Island Spirit

Island Spirit

Member Since

2012
Category

Tour Operator
Phone

+6798353006
Address

Matei, Taveuni
Taveuni Island, Northern
Fiji
Regions of Operations

Oceania

Island Spirit

  • About Us

    Tailor made, responsible island escapes like no other.

    Dive the soft coral capital of the world; delve into island life with your host village; try short-term, coral reef volunteering; discover untouched island adventures or simply indulge in ‘Fiji Time’!. “A truly unique, life-time experience.” Let curiosity get the better of you, discover Fiji - the way life should be.

    We aim to give inspiring and fulfilling experiences through connecting guests with nature and engaging with local communities. 75% of profit generated goes back to the community and environmental initiatives in Taveuni and 100% of our dedication and effort will ensure you have an experience of a lifetime. 

    We believe we can help conserve the local environment and provide a steady income for local tourism businesses while inspiring people to make a positive difference throughout their lives by introducing them to the rich Fijian culture. We work alongside Fijian communities to share skills and carry out sustainable environmental and community based projects with sensitivity to local values and tradition.

    Sustainability Practices

    We aim to put 75% of profit back into local island business; local community development initiatives based on Taveuni and Fiji as a whole. We can do this because we have low overheads and have specifically budgeted to do so to maintain competitive edge and keep true to our values.

    Our direct work focuses on marine conservation but surplus revenue is distributed to a diverse range of areas in need with our partners. Local community development initiatives we help are listed below:

    - Providing solar lanterns to the communities of Taveuni

    - Promoting shark protection in Taveuni

    - Working with schools to promote marine conservation amongst the youth

    - Providing monitoring and evaluation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    - Providing rare and valuable work experience for the University of the South

    - Pacific Marine and Forestry studies students

    - Supplying library books

    - Creating an emergency fund for natural disasters

    We employ local staff for the majority of our roles as opposed to recruiting international staff and taking work from the Fijians. However, experience, qualifications and overall quality is our main priority when recruiting.

    Working on Taveuni helps to introduce ecologically and socially conscious tourists to the northern, more untouched islands which are off the radar due to their geographical location. This sustainable, ecotourism is an effective way to improve the economy of the islands we visit whilst offering a unique and tailored experience for visitors.

    During November, December, January, February, June and July we partner our visitors with a USP student who will be with them on the first week. Students come from Wantok Moana (WM), a Student Association within the University of the South Pacific. This buddying system builds ongoing relationships and inspiration for both the visitor and student. The students are able to gain valuable and rare work experience in their specialism - Marine and Forestry Conservation.

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