If it’s a clear day and you happen to be standing in Naloto village—a small village on the Eastern coast of Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu—look to the East and you’ll see our little island of Batiki, sat right in the middle of the Lomaiviti Archipelago.
Batiki is home to to the three hundred islanders who make Bula Batiki coconut oil. We’re spread out across four villages: Yavu, Mua, Manuku, and Naigani.
Located in the southwestern corner of Batiki just in front of the island’s interior lagoon—Wainiketei Bay—you’ll find Mua Village, the island’s second-largest settlement. Mua is home to the island’s herald chief, Toranibau.
If you’ve received a jar from the Tabakaucoro family, you will know that your jar has been sent straight from Mua Village.
Sat at the foot of Vatumatai hill, and overlooking the Nasalisali Reef lies Batiki’s biggest village: Yavu.
Yavu is the home of many families, including the Tokalaulevu, Tunis, Wippy, Rasalasea, Tokala, Vakatale, and Mudu families.
Naigani Village is Batiki’s smallest, and northernmost community, and home to the Ravaga, and Selabuco families.
Set upon the beaches of Vatukaca Reef, Naigani was particularly affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February of 2016.
Nestled between Ucuinivatu Point and Cakolau Beach is Batiki’s easternmost village, Manuku. The village is famed for its nearby reefs and the variety of sea life that resides there.
The Tabaki, Kalawa and Vaki families reside in Manuku Village.