What is a Fijian Lovo?

Here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we pride ourselves on offering not only luxurious, relaxing accommodation and facilities, but also a taste of the incredible heritage and traditions of the local Fijian culture. One of the amazing experiences that hold a special place in the hearts' of our guests is our Fijian lovo, a banquet cooked using an earth oven. 

Find out a little more about this tasty meal and how you can join in on the excitement during your romantic Fiji getaway or family holiday. 

What is a lovo? 

The term 'lovo' also refers to the underground oven that is used to cook the feast. The lovo is often reserved for special occasions in Fijian villages and is a core part of the local culinary arts. 

This traditional technique involves digging a pit into the ground and placing hot coals inside. Various ingredients, from meat to vegetables and palusami (taro leaves filled with corned beef, onions and coconut cream) are then wrapped up and placed over the coals. Everything from fish to chicken and pork can be cooked in a lovo and will also sometimes also be bundled up in banana leafs to retain their moisture. 

Once the food is inside, the pit is covered in banana leaves, soil or potato sacks and left to slow cook for several hours. Once time is up, the pit is unearthed to reveal deliciously cooked, tender food. 

Experience a lovo at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

We bring the traditional Fijian lovo to the heart of the resort, giving our guests the chance to experience this special style of cooking every week.

Using recipes handed down through generations, our Executive Chef, Raymond Lee, prepares a veritable Fijian feast that can be enjoyed buffet style. 

As you dig in, you'll also be treated to the vocal stylings of a traditional Fijian guitar group, the Band Boys, whose lilting melodies are the perfect soundtrack for a truly wonderful meal. 

If you want to go on holiday to a tropical beach destination, there is no shortage of destinations to chose from.

However, if you want to combine the beauty of an island holiday with the warm-hearted Fijian culture and experiences you won't find anywhere else, there's only one place to put on your map.

You can click here to find out more about our resort, or contact our team if you have any queries. 

5 water sports to try on your family holiday in Fiji


Ready to have some fun on the water in Fiji?

Whether it’s your first time visiting Fiji, or you’re heading back for yet another holiday, the beauty of the ocean is something that never ceases to inspire. It’s also a magical place for children to play in the waves and catch a glimpse of another world. 

At the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we have a deep connection to our environment, and love helping our guests to enjoy the waters of Savusavu Bay and beyond. Here are some of our top water sports and activities that you can try on your next luxury family holiday in Fiji.

1. Snorkelling 

You and your kids will love taking a leisurely swim in the crystal clear waters off Vanua Levu. Because the resort is surrounded by a marine reserve, we have access to some incredible snorkelling spots – many of which are right by the edge of our pier! 

For a little adventure, you can also talk to one of our staff members about visiting one of the snorkel sites just a short boat ride away where you can see even more soft corals and marine life!

2. Sailing 

If you love the ocean breeze in your hair and the wind in your sails, you can head out on one our our Hobie boats. At the tiller of one of these lightweight sailboats, you can enjoy the calm waters of Savusavu Bay at your leisure. 

3. Kayaking 

Another great way to explore Savusavu Bay is from one of our double kayaks. Whether you chose to share with your kids, or let them work together to try and master their own craft, you’re bound to have fun out on the water. Prepare for a splash or two!

4. Paddleboarding

This international craze has come to Fiji, so grab your board and paddle and head to the beach! If your kids are older, they can have fun trying to find their balance on their own boards – a valuable lesson in balance and coordination! 

Little ones can also sit on the front of their parent’s board, just prepare for a bit more of a workout.

5. Fishing 

Reel ’em in on a fishing trip with the whole family. Our staff can arrange a chartered fishing trip where you and the kids can try your luck at landing a whopper. If you’d prefer not to head out deep sea fishing, you can opt to stay a little closer to shore – just let our friendly team know! 

Ready to book your family holiday in Fiji? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to start planning your dream trip. 

Planning the perfect proposal on your Fiji holiday

When you propose to the love of your life, you're going to want it to be perfect. You don't get a second chance to pop the big question, so why not make it a memorable moment with the beautiful Fiji as the backdrop? 

