Fiji’s Koro Island is the seventh largest island. There are many volcanoes on this island, which is located in the South Pacific Ocean. There are basaltic cinder cones located in the southern and northern parts of the island, respectively. Resorts and bays surround the other side of Koror Island.
A small airport is located on the eastern coast of the Koro Island. In 1960, there were 2500 people living on the island, but by 2007 there were 4500.
Getting in Koro Island:
Koro Island can be reached by flying from Nadi or Suva. One flight runs to the island every Saturday. Mini-buses travel from one city to the next. Nadi and Suva are the two main cities. There are a number of rides that are offered by bus drivers in these cities.
People can even move about in a taxi, but it is very expensive. A taxi can be taken from any of the main cities to board a flight to Koro Island.
Lastly, if there is transportation, there is the option of boarding a ferry. For this, a person needs to board a bus from Suva where the ferry will take him to Koro Island at 5 pm and arrive at 4 pm respectively. This can only happen on Wednesdays. Then, from Koro Island the ferry can be taken at 6 am on Wednesday to return to Suva. Here it will arrive at 11 am.
Koro Island consists of 14 villages and all are occupied by Fijians. Rain or spring water is used at homes and they run on solar energy. While cars run on biofuel.
People treat each other respectfully. Men and women behave well towards each other. On the other hand, the school system is similar to that in the USA. There are 3 levels of education: elementary, middle and high school. Students are educated in such a way that they return something good to the society. There are a lot of students who go to the USA for higher education.
Food is primarily of various cultures, such as Asian, Philippine, Indonesian, and American cuisines. Different types of restaurants are present that cater well to any kind of food one craves for.
English and Fijian languages are spoken on Koro Island.
The weather stays stable between summer and winter. August is the coldest month while February is the warmest respectively. The days and nights are neither too cold nor too hot at all. In fact there has been no volcano erupting ever. But the island remains in danger of being hit by a cyclone.
Koro Island is home to many rodents and mammals.
Tourists can stay at any of the bay resorts on the island. One famous resort is the Sun, located on the northern part of Koro Island. This resort provides a lagoon, a private rainforest and a coconut plantation. Many visitors feel at home at the resort because of its friendly environment.
The sun is the ideal vacation spot for families. It can even be the spot for a relaxing or romantic getaway as well. The popular TV show ‘Bachelorette’ was filmed here. Snorkeling is possible and explore various types of coral and fish. There is a long aquatic reef located here on the northern side of Koro Island.
The Koro Island staff can also guide people to the caves. The caves are really interesting and stand out from the rest of the islands too. Another notable place to stay is Dere Bay Beach Resort. A person can stay at three hillside cottages here or there are three beachfront bures which can be rented on a rental basis. As part of the rent, you will also receive three meals during the day.
From the resort, tourists can go to sea planes and the moorings for the sailing vessels. The Dere Bay Resort has got a blue lagoon and a mile long beachfront which can be enjoyed. The other resort includes Koro Beach Resort which is another interesting place to visit indeed.
Currency and dealing:
People use their local currency at the Koro Island. It is called Viti dollars and one V$ is equal to one F$ respectively. A person can take part in the exchange process of the good and the services as well. For this, he needs to know the banking system of the island and can get the information from the brochure too.
From fifty to over hundred people can be seen residing in the fourteen villages of the Koro Island. A unit is the basis of the village. Houses are either built of thatch or stone. The flooring of the houses is of mats and no modern furniture can be seen at all.
The rural livelihood depends upon the cash crops, fish from the ocean or the selling of coconuts as well.
To sum it up, we can say that Koro is definitely a beautiful and splendid island. It provides many beatific spots or locations which can be explored singly or guided through a staff. The three resorts on the Koro Island are really exquisite places that have the spectacular beachfront to feel relaxed. The weather is most pleasant and it does not exceed 85 degrees at all. The cinder cones that are present are nearly 10,000 years old and interesting as well.
Since people are simple, life is simple at Koro Island. An individual can enjoy here and relax for sure. One can even buy a property here to live or to visit with family every year respectively.