Growth Of Eco Tours And Accommodation In Fiji
Fiji is blessed with the normal tropical island features of sun, sand and sea. It has two main seasons of Summer/Spring and Autumn/Winter. The Summer/Spring season is the hot and humid season with a lot of rain, especially on the Suva – Central, Southern division. The Western division during this time is usually dry with occasional rain making the Western division an ideal area for the tourism market.
The Autumn/Winter season is the cool to cold season with less rainfall recorded during the season. During the cold season, the local population usually wears jackets, coats and jerseys as temperatures can vary quite widely between 14 °C and 23 °C.
Endowed with wonderful tropical features, Fiji has fully exploited this in the tourism market. Over the years Fiji has been growing its inventory of resorts, motels, apartments, rental companies, credit card, ATMs and all facilities expected of a modern tourist destination. Some of their resorts have featured in top travel magazines and received best practice awards.
Hidden in all this modern display of tourism experiences are a growing but quality niche of eco-friendly tourism. There are a few companies that are focused towards this market with eco-friendly resorts and eco based tours and accommodation. Fiji Eco Tours Company Limited was formed by a husband and wife team of Michael and Susan Crocker from Nadi to cater to the growing number of tourist looking for tours and accommodation outside the normal “Western Type” tourism experience in Fiji.
They started this website, worked with a few established inbound tour companies, provided brochures and information to local resorts and hotels and the eco tour business was born.
Fiji Eco Tours now provides half day tours, full day tours and accommodation in 3 authentic Fijian Villages. An example of their half day tours is the Orchid or Waterfall Therapeutic Half Day Tour. It normally starts with a pickup from the resort or airport, a visit to the famous “Orchid Garden of the Sleeping Giant”, a dip into a natural mud pool, an optional Fijian massage and a delicious meal before being dropped off at the resort or airport.
A full day tour would be quite similar but would normally include a traditional welcome ceremony, a swim under a waterfall, a visit to the local market and other activities before being dropped off.
The accommodations at the villages are comfortable and safe. Abaca Village accommodation is in homestays and a dormitory. Another village, the fully Fijian traditional Navala Village provides a lodge and a dormitory for accommodation. And lastly, the Nalesutale Village has a dormitory with comfortable 10 single beds.
Fiji Eco Tours offers these tours to groups as well and can cater for any size group. It is recommended that all bookings be made early as possible to secure places.