Jewel of the Pacific: Turtle Island

In the northwesternmost reaches of the Fijian archipelago, the remote Yasawa Islands exemplify the effortless magnificence of the South Pacific, bejeweled by Mother Nature. None more so than Nanuya Levu, better known as Turtle Island—a 500-acre landmass, candy-coated with palm trees and turquoise inlets, immortalized in the 1980 film The Blue Lagoon.

Though Hollywood hoopla catalyzed a mass exodus to the South Pacific in search of the movie’s captivating milieu, Turtle Island itself remained a selective retreat, exclusive to the few couples patronizing the “bures” (cottages) on this island oasis. Staying true to sustainability commitments and judicious romanticism, Turtle Island never became a commercialized enterprise. In fact, to this day, a maximum of 14 couples may roam the island at any given time. This translates to long hours exploring the island’s perimeter and interiors in romantic solitude by foot, on horseback or by bike; or basking in the tranquility of the ultramarine waters by kayak or sailboat, creating the private moments you will mentally reference throughout your lifetime.

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