Are you planning a trip to Fiji and want to make a positive impact on the environment and local communities? Tropica Island Resort is dedicated to promoting eco-friendly tourism and supporting the local community. Here are 7 ways you can make a positive impact on the environment and local communities through sustainable travel in Fiji:
1. Buy Souvenirs that Support Local Communities
One great way to support local communities is to buy from the locals who make them. Rise Beyond the Reef is a nonprofit that empowers women in Fiji by teaching them traditional weaving techniques and selling their products to visitors. By purchasing wares like napkins, table runners and art pieces from Rise Beyond the Reef, you can support their mission and take home a unique, handmade piece of Fiji home with you. Rise Beyond the Reef souvenirs are available for purchase in our Resort Boutique
2. Buy from Local Makers and Support Small Businesses
When you visit Fiji you can support small business owners and makers by visiting craft markets or shopping for locally-made clothing and accessories. South Sea Salt is a small business that produces all-natural sea salt using traditional Fijian methods. When you buy Fijian made, you contribute to the local economy and help sustain traditional crafts and industries. Local produce is available for purchase in our Resort Boutique.
3. Eat Local and Fresh Foods – Reduce Food Miles
When dining at Tropica Island Resort or exploring local markets, make an effort to choose locally-grown fruits and vegetables. This not only supports local farmers and businesses but also reduces the environmental impact of importing food. Additionally, trying local dishes like Kokoda is a great way to experience the local cuisine and support sustainable food practices. Local produce is available for purchase in our Resort Boutique.
4. Use Reef-Safe Sunscreen to Protect Marine Life
When visiting Fiji’s stunning coral reefs, wearing reef-safe sunscreen is a conscious and sustainable choice. Traditional sunscreens often contain harmful chemicals that can damage marine life and coral reefs. Enjoy the beauty of Fiji’s marine life whilst supporting this precious ecosystem for future generations.
5. Sponsor Coral Restoration Programs
Fiji is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. But they are also under threat from climate change and human activity. By sponsoring a coral restoration program, you can help protect these precious ecosystems for future generations.
6. Go on a Village Tour
Finally, one of the best ways to learn about the local culture and support the community is to go on a village tour. Tropica Island Resort offers guided tours of nearby Solevu village, where you can meet locals, learn about customs and traditions, and even participate in cultural activities. Visiting a village also gives you a chance to buy directly from people: start with a fresh coconut for something fresh and local!
Embrace sustainable travel in Fiji at Tropica Island Resort
By following these tips you can travel sustainably in Fiji and make a positive impact on the environment and local communities. Book your stay today for an unforgettable, responsible travel experience.