There's no better time to get down on one knee than during a luxury couples holiday on the blissful shores of Vanua Levu island, which is why we're bringing you some inspiration from Fiji to help you prepare the perfect proposal.

Before you go 

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If you've picked out a ring before you board your flight, one of the biggest challenges is getting the ring to Fiji without your other half finding it. With all the bustle of packing for a trip, going through airport security and finally arriving at your suite at the Jean-Michel Cousteau resort, it's easy to lose track of where you are stowing your precious cargo and whether your partner might be able to stumble upon it. 

Often the shape of the box is a dead giveaway, so consider swapping it – the secret engagement ring case designed by Andrew Zo is an ingenious invention that hides the sparkler in a slim case that you can pop into your wallet. Voila!

The adventurous proposal 

Now that you've arrived in Fiji (surprise hopefully still in tact), it's time to choose the right setting. If you and your partner love to explore and discover new sights, one of our guided excursions could be just the ticket for your proposal opportunity. 

Here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau resort, we offer a number of complimentary excursions, one of which is our Rainforest and Waterfall Tour. Together, you'll go on a short hike through the lush rainforest to arrive at a secluded waterfall. With the water cascading down and birds singing in the trees, it makes for a magical location to ask a very special question.

The private island proposal

While you can enjoy a range of deluxe commodities at the resort, we have a special experience to offer that is found just a short boat ride away. Sail across azure waters to the secluded Naviavia Island, where you can steal your love away to the golden shores of your very own private island. 

Yours for the morning, or the entire day, Naviavia is truly a little piece of paradise that you'll have all to yourselves. With a packed picnic to enjoy, as well as beach necessities to enjoy snorkelling and lazing on the sand, all you have to worry about is how you're going to pop the question.

The romantic dinner proposal

Take advantage of our world class spa facilities during the day to unwind and soothe some of those pre-proposal jitters before booking your spot at the best seats in the house. 

As one of our most special dining experiences, you can reserve the pier for a romantic dinner experience unlike any other. With Savusavu Bay and the distant horizon as your stage, you can enjoy a delicious meal created by our Executive Chef, Raymond Lee, with a dedicated server to attend to you throughout the evening.  

Whether you gather up your courage after a toast to your wonderful holiday, or you want to conceal the ring in a champagne glass, we'd be happy to help facilitate this exciting moment! 

Dreaming of a wedding in Fiji?

Fiji is not only a stunning place to pop the question, it's also a beautiful place for a wedding. If you come to the end of your romantic couples vacation and you've left a piece of your hearts on the shores of Savusavu Bay, we'd love to welcome you back for your wedding day. For more information, don't hesitate to reach out and talk to our helpful team.

3 fun family activities for your Fiji holiday

Are you ready for a well-deserved holiday? We have some fantastic news for you: the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji can offer everything you could want from a family vacation. 

At the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort we pride ourselves in being the best resort in Fiji, whether you are after pure relaxation or want to make the most of the crystal clear waters and range of resort activities. 

To provide some inspiration for your next family holiday, take a look at three of our complimentary activities in Fiji

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1. Immerse yourself in the culture

Fiji's history is filled with a variety of myths and legends, all riveting to hear. Join one of the elders in the evening to learn about the ancient stories of gods, cannibals and indigenous wildlife. Children and parents alike are set to be pulled into the gripping storyline of more than 3,000 years of folklore. 

2. Stay active and fit

Set the right tone to your holiday by staying active, even out in the Pacific. Regardless of whether you go to the gym five times a week or enjoy the occasional run, at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we know how important it is to maintain a balance of relaxation and staying fit.

Add to this the fact that children tend to be balls of energy, and the resort's diverse sports facilities are even more attractive. Enjoy a semi-competitive game of tennis or take the little ones on a leisurely paddleboarding tour along Savusavu Bay – there is something for every level of fitness.

3. Explore the ecosystem

For our more environmentally-conscious guests, we are happy to recommend the "Eco Tour". Jean-Michel Cousteau's own marine biologist, Johnny Singh, can help you discover the coastal ecosystem, plant mangrove seedlings and take in Fiji's scenery. 

