Here are some photographs taken in 1997, during a stay at this wonderful resort.

The island was owned by Malcolm Forbes from 1972 until 2003, when it was bought by Dietrich Mateschitz, head of the Red Bull energy drink company.  It is currently being developed with a "7-star" resort.

(Update: Their website is up and running: www.laucala.com)

Those of you who were lucky enough to stay at this resort before it closed down will remember the absolute magic in the island and it's people.  It is no wonder that Malcolm Forbes chose this island to be his final resting place.

Airport on Laucala Forbes Island Resort

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Local worker on Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

turkeys outside burre

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Swimming pool at Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Coconuts on Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Opening coconuts on Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Marina on Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Fishing boat at Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Kava ceremony on Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

Laucala Forbes Island Resort, Fiji

 


References:

Wikipedia article on Laucala

Current Weather Report in Laucala Bay

Nice satellite view from Wikimapia

Page from Melissa McCoy's travel agency site who used to book vacations here.

Current Laucala Island web page.

News/Articles:

12 July 2000, Cyber Diver News Network, "Armed Rebel Supporters Seize Fiji Forbes Laucala Resort"

29 July 2000, International Herald Tribune, "Forbes Estate Selling Fiji's 'Idyllic' Laucala"

25 March 2001, New York Times, "A Quiet (Again) Island, on the Block"

12 April 2006, Austrian Times, "Red Bull Boss Buys Fiji Island"

15 January 2008, Fijian Custom and Culture blog, "Laucala in a Class of it's Own"

21 June 2008, Fiji Times, "Private Isle Rid of Rats"

23 June 2008, Fijilive article, "Developers Mum on Fiji's 7-Star Resort"

10 December 2008, Fiji Times, "ATR42 Lands on Laucala"

03 June 2009, Robb Report, "Ten Top Summer Getaways: Laucala Island"

21 August 2009, Robb Report article, "Laucala Island, Fiji"

March/April 2011, Departures article, "Fiji's New Private Resort"

29 January 2013, Forbes, "A Fiji Paradise Created By The Inventor Of Red Bull"