Island Spirit

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Tailored and responsible island escapes. Dive the soft coral capital of the world; delve into island life with your host village; try short-term, coral reef volunteering; discover untouched island adventures or simply indulge in ‘Fiji Time’! “A truly unique, life-time experience.” Let curiosity get the better of you, discover Fiji, the way life should be.
Member since: 06 Jan 2015

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • Maintain close and personal relationships with our suppliers. This allows us to accurate assess the progress being made and any areas that need improving.
  • Establish good long-term relationships with locally owned suppliers and service providers.
  • Pay fair prices for services and products.
  • Recommend local and ethical products and services to guests.
  • Include local and ethical food stops/shops and other local establishments in any tours/excursions we run.
  • Rotate the local establishments that we work in order to spread economic benefits. Home-stays are a key part of our trips. For each homestay we work with the homestay family then chooses another household to do the cooking, this helps ensure that as many local people as possible benefit. They are paid a competitive rate based on local youth hostel room prices. We rotate both the families we work with and the villages we visit in order to spread the benefits as possible.
  • Continuously remain on the look out for new avenues for local supply.
  • Prioritise employment of local residents (including management positions).
  • Provide year round employment and encourage long-term employment wherever possible.
  • Actively support local initiatives for community development including education, health and sanitation. 75% of our profits are fed back into island community and environmental initiatives. These include: Promoting marine conservation in schools, Providing students at The University of the South Pacific Marine and Forestry with valuable work experience, supplying local libraries with books, funding a natural disaster emergency fund, providing women with handicraft training, supporting local business start-ups, providing local island communities with solar lanterns, promoting shark protections, and monitoring Marine Protected Areas (MPA).
  • Donate 75% of year-end profits to island communities and environmental initiatives.
  • Actively support local initiatives for community development including education, health and sanitation. 75% of our profits are fed back into island community and environmental initiatives. These include: Promoting marine conservation in schools, Providing students at The University of the South Pacific Marine and Forestry with valuable work experience, supplying local libraries with books, funding a natural disaster emergency fund, providing women with handicraft training, supporting local business start-ups, providing local island communities with solar lanterns, promoting shark protections, and monitoring Marine Protected Areas (MPA).
  • Donate 75% of year-end profits to island communities and environmental initiatives.

Environmental responsibility

  • Work with suppliers to encourage and help improve the sustainability of their operations, set targets etc.
  • Favour suppliers who demonstrate a commitment towards responsible and sustainable practice. At present Fiji does not have an official regulatory body to ensure that resorts are 100% 'eco', however we work hard to ensure that we support responsible businesses. We look for the following aspects to be present within our suppliers' business models: organic food and products, solar energy, minimising impacts, conservation efforts, efforts to build environmental and cultural awareness, providing positive benefits for both guests and hosts, providing direct financial support to conservation efforts, providing financial benefits and empowerment to local people, raising sensitivity to host countries' environmental, political and social climate.
  • Provide guidelines to guests visiting our accommodations or properties on how to save energy during their visit.
  • Train all staff to include energy saving activities in their daily routines.
  • Use natural light first where possible.
  • Work to balance our business' carbon emissions by carbon offsetting our business emissions via high quality internationally recognised carbon-offsetting methods.
  • All the accommodations that we work with pay close attention to their water usage to help ensure they keep it to a minimum.
  • Have guidelines for guests on how to save water - including don't leave taps running when brushing teeth; take showers not baths; don't flush unnecessarily.
  • Collect rainwater for garden and cleaning use.
  • Use grey water recycling.
  • Communicate with guests and travellers about appropriate behaviour in the natural environment.
  • Train guides in appropriate behaviour in natural areas, while also explaining these issues to guests.
  • Carefully plan, prepare and tailor our trips to ensure they meet skills, abilities and aspirations of the group specifically.
  • Carefully develop our trips to responsibly visit environmentally stressed areas with the purpose of conservation.
  • Keep all rubbish including toilet paper with us until it can be properly disposed of.
  • Encourage collection of any extra litter seen around.
  • Leave what we find, don't take or purchase any natural 'souvenirs'.
  • Provide cigarette 'bins' to customers when on activities or have them available for guests if they are going out exploring on their own.
  • Support local environmental and conservation efforts. An important partner of ours is The Ministry of Environment. We work closely with them planting mangroves in areas of risk. We also work with a large number of NGOs and marine experts to help with community development.
  • Support the management and protection of natural areas we visit by providing volunteers in these areas, and we obey all local National Park guidelines.

Social responsibility

  • Provide information to staff and guests on appropriate and responsible behaviour.
  • We promote things such as local music, art or community run events to guests.
  • Promote and support destination stewardship amongst locals.
  • Work with our partners to help develop and strengthen community relationships.
  • Home-stays are a key part of our trips. For each homestay we work with the homestay family then chooses another household to do the cooking, this helps ensure that as many local people as possible benefit. They are paid a competitive rate based on local youth hostel room prices. We rotate both the families we work with and the villages we visit in order to spread the benefits as possible.

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