In the late 1970s, film producers who had searched the world for the perfect location to remake “The Blue Lagoon,” starring Brooke Shields, approached Richard Evanson (the owner of Turtle Island) to use his island. When the project finished filming, Richard realised how much he enjoyed having people on the island who appreciated its beauty as much as he did, so he decided to open the property to guests.

The film was shot on privately owned Turtle Island. The flora and fauna featured in the film includes an array of animals from multiple continents. As it turned out, the iguanas filmed on Fiji were a species hitherto unknown to science; this was noted by the herpetologist John Gibbons when he watched the film, and after traveling to the island where the iguanas were filmed, he described the Fiji Crested Iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis) in 1981.