The Seaplane Experience
Flying on a seaplane is truly an exhilarating adventure. Seaplanes, though small, are completely safe and incredibly maneuverable, and the views from your seat of the crystal clear Fijian waters and coral reefs are breathtaking. The seaplane ride tends to be very smooth due to the fact that it flies at an altitude of 1000 feet. Turtle Airways flies both De Havilland Beavers and Cessna 206’s. The seaplane will land you on the Blue Lagoon, and will taxi to the beach at Turtle Island. Female guests may be carried off the plane to the nearby beach by warriors, or can elect to walk. We suggest you wear shorts, a dress or pants that can be rolled up, and shoes which are easily removed as the water is about 12” deep when you first step off the plane. On arrival at the beach, you will be welcomed with a refreshing tropical fruit drink served by our friendly family members – a great way to start your holiday.
WHAT TO PACK
Turtle Island is all about relaxation and comfort. Your Bure Mama will do your laundry daily, so you can pack lightly. Shorts and polo shirts or t-shirts are ideal for everyday wear, accompanied by sandals or bare feet. Guests change for dinner, and the style is casual. For Fijian ceremonial events, your shoulders and legs (above the knee) should be modestly covered. Should you wish to go horseback riding, bring a pair of long pants and appropriate footwear. If you like to hike or run, bring a pair of sneakers (or trainers, or tennis shoes … whatever is your term of choice). Of course, don’t forget your swimsuit!
Your bure contains beach towels, bathrobes, hairdryer and toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, body lotions and soaps. Each bure is also equipped with an iron and ironing board, a safe for valuables, tea and coffee making facilities, and a Bose docking station.
We recommend you toss a few more items into your bag … sunscreen or blockout, a wide brimmed hat or cap, a camera, and any prescription medications. (We have a well-equipped First Aid bure on site, and a doctor on a nearby island.)
Due to seaplane weight restrictions, the maximum luggage allowance for the seaplane flight from Nadi to the island is 15 kilos per person (33 pounds). If you are travelling elsewhere and wish to bring more luggage, we can store your excess bags at our Nadi Office.
You will not need to spend anything while on Turtle Island except if you book spa services, make a purchase from the Gift Shop, or show your appreciation to the staff by giving to the Staff Fund. For these items, you may charge your account which can be settled at the end of your stay with any major credit card.
Should you forget to pack anything, don’t fret. We stock our Gift Shop with toiletries, skin care products, disposable underwater cameras, tropical attire, and most other basics.
We pride ourselves on the world class cuisine offered to our guests throughout the year. We feel it is important that you not only enjoy each meal, but also eat well during your stay!
Each morning, an a la carte breakfast is served on the beach from 9:30 am. This allows time for guests to take a brisk morning walk, bike ride, or other activity while it is cool, or perhaps indulge in a sleep in – whichever you prefer! We do have an espresso machine so you don’t have to live without your cappuccino or latte!
Lunch commences at 1:30 pm and later in the afternoon a tea of fresh fruits and just-baked cookies, cake or pastries will be delivered to your door. If you should find yourself wanting a particular snack or fruit at some other time of the day your Bure Mama will gladly prepare it for you. We stock the bures with bottled Fiji water. Let us know your favorite beverages, and we’ll stock those too!
Dinner starts with cocktails at 7:30 pm. Every evening we dine at a common table on the beach or at a specially chosen location on the island. Or, if you’d like, book a private dine-out. We have selected wines for lunch and dinner, however, if you wish to choose others please ask your Bure Mama to take you to our extensive wine cellar.
Being a part of the Turtle family is what makes our island so special – as well as special moments, privacy and solitude just for you. We think you will find the ambience of Turtle Island is very friendly while still allowing for the privacy you desire. One wonderful aspect of a Turtle Island experience is the opportunity to meet and socialise with other interesting guests. We invite you to join the communal table, share stories at the cocktail hour, and participate in any activities. In particular, we’d be delighted to have you join us for dinner on your first night especially as we’re so looking forward to getting to know you.
We are happy to accommodate any special diets such as gluten free, vegetarian and low fat. Please let your Client Manager know your requirements as far in advance as possible prior to your arrival.
Safety, Communication and Getting around
We maintain a well- stocked first aid medical room and a mainland hospital is only 30 minutes away by helicopter or seaplane in case of any emergency. A permanent doctor is stationed on Nacula Island, 15 minutes away by fast boat. We also have a number of people on staff who have been trained in first aid and who can offer short term emergency care.
One of the reasons people come to Turtle Island is to escape the digital connectivity which dominates daily life. If you must get online, you are certainly welcome to do so via wifi at our Gift Shop. Online access is not available in the bures, by design.
Turtle Island is approximately 500 acres, and is easily circumnavigated by foot, bicycle, boat or horse. We do a daily tour of the island by electric cart to acquaint you with various hiking trails, private beaches, forests, dam, vegetable garden, reforestation areas, and spectacular views of the surrounding islands and reefs. A detailed map is provided in each bure which you can use to find your own way around the island.
We looking forward to sharing paradise with you!