There used to be a backpacking trip to Fiji in the past, including a bus from Nadi to Suva, followed by a ferry to Ovalau, Savusavu, Taveuni or Kadavu. no longer. Today, young budget travelers are preparing to travel to the Yasawa Islands, a chain of 16 large volcanic islands and dozens of smaller islands about 35 kilometers from the west coast of Viti Levu.
The dazzling white sands, clear and warm waters, colorful coral reefs and sunny dry climate make the Yasawa Group an ideal destination, but until a recent visit involving Lautoka on an unsafe country boat Rough sea voyage – or a seaplane that is expensive from Nadi. Blue Lagoon Cruises have been sailing on Yasawas since the 1950s, but passengers on these upscale boats sleep in the state of the class, and local residents have little benefit from their presence.
Until the 1987 Labuca coup in Suva, the Fijian government's policy was that Yasawas did not accept land tourism. Although Australian investors were allowed to build the luxurious Yasawa Island Resort in 1991 and several village-run backpacker camps on Wayasewa and Waya, the government that the military has supported for a long time has made little change to Yasawas. Since the early 1980s, local families have operated three small, low-budget resorts on Tavewa Island, thanks in large part to the status of Tavewa as a permanent title island outside the authority of the Fijian chiefs. For decades, local church leaders have portrayed tourism as a corrupt external influence that is at a distance from rural life.
It is hard to imagine that the Turtle Island Resort on the island of Nanuya Levu in Fiji is anything in Fiji's life, which is the ultimate hideaway for the $1,500 per night crowd. Nanuya Levu has been a freehold land since 1868, and in 1972, Richard Evanson used the $300,000 he earned in the Southern California cable business to buy the island.
Evanson's Turtle Island Resort is the prototype of Fiji's current boutique island resort, with celebrities such as Hollywood stars and millionaires. During the classic blue lagoon that escaping from reality in 1980, Brooke Shields stayed here.
Evanson is a self-styled environmentalist who planted thousands of trees on the island and transformed the mangroves into tourist attractions by cleverly creating boardwalks. The resort's food is grown in organic gardens that use electricity from solar and wind. Each year, a group of volunteer California ophthalmologists visit the Turtle Island Resort to treat eyeglasses that require villagers to perform eye surgery or donate them.
However, for most Yasavans, life has changed little since 1789 when William Blair and his crew members loyal members crossed the fleet on an open ship shortly after the famous Bounty rebellion. . Even today, most villages have no electricity or running water, and economic development opportunities are very limited. Yasawans is neglected by politicians in the distant capital, envious of the onlookers as mini-cruises and yachts along the coast with wealthy foreigners.
In May 2000, the fanatical George Speight and various mobs occupied Suva's Capitol, making Fiji a hot head. Speight’s personal remarks resonated in Yasawas. Villagers from Nacula Island held a small coup on Turtle Island, locking Evanson in his 14 luxury bungalows, as young people in the village madly rode Nanuya Levu on Evanson's golf cart.
When the sense of excitement fell, the woven mat was rolled out and Kavagan was smashed. In many bowls, Evanson and the villagers reached an understanding.
Evanson did not kill the golden goose, but let the Naqurah believe that they would open their own resort and let him continue to run his business safely.
Evanson provided interest-free construction loans and promotional support, and the Nacula Tikina Tourism Association was born. The association on FijiBudget.com currently describes more than a dozen locally managed resorts around Blue Lagoon in central Yasawas, including three existing hotels in Tavewa. All resort operators must comply with strict codes of conduct designed to protect the environment and ensure acceptable service levels. Although original compared to Nadi's luxury Mamanuca Resort, the Yasawa Backpacker Camp offers basic food and accommodation at a reliable low price.
The influx of backpackers began in 2002, when Awesome Adventures, a subsidiary of New Zealand-owned South China Sea Cruises, launched a fast catamaran service at the chain. You can now leave the Denarau Marina in Nadi on Yasawa Flyer any morning at 9:15 am and have lunch in the resort of your choice. Up to 150 backpackers do this every day, and village-run resorts such as Kuata, Wayasewa, Waya, Naviti, Tavewa, Nacula, Nanuya Lailai and Matacawa Levu are booming.
Reservations can be made at Nadi Airport via any of the more than a dozen 24-hour travel agencies in the airport terminal. All of these offices sell catamaran tickets, including buses to the port. No Yasawa resort should offer luxury accommodation and cuisine – but friendly people, spectacular natural beauty and low prices make most travelers overlook these inconveniences.