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Nurturing Fiji’s most important ecology

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Some of Fiji’s most spectacular scenery can be found beneath its sparkling waters. Underneath those warm waves lies an entire world of colour and life, and to experience it is to experience the best that Fiji has to offer.

Fiji’s coral reefs hold great cultural significance to indigenous Fijians and are relied upon for subsistence fishing, coastal protection, and income generation. Fiji’s coral reef system is one of the most extensive in the world, no small feat for an ecosystem that sustains more than 25% of all marine species. Despite covering less than 0.10% of the globe, coral reef systems remain crucial to our understanding of the Earth’s oceans, and bring in billions of dollars in tourism every year.

But Fiji’s coral reefs, like those around the world, are under stress. Rising temperatures, coral bleaching, soil erosion, fishing activities, and coral-eating Crown of Thorns starfish, are just a few of the things causing stress and damage to Fiji’s most important natural resource.

Plantation Island Resort knows how important Fiji’s coral reefs are, and are committed to protecting and propagating them as much as possible. Our coral gardening project, undertaken in partnership with Corals for Conservation, combines preserving our underwater ecology with educating people about its importance. Planting coral is one of the valuable steps in which Plantation Island Resort is protecting and enhancing our marine reserve for generations to come.

Guests can learn how coral grows and propagates and become involved in the conservation process by rooting coral fragments onto artificial cords for propagation and replanting.

Our coral nurseries are then scattered all around the reefs surrounding Malolo Lailai Bay, allowing them to grow in their natural environment before being transplanted onto the reefs themselves.

As you snorkel, keep an eye out for our coral gardens – they’re the future of Fiji’s great reefs.

Plan your next event in Fiji

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Plantation Island Resort offers an elegant array of options for you to hold your next event. Is your office due for a team getaway? Or are you planning a conference and you are looking for the perfect tropical backdrop? We are here to help!

Plantation Island Resort’s Conference Centre is located in the centre of the facility, and boasts options for small groups up to conferences of 200 people. It’s easy for everyone to get to and our function rooms are both beautiful and practical, incorporating natural lighting and high ceilings for an airy feel, lending a relaxed air to your event.

Of course there is ample accommodation for your whole group to stay right here at the resort for the duration of your event. From stand-alone or duplex bures or friends or soon-to-be friends to luxury hotel suites for the boss, we’ve got a range to suit everyone. (A bure, if you’re new to the blog, is a Fijian word for a small hut or cabin, and we use it to describe our standalone rooms that can accommodate several adults. They come in various sizes depending on how many people you want to share with.)

We boast a range of flexible meeting rooms and upscale facilities for any number of different events. Our catering team are happy to talk to you about what will work for your particular event, and our dedicated events team can walk you through the amenities you may have use for, including audio-visual equipment and attentive service. In between meetings and presentations, we ofcourse have our resort amenities and recreation options, as well as lovely dining areas and relaxing vistas.

We, of course, have our conferences and functions package available on the website, but our events team is also available for you to chat to and to help you create your perfect Fijian conference experience.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

By | Blog, Plantation Turns 50

Last month, Plantation Island Resort joined with millions of Chinese people and friends of China around the world in celebrating Chinese New Year. This year, the new year landed on Tuesday 5th February, and we celebrated the beginning of the year of the Pig!

Plantation Island Resort celebrated Chinese New Year with a selection of traditional Chinese dishes available alongside delicious and specially prepared Fijian favorites. At the resort, families and kids enjoyed a full day of activities and fun to celebrate the diversity of cultures, faiths and ethnicities that abound in Fiji in general and at the resort in particular. Fijians love to celebrate this diversity throughout the year, and now, during spring with its beautiful weather is a great excuse to bust out the fireworks and all the best food.

There were of course a selection of traditional Chinese dishes, alongside delicious and specially prepared favourites of the resort.

The Pig in Chinese culture symbolises wealth and good fortune. People born in the year of the pig are often optimistic and enthusiastic, as well as being practical and hardworking – much like the staff of Plantation Island!

Truly, we celebrated generosity and a year of good fortune for all – and for you, too.

Kids on Tour

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Family holidays are a great way to see the world, show your kids some amazing sights, and create memories that will bolster your family’s relationship for years – even decades – to come. But holidaying with kids isn’t easy, and keeping them entertained? Well, you don’t need to be told that that can be a full time job. That’s why it’s important to choose family-friendly accommodation, where you and your partner can enjoy your break just as much as the kids do.

Many Fiji resorts offer fantastic kids’ activities, and Plantation Island Resort is no different. Tucked into the old plantations of Malolo Lailai island, Plantation Island Resort has created a kids’ activity program that offers adventure and wonder for kids of all ages.

Kids activity program

From arts and crafts to beach games, movie nights, and Fiji cultural experiences, the staff at Plantation Island resort have developed a week-long kids activity program that will suit kids of all ages and activity levels. Just register your kids on arrival and enjoy blissful days in paradise, rounded off with a dinner filled with stories of your kids’ Fijian adventures.

