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Let’s Go Local: Krishneel Ram Recommends Mago For ‘Fijian Way Of Living’

Mago Island, the pri­vately owned prop­erty of a Hollywood A-list actor, makes for the ideal destination to take visi­tors to, says Krishneel Ram. The Savusavu-born hotel worker says the island, owned
25 Feb 2022 11:15
Let’s Go Local:  Krishneel Ram Recommends Mago For ‘Fijian Way Of Living’
Krishneel Ram and Mago Island in the Lau group is owned by Hollywood director and actor, Mel Gibson. The breadloaf-like island, has a runway, a school, an inner lagoon, and is still inhabited by descendants of earlier inhabitants.

Mago Island, the pri­vately owned prop­erty of a Hollywood A-list actor, makes for the ideal destination to take visi­tors to, says Krishneel Ram.

The Savusavu-born hotel worker says the island, owned by New York-born actor and movie director Mel Gibson’s island, off Vanuabalavu, Lau, is “mindblowing”.

He recommends the island as a destination for visitors to Fiji.

 

According to Mr Ram, Mago Island was “full of Fijian way of living”.

He worked on the island between 2012-2014 as an ac­counts officer.

 

About Mago
One of the largest private islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, it is still home to some descendants of the original inhabitants.

The island is specific in that it looks like a loaf of bread, it rises almost immediately from the beach, so it is flat in many places.

Mago, according to tropical­island.net, is one of only a few islands in the world to have a runway up the hill, instead of flat down.

 

The same website says the island even has a school of its own.

The island has a land mass area of 5000 acres.

In the 1860s, a cotton planta­tion established by the Ryder brothers of Australia flour­ished there.

 

In 1884, there was a well-es­tablished sugar cane planta­tion, and a sugar mill on the island.

The mill closed in 1895 and was dismantled, with equip­ment used to enlarge the Pen­ang Mill in Ra.

The Ryders were succeeded by the Borron family.

 

In early 2005, Mr Gibson pur­chased the isand from Japan’s Tokyu Corporation.

Satellite images of the island dating from 2008 show a dirt airstrip of 1,110metres.

There is also a lagoon, a graz­ing area for livestock.

A a loosely arranged village has an appearance is more in­dicative of a resort, according to Wikipedia.

 

Tourism Career
Meanwhile, Mr Ram also worked at:

■ Jean Michel Cousteau Re­sort, Savusavu,

■ Koro Sun Resort and Rain­forest Spa, Savusavu, and

■ Grand Eastern Hotel.

 

He now works as an opera­tion manager at Airport Ace Hotel, Nadi.

The 32-year-old plans to own a hotel in Fiji.

“I love my job, especially meeting and serving new cus­tomers and pushing myself to be creative in order to retain the best customer service,” he said.

 

Mr Ram is a Diploma gradu­ate in Accounting and Eco­nomics.

He is also a Business Man­agement graduate, majoring in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Manager.

 

What is your favourite place for coffee/pie?
Ethan’s Coffee Heaven.

I have visited the Labasa and Savusavu branches.

 

Savusavu town, on the island of Vanua Levu in the province of Cakaudrove.

Savusavu town, on the island of Vanua Levu in the province of Cakaudrove.

What is your favourite back­yard spot?
Savusavu.

It’s my home town, and reminds me of my younger days.

 

Laucala Island Resort is taking the trend one step further and offering a buyout that includes not just exclusive access to your own personal paradise, but also chartered flights aboard Fiji Airways’ new Airbus A350 – so you can satisfy your inner aviation geek while also indulging in one of the world’s most extravagant getaways. Photo: Forbes

Laucala Island Resort is taking the trend one step further and offering a buyout that includes not just exclusive access to your own personal paradise, but also chartered flights aboard Fiji Airways’ new Airbus A350 – so you can satisfy your inner aviation geek while also indulging in one of the world’s most extravagant getaways. Photo: Forbes

What is one place in Fiji on your bucket list, and why?
Laucala Island.

It has one of Fiji’s luxuri­ous resorts.

 

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