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Turtle Island, Fiji

After a spectacular flight over islands of mottled emerald, surrounded by coral reefs, the sea-plane glides to a halt onto a remote Fijian beach. Richard Evanson introduces himself as we step onto the pristine sand. So do his staff, bearing cocktails served inside fresh-cut milk coconuts.

Fijiís exclusive Turtle Island hideaway came into being through one manís journey of self-discovery. At any one time, just 16 couples live and play on Nanuya Levu, the island whose development became the personal mission of Richard Evanson.

For almost three decades, Evanson has single-mindedly crystallised everyoneís fantasies of a private paradise, painstakingly developing a retreat which is luxurious yet quite without the artifice of conventional resorts. The concept is simple but effective - once youíre aloft, youíre in paradise, removed from money and telephones.

Original images were 35mm Fujichrome or Ektachrome transparencies. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Embarking with Turtle Airways
Embarking with Turtle Airways
Welcome to your 'bure', or cabin
Welcome to your 'bure', or cabin
Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon
Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon
Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon
Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon
Relaxing on the lagoon beach
Relaxing on the lagoon beach
Alfresco breakfast on the island
Alfresco breakfast on the island
Turtle Island staff
Turtle Island staff
A window of the island chapel
A window of the island chapel
Richard Evanson, Turtle Island founder
Richard Evanson, Turtle Island founder
Resort staff, Turtle Island
Resort staff, Turtle Island
Game fishing trophy
Game fishing trophy
Starfish in the shallows
Starfish in the shallows
One of 13 private beaches
One of 13 private beaches
One of 13 private beaches
One of 13 private beaches
One of 13 private beaches
One of 13 private beaches
Fijian hibiscus
Fijian hibiscus
Farewell party on leaving Turtle Island
Farewell party on leaving Turtle Island
Fijian song and dance performance
Fijian song and dance performance