Ringgold Island dwellers

Kuini Waqaisavou shows a captured Ugavule tied up in vines. Picture LUKE RAWALAI

HEARING the story of the Loga family on Naqelelevu Island is like something out of a Swiss Robinson Family story except they chose to return to their remote island home after residing in the middle of civilisation all their life.

A few years ago former journalist and Naqelelevu native, Pita Loga chose to leave the comforts of the city life and civilisation to move home with his family and address the issue of poaching and other pressing issues which riddled the island.

With this decision, he moved his family of four children to the island in 2015, who are the only inhabitants of the island to this day.

Located in the furthest corner of Vanua Levu, the Ringgold Islands as it is also known as part of an uninhabited group of small sand islets consisting of Vetaua, Nukubasaga, Nukupureti, and Nukusemanu, while the larger island Naqelelevu used to host a small village.

The island is located on the North Eastern fringe of the Fiji group of islands and is untouched by development or civilisation.

According to Mr Loga’s eldest son Leonard Loga, his father moved to the island with the vision of developing it and returning his people to their home as most of them have chosen to settle on the main island of Taveuni.

Read more on this story in today’s The Sunday Times and also on our e-Edition.

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