Radio Story: Diving Over

A Santa Cruz family threw in the towel to CA traffic, to move to a tiny Fiji island without traffic or central power. They constructed an intimate, off-grid dive resort, green-built in every sense of the word, serve meals from their organic garden, and invest heavily into the community. The length of time securing land as a foreigner, and battle with a chief over using reefs for their operations, which rely on dive sites not legally protected from fishing, would deter many. Despite challenges, this family created the island’s first rubbish dump and marine conservation program that gives local children the rare chance to dive while learning how to safeguard their coral reefs.

Estimated Piece Length: 3-4 minutes

Pitched To: KQED (San Francisco) or NPR Science Desk