(pronounced ) is a volcanic island that lies in the northwest sector of Fiji
's northern Lau Group of islands. One of the largest private islands
in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, the pristine island consists of 22 square kilometres (8.4 square miles) of land.
Mago is located 166 statute miles ENE of the Fiji capital of Suva and SW of the tiny island of Namalata
, near Vanua Balavu
, where descendants of original Mago inhabitants still reside. Mago Island is relatively undeveloped at present and inhabited only by a few caretakers of Indo-Fijian
descent. During the 1860s a cotton plantation established by the Ryder brothers of Australia flourished there. In 1884 there was a well established sugar cane plantation plus a sugar mill on the island.Colonial Sugar Refining Company
The Ryders were succeeded by the Borron family who ran a successful copra plantation on the island for many years and donated Borron House, an historic mansion in the Fiji capital city Suva
, to the Fiji Government.
In early 2005 Mago Island was purchased by Hollywood
actor/director Mel Gibson
for $15 million from Japan's Tokyu Corporation
. Descendants of original native inhabitants of Mago, who were displaced in the 1860s, have protested against Gibson's purchase.
Satellite images of the island dating from 2008 show a dirt airstrip of 1100 metres. There is... Read More