Photo Credit: Nathan Reed
In terms of Tourism within Bua, there is the island of Namena in the District of Kubulau where an ecotourism resort operates. The hotel operates on the understanding with the 10 Yavusa Heads in Kubulau district that a marine reserve will be created for the protection and sustainability of the fisheries not only in Kubulau but for Bua province as a whole. So far the concept has been rewarding and in a documentary funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society titled ‘Roots to Happiness’ it captures the essence of conservation in its totality. Tourists are able to dive in the reserve (after paying a required fee) and swim around with all manner of sea creatures which due to conservation have grown immensely big. Divers can also get up close to these creatures as they have somewhat become tame due to their being no commercial fishing allowed in the iQoliqoli of Kubulau district. Additionally, a portion of the fee charged goes in to the Scholarship account of the district enabling them to support their children for further tertiary studies.
Another site though not open to tourists on a regular basis is the island of Yadua Taba referred to as the Fiji Endemic Crested Iguana Sanctuary. Under the trusteeship of the National Trust of Fiji, the island is home to over 10,000 crested iguanas. The site is Conservation site of the Trust and there is a Ranger employed to ensure that no foreign (local and overseas) visitors are allowed without proper authorisation of the Fijian Government. This is to ensure the safety of these endemic creatures as their numbers had declined previously because of the presence of goats and rats on the island. After an eradication campaign, the population of the Crested Iguana rose up again to where it currently stands today. Visitors wishing to see a Cested Iguana may do so at the Kula Eco Park, Singatoka on Viti Levu.
Persons interested in purchasing a DVD of the ‘Root to Happiness’ documentary can visit the Wildlife Conservation Society Office based at 11 Ma’afu Street, Suva, Fiji