• where:

    South Pacific, Fiji

  • what:

    Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Relaxing

  • why:

    Beauty, Solitude, Good Conversation

  • when:

    Year-round, closes March and April

  • website:

    www.moodysnamenafiji.com

  • warnings:

    Sun is intense, Wear sun-block

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If you are looking for seclusion in the South Pacific where the only footprints on the beach are your own, this 110 acre island paradise is the place for you.

Moody’s Namena is a one-resort island, owned and operated by Tom and Joan Moody. The resort consists of six bures that sit a top the islands cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Each bure or Fijian cottage is an hexagon with double doors on three walls that lead onto a wrap around porch. So, whether you are on the deck or laying in your king size bed you always have a fantastic view, and at night you have the ocean waves to lull you to sleep.

All meals are served at the main bure, which has two large tables, a sitting area, and a large library. Mealtime was my favorite time on the island. Not only was the food fantastic, so was the conversation. Mr. Moody is one of the most interesting people I have met. I won’t tell you his story here, because if you decide to go he can do it much better than I.

The Namena Barrier Reef surrounds Moody’s Namena. It is one of Fiji’s premiere diving and snorkeling spots. We snorkeled every day we were there. You jumped into the water and let the current gently take you down the reef wall. We saw schools of parrotfish, barracuda, white tip sharks, clown fish, turtles, and thousands of other species. I have snorkeled before, but never a place like this. On one side you had the reef, the other side open ocean, and below you nothing but empty blue. There are also giant manta rays in the area, but we are not certified scuba divers so we missed out.

Snorkeling and diving aren’t the only things to do on the island. There is a trail you can hike from one end of the island to another through the dense jungle, which opens up onto a pristine beach. Or if hiking isn’t your thing you can circumnavigate the island in a kayak. The island is home to thousands of red-footed booby, giant fruit bats, frigates, and hermit crabs, if you like observing wildlife. The staff is always up for a game of volleyball, but the best thing to do is sit on the most beautiful beach you have ever seen with know one else around.

Tom and Joan had done a great job with the island, leaving most of it untouched. The islands water supply is collected rainwater. They have started using composting toilets and use composting in general to make fertilizer for their island grown fruits. Tom and Joan’s eco-friendly approach and the people they are make Moody’s Namena a truly special place.

Photograph by Eric Scott

Moody's Namena

Photograph by Eric Scott

Moody's Namena

Photograph by Eric Scott

Moody's Namena

Photograph by Eric Scott

Moody's Namena

Photograph by Eric Scott

Blue Footed Booby

Photograph by Eric Scott

Moody's Namena

Photograph by Eric Scott

Moody's Namena