The Home of 'Castaway': Pictures From Fiji's Yasawa Islands

By Gary Arndt
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Elders are highly respected in Fijian society. During a church service, this man addressed the congregation in Fijian.


The Yasawa Islands is an archipelago on the western side of Fiji. Opened to tourism only in the late 1980s, they are probably best known as the location for the movies The Blue Lagoon and Castaway. They are also known as a low-cost backpacker destination in the Pacific. Because the "resorts" are owned by local villages or people in the villages, money stays on the islands and the level of service you get is far beyond what you would expect for the money.

These images are from my visits to the Yasawa Islands in 2010 and 2007.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/03/the-home-of-castaway-pictures-from-fijis-yasawa-islands/72088/