Kids crèche and indoor activities

Not all kids love running around on the beach – indeed, not all kids can. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t have their dream Fijian adventure. The Plantation Island Children’s Creche and Indoor Activity Centre features games and toys for kids of all abilities and languages, all overseen by a qualified crèche attendant.

Mini golf

Is it really a resort holiday without a round of mini golf? Channel your kids’ competitive streaks into something lowkey and fun at the Plantation Island mini golf course.

Fun in the sun

Don’t fancy leaving the resort today? Keep your kids’ spirits high with a few hours in the outdoor playground or waterpark. There’s rides and slides available for kids of all ages, and the playgrounds are suitable for kids aged 0-5 or 6-12.

 

Fiji’s must-try culinary adventures

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It’s said that a nation’s culture is most truly expressed in its home life and in its food – and Fiji is no different. Thousands of years of the Fijian peoples’ life, experience, and adaptability are expressed in a myriad of dishes found around the island. Whether you prefer a five-star resort restaurant or a meal cooked at home with love, the best way to get to know Fiji is by eating it.

Curry

Between the late 1800s and the early twentieth century, Fiji’s sugarcane plantations were worked by Indian immigrants, brought over by the colonising British. In the century since then, Indo-Fijian curries have become a staple of Fijian home life. Island-style chicken, goat, and fish curries differ subtly from their Indian cousins, but are no less delicious. Try one of Fiji’s acclaimed resort restaurants to get the best on offer.

Palusami

Palusami is a traditional dish found throughout the Pacific islands, though each nation does it slightly differently. In Fiji, dalo (taro) leaves are wrapped around a delicious filling of onions, tomatoes, and thick coconut cream, then layered together in a dish and baked until cooked through and absolutely delicious.

Nama salad

On those days you just can’t stand the thought of something warm, there’s nama salad to keep you eating and loving island life. Made with fresh vegetables and sea grapes, nama salad is unlike any salad you’ve ever eaten before – much like the rest of your Fijian food adventure.

Kokoda

It’s hardly an article about Fijian food if it doesn’t include kokoda, Fiji’s answer to ceviche. Plump white kingfish is mixed with lime juice and left to cook in the acid, then combined with coconut milk, coriander, and more lime juice for a fresh, creamy entrée that will change the way you think about island eating. Find it served with cassava chips at your local restaurant.

Cycle Fiji and see the best Malolo Lailai has to offer

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If you want to see Malolo Lailai, the best way is to bike. Cycling is a fun, efficient and easy way of getting around our amazing island. It also allows you to see a part of Fiji that’s often neglected – its countryside – while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint and burning off that excess plane energy.

Most roads in Fiji are unsealed, and best suited for mountain bikes. Plantation Island has partnered with Bula Bikes to give you the very best options in Beach Cruisers. We also offer free maps to help you experience Malolo Lailai island and its many dining options, shopping outlets, secluded beaches, amazing views, and points of interest.

Biking on our island is safe and easy, thanks to the flat landscape and multitude of paths and sand roads. The best time to cycle around Fiji is in the drier season, May to October. The humidity in the wetter season can make cycling a battle to stay hydrated, and the drier season tends to be cooler as well.

Be sure to map out your route before you go, and keep an eye out for traffic while you bike. Some travellers report respectful drivers and safe roads, while others note that cycling’s lack of popularity in Fiji has made for dangerous drivers. Be alert for any vehicles, and when in doubt, pull over.

Cycling around Malolo Lailai is the ideal way to settle in to Fiji’s sedate lifestyle. You can hire bikes for the length of your trip, and bike baskets, locks, helmets and lights are all included in the cost of your hire.

Take a break from the beach, and see the uncrowned jewel that is Malolo Lailai’s interior countryside.

Not your Grandma’s schoolies trip

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You’ve done it. You’ve sat through a year of the most demanding classes of your life, sweated through the exams that could determine your future, and have emerged blinking into the sunlight, eager to throw off the yoke of high school and do nothing but party for a solid week. But where will you go? How will you celebrate? How could you possibly forget the year you’ve just had, even for a minute?

Schoolies is something that every school leaver looks forward to, and if there’s any way to forget about school, it’s by spending your time on an island surrounded by seven kilometres of soft golden sand. Your standards for an island getaway will forever be changed, once you’ve set foot on the Fiji Islands and seen their serene waters, their sugar-soft sands, and experienced their once-in-a-lifetime schoolies pool party!

You’ll have the entire resort to yourselves so there’ll be no interruptions by outside guests or visitors. Your resort rates will include heaps of activities, including tours, traditional crafts, and watersports. Spend your mornings snorkelling and your afternoons lazing by the pool, before wrapping up your day with cocktails and dancing. Plantation Island offers great walks and hiking, and there’s nothing quite like working up an appetite before hitting the resort buffet.