And if you feel like some quality time with your partner away from the children, you always have the option to sign them up to the complimentary Bula Club. There, they will be taken care of and experience the holiday of a lifetime while you too enjoy everything the Pacific gem has to offer. 

If you would like to know more about what a family holiday at our 5 star Fijian resort could entail, please feel free to reach out to our friendly team. 

3 ways Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji helps conserve the natural environment

The well-being of the environment is one of the core values of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji. As such, preservation of the resplendent land and seascapes around us are key to upholding their inherent natural beauty, and we want to keep them that way for future generations. With sustainability and eco-friendliness so key to our ethos, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji has created a number of schemes to help benefit our planet. Here are three that you may not have heard about.

The giant clam project

These wondrous giants of the ocean floor are endangered as a result of over-harvesting – the adductor muscles that open and close the shell are considered a rare delicacy in some parts. Slow-growing, but with the potential to live over 100 years, the giant clam has steadily been disappearing from the South Pacific, but now efforts are in place to repopulate their depleted numbers.

Our giant clam project involves growing a certain number of giant clams and and keeping them near the resort dock, out in the bay. Once the clams have grown to a healthy size, we move them to a secluded area where they cannot be damaged or killed for their meat. Slowly but surely, the giant clam population will reach its former numbers. 

The mangrove reforestation

Several decades ago, the coastline of Savusavu was awash with mangroves – a collection of shrubs or small trees that grow in shallow water. Not only do these plants make a healthy contribution towards the local wildlife in the shape of food and shelter, they also help to minimise coastal erosion by soaking up relentless pressures from the wind and waves.

Our mangrove reforestation program has seen the planting of several young, healthy and growing mangroves along the coast.

However, many of these mangroves were removed as humans moved in, and this is something that we at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji are looking to put right. Our mangrove reforestation program has seen the planting of several young, healthy and growing mangroves along the coast around our resort, and we hope to spread these yet further as time goes on.

The Organic Garden

Our organic garden is now over two acres in size, providing a broad array of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs. Though providing good, honest food is of paramount importance when cooking for our guests, we're also careful with how this impacts on the environment, too. For example, our kitchen waste doesn't simply go into landfill – rather, we compost what we can, then use it to give the soil a healthy dose of nourishment!

To find out more about Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji, or to make a booking, be sure to get in touch with us today.

4 fabulous reasons to choose the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort for your Fijian holiday

For generations, Fiji has been the holiday destination of choice for Australians searching for their own little slice of paradise. The desert island ideal of Fiji, along with its rich history, inimitable culture and great raft of things to see and do make this humble archipelago one of the finest holiday destinations on the planet. Even so, it can be difficult to know where to stay when planning your Fiji visit, what with the broad range of resorts to choose from. With this in mind, here are four reasons why you should pick the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort for your Fijian getaway. 

World class diving opportunities

The world beneath the waves of the Fijian islands are replete with some of the most spectacular scenery you can possibly imagine. The colourful coral is home to a veritable menagerie of sea life, including luminous fish, graceful rays and inquisitive turtles. Sweeping plants and labyrinthine caves make diving in Fiji an experience that's impossible to forget in a hurry, and at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, it's something of our forte.

Sweeping plants and labyrinthine caves make diving in Fiji an experience that's impossible to forget in a hurry.

Whether you're a seasoned diving old hand, or have never so much as seen a pair of flippers before, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre will take you out into the revered Namena Marine Reserve to explore the world beneath – 'magical' is one word for it.  

A romantic attraction

Fiji is a place that just oozes romance, and at the the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we've managed to the harness the pure amore emanating from the sea and sand. If you're looking for a romantic getaway for you and your partner, you need look no further than Naviavia – your very own private island.  

That's right – you'll have half a hectare of pure, uninterrupted bliss to explore with your other half. There will be no one around to bother you, save for the chirping sea birds and roll of the waves against the soft sand. Enjoy a picnic with a view of golden sun setting into the Pacific – what could be more romantic than that?

