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Beekeeping in Fiji

Your one-stop shop for information & tips on beekeeping in Fiji & the tropics
The bee is domesticated but not tamed

We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we beekeep

John Lewis is the founder of Island Apiaries Fiji, one of Fiji’s original apiaries. He was raised in USA, relocated to Fiji in the 1990’s as a Peace Corps volunteer and fell in love with the country and people of Fiji.

This website is a collection of his wisdom and experience from over 20 years of beekeeping in Fiji; through coups and cyclones, and the ups and downs of keeping bees in the tropics.

Services & Information

Over 20 years of apiary and beekeeping experience in Fiji and the tropics.

We Love Bees

At Island Apiaries (Fiji) Pte Ltd, we believe that we are partners with the bees with which we work, and not masters. We maintain the determination that by giving bees the respect they deserve we are able to offer the finest honey and bee products available, educate the world, and inspire all people to live happier and healthier lives.

It's A Gift

Each day is a new opportunity to learn and grow. While we oversee, and protect the bees, we are not as in charge of the operation as we sometimes think. Every interaction with these amazing animals teaches us that we are not in control, we are only caretakers of these magnificent creatures.

A Lasting Partnership

We understand our role as partners with the bees. We hope to more effectively fulfill the aims of our company’s mission of creating the best products available, educating the world, and inspiring all people to live happier, healthier lives.

Build a strong partnership with your beehives, & have a long & healthy relationship forever...


Hints and tips for beekeeping in Fiji

Just starting or hoping to start beekeeping in Fiji? Then start with these articles so you know what you are getting into before you make your investment in equipment and bees.

The beekeeper must understand the ways of life of the bee hive, the problems the bees might face and how to deal with these problems.

Successful beekeeping requires a lot of knowledge, management skills, and experience and consistent maintenance and care.

Latest Blog Posts

Two sampling methods provide the best estimates of mite populations. Both involve removing mites from the bodiesof adult bees, then counting the mites to establish a standard percentage measure of mite numbers (i.e., number of mites per 100 adult bees). The recommended sampling methods in Fiji is with icing (powdered) sugar shake. Practice improves accuracy …
From the island country of Fiji, researchers have described nine new, and four previously known, species of bees belong to the genus Homalictus, a group that’s not been taxonomically reviewed in Fiji for 40 years. Many Homalictus bee species either have very restricted distributions or are known only from single mountaintops, the researchers say, and …
So we have been having discussions on which flowers do honey bees like or indeed even land on, and collect nectar and pollen from in Fiji. There is normal vocal disagreement and discussion, always good natured 🙂 , at every Fiji Beekeepers Association meeting.

Got a specific issue with your bees? Ask John for advice...