Toberua Island Resort awarded top dive accolade

ONE of Fiji’s top boutique resorts in Fiji – Toberua Island Resort – has been awarded a distinguished award recognising their environmental responsibility in its dive activities.

Creative Resort Representation Company, World Resorts of Distinction (WRD) announced that the resort was awarded the PADI Green Star Dive Centre Award.

The award is granted to PADI dive centres and resorts that demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including water conservation, energy use, environmentally-friendly transportation practices, use of sustainable materials, conservation leadership and support of Project AWARE.

WRD resort marketing manager, Narelle Langton said the award identified dive businesses that care about the environment and are acting to protect it.

“Toberua Island Resort’s fully equipped PADI dive centre, Toberua Divers, takes its commitment to ocean conservation and general environmentalism very seriously, so to be recognised with the PADI Green Star Award is a huge achievement for the entire team,” she said.

“This year has been a special one for Toberua, “ she added. “2018 marks the resort’s 50-year anniversary, and now they get to celebrate this monumental milestone with the recognition of being the fifth recipient in Fiji of the PADI Green Star Award.”

Dive instructor Dr Everette Ingram also commented on behalf of the Toberua Divers team: “We are extremely proud to be recognised with this award and be part of this elite group of dive centers catering to a market of environmentally-aware divers!”

Dr Ingram is an experienced educator, seasoned world traveler and advocate for the underwater world who joined the Toberua family recently with a wealth of cultural and diving knowledge.

He started diving in 1993 and crossed into the professional realm in 2005. He has received several accolades from PADI and reached the highest rating of PADI Course Director. He has also been recognised as a “Silver” Course Director for professional development, after training over 300 students last year.

One of the first projects Dr Ingram was involved with at Toberua Island Resort was adopting a dive site and registering it with Project AWARE.

Project AWARE is a non-profit organisation with 25 years’ experience making a difference for the underwater world, including initiatives such as establishing marine-protected areas, and dealing with overfishing, sustainable fishing practices, coral health, endangered species and the problem of marine debris.

Toberua Island Resort is a unique, privately-owned island set on four sandy acres of lush, tropical gardens located in the middle of a private azure lagoon off the east coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levi.

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