The Monarch is one of four properties operated by Fire Island Conservation and it all started with a tiny island in the Indian Ocean.
American-born philanthropist, Robert Koski, spent many years traveling through Africa and during these travels happened to hear about a deserted island up for sale. Ilha do Fogo, translating as “island of fire”, was bought and with it a dream to build a 5-star resort. Upon visiting the island he discovered that it was ravaged by poachers and that specifically leatherback and green turtles fell victim to these poachers. In a short time the dream of a resort was replaced by the need to protect these endangered species and it was decided to rather use the island as a conservation project.
Later Pebane Beach Lodge was acquired, which is the closest land base to the island, and from there the eco-tourism and conservation projects started. Recently Loggerhead Lodge and The Monarch became further extensions of the Fire Island Conservation projects along with various community projects in Mozambique – all in aid of building awareness of endangered species and involving the local communities in the dream to live sustainably and in harmony with nature.
Read more about Fire Island Conservation here.