The natural environment and pristine waters of the Yasawa Islands are they key draw card of our region. As such we believe we have a moral obligation to protect our fragile environment for future generations of visitors and locals alike. We believe responsible tourism goes beyond just looking after the eco-systems that surround our resort, we also have a social responsibility to protect the way of life and improve the quality of living of our local village community.
Managing our environment
Voluntary marine reserve - when negotiating for the lease of the land to build the resort, the resort owners also negotiated with the local Matagali (local land holding clan) that the waters in front of the resort should be a voluntary marine reserve. This has allowed our marine environment to flourish and is now regarded by many as being Fiji's best snorkelling. Our marine biologist recently commented they would need to travel to four different regions in Fiji to find the marine life we are fortunate enough to have directly off our main beach
Environmental impact survey - Twice a year a marine biologist conducts an environmental impact survey. This allows us to determine what if any impact the resort and guests might being having on the reef ecosystem directly in front of the resort
Odorless self composting toilets -All of the toilets at Mantaray Island resort are odorless self composting toilets. Using bacteria and saw dust the waste naturally breaks down in to compost which is in turn used on the resort gardens. This system does not require septic tanks and therefore eliminates the possibility of them leeching waste through the ground into our pristine marine environment.
Grey Water Treatment – a first in the Pacific for Manta Ray Island Resort
With bio-gills, naturally occurring micro-organisms ‘eat’ the waste from the water, producing quality recycled water. This water is then reused on our gardens around the island. By treating our waste water to such a high standard, we are helping to keep our island, reefs, pristine waters and white sandy beaches – beautiful.
Desalination plant - The Yasawa region is one of Fiji's driest. The porous volcanic rock means there is no fresh water accessible above ground and limited bore water. Rather than add stress to our environment we operate a desalination plant. A desalination plant converts salt water in to drinking quality fresh water. Our plant can produce up to 60,000 litres of fresh water every day!
Garden - Being a dry region many plants requiring large amounts of water struggle to grow. Utilising our grey water and rich compost we are able to grow plants such as dalo that struggle to grow in any other part of the Yasawa's.
Tag and release - we encourage anglers to tag and release large game fish.