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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.

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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...

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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

It's hard to know exactly what happened with your split. When a queen hatches successfully, the queen cell has a perfectly round hole at the bottom of the cell. If you saw that, a virgin queen likely emerged from the cell. If the cells are cut on the sides, the queen likely did not emerge alive.

then checked the nuc today and all the new eggs and larvae are now capped worker brood… No new Queen cells… What could be going on as I couldn't find the queen or any fresh eggs? Shall I wait a week and then check for a queen and put fresh eggs in if there isn't any queen? Any Suggestions?

18 ways to keep bees safe during and following a cyclone in Fiji

Cyclones can cause strong winds that can push bee hives over and cause flash flooding which can wash bees away. Here are …

Homalictus hadrandar Female

The genus Homalictus Cockerell has not been taxonomically reviewed in the Fijian archipelago for 40 years. Here we redescribe the four known …

Secure hives together and/or to a heavy object & strap hives down. You will need ratchet straps or rope and ground anchors (e.g., fence post/star pickets) to secure your hive. Securing the hives with ratchet straps or rope will help to keep it in one place and one piece. Consider securing the hives both horizontally and vertically, and securing them all together if you have multiple hives

Secure hives together and/or to a heavy object & strap hives down. You will need ratchet straps or rope and ground anchors (e.g., fence post/star pickets) to secure your hive. Securing the hives with ratchet straps or rope will help to keep it in one place and one piece. Consider securing the hives both horizontally and vertically, and securing them all together if you have multiple hives

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