Geoffrey N Shaw, the former owner of Castaway Island, Fiji, has been Chairman of the Mamanuca Environment Society from 2004 to the present. Castaway Island, now owned and operated by Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, was a founding Member of the Society. This award winning, iconic private island resort has catered to holiday makers for close on 50 years and was the first resort developed in the Mamanuca island group. Castaway is a leading advocate of environmental sustainability in tourism development and is Green Globe 21 accredited.
Steve Anstey is the Group General Manager for Ahura Resorts, which boasts Malolo Island Fiji—a retreat for couples looking for a traditional Fijian getaway and also for families in search of a tranquil break with one of the nation’s best children’s clubs available. Steve’s passion for luxury tourism has driven Malolo Island Fiji to new standards and his eye for detail has led to the development of Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji’s most unique couples only retreat with the country’s first ever over water bures. Steve holds vast experience in hospitality and tourism and has worked in some of Australia’s most prestigious resorts and hotels.?Apart from his responsibilities outlined above, Steve is an active Executive Member of the Mamanuca Environment Society and an advocate for marine environment protection.
Ratu Seremaia Nasusu is the Head of the Vunaivi Clan and is a pioneer supporter for conservation around the Mamanuca and Malolo group of islands. He is a long serving employee with the Tourism Industry working since 1967 at several resorts before joining Tokoriki Island Resort as an activities attendant. Mr Nasusu is a community representative for MES and has been working with MES since 2002 when it was started.
Naitau Serupepeli hails from Yaro Village on Malolo Island and is currently the Assistant Operation Manager in Mana Island Resort and Spa. He is also the head of the Tokatoka Nabukelevu, Mataqali Ketenamasi and the Yavusa Lawas (Fijian Social Units) in Yaro Village. Besides the aforementioned roles, he is the vital link between the MES and Yaro village enabling the smooth transition of the Society’s requests to the village Turaga ni Koro (chief) and the Yaro community at large.
Scott O’Connor has been the Managing Director of Namotu Island Resort for the last 20 years. With his partners they created the first “surf resort” in the world with an eye on surfers to be able to bring their wives and girlfriends to a resort not a surf CAMP! Namotu is still the surf resort by which all others are compared. Scott personally has been on the water all his life competing at the highest levels in the world at sailing and windsurfing and is an avid surfer. Namotu is all about marine awareness and was a founding member of MES.
Peter Duncan is the Chief Executive Officer of South Sea Cruises, Blue Lagoon Cruises and Awesome Adventures Fiji. He is also on the Board of the Vinaka Fiji Trust. The group of companies has extensive operations in Fiji including island resort ferry connections, day cruises to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, holiday packages, boutique small ship cruising, and a backpacker island resort. Each of the companies supports the Vinaka Fiji Trust which aims to improve the basic living standards of the 27 villages in the Yasawa Islands. Peter has a long history in marine tourism, having managed marine tourism operations in Fiji , Bali and the Whitsundays, Australia for the past 25 years.
Robert Ring is the General Manager of Tokoriki Island Resort, a boutique first class luxury resort in the beautiful Mamanuca Islands. With over 30 years experience in Hotels & Resorts, Roberts passion and expertise has centred around running luxury resorts in environmentally sensitive areas. From the environmentally award winning ‘Green Island Resort’ nestled within the Australian Great Barrier Reef marine park, through to the beautiful and sensitive environs of the Fijian Islands. The appreciation, protection and forever eco-aware operations of luxury resorts, where guests can appreciate & experience mother nature at her best – and where sustainable tourism is the perpetual goal.
The importance of sustaining our beautiful reefs & marine life is paramount, for now and for our future generations.
MES is a vital tool in our ongoing endeavours to showcase and protect the varied, beautiful & sensitive marine environment in & around the beautiful Fijian islands.
Simone Daulaca is the Managing Director of Navini Island Resort and has been on the island for the past 26 years. Navini is a small and casual holiday destination, with a high rate of return visitors. Simone is passionate about Environmental sustainability, the central theme of Navini’s operations. A marine sanctuary was established around the island in the 1980s, both to protect the reef and to provide a safe breeding ground for a host of sea creatures. Plant propagation, rainwater catchment and the operation of a waste water treatment plant are other sustainable development initiatives that have been implemented on the island. Navini is a founding member of the Mamanuca Environment Society and Simone is proud to be part of the executive committee.