This Resort in Fiji is So Stunning, Hollywood Made it a Movie Star

When producers for the 1980 remake of The Blue Lagoon needed a slice of paradise to film their movie starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, they filmed some of it in Jamaica. But for the bulk of the scenery, there was only one place they could find that was beautiful enough to fit the bill.

So which island would they turn into the real star of their movie? Which paradise was pristine, lush,  and untouched enough to look like a genuine lost paradise? It was Turtle Island Fiji, now an all-inclusive luxury Fiji resort. Then known by its native name of Nanuya Levu, producers approached the island's owner Richard Branson, who was happy to share his treasure with the world through a Hollywood movie.

This tale of adolescents growing to become lovers after being marooned on a deserted island became a smash hit, and proved to be an iconic role for young stars Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. But as fate would have it, Turtle Island itself wasn't the only non-human to become a movie star as a result of The Blue Lagoon movie. A local species of iguana would become famous, at least in the world of science, due to its role in the movie as well!

When herpetologist Dr. John Gibbons watched the movie, he noticed a native iguana with unique attributes. Upon further study prompted by his viewing of the film, it was soon discovered that this native iguana is a species that doesn't live in any other location on earth...it is almost completely unique to Turtle Island Fiji, save for a couple of other small Fijian islands. With Dr. Gibbons dubbing his discovery the Fiji Crested Iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis), an entirely new species of lizard was added to the biology books.

Blue Lagoon MovieWe also have the film to thank for owner Richard Evanson's decision to open his paradise up to guests. After filming completed, he realized how much he loved having guests on the island who appreciated its incredible beauty. This led him to open Turtle Island Fiji resort, which has been enchanting guests ever since.

Be inspired by this famous romance film, and write your own love story as the sequel. Hollywood agrees that Turtle Island Fiji is truly one of earth's most intimate places...and the island awaits you and your other half, ready to have the tale of your own romance etched in her sands.

Sponsored Content Notice: This post was written by Honeymoons.com editorial staff in conjunction with Turtle Island Fiji, a paid Honeymoons.com partner

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