The Naitauba Reef Initiative took its first tangible form when we recognized that no single individual or even group of individuals can accomplish what is needed to preserve Naitauba's rich, diverse, and yet vulnerable coral reef.
That can only be done through cooperation that extends around the world, eventually including a global human response to the reality that humankind is already presently changing the global climate and natural systems in ways that are impacting life everywhere on earth.
But if we can set in motion a process that can reveal what is happening and take action on a local scale, perhaps we will be met by others who will likewise join in helping preserve and protect what is most beautiful, precious, and fragile in this world, and keep a space for it everywhere.
This website is dedicated to communicating how this process is unfolding on the coral reef ecosystem of Naitauba Island, Fiji, and to helping us connect with those who will help us take our next steps.
Naitauba, a 2000-acre freehold island in Northern Lau, Fiji, is blessed with great natural beauty and tranquility. Vanuabalavu, its nearest island neighbor, is situated more than 25 miles away.
Naitauba became Adi Da’s home and Adidam’s primary retreat sanctuary in 1983. During the course of his lifetime, the World-Friend Adi Da, the distinguished spiritual master and founder of the Reality-Way of Adidam, established Naitauba as a sacred place of pilgrimage retreat for members of Adidam from all over the world. Naitauba is also strongly committed to the principles of green living, sustainable energy, self-sufficiency, cooperation, tolerance, and peace. Adi Da’s devotees and the local Fijian and Indo-Fijian staff live together in harmony, serving and protecting the sacred environment of the island.
Adi Da many times called to monitor the state of the reef. In 2004, a first survey was done that revealed the extent of damage to the reef caused by severe incidents of coral bleaching in 2000 and 2002. Back then periods of elevated seawater temperatures - a mass of warm water that moved into the southern parts of Fiji - caused extensive coral bleaching. When water temperatures are elevated for a period of time, the symbiotic algae within the tissues of the coral organism are expelled. The coral loses its normal coloring and turns white (hence "bleaching"). If the water cools off quickly, the algae can return. If temperatures remain elevated, the coral dies.
The bleaching incidents on the Naitauba reef killed a high percentage of the coral in many areas of the reef. In the years since, re-growth has been visible in many parts of the reef, but an overall assessment of the current state of the reef altogether remained an unsolved challenge.
In 2012, due to cooperative efforts of Naitauba residents, retreatants and a seven-person survey team from the University of the South Pacific School of Marine Studies in Suva, Fiji, the long-awaited step was taken to professionally assess and monitor the state of the coral reef that surrounds Adi Da Samrajashram (Naitauba), thereby laying the foundation for an initiative to preserve the island's coral reef for the future.