Bridge the Gap Villages: Vorovoro Island
Life in a Real Fijian Reef VillageMy last visit to Vorovoro was to attend a wedding between a Scottish friend I'd met there a few years before and a Fijian local whom I'd met in 2007 on my first trip to the island. A gorgeous gem of a tropical paradise, Vorovoro sits on Cakaulevu Reef, the 3rd largest in the world. But what really makes this place special is that it's one of the only (if not THE only) places to experience life in an authentic Fijian village. A previous project here fell apart from lack of operational experience, so the island has been mostly dormant for the past 2 years, save for events like the wedding. But Bridge the Gap Villages is launching an innovative new approach to true partnership with the local Mali Tribe - providing business mentorship and training, so the village can be owned and operated by those who live there. I've joined the BTGV Advisory Board because this place is so special, and I wanted to help them find ways to share it with travelers like myself, seeking unforgettable experiences. With a waterfall shower, fairly rustic but beautiful traditional accommodations, night swimming, hiking on the four rugged peaks, teaching at the local school, and the chance to learn weaving, Fijian dances, spear fishing and more, Vorovoro inspires falling in love - with both the island and the people. And it made a magical setting for a destination wedding. It will re-open in April 2013 pending a successful crowdfunding campaign which is happening now on StartSomeGood.