A chance to relax

Why do we go on holiday? There are a myriad of reasons – to explore new places, or get a sense of a fresh and vibrant culture. Of course, one of the main reasons we take a break is to get away from the stresses and strains of hectic, modern life and Fiji represents the perfect place to get away from it all. 

Fiji represents the perfect place to get away from it all.

At the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we have a range of yoga and spa options that will smooth out all the knots and creases that have built up over the nine-to-five, transporting you to a relaxing, tranquil place far away…

An award-winning children's club

Everyone is welcome at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, and children are set for an adventure of a lifetime the moment they set foot in the Bula Club. This complimentary program offers an engaging, fun and educational environment for children at the resort, where they can be left alone under the watchful eye of the dedicated nannies and buddies.

There are an ample amount of activities for your children to take part in during their stay, and this allows you to head on out and do your own thing without having to worry about the needs of the little ones. They'll be just fine at the Bula Club, so take a romantic walk with your partner along the beachfront, wine glass in hand. 

Of course, it's easy to tell you about just why you should pick Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort for your Fiji holiday, but you don't have to take our word for it. Be sure to have a look at the reviews that several happy holidaymakers have left of our resort, as well as a few of the awards that we have won. To find out more about our little piece of paradise, be sure to get in touch with our friendly, helpful team today. 

5 must-dos for your Fiji honeymoon

There is nothing quite like a honeymoon in Fiji. At the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we are proud to be the ideal location for a luxury couples holiday in Fiji, where you can enjoy the time as newlyweds in pure delight. 

Let us introduce you to five must-dos for your ultimate romantic honeymoon getaway.

1. Dive into history

Learn about Fijian history from a local elder.

Fiji has a rich history filled with myths and legends that reach back thousands of years. Learn about some of the indigenous folklore at a traditional Fijian storytelling with one of the elders from the local community on Vanua Levu. 

A complimentary activity at the resort, it's an experience that is guaranteed to bring you, as a newly wed couple, closer together. 

2. Discover a tropical waterfall

If you and your partner enjoy the thrill of adventures together, then you will love hiking through the tropical rainforest on a day excursion. Cool off by diving into a natural freshwater pool right next to a hidden waterfall at the end of your walk. 

Jungle, water and your loved one all in one location – it doesn't get much more exciting than that.

3. Enjoy a private beach

If there is one single time in your life that you and your spouse get to celebrate each other in complete privacy, it's on your honeymoon. Instead of doing so on one of Fiji's many, gorgeous beaches, why not steal away to your own private island for the day? 

Naviavia, a hidden gem just off the coast of the resort, is the ideal spot for complete tranquillity. Our chefs will prepare a delicious picnic to take with you, so all you need to think about is how you want to spend the day on your own island.

4. Indulge in local cuisine

For the ever-curious couple, the Savusavu farmers market offers everything the culinary heart desires. Step into the hustle and bustle on a Saturday morning and explore the colours and tastes of Fiji with your spouse as you wander from one stall to another. 

5. Get pampered together

Indulge in spa treatments together and forget the rest of the world as you spend time with your spouse. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort has world-class spa facilities, where you and your partner can lay back and relax as you enjoy traditional Fijian therapies such as a Bobo massage, Fufunu scrub or Vakacegu facial. 

Your honeymoon is the ultimate time for luxury, relaxation and indulgence. For the perfect romantic getaway, enquire with our staff today. 

Relax as your children learn to cook in Fiji

When you go on a family holiday, you don't want to have to worry about entertaining the kids all the time. That is why, at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we offer the complimentary Bula Club for children. 

The award-winning program offers a variety of fun activities, educational games and exploration for children aged 6-12 years. Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., you and your partner can relax by the seaside or go on an adventure yourself while the young ones are taken care of. 

With the Bula Club, your children will learn to cook while you read a book at the beach.With the Bula Club, your children will learn to cook while you read a book at the beach.

Encouraging children to cook

One of the highlights for children at the Bula Club is the 'Junior Chef's Program'. Here, they learn how to harvest produce from the resort's organic garden and assist in preparing lunch or dinner.

