The Fiji Hideaway Resort: Preserving Coral Reefs and Much More

Green Travel — By Stephanie on November 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

241 The Fiji Hideaway Resort: Preserving Coral Reefs and Much MoreDuring my recent trip to Fiji (sponsored by Tourism Fiji), I had the opportunity to stay at the Fiji Hideaway Resort.  This property is not only eco-friendly, but goes the extra mile to preserve the very environment that tourists and locals love so much – the beautiful, ecologically important reefs along the coral coast of Fiji.

The fringing coral reef along the southwest coastline of Viti Levu (the main Fiji island) is the world’s second largest single reef.  Like other coral reefs in the world, changes in global water temperatures, pollution, disease and storms damage coral reefs, threatening delicate marine ecosystems.

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Torches line the walkway at the Fiji Hideaway Resort

At the Fiji Hideaway Resort, preservation of the coral reef is of utmost importance.  The resort and spa employs a World Eco-tourism, award-winning coral reef conservation program called “Integrated Coastal Management.”

The beachfront areas immediately in front of the resort have been declared “Tabu” (protected); measures are in place so that people do not disturb living coral and starfish.  Be sure to ask resort employees about the best times for snorkeling at high tide.

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Beautiful giant clams off shore near Fiji Hideaway Resort

One of my favorite experiences during my week in Fiji was the guided tour I took along the reef walking path.   For only $10, you can sponsor and plant your own piece of coral (described in my related blog post).  I loved the 1-hour walk through the warm, shallow ocean waters, marveling at blue starfish, giant clams and watching for clown fish among the coral reefs.

Funds raised through coral sponsorship fees go directly to eco-development projects at the neighboring Tagaqe village.

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Planting coral at Fiji Hideaway Resort

In addition to preserving coral reefs, the Fiji Hideaway Resort works to conserve water and energy, as well as reducing pollution into waterways by encouraging guests to re-use towels and bed linens.  Simply by placing a note on your bed and hanging your towels up, you can let housekeeping know that you’ll wait before laundering.  There are also recycling facilities in the rooms and throughout the property.

In addition to preserving coral reefs and the environment in general, the Fiji Hideaway Resort helps support local villages in the Sigatoka area.  All guests at the hotel will automatically have a $10 donation added to their account to help fund improved health and safety facilities.  Should you wish to donate more (or not to include a donation), simply let the receptionists know.

So, are you comprising on quality or comfort by staying at a green hotel like this one?  Not at all!

The pool is beautiful and family-friendly.  Food is delicious, and the staff are classic, friendly Fijians!  Comfortable one-room burés line the beaches, and you can even book spa treatments or relax in the lava rock sauna.

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To learn more about the Fiji Hideaway Resort, or simply to book your next green vacation, go to its official website.

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