How to help preserve the coral reefs of Fiji

The world is made up of 70 per cent water, and within these vast bodies of water lives an abundance of marine life, including colourful coral reefs. Unfortunately, 60 per cent of these underwater ecosystems are under threat of being lost in the next three decades due to overfishing, pollution and physical destruction, according to Travel and Leisure. 

However, there are actions you can take to make a difference when staying at our five star Fiji resort. Here are just some of the ways that you can help preserve this underwater paradise.

How can you help preserve the coral reefs of Fiji?

Jean-Michel Cousteau is not only the resort's founder, he is also a world-recognised environmentalist who continues to raise awareness for – and work towards – preserving the Earth's oceans. Follow in our founder's footsteps by taking the following steps.

  • If you choose to embark on a diving trip to the Namena Reserve when staying at the best Fiji resort, you mustn't touch any of the coral reefs you see. Human contact can smother and damage reefs, and even wipe out species of reef.
  • Make a conscious effort to conserve water – the less you use, the less wastewater and runoff will find its way back to the oceans, which can cause pollution.
  • Although they are extremely pretty, it's important to leave shells and animals from the reef or rock pools where you find them. Removing them can damage the ecosystem and endanger organisms that rely on these products.
Coral reefs are more important to fish than you might think.Coral reefs are not only beautiful, they're also extremely important for humans as well as marine life.

Why are coral reefs so important? 

You may not know it, but it's not just marine life that rely on coral reefs – humans do too. Here are just some of the reasons why coral reefs are so important:

  • Coral reefs form nurseries for roughly a quarter of the world's fish. In turn, an estimated one billion people depend on these nurseries for food and income from fishing, according to World Wide Fund for Nature. These are believed to provide up to 15 tonnes of seafood per square kilometre a year!
  • These ecosystems lower the power of waves during storms and tsunamis, reducing the risk of flooding, damaged land and coastal erosion.
  • Due to their vast biodiversity, coral reef organisms are already being used for treating conditions such as HIV and cancer.

Helping to preserve this beautiful underwater space doesn't need to be difficult. With these small practises, you can work towards making a huge difference to the coral reefs of Fiji. To find out more about the Cousteau Resort philosophy, speak to a member of the team while enjoying your luxury family holiday in Fiji.

3 photography tips for capturing the beauty of Fiji

With tropical flora and fauna, white sand beaches as far as the eye can see and calm, blue lagoons, the Fijian island of Vanua Levu is any photographers dream.

If you're heading on a luxury family holiday to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, discover how you can snap the perfect postcard-worthy shot with our beginner's photography tips.

1. Seek out an interesting subject and location

Luckily, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a knockout subject or location in the surroundings of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Look for an area that has interesting features and potential for great composition, and try to execute a shot that is completely different to images you've seen before.

Creating reflections is a fun and unique way to elevate a simple beach photograph. Simply find a tide pool with no movement to use as your reflection source. With your subject in the background, aim to capture their reflection in the water to create an interesting foreground effect.

Play around with reflections when shooting. Capturing reflections can transform an ordinary shot into an extraordinary result.

2. Play around with composition

Composition is the term for how elements in a scene are arranged within the frame to help you express an idea and draw the viewer in. Around the resort, such elements may include palm trees, shells, rocks or fauna.

Play around with different textures, silhouettes and patterns to add an extra dimension to your images. However, don't go overboard with too much foreground interest, as this will just clutter your shot. Instead, find a few complementing features that will help build a stellar result. 

Play around with different textures, silhouettes and patterns to add an extra dimension to your images.

3. Make the most of golden hour

With an average daily temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort are rarely without sunshine. However, it's the time before sunrise and just after sunset that you'll really want to utilise for your photography. This time frame is called golden hour and is one of the most favoured lighting settings by photographers. When the sun is closer to the horizon, light appears warmer and softer, producing a flattering glow across subjects and landscapes. Additionally, it's a great excuse to catch a breathtaking sunrise or sunset too!

By following our handy photography tips, you'll undoubtedly produce a collection of incredible shots that will be sure to turn friends and family green with envy! 

Get ready to feel the music of Fiji

Are you ready to feel the rhythm of Fiji? While enjoying your holiday at our five star resort, don't be afraid to get those hips shaking and feet tapping as you sway along to the soundtrack of the islands.

