The word conflict may conjure up images of struggle and discontent, but this group of 21 islands encircling an enormous lagoon on the rim of a sunken volcano is an undiscovered Shangri-La. Named after their discovery in 1886 by HMS naval survey ship The Conflict, the islands were purchased by Australian businessman Ian Gowrie-Smith in 2003 whose goal is to preserve and protect this pristine ecosystem. Sheltered by an untouched reef system, the island is abundant with marine life and perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Whether you prefer activities fast and furious or slow and steady, you're sure to find paradise. What more could you wish for in an island destination?
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There's an endless supply of family friendly experiences and activities in the Conflict Islands so get ready to swim, snorkel, paddle a kayak, or witness the wonders of the sea aboard a glass bottom boat.
Stretching out a mere 158 acres, this exclusive resort that includes a club house, spacious dining and lounge facilities, boasts clean white coral sand with fringing coral reef, turquoise waters and a jungle-like interior.
A 984-foot-deep off shore wall sits at the center of the atoll and measures about 13 miles in length and six miles wide creating a spectacular iridescent blue lagoon.
Whether by boat, canoe or kayak, a cruise over the bluer-than-blue waters offers a breathtaking look at paradise and the marine life that calls it home: colorful fish and corals, reef sharks, and turtles.
Escape the crowds and find refuge on one of the sun-drenched beaches that make up the Conflict Islands. Kick those shoes off, work on your tan, and find a peaceful place under a swaying palm tree.
The renowned CICI relocates sea turtle eggs of endangered species from islands with a high level of poaching with the hope that more sea turtles will be able to hatch safely and survive until adulthood.
Get to know this sun-drenched paradise with a guided walking tour around the island. As you stroll along this unhurried refuge, you'll learn its fascinating history, watch how coconut meat is transformed into copra and pause for a refreshing drink of fresh coconut water.
Witness the wonders down under from a seat aboard a glass bottom boat. Relax under the shaded canopy as you watch the brilliant seascape pass by beneath you. View pristine, untouched coral reefs teeming with colourful marine life as your friendly guide provides expert commentary.
Step inside a traditionally-build outrigger canoe called a 'sailau' and glide across the crystal-clear waters. Used for centuries, this popular form of travel can race along at speeds of 12 to 15 knots and is shallow enough to skim over reefs.
Soak up the jaw-dropping beauty of this treasured isle with a relaxing cruise around the Conflict Island atoll aboard the 80-foot-long Undersea Explorer. Relax on the shaded top deck while listening to informative commentary, or sit in the air-conditioned lounge and enjoy refreshments.
Discover the world-class SCUBA Diving at one of the most diverse and abundant underwater ecosystems in the world. Under the guidance of an experienced PADI Divemaster, you will be guided around the best dive sites of the day. Only available for certified divers.
Escape to a hidden hideaway for a private picnic. Stretch out under a coconut tree and feast on fresh fruit, cheese platter, crackers and wine. Later, you can work off your scrumptious lunch with a myriad of activities or you can relax or explore the beautiful island.