Pearl Farm Tours in Fiji

At Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort on the island of Vanua Levu, guests can visit a working pearl farm and snorkel over a giant clam reserve.

Young pearl oysters. Photo by J. Hunter Pearls
Young pearl oysters. Photo by J. Hunter Pearls

Pearls are a thing of beauty, and when you can see them in a stunning place like Fiji, they become even more precious.

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort on the island of Vanua Levu offers guests the opportunity to visit a working pearl farm. The tours at J. Hunter Pearls Fiji provide a behind-the-scenes look at the daily workings of a modern-day pearl farm and the intricate process behind culturing pearls. During twice-yearly harvests, which take place from April to May and September to October, guests can watch pearl technicians seeding the oysters and extracting pearls.

Pearl farm workers carrying oysters. Photo by Young pearl oysters. Photo by J. Hunter Pearls
Pearl farm workers carrying oysters. Photo by Young pearl oysters. Photo by J. Hunter Pearls

Perhaps the best part of the tour is that guests can snorkel over the J. Hunter giant clam brood stock reserve, offering a rare glimpse at this vulnerable species which is currently at risk due to over exploitation. The giant clam reserve is a protected area that contains four different species, allowing them to grow and reproduce.

Founded by local marine biologist Justin Hunter, J. Hunter Pearls are extremely rare due to limited harvests. The pearls are renowned for their impressive, unique earthy color spectrum. The pearl farm’s success is due largely to the pristine and nutrient rich waters in which they are farmed, along with a dedicated effort to preserve and care for the waters.

An oyster with a beautiful pearl. Photo by J. Hunter Pearls
An oyster with a beautiful pearl. Photo by J. Hunter Pearls

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is the only resort in Fiji to have a full-time marine biologist on staff. The resort’s marine biologist, Johnny Singh, will be assisting in the raising of a series of juvenile endangered giant clam brood stocks as part of an effort to repopulate this species in local waters. He also leads guests on guided snorkel and dive trips to demonstrate how helping improve the marine environment translates into a healthier planet for everyone.

A popular vacation destination in the South Pacific, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is built on 17 acres of a former coconut plantation overlooking Savusavu Bay. Jean-Michel Cousteau is the son of the legendary ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau. The resort is dedicated to preserving its pristine environment and has highly developed sustainability programs in place.

If You Go
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
www.fijiresort.com

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