At Jean-Michel Cousteau, we are strong advocates of the farm-to-plate concept , so you can be certain that your young ones will gain a good understanding of different aspects of organic farming such as planting and composting, as well as food preparation. 

The children who partake in the Junior Chef's Program enjoy the wholesome, fresh dishes they helped to prepare for either lunch or dinner, where parents are welcome to join in the adult section of the main restaurant. 

Iconic Fiji dishes

When your children learn to cook at the Bula Club, we make education as much of a priority as fun. This means that once you return from your relaxing Fiji holiday, your young ones will know about the different cooking methods (open fire and underground), staple ingredients (taro, rice, fish, sweet potatoes and cassava) and culinary history of the Pacific Islands. 

Here are some of the most iconic Fijian dishes you and your children might encounter – and learn to cook – during your stay. 


A delicacy that is commonly enjoyed at weddings or festivals, lovo is cooked in an underground oven. The oven, which is essentially a hole in the ground, is lined with coconut husks that are lit on fire and covered with stones. Fish, meat and vegetables are then wrapped in taro and banana leaves and placed on top of the hot stones to cook.

The food is left in the oven for up to three hours, something that leads to delicious smoky flavours and tender consistency. 


Kokoda is made from finely cut, raw mahi-mahi fish. The iconic flavours of the dish come from the dressing, which is made from thick coconut cream, chillies, lemon juice, salt and onions. To achieve a slightly chewy texture, the fish is marinated for 6-8 hours and served with coconuts or clams.

A great starter, this light dish is Fiji's version of South American ceviche. 

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The potato-like root vegetable is one of the key ingredients in many Fijian dishes and even has cultural value to the islands'. So much so, the first full moon in May is celebrated by a holiday dedicated to taro. 

Mashed, fried or steamed, the taro root is a favourite among the Fijians, particularly because all elements of the plant can be used and cooked. Taro leaves, for example, are often boiled in coconut milk to achieve a spinach-like dish. 


Known as Fiji's asparagus, duruka is the unopened flower of a cane shoot. It is often used with coconut milk or to add a slightly nutty flavour in curries. Early settlers from Papua New Guinea are thought to have introduced the stringy and fleshy food in the late 1800s. 

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Family holidays in Fiji, done differently

An all inclusive Fiji holiday at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort offers much more than gorgeous beaches and palm trees. A family holiday here provides the best of both worlds – relaxation for you and adventures for the children. 

Get in touch with our team to talk about your ultimate holiday. 

Fun family activities to do on your Fiji holiday


Whisking the family away on a luxurious Fiji holiday can be both fun and relaxing. And while your young ones might be whirlwinds of energy, at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort we also understand that you might need some quiet relaxation time.

Because of this we created the Bula Club, where your children are well taken care of while you enjoy some rest. However, for those days you want to be active with the entire family, we have a myriad of fun, family-friendly activities:

Take the kids for a paddle boarding adventure.Take the kids for a paddle boarding adventure.

1. Nakawaga waterfall

Fiji’s jungle is filled with hidden gems, including the Nakawaga waterfall. A result of fast-flowing rivers, the water shoots through the volcanic terrain, making for a stunning sight after a hot and humid walk through the forest.

Both parents and kids will love splashing around in the cool water – it’s a fun day activity that’ll stay in your memories even after you return home.

2. Paddle boarding

If your family likes to be active, you can enjoy exploring the shoreline of Savusavu Bay together as you go paddle boarding together. Test your balance and introduce the children to the breathtaking scenery while having the excitement of physical activity.

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3. Namena Marine Reserve

Splash around with your family at the Namena Marine Reserve and dive or snorkel in the epitome of Fiji water experiences. The crystal-clear water offers spectacular insight into the underwater world, where you can discover trevalis, sharks and turtles.

The experience of riding the currents with the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Masters is not only a beautiful experience but an unforgettable one at that.

4. Glass bottom boat

If your children aren’t ready to go diving just yet, we also have an option to discover the marine life while remaining dry. Watch as the diverse sealife passes by from the comfort of our glass bottom boat cruising through the bays.

