Nukubalavu Village Review
This village of 300, about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Savusavu, is relatively large in Fijian terms. Its chiefly title, Tui Na Savasavu, is one of the highest on the island. The U.S.-based Seacology organization has signed a contract to provide them with a preschool building. In return, the people have agreed to allow the preservation of a 25,600-acre marine reserve in the bay, where the villagers will not fish or exploit the waters in any way for 20 years. Such an agreement usually has positive effects on local fishing, as "spill-over" of flourishing species from the protected area increases the fish available in other parts. As in many Fijian villages, the people have conservative views and expect modesty and deference from Western visitors. The village has the best beach in the area. It is, however, tied to a recently established resort, so access can be a matter of negotiation.
- Location: Savusavu