Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala Island is one of three little islands lying to the east of Thurston area on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. The confidentially possessed island is the place of the exclusive Laucala Resort. The entire land region of the island is 12 square kilometer and it is five kilometer lengthy, with a maximum size of three kilometer, narrowing to 1.5 kilometer in several places. The other two islands in the set are Qamea some hundred meters to the west and Matagi.
Seru Epenisa Cakobau is the Fijian emperor who integrated the nation before ceding the islands to the United Kingdom in 1874, sold Laucala to European pioneers who created a copra plantation, before revolving it over to the Australia-based Carpenter cluster. In 1972, publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes purchased the island, and improved the living accommodation of its residents – who worked on his area – at his own expenditure. He also offered free primary learning and paid up to half of a student’s secondary and tertiary education expenditures. He also sought to spread the island’s wealth away from its faith on copra by promoting tourism and livestock and goat farming.