Outrigger Resorts’ luxury property Castaway Island, Fiji has appointed an environment officer as part of its ongoing commitment to preserve and protect the local marine environment.

Coinciding with United Nations’ decision to designate 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef, graduate of Fiji National University Kolinio Mataiyaga Vulaono will be responsible for the environmentally sustainable use of both the marine and land-based resources of the resort.

Vulaono will focus on education and training to prevent degradation of the environment surrounding the resort, while working closely with tourism operators, the government, and the hotel’s PADI dive, watersports and activities department. He will also help promote OZONE, Outrigger Resorts’ global conservation initiative, centered on protecting the health of the world’s coral reefs and oceans.

Castaway guests will be invited to take part in weekly environment activities, which include bird watching, coral planting and viewing, guided snorkeling, herbal medicine walks, guided bush walk, excursions to neighboring islands, stargazing and a range of educational talks and games covering the subjects of mangrove awareness, marine best practices, terrestrial live species and much more.
“It gives me a satisfying feeling knowing that the environmental work that I do together with that of the guests and staff at Castaway
contribute to the bigger picture of saving our planet,” Vulaono said.