The Pacific Islands region is important for a great number of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), whether as a permanent habitat, a breeding ground or a migration corridor. Currently, more than thirty species of whales and dolphins have been identified in this area, and in Fiji alone we have 15 confirmed species of whales and dolphins.
Dr Cara Miller and her team are working on establishing a long-term dataset for monitoring trends in humpback whale migration through Fijian waters. Documenting the migration patterns of Endangered Oceania humpback whales is an important component to understanding the recovery, trend and status of this species within our waters.
The international trade in wildlife is estimated to be worth around US$10 billion per year and includes hundreds of millions of plant and animal species.
Off the beaten tourist track in Fiji, there are many rural communities waiting to greet you with a giant ‘BULA’ welcome.
Across the nation, community based eco-tourism initiatives are being established to welcome visitors and offer an insight into real village life. Some of the most beautiful sights to behold around the islands of our country are based in the rural villages.
You may well be wondering why your cruising permit excludes Yadua Taba. Well…More info here…
By Dr Cara Miller
Last October I got a call from the Chief of Totoya Island (Roko Sau) letting me know that a whale had gotten stuck inside a lagoon near his island.
I’d never been to the Lau Islands before yet had always heard lovely things about the clear waters and teeming marine life of this remote island group. Roko Sau (who also works for the Pacific Blue Foundation) was enthusiastic and managed to charm us a ride on a Super yacht thanks also to the support of Yacht Help Fiji.More info here…
National Trust of Fiji Sites to visit while in Fiji
National Trust of Fiji’s mission is to consolidate, enhance and reinforce the role of the National Trust of Fiji in the conservation, protection,sustainable management and research of Fiji’s natural and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the peoples of Fiji,the Pacific Islands and the world. Fiji’s natural and cultural heritage is valued and protected for future generations.More info here…