With its dazzling waters, palm-fringed coves and spectacular jungle scenery it’s no wonder Fiji makes the cut as a directors favourite. High seas mean high drama making the island a perfect backdrop for some of your TV and movie favourites.
Cue the tribal drums and sound the conch shell…with over 110 million viewers in 100 countries there is no doubt the reality show "Survivor" has put the Mamanuca Islands on the map. Using Mana Island as their base the last 4 seasons - we have seen Game Changers, Heroes, Healers and Hustlers endure the survival of the fittest. Then they threw some Millennials and Gen X’ers into the mix to make things really interesting. Mana Island is pre-booked by the crew every year now. So check the website for availability.
Academy Award nominations don’t come easily and the 2000 film “Castaway”, starring the one-man show that is Tom Hanks proves it. This epic survival story is filmed on the island of Monuriki in the idyllic Mamanuca Islands. Once a film set, for 4 years now a popular day trip destination off the coast of Viti Levu.
The Yasawas are home to the shipwrecked love story and retro classic (think 80’s hair and loin-cloths with a jungle vibe) - “The Blue Lagoon”, and it’s follow up “The Blue Lagoon 2”. Both films were shot on Nanuya Levu Island, home to the actual Blue Lagoon, white sandy coves and pristine waterfalls. Now featuring the eco super luxe Turtle Island Resort. Book a bure and play shipwrecked lovers or hop on a scenic flight tour to see where all the action happened.
Love, drama, tears, tantrums and roses? It’s just another day in paradise. The highly addictive Bachelor and Bachelorettes spin-off Bachelor in Paradise is an Aussie favourite. Filmed at Mango Bay Resort on Fiji’s Coral Coast it comes with tropical rainforests, deserted beaches and swim-up bars at the ready - there are loads of places for the lover's trysts to unfold. Just how we like it.
Written by Fotini E Douglas