Fiji Organic Village

near Vuaki, Yasawa Islands Group, western Fiji, Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji

  • Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: March 1, 2008

Mission Statement

Natural Building, Traditional culture, organic food, Music, Fun, Singing, Ceremony, Eduation, Quiet Island Living

Community Description

The Flying Fish Organic Village is already built. we have 5 cottages, a grand bure and yoga centre/meeting hall. We grow fresh, organic food and build traditional buildings from all natural materials collected on the island…fully eco-friendly and beautiful

This quiet paradise is powered by the sun’s radiance and human power, where there are no roads and most certainly no cars. We have ample rainwater storage (10,000 litres, a huge organic plantation, boats, and a community dining room with excellent local chefs. Small cottages (Fijian bures) and large tents shelter locals and visitors comfortably.

Please visit for a few weeks or a few months stay, as a voluntourist.
After a one month trial period you may be invited to enjoy three months and with approval you may be invited to stay up to one year. You can also be an annual visitor, supporter or long-term voluntourist. Currently we aren’t welcoming new members or visitors due to structural changes in the community

Imagine a pristine beach of golden sands. A place where music and singing are shared joyfully. Fijians value family, peace and cooperative sharing and welcome you like family!

Organic agriculture, natural building, and sustainable energy empower the villagers to share their enduring lifestyle. Operated by native Fijians and extended family, now joined by sustainability educators and other non-Fijians. Currently we are not welcoming additional visitors or members. This cross-cultural alliance supports traditional Fijian culture while teaching sustainability in an organic setting, creating a model and protecting the natural environment, by creating a sustainable economy for the friendly Fijians. This works.

Native music and ceremony create a deeper cross-cultural experience.

Visitors relax in peace

Assist in gardens, daily life or on a community project. Learn valuable skills and traditional life-ways with a very, very low carbon footprint.

To sustain this reality and vision, these friendly Fijians welcome your needed support rather than overly impacting the natural world. In this fragile ecosystem we can help sustain this pristine tropical wonderland.
Financial assistance and donations are deeply appreciated.

Imagine a place where children are safe…a place to swim amongst coral reefs of amazing diversity. Imagine a place that sustains us spiritually. All who join us in this island paradise are touched by the local’s gentle ways, by the beauty and peace.

Bula Vinaka!

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2005
  • Start Living Together: 2006
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Philip Mirkin
  • Phone: 1-415-577-4958
  • Community Address:
    contact us by email for US postal address
    near Vuaki, Yasawa Islands Group, western Fiji, Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands,
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 68 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 2
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Cottages are on the farm, coconut plantations and natural wild bushlands with several stunning beaches

    5 cottages plus a huge meeting hall/dormitory and large tents; year round warm weather allows tent habitation; some members live in Vuaki


  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please email us to obtain information. Visitors are unable to come while we re build after hurricanes and reform our structure. You fly into Nadi International Airport and a daily catamaran goes straight to our island from Port Denarau (very close to Nadi) or a local village boat from Lautoka (Sugar City). Come as a guest or voluntourist first; you must contribute financially for fuel, food, and other basic supplies (the food is cooked, and served)
    Lodging is included and is in a traditional one room cottage right on the beach or in a large tent (cottages may be saved for community members). Lodging is very limited so please contact us in advance for visits.

  • Membership Process:

    some Financial and Labour commitment is necessary…too many indigent people have come here to live off the hardworking community. Please be prepared to make appropriate contributions or don’t contact us.

  • Additional Comments:

    We are very open to all faiths. Most members are mixed Fijian/Catholic

    Open to all spiritual paths….all are respected that are legitimate ways

    Good Public school a 30-minute walk away in Vuaki village for some ages


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Fijian elders and co-founder Philip Mirkin make major decisions together

    Elder family members and long term members; Fiji Style

    You make some decisions for yourself, but within community standards and you must follow guidelines and respect the local elders and managers.. Bigger decisions are made by Elders who are very open and listen to all suggestions fairly


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    All non-Fijians are expected to share some of their financial resources. Standing members have contributed hugely in money and effort

    you are responsible for your own debts. we can’t help you if you are broke, desperate or needy. You must contribute financially irregardless

    at least 15-20 hours per week

    Permanent members must contribute substantial donation that goes towards our operations and existing debt to buld the place

    Mostly for supplies, food, fuel and capital improvements like water system etc. Please don’t run out of money here as you can’t legally work in Fiji

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Human power
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Our great local cooks prepare the food, but you can assist in the kitchen if needed by us to do so

    We have a large coconut, banana, papaya,cassava, and breadfruit plantation with vegetable gardens, and hundreds of fruit trees

    vegetarians, raw foodists, and vegans welcome

    we often eat lots of fresh fish, and other seafood but vegetarians eat very well here too

    We don’t bring alcohol to the island but you may, however we prefer you don’t. We drink kava which does not cause alcohol-style problems.

    traditional Fijian suki (tobacco) is enjoyed by some relatives

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, Buddhist, Catholic, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

A small Island of 500 people with excellent daily boat transportation to/from the big island of Viti Levu, cities and airport

We began building the ecovillage structures and living there around 2005
We cleared the land by hand and began the organic plantation in 1995

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


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