The colours and lively temperament of the local sea life will get the children excited and leave you marvelling at the wonders of nature.

5. Flora Tropica Gardens

With more than 300 species of palm trees from around the world, the sheer volume of tropical flora at the gardens will amaze you. The young ones can delight at the sound of birds that are attracted by the many different flowers and fruit trees.

Guided tours will give you an insight into the stunning gardens that are spread across five acres of creek flats and hillsides. Both adults and children will go away from this activity with a new appreciation for the varied shrubs, orchids, water lilies, heliconias and over 40 fruit trees on show.

6. Traditional Fijian stories

For a more cultural experience, we recommend taking the family on a storytelling adventure. At the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, you have the opportunity to sit with one of the local elders and delve into 3,000 years of history and myth.

Sucked into the ancient legends and folklore of the Islands, the whole family is in for a treat during this exciting adventure.

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7. Savusavu’s hot springs

The local town of Savusavu is known for many things, including its weekend market and hot springs. Amidst the stunning shore, these particular springs showcase the geothermal activity of Fiji that has lasted through the centuries.

Don’t be fooled though, while the locals come to cook at the quietly simmering pools, the springs were actually geysers in the late 19th Century!

Treat yourself and the family to an all inclusive holiday at a 5 star Fiji resort that caters to your every need. Get in touch to make a booking with our friendly staff at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort today.

Discover the pearls of the sea with your partner in Fiji

What could be better than spending a romantic getaway with your partner at a 5 star Fiji resort? That's right, exploring some of Fiji's most intriguing sites together.

To make your stay as enjoyable as possible, we provide an array of traditional Fijian cuisine, beach-side spa treatments and activities at the Jean-Michel Cousteau resort. We also offer a number of excursions for those who feel like venturing beyond for a day.

One of the most stunning excursions is a guided tour of the J. Hunter Pearls farm in Savusavu Bay:

The rare pearls of Fiji

Famous for their vibrant colours, Fiji's pearl hues are unlike anything else found in other pearling regions across the globe. From warmer colours such as champagne, copper, burgundy and Fiji-chocolate to colder shades like green, purple or silver-grey, these pearls are pure beauty. 

More than that, with only 25,000 harvested each year, these are the rarest pearls in the world. This is because the Fijian Peal Oyster (Pinctada margaritifera typica) is very difficult to farm and source. The limited number of oysters that do exist are known for their earthy shell exterior, orange body and dazzling pearls, which can be between 9-18 millimetres. 

What to expect on the tour

J. Hunter Pearls is only a short distance away from the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, so there are no long travel periods. The tour itself will give you an insight into the rich history of pearling in Fiji, taking you on a journey through the origins of commercial pearl farming in the region.

After you arrive at the farm, your tour guide will briefly explain the culturing process, particularly how working with the local community has helped to adapt pearling practices to the unique environment in Fiji.

Then, you'll experience the day-to-day operations on the farm as you take in the stunning backdrop of Savusavu Bay from a boat. Since pearling activities vary throughout different times of the year, not every tour be the same – something that adds a special touch to the experience.

While on the tour, you and your partner can marvel at the pearl oysters that are suspended on 200-metre-long lines as deep as five metres below the water surface. 

Depending on the weather, and if you feel like getting up close with the rare beauties, we suggest your bring snorkelling gear as you are able to take a dip at the farm site. To take this adventure to the next level, you may also want to request a visit to the giant clam site where you can swim over some of the world's most impressive, endangered bivalve mollusks. 

Twice a year, between April-May or October-November, visitors are able to witness either the seeding season or pearl harvest. The seeding operation involves the observation of an experienced Japanese pearl technician who starts the culturing process to create a Fijian pearl. During the harvest, you can look on as each pearl is removed from a host oyster. 

Finally, at the end of the tour you'll find yourself at the showroom where you started. Here, you are able to buy loose pearls or jewellery from the J. Hunter farm before heading back to the resort. 

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For an unforgettable romantic holiday with your partner, choose nothing but the best Fiji resort. Get in touch for more information on how the team at Jean-Michel Cousteau can make your Fiji vacation the ultimate getaway.