With undeniably catchy beats and hypnotic rhymes, learn all about the music of Fiji before departing on your luxury family holiday to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. 

An overview of Fijian music

Traditional Fijian music is a heavenly blend of both Polynesian and Melanesian styles which come together to create a unique and beautiful sound. This genre includes a lot of percussion instruments, typically made from resonant wood. Lali and slit drums are often played to provide the background beat, delivering deep and mellow sounds when hit. These indigenous drums were once banged to announce important events such as victories, births and deaths. Today, they're played to call the locals to church or for social gatherings. 

The melody for traditional Fijian music is typically played on guitar, ukulele and mandolin. Pairing deep, hollow sounds from the drums with the mesmerising rhythm of the string instruments, along with rich vocals, the end result is beautifully upbeat.

Are you ready to enjoy the music of Fiji?Feel the music of Fiji at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

Famous Fijian artists

Fiji is the birthplace of several talented musical artists. Here are a few of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort's favourites below:

  • Laisa Vulakoro: Laisa Vulakoro is a Fijian singer specialising in disco and folk music, and is often called by her stage name, Vude Queen. Vulakoro has gone on to release 16 albums, full of toe-tapping beats. 
  • One2eight: Popular Fijian band One2eight deliver energetic and soulful performances whenever they play. You'll never be able to resist the urge to tap your feet and move your head in time to their catchy tunes!
  • Daniel Rae Costello: Daniel's music career has sent him around the Pacific and the rest of the world, performing his infectious Fijian anthems to fans for nearly 40 years!

The soundtrack of your stay at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

On arrival, the sweet sounds of our singers and guitars are there to greet you, making your welcome that extra bit special, but the music doesn't stop there. Our band will serenade you with island music as you enjoy dining in the stunning surroundings of the resort. Here's what one of our past guests had to say:

'They had the best band playing island music the night we were there which added another dimension to the experience," one past guest told TripAdvisor. 

If you choose to join us on our complimentary excursion to the local Nukubalavu village, you may experience traditional dance presentations set to the tune of lali drums and singing – a real treat!

Get ready to feel the rhythm of the island as you immerse yourself in the music while staying in the tropical paradise of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. 

Enjoy a taste of Fiji in your own home

Whether you've recently returned from your luxury family holiday in Fiji or you're getting ready to fly to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, there's something about the tropical cuisine of the islands that gets tummies rumbling no matter where you are! 

For a true taste of Fiji, why not try your hand at creating some of the most popular dishes eaten across the islands? 

Glean a little inspiration by checking out some of the Jean-Micheal Cousteau Resort's favourites below. 

Kokoda

Kokoda is a traditional Fijian raw fish salad that is extremely delicious and extremely easy to replicate in your own home. This recipe will serve around five people as a starter or side. 

Ingredients include:

  • 100 ml coconut cream
  • 500g fresh white fish, thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 chilli, minced
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes

Method:

Allow the fish to marinate in lime juice for two to three hours before draining. Next, mix the chopped vegetables and coconut cream together, and add the marinated fish. Chill well and garnish with lime wedges and coriander before serving.

At our five star Fiji resort, we're passionate about serving these traditional meals alongside other delicious dishes, such as the magical Lovo feast!

Palusami

Palusami is a popular Fijian dish of meat, coconut cream and various vegetables, wrapped in taro leaves, then baked. This recipe is a great appetiser for a party and will serve around eight people.

Ingredients include:

  • 2 dozen young taro leaves (washed and softened in hot water)
  • 400ml coconut cream
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 250g cooked corned or minced beef
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced

Method:

Hold the pliable taro leaf in your hand to form a cup shape. Spoon in a small amount of coconut cream, cooked beef, and layer the onion and tomato on top. Fold over the leaves to make a parcel and secure in place with toothpicks. Wrap in tinfoil and bake in the oven for around 30-40 minutes.

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Fijian banana cake

Who could forget about dessert? This moist and fluffy banana cake is served at Fijian celebrations and is a tasty treat for after dinner. 

Ingredients include:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup self raising flour

Method:

In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas, eggs, sugar, vanilla and melted butter together until fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda and self-raising flour. Gently fold the dry mixture into the wet ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. Pour into a greased and lined cake tin, and bake for around 30 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius (or until a toothpick comes out clear). 

We don't know about you, but all of this talk of Fijian food is making us hungry. Come and experience the deliciousness for yourself while staying at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort!