The Ideal Paparazzi-Free Celebrity Private Island Hideaway!
This superb 102 acre freehold tropical island is one of the last four freehold islands to
come on to the market in Fiji, and the only ones available in the Lau Group; the most
beautiful and pristine area of Fiji.
The island has several beaches, some protected by limestone cliffs. The main beach
faces north is where a beautiful home lies perched on a hill, amidst tropical gardens
overlooking the lagoon and coral reefs.
A new cell phone transmitter has just been installed on the neighboring main island, and
so cell phone signal is available. TV and internet can be obtained using satellite
Its lies right besides the Bay of Islands, a unique natural wonderland of limestone fiords,
and hidden lagoons. Like having Leonardo did Caprio’s ―The Beach‖ in your very own
Seclusion and privacy are the most precious commodity for a celebrity, which is why
Raymond Burr of TV’s Perry Mason and Ironsides fame owned nearby Naitauba Island for
many years, and Mel Gibson purchased the neighboring Mago Island in December 2004.
Your new address would simply be …
Andavaci Island, Vanua Mbalavu, Fiji Islands
How is that for an address to invoke the envy of your friends?
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Kaimbu Fiji-880 Acres
See the Ocean… Breathe the Ocean… Live the Ocean
Board your private aircraft in NadI for the 30 minute flight to the extradinary island of
880 acre hideaway fringed by white sand beaches and azure waters,
This really is a premier property and stands out as one of the crown jewels of Fiji real
estate. It could be used for to create a magnificent 5 star private island resort, a sea-
kayaking base, big game-fishing resort, eco-retreat or a multitude of purposes.
However it is almost tailor-made for an ultra-private getaway for the A-list celebrity with a
need for absolute privacy and a desire for a tropical island getaway; where they could
rejuvenate from all the stress and stain of a hectic career, in a 100% paparazzi-free zone.
The Ultimate in Privacy – A Private 5 Star Island Resort
This beautiful coral island conjures up castaway dreams. The ultimate get-away for
rejuvenation of the body and soul. A tiny green oasis floating in the desert of the sea,
where you will be surrounded by beaches, the sea and sunshine, and only the sound of
the surf and the cries of the sea birds as your company.
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Exploring Isles - Lau Group, Fiji
Property Info Lot Size: 3085 acre
The Largest Island for Sale in Fiji
Kanacea Island (pronounced Kanathea) is seven and a half miles (15 kilometers) west of
the main island of Vanua Mbalavu. The island is 3 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, 8 miles in
circumference, covering an area of 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) with a
maximum elevation of 830 feet (259 meters).
The island is probably entirely of volcanic formation, with seven high points, one of which
is a sharp peak with basalt columns exposed.
The scenery of the island is very attractive with 7 volcanic summits dotting the island,
with jungle filled valleys set between them. The summits and high slopes are covered with
trees; the lower slopes and coast are planted with coconut palms, and the valleys are
fertile and well watered. In fact the island is renowned for having the best water in the Lau
The soil of the island is very rich and fertile, with many streams coming down from the
summits. The rich soil and abundant water mean any tropical crops will grow here. It is
circled by several beaches, and there is a boat passage through the reefs and wharf on
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the northeastern coast of the island. This is where the main development is, with the
former plantation buildings, school and staff quarters remain.
An extensive reef surrounds the island, fringing the on the northern, western and
southern sides, in places nearly a mile in width. On the eastern side however, it opens out
into a loop or tongue of barrier reef extending nearly 7 miles to the north-east and
approaching nearly all the way to the main island of Vanua Mbalavu.
The island has been freehold since 1863, and was originally used as a plantation for South
Seas cotton during the American Civil War period. Later it became a copra (coconut)
plantation with 2,500 acres under cultivation, combined with a cattle ranch, at one stage
having a 1,000 head of cattle.
The island has full cell phone signal, and a new transmitter was just installed on the hill-
top of Mavana Village, Vanua Mbalavu
Apart from the stunning reefs surrounding the island, a world-class dive spot is situated
just to the north of the island. Boehm’s Rock a tiny underwater mountain rises from the
depths to within a few meters from the surface. This extraordinary site is literally flooded
with reef fish. At 16 meters (53 ft) the walls of the underwater mountain drops vertically
into the abyss. The greatest visual impact occurs at night. In depths deeper than 13
meters (43 ft) hundreds of amazing flashlight fish light up the deep darkness of these
waters. It is believed that the light helps these fish find food and communicate with each
other. In order to see them, flashlights must be turned off. During the night one can
observe tiny crabs and shrimp over the gorgonian fans.
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Fiji is an archipelago comprising some 332 separate islands in the south-eastern region of
the Pacific Ocean. The group is arranged like a horseshoe around the Koro Sea, lying
south of the equator. The tropical location is world renowned as a holiday destination due
to the warm climate, natural beauty and friendly
people. Fiji, with its many scenic islands, is one of the most distinctive and beautiful areas
in the world. Fiji is blessed with a mild climate, abundant sea life, tropical waters and
excellent sailing conditions. The blue sky and crystal clear waters of Fiji are warmed year-
round by a gentle sun. Add to this the numerous fascinating tours, modern facilities and
locals known for their humor and hospitality and it is easy to see why Fiji is such a popular
Apart from the main island of Viti Levu, most of Fiji has escaped commercial tourist
development. On the outer islands, life is quiet and simple, free from the burdens and
pressures of the civilized world. You can still walk down a perfect white sand beach and
not see another soul—or wade out on the reef at sunset and pick up a lobster for your
dinner. The villagers are among the friendliest people on earth.
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Fiji is like a hide-away trip for celebrities and "mum" is the word as far as the resorts are
concerned. Britney Spears spent eight days in Fiji on her honeymoon with her dancer
husband Kevin Federline at a five-star resort in the Yasawa Group. The couple was
accompanied by their bodyguard and flew into the country on a private jet. Tori Spelling
married her fiancé Dean McDermott on Wakaya Island, and Kelly Brook declared recently
that she wants to marry Billy Zane in Fiji.
A good batch that came in after the Academy Awards last year. Denzel Washington flew
straight to Fiji for his vacation. Dick Cheney and his family were in Fiji several months ago.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Russell Crowe, Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman,
Kelly Brook, Billy Zane, Pierce Brosnan, are just a handful of the celebrities who love Fiji
and visit regularly; and of course Mel Gibson regularly visits his own private island of
South Pacific Tourism Organization chief executive Lisiate Akolo said in some countries
the media ruined the holidays of celebrities who spent a lot of money on their vacation. He
said Fiji was popular in the region because of its five-star island resorts and strict
confidentiality was maintained by the management, staff and handling agents.
Fiji Visitors Bureau chief executive Viliame Gavoka said details of celebrities were so
confidential the bureau did not have any statistics on it. He said the celebrities liked the
remoteness and the privacy and for many of them Fiji was their regular holiday
Air Fiji manager airline operations Arthur Whippy said his company handled a lot of airline
transfers for celebrities and staff adhered to the policy of confidentiality. He said the
airline prohibited staff from releasing details of any passenger, regardless of their status.
Air Terminal Services? Acting chief executive officer Isimeli Qaranivalu said the company
was committed to providing 100 per cent services to all customers and celebrities and
stars who came in private jets often had their programs pre-planned and known only to
them and their agents.
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THE LAU ISLANDS
Deep in one of the last unexplored corners of the South Pacific, and lying so far out to sea
of Fiji’s main islands that there are almost in Tonga, lies a scattered collection of more
than 100 hidden volcanic jewels, only 30 of which are inhabited. These are the Lau
islands, Fiji’s last undiscovered wilderness.
The Lau islands are wonderfully removed from the main tourist areas on Viti Levu and
virtually unknown to all but the most intrepid travelers. The few who have been there,
usually sea kayakers, sailors or dedicated travelers speak in rhapsodies about the last
―undiscovered‖ islands in Fiji. Visiting yachts are not allowed
without permits, so even those most intrepid of world travelers the yachters have rarely
been able to venture there.
The difficulty of access, and the fact there are no major resorts in the area has kept the
islands almost totally of the tourists’ radar. But ask the island cognoscenti in Fiji and the
unanimous verdict is that the Lau islands have the best, the whitest, the softest beaches
in Fiji, and the waters have the best dive sites and most pristine reefs in Fiji.
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THE EXPLORING ISLES
Of all the islands in the Lau Group the largest is Vanua Balavu (Fijian for ―long island‖).
This is the center of the Northern Group. Shaped like the spine of a mythical dragon, this
majestic, remote, and enchanted island is surrounded by dozens of islands and a massive
Far away from the pounding surf caught on the outer barrier reefs lies the turquoise
lagoon, filled with colors beyond one's imagination, and teeming with lush coral reefs. The
absence of anything dangerous or poisonous, accompanied by air and water
temperatures that nearly meet between the high seventies and low eighties, one can
comfortably snorkel for hours. Through the transparent water you can view everything
from sea turtles to tropical fish of every conceivable shape, pattern and color. The
abundant hard and soft corals here provide a kaleidoscope of colors and teem with
vibrant reef fish - regal angel fish, shimmering Moorish idols, schools of batfish, clown fish
valiantly guarding their anemones.
The island is intermediate between Melanesian Fiji and Polynesian Tonga, and thus lies at
the meeting point of two culture areas, and has been heavily influenced by Tongan
culture. Due to their proximity to Tonga there is a strong Polynesian flavor to the islands.
