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Turtle Island, A Relaxing Destination

Nestled in the beautiful waters of the Yasawa Islands is Turtle Island Resort.
25 Jun 2022 14:47
Turtle Island, A Relaxing Destination
Turtle Island. Inset: Staff, from left: Maika Navuniivi,Erami Ravato,Seruvi Vakalolo and Jo Namuatabu. Photo: Leon Lord

Nestled in the beautiful waters of the Yasawa Islands is Turtle Island Resort.

Experience pure indulgence, relaxation, and romance at one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.

This truly all-inclusive island is home to only 14 couples at a time.

Staff, Tasi Ratu Photo: Leon Lord

Staff, Tasi Ratu Photo: Leon Lord

The breathtaking panorama of the renowned Blue Lagoon and neighboring Yasawa Islands can be seen from your spacious Fijian villa.

Gentle winds carry the scent of tropical flowers through the resort and the warm, azure waters at the 12 private beaches beckon you to relax on your vacation.

The cuisine, prepared with fresh seafood from local waters and fruits and vegetables grown on the island, is a culinary delight.

It is truly amazing this hidden picturesque island resort can offer.

Turtle Island resort offers a cultural experience where you embrace as a family their gentle, engaging, noble hosts.

One of the many staff you will meet is the assistant resort and guest relations manager and the face of Turtle island Vilivo Mualele or as he is commonly called ‘Bill’.

Relations manager and the face of Turtle island Vilivo Mualele. Photo: Leon Lord

Relations manager and the face of Turtle island Vilivo Mualele. Photo: Leon Lord

Mr Mualele said so far everything has returned to normal at Turtle Island, especially since international borders reopened.

“Since post-COVID our couples have returned in big numbers and we have full capacity since coming back to normal, we even have programmes for children.”

He said due to a shortage of staff since the COVID pandemic they have employed new staff including nannies and guest relations staff because of the increase in their visitor numbers.

With the high numbers of skilled chefs leaving our shores for greener pastures, Turtle island resort maintains they would keep their staff.

“No one in the Yasawa’s is attracted to overseas work because we look after our staff,” Mr Mualele said.

Meanwhile, since the reopening of international borders, tourists have flocked to the country and there has been a sudden hype about weddings in many of our Fijian resorts.

Mr Mualele said Turtle Island Resort has noticed this increase.

“ Normally we will have one wedding per week or a renewal of vow, now we are pushing two weddings a day which is new to us and the outlook looks pretty good.”

Being a private island and mostly having couples as guests, through mid-June and July twice a year the Resort introduced the family time and kids week.

“We have ‘Bula Buddies’ who personally look after kids and most of the time have a special bond with them”.

Bula Buddy

Mr Mualele first started in the resort as a ‘Bula Buddy’ 17 years ago and is still a face that every returning tourist recognises.

On a personal level the Yasawa native loves the outdoors.

He prefers a nice concoction of coconut juice ‘bu’, soursop and lemon juice as his choice of drinks with kokoda vasua ‘giant sea clam’ in coconut juice with lemon made in the front yard of his home in Dalomo Yasawa- i – Rara.

“If there is one place I want to travel to in the world it would be Paris in France because the different perfumes they have compared to the ones we have in Fiji are limited ”

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