As a Pisces prone to tropical islands and anything to do with water, Laucala Island ranks tops on my bucket list. The tropical sings a song of the South Pacific with its eclat of dazzling blue and greens that seem to jump out of a Paul Gauguin painting.
Water babies have their pick of sailing across Fiji’s azure-colored seas, scuba diving, snorkeling, kite-surfing, paddle-boarding, wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, windsurfing, game fishing, dragon boating, diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, experiencing the new a submersible experience or simply sunbathing and swimming.
Discover Fiji by Boat
The Water Sports Center at Laucala Island Resort sports a fleet of 14 boats for guest use, all of which cater to different on-the-water occasions and preferences. Some boats include: the Rere Ahi (literally meaning “flying fire”), a double-masted sailing boat with a rich history; the Amanda, one of the first New Zealand-built Dragon keelboats; and The Riviera Open Flybridge, a modern yacht ideal for both afternoon boating and competitive game fishing.
Diving into the depths of the South Pacific
Laucala’s PADI accredited Dive Center is well equipped diving courses to provide unforgettable diving experiences. Offerings include open water and advanced courses, night diving, shore dives, underwater photography, wreck diving and dive master training. Dive locations at Laucala Island range from shallow lagoon experiences nearby the resort to the acclaimed Great White Wall, located 40 minutes away from Laucala Island.
The island now offers aa submersible experience that provides views of shallow lagoons, colorful reefs and tropical fish, such as coral trout, angelfish, lionfish, and octopus.
A former Forbes family private island escape, the 3,200-acre Laucala Island was purchased in 2002 by Dietrich Mateschitz, C.E.O. of Red Bull drink company, and launched in 2008 as a private island resort. Amidst dramatic rainforest-laced landscapes and coconut plantations, the resort is 80 percent self-sustainable and prides itself on an integral philosophy, incorporating elements of the entire island into each guest’s experience, from island-made spa products to cuisine derived from indigenous plants, fruit and aquatic life. Red Bull, the drink of adventure, has surely inspired the plethora of water adventure activities offered at Laucala Island.
A five star, all-inclusive, 25-villa island resort Laucala is set amidst coconut plantations, sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, rich green mountains and breathtaking natural beauty, often drawing comparisons as the veritable Garden of Eden of Fiji.