For Fijians, riding off into the sunset always leads to Malolo Island. Indigenous mythology holds that the gods created this idyllic place as a refuge for the sun after a day of wandering South Pacific seas. “Na siga e dromu i Malolo,” they say: Malolo is where the sun comes to rest. Now this alluring island provides a respite for eco-minded travelers at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Here, a cluster of hand-thatched bungalows rises gracefully from the beach like an ancient village, and a boardwalk leads to the pièce de résistance: a lineup of 10 bungalows perched directly over the water. In addition to celebrating the beauty of its turquoise lagoon from every angle, the lodge actively protects the rare creatures of its fringing coral reef, ensuring that Malolo’s storied waters offer a pristine sanctuary for marine life, guests, and the setting Pacific sun.
Sometimes, a mission lands on your doorstep—or crawls into your backyard. Back in 2010, lodge staff found an injured Fiji crested iguana on the grounds. Scientists hadn’t spotted the prehistoric species on the island in 25 years, long deeming this endemic iguana locally extinct due to habitat loss and non-native predators. Captivated by the discovery, the lodge doubled down on efforts to recover this critically endangered species.
Working in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, San Diego Zoo Global, and Australia’s Taronga Zoo, Likuliku operates an iguana captive-breeding sanctuary and has successfully tagged and released more than 20 of this distinctive green and white-banded iguana. Recently, Likuliku leased a nearby island that is small and uninhabited, where they plan to introduce more of their captive-bred iguanas to their natural wild habitat.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Likuliku Lagoon Resort, guests are invited to join the lodge’s environment manager for a private presentation on the endemic Fiji crested iguana. Learn about the history of the species on Malolo and on the lodge property, then set out on a personalized tour of the resort's iguana sanctuary to see the breeding cages and the dry forest where these creatures are staging a comeback.
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