Eco-Tourism in Oceania
Oceania is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is popularly divided into Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia. These islands enjoy rich biodiversity. Nature is bountiful here and many species of flora and fauna thrive in this region. The three most popular eco-tourism destinations in Oceania are Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga.
Eco tourism in Fiji
The island nation of Fiji on the South Pacific Ocean is made up of more than 300 islands and is endowed with an enviable natural wealth from coral reefs, tropical rainforests, unique flora and fauna to sapphire waters and pristine beaches. The tiny island nation also has a diverse and fascinating culture that has European, Indian, Chinese, Polynesian and Melanesian influences.
Fiji has a vast river system. If you are feeling adventurous you can explore some of the rivers like Sigatoka , Wanibaku, Navua on a traditional “Bilibili ” raft .For those among you who love fishing, game fishing at the Pacific Harbor is a thrilling experience.
Fiji has a number of Marine Parks which are world class including the ones at Kadavu, Beqa, Yasawas. These are great places for snorkeling and diving. Namena Marine Reserve, Kora Island, Motu Levu Reef, Somosomo Straits, southern shore of Viti Levu, the islands of Kadavu, Vatulele all offer great diving locations for observing the beautiful soft corals and rich sea life of Fiji. Surfing at Frigates Passages, Typhoon Alley and kayaking and canoeing through the rivers are other popular water activities.
You can visit the pearl farms at Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu, explore the caves at Sigatoka Valley and the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, and trek through the back country wilderness areas and the national parks like Colo-I-Suva, Bouma and Koroyanitu. The Fijian people are known for their warmth and hospitality, which is on show while visiting the tradition Fijian villages. A traditional welcome with a “kava” drink will await you at Namatakula village followed by a traditional “lovo” meal. You can watch a firewalking show by the Beqa firewalkers or cultural shows at Fiji’s Arts Village. But while visiting these villages make sure that you show respect for the local customs and values, to avoid causing any offense to the inhabitants.