Tongan place names are common, and Tongan is still spoken. The Tongan influence is
expressed in names, language, food, decoration, architecture and facial features.
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THE BAY OF ISLANDS
Directly to the east of Kanacea, and at the north-eastern end of the main island of Vanua
Mbalavu lies the amazing Bay of Islands, or Qilaqila Bay. This area is what is scientifically
termed a ―drowned karst limestone formation‖. A very rare geological wonder that only
occurs in a handful of places around the world, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Krabi in
Thailand, Langkawi in Malaysia and Palawan in the Philippines are all major tourism
destinations. Yet the Bay of Islands here is virtually unknown. This world-class natural
attraction lies right within paddling distance of Andavaci island.
The Bay of Islands is a stunning natural attraction with an abundance of deep fiord-like
bays surrounded by jungle-covered cliffs, filled with a myriad of sea-weathered limestone
sculptures, sea caves, and natural stone archways. These narrow fiords sheer walls,
ocean pinnacles and a maze of mushroom-rock islands form a place where land and sea
entwine. the rough terrain of limestone and coral rock falling sheer into the azure sea,
and the complex pattern of bays and limestone pinnacles, all undercut by erosion made
for some of the best sea kayaking territory in the world.
This quiet world of azure water is punctuated by footprint-free beaches with sand as fine
an white as talcum powder, framed between limestone cliffs covered in old growth forest;
like a set straight out of a Hollywood cast away movie.
There are several anchorages, two of which have been described as probably the most
beautiful in the whole South. And also several large caves to explore, a remote cave
known by the locals as Vale Ni Bose (The Meeting Hall of the Gods) has a traditional
The main island of Vanua Mbalavu has a grass landing strip with a small terminal building
and washroom facilities. Regular scheduled flights from Suva arrive twice a week, usually
Thursdays and Sundays. Landing is always in the uphill direction, with the approach from
over the sea. Takeoff is in the downhill direction, and can be very exciting when all one
can see through the windscreen is grass and ocean. Suva-Vanua Balavu is a distance of
152 miles. The flight is very spectacular, flying over remote tropical islands, atoll and
lagoons. Upon arriving it is approximately 7.5 miles (15km) by boat to Kanacea Island.
Private helicopters and seaplanes can also be chartered to deliver you to the island in
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Fiji has an oceanic tropical maritime climate, tempered by the ocean and trade winds;
with a mean temperature of 28º C. Average annual rainfall there is 165 to 180 cm. The
cool, dry months - which are the best time to visit - are from May to October. The so-called
'winter' begins in July. During July and August the temperature may drop to between 18 º
C and 20 º C, and lower inland. Even during the winter months, however, these relatively
low temperatures are by no means constant. Spells of cloudy, cool weather with
occasional rains alternate with warm, sunny days, sometimes of high humidity. The hot,
wet season may begin as early as November; but the conjunction of heat and humidity
that most people from moderate climates find trying occurs during the first three months
of the year. During this time the temperature ranges from 23 º C to 31 º C, and it may rain
nearly every day.
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Ownership of Kanacea Island, Adavaci Island and Kaimbu Island, is free and
unencumbered Freehold land, extremely rare in Fiji as only 7% of land is freehold.
Freehold land in Fiji is totally secure and safe, and with normal approvals can be
purchased and owned outright by foreigners, one of the few countries in the world that
allows this. Freehold land tenure in Fiji is administered by the British Torrens title land-
registration system, universally regarded as the most secure and safest type of title. Only
8% of all land in Fiji is freehold, and it can be bought and sold freely, as well as
bequeathed to you heirs forever. Unlike many other countries Fiji has no fees or taxes on
freehold land. With increasing development in Fiji freehold land is becoming increasingly
scarce and must surely rate as a positive long-term investment.
If every single island in Fiji were counted, the isles of the Fiji archipelago would number in
the thousands. However, a mere 322 are judged large enough for human habitation and of
these only 106 are inhabited. That leaves a total of 216 uninhabited islands, most of which
are prohibitively isolated or lack fresh water. Of these only 43 which are freehold.
It is this limited availability of private islands in Fiji is why their prices have dramatically
escalated in the last few years. Private islands are extremely rare now in Fiji, I should
know I have hundreds of islands worldwide, yet I have less than a handful here, and
freehold islands are even rarer. The burgeoning fame of Fiji as a tourist attraction, and its
favor by Americans has pushed the real estate prices here through the roof. Yet no
amount of money can buy the ultimate privacy that a ―private‖ island ensures.
Apart from that it offers a very canny real estate investment, with rapidly escalating land
values and less and less islands on the market my prediction is that in the next 18 months
to 2 years there will be virtually no private islands left in Fiji for sale.
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