Advice on Choosing an Eco-Friendly Accommodation in Fiji
Having a lower impact when we travel is something more and more of us have on our minds, especially when travelling in the South Pacific which is often dubbed as being on the “frontline of climate change”. A good selection of resorts in Fiji shows us that we can live a minimalistic yet beautiful lifestyle thanks to their eco-friendly policies of using renewable energy, rainwater collection, composting toilets, establishing conservation programs, etc. So, learn more about choosing an eco-stay in Fiji in the guide below.
By the way, if you’re an eco-conscious traveller, you might also be interested in the 31 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Fiji.
Things You Need to Know About Staying in Eco-Accommodation in Fiji
- Most of Fiji’s eco-stays are in remote areas, so be prepared to be away from essential shops and services
- Some resorts in Fiji have the “eco-resort” tagline but might not necessarily promote a comprehensive eco-friendly policy, check what resorts are actually doing for the environment before booking
- See other ways to have a lower impact on your holiday to Fiji using our advice in How to Have a More Eco-Friendly Holiday in Fiji
- Check out some examples of eco-stays in Fiji in the 10 Feel-Good Fiji Eco Resorts.
Types of Eco-Stays in Fiji
The vast majority of eco-friendly accommodation in Fiji are resorts. With many resorts located in remote areas, they need to look after their surrounding environment in order for the environment to look after them.
Eco-resorts typically consist of separate bures (bungalows) for guests, as well as a central area like a restaurant. They may be eco-friendly by using renewable energy, having compost toilets, rainwater catchment and filtration systems, have food supplied locally or produce their own, and/or work with the local villagers on social and environmental conservation projects.
Location, How to Get There and What is Nearby?
While eco-stays can be found across the island groups of Fiji, most are located in Kadavu, Taveuni and Vanua Levu, and a sporadic few are also in Viti Levu on the Coral Coast, inland from Suva and just off the Pacific Harbour.
Discover which island destinations appeal to you more by checking out the following guides:
- The Complete Guide to Kadavu
- The Complete Guide to Taveuni
- The Complete Guide to Vanua Levu
- The Complete Guide to the Coral Coast
- The Complete Guide to Suva
- The Complete Guide to Pacific Harbour & Beqa.
Aside from staying in a Fijian destination that appeals to you, you also need to consider the cost and time it takes to get there. Staying on the mainland, Viti Levu, is going to likely be quicker and definitely cheaper than travelling to the outer islands.
As almost all of Fiji’s eco-stays are in remote areas, you won’t need to worry so much about nearby shops, services and attractions. Instead, you need to consider what the resort itself provides in terms of food and entertainment, as you’re unlikely to be able to access elsewhere. Resorts offer their own activities, from complimentary watersports to village visits, while food may be in the form of an a la carte menu or a set meal plan. Choose what suits you.
What’s Included in Your Stay?
We all have different needs which require different amenities. Families may need accommodation with portacots available, while backpackers may be seeking tent sites. You might want to have access to electricity 24/7, while some resorts switch off the power after a certain hour, for instance. Check out the How to Pick the Best Resort in for You Fiji for an idea of typically amenities to compare.
When looking at eco-stays, you will also want to compare the type of eco-policy each resort has, as some environmentally-conscious travellers may think that simply using renewable energy is not enough when there are other resorts using composting toilets, promoting recycling, using sustainable local produce and more.
We’ve also touched on the activities available at the resort, but you still should compare the experiences and their associated prices so you are able to stick to your budget while having the holiday you envisioned.
Finally, some eco-friendly resorts have compulsory meal plans with set menus, while others have restaurants with more choice.