rooms and had to cut down a few trees, he would be the one that suggested we use that same tree somewhere else. He didn’t want to waste any of our natural reserves.

That is why 25 years later we are still making sure that we protect our natural resources including our marine life. 

Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Volivoli Pond is a continuation of our conservation work.

A popular nesting site for hawksbill turtles, the resort incorporates its conservation programs into guest activities by holding environmental days each week.

Commending the work carried out by the resort, Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said it was a great initiative towards the conservation of ocean resources.

I think it’s very good that they are able to capture the various sea life that is available in Fiji, especially turtles which are one of the most special of sea creatures, he said.

And by showcasing them in these ponds, it will allow Mana Island Resort and its guests to better understand marine life. 

The resort marks environment day each Wednesday.

Mana Island Resort & Spa

Mana Island Resort & Spa
Mana Island Resort & Spa

The 4-star Mana Island Resort & Spa is an idyllic sanctuary in the epicenter of Fiji’s breathtaking Mamanuca chain of islands, surrounded by turquoise seas, coral reefs and white sandy beaches. The resort has an array of accommodation options ranging from traditionally styled Island Bures with outdoor showers to Oceanfront Suites overlooking South Beach, through to the latest addition, Premium Beach Bures with plunge pools.

With an intertwined mix of Fijian culture, activities, facilities and restaurants, Mana Island Resort & Spa caters to all markets including families, couples, wedding parties, sporting groups and events.

Mana Island Resort & Spa is home to five restaurants and four bars, two swimming pools, a water sports hub, a dive centre, boutique shop, tennis courts and a kids club.

When relaxation is the order of the day, the resort dishes up four palm-fringed beaches from which to unwind. Swim, snorkel, paddle-board, dive or curl up on a beach chair and laze away the day.


Original Source – Fiji Times

Rob Kay

Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winner Rob Kay wrote the original Lonely Planet Fiji Travel Guide, and is Founder of

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