Plantation Island Resort offers six-night packages for a schoolies week crammed full of fun and enjoyment. There’s no doubt that Fiji will have everything you want for your trip of a lifetime, including the biggest pool party you’ve ever seen.

Schoolies is held in November-December annually, so get away from home and do schoolies week in style! Travel to Fiji, and toast to the long-awaited start of real life. Bookings can be made through Unleashed Travel.

Have you ever spent Christmas on Mamanuca Island?

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December in Fiji is a wonderful time of year. With the wet season just around the corner, temperatures climb to 35°C/95°F. Visitors flock to enjoy the last of the good weather before the rains come, and the resorts overflow with holiday vibes and good cheer. And, of course, there’s Christmas!

Christmas in Fiji is a unique experience. It’s a major holiday, and as in other countries, Fijians celebrate this time of year singing carols, visiting friends and family, and cooking and eating amazing food. These traditions spill out into resort life, where staff will welcome Christmas morning with a piece of cake, a walk in the sunshine, and a chorus of Christmas carols.

Friends, food, and carols

Christmas in Fiji is not the time to relax alone with a book and a cocktail. Resorts around the Island plan a full day of Christmas activities, where guests can gather together and share the cheer of the season. Many resorts offer a Christmas mass, an essential part of Christmas celebrations for the many religious Fijians celebrating the holiday, and the day is filled with sunshine, games and activities, talent quests, and even a visit from Santa!

Food and cheer are the real stars of Christmas time, and your resort will offer you a Christmas feast you’ll never forget! With a selection of fresh local seafood, traditional Fijian curries and lovo, and a carving station bursting with succulent turkeys, hams, and roast meats, you’ll find a new standard for your Christmas feast in Fiji. Made with only the freshest local and imported ingredients, Christmas dinner will be the star of your Fijian food journey.

Christmas in Fiji – the values and fervour stay the same, but the celebrations are out of this world. Come December, the Christmas spirit takes over this happy island nation and celebrations go into overdrive. Come join us for a bright summer day of new friends, family, food, and cheer.

Coconut kids club

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Traveling as a family can be tough. Your adventurous kids want to be out in the ocean, your quiet kids just want to sit by the pool, and at some point you want to feel like you’re on holiday as well! But how to manage all these competing desires? You can’t be everywhere after all, and you and your partner want some time together as well. Enter the Coconut Kids Club.

Activities for all ages

Kids of all ages will be swept away by the holiday magic offered by Plantation Island Resort’s Coconut Kids Club. Each day offers a range of activities to keep your kids occupied and having fun from 10:30am – 8:30pm. Better still, there’s activities to ensure even the shyest of kids have a blast. With offerings ranging from traditional crafts such as coconut boat making and meke preparation to tie dye, beach games, and evening movies, your kids’ time in Fiji will be their best holiday ever. They may even find their new best friend!

You deserve the holiday you’ve dreamed of

Fiji is famed as a place of natural wonders, where hiking, snorkelling, surfing and water sports reign supreme. Even the slowed-down resort afternoons spent getting pampered or sharing a cocktail and a book with your loved one are best enjoyed to the soundtrack of the ocean, knowing that the shrieks of delight you can hear come from activities supervised by trained professionals. Your holiday is your time too. You deserve to enjoy it.

Best. Holiday. Ever.

Whether your kids love running around playing beach games or sitting in the shade making crafts, Coconut Kids Club has something for them. Take advantage of the best that Plantation Island Resort has to offer, and give your kids time to be kids – and give yourself time to be an adult.

Coconut Kids Club is free for all resort guests. So give yourself, and your kids, the best Fiji holiday ever, and spend some time getting to know the best of Fiji with the Coconut Kids Club.

Run away and get married in paradise

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A destination wedding is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new life together. How can you believe that your relationship will be anything but a dream when you cement your union on soft white sand next to gentle waves, under the bluest sky you’ve ever seen. When you return home, you’ll have the most magical memories, and while you’re there, it will be a beautiful, relaxing start to your marriage. You won’t even have to travel for the honeymoon – you can stay right at the resort.

There’s a wedding package for every budget and every style. We can organise a simple beachfront ceremony with a sit-down dinner for a small party, all the way up to a buffet dinner, drinks package, Fijian warrior escort and choir at the ceremony. We’ll organise the venue set-up and decorations, as well as flowers and sparkling wine to toast the happy couple.

Our wedding planning team is accustomed to caring for any couple’s desires. You can work with us to customize the colors and style to match your needs. We even have registered celebrants on staff so that you can get married at the day and time you want. We have pre-set packages, but we encourage you to come with your own ideas to make your wedding truly yours. We’re here to work with you. We will also take care of wedding licensing processing and onsite registration.

Start as you mean to go on – surrounded by loved ones, with no worries from the outside world, standing amidst the beauty of one of the most beautiful places in the world