Next Wednesday 13 November 2019 is World Kindness Day and a perfect opportunity to learn how you can travel kindly.
Fiji has loads of opportunities for visitors to spread kindness on their next holiday in the Pacific, which will in return, make them feel rich with happiness. Here are just five:
1. SUPPORT REMOTE VILLAGES
In Fiji, it’s the people who make you smile. You can reciprocate the ‘Bula Spirit’ and help those who make you feel happy via Vinaka Fiji Volunteering, where you can head to the Yasawa Island and plant crops, install water tanks or work in baby clam nurseries. Sigatoka River Safaris and Talanoa Treks also both take travellers to remote villages in Fiji and the cost of the experiences go directly back to those communities to fund development projects.
2. HELP THOSE WHO WANT TO LEARN
In 2014 Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort saw that their local school district was in need of some help and that guests were eager to help. Their Community Tourism initiative allows guests to assist in building classrooms, while also getting the opportunity to interact with locals, visiting local villages and visiting important cultural sites.
3. PLANT TREES
Spreading kindness can extend all the way to Mother Nature in Fiji. Visitors can offset their carbon footprint from their flight to Fiji by planting mangroves with various tourism operators, including Beqa Adventure Divers, Uprising Beach Resort and Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa. It’s a beautiful way for visitors to leave their mark in Fiji and help directly to contribute to the natural beauty of the country.
4. PROTECT THE MARINE LIFE
Treasure Island Resort runs the Hawksbill Turtle Conservation programme and the resort’s Little Treasures Kids’ Club gives children the opportunity to forage for turtle treats and help make the turtle pools feel nice and homely.
5. REGENERATE THE CORAL ECO-SYSTEM
The oceans deserve all the kindness in the world and guest can have a direct influence on being kind to the soft coral capital of the world. At Castaway ‘s Island Resort, guests can participate in assisting their in-house Environmental Officer in coral planting initiatives. So far, this programme has successfully planted over 100 football fields worth of coral since 2014. Similar initiatives can be found at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa.
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