Now this is the kind of news that gets me excited. I was surfing around (I have no idea how I got there) and I happened upon the home page for Tribewanted: Adventure Island. Now, there are few clubs I’ve ever wanted to join, but this might be one.

You take Figiian isle, mix it with environmentally sustainable development, involve the locals in the planning process, invite 4,999 friends, and make the planning of your vacation spot a group activity, and you’ve got Tribewanted. The idea is to create a hip, members-only vacation club that young people can actually afford, and do it in a way that includes the input of all the people who are part of it. Only 100 people are allowed on the island at one time, to minimize impact.

Island Development
There are many areas that will be creatively decided upon and developed by the tribe including: clean water, power, waste disposal, accommodation, washing, food, drink, entertainment, adventure activities, sports, community & environmental projects. The tribewanted team and the 12 elected chiefs will initiate proposals on tribewanted.com for the development of the Island. The tribe will then discuss and decide what happens. Potential interesting developments already identified by the founding chiefs include:

  • Cliff-top lagoon & zip-slide
  • Sunset Stage and Beach Bar
  • Two-tiered Tribal Base
  • Island Thatched Bures & Sky view showers
  • Jungle Sports Arena
  • Scuba & Surf School
  • Secret Beach chill-out area
  • Fruit & Vegetable Orchard

See more on the environmental plan, and the FAQ will explain most of your questions. There are only 5,000 spots, (so it’s kinda like a time-share) and after a 3-year contract is up, the island’s chief decides whether it’s in the best interests of his tribe to keep the gig going. Local people are involved in much of the planning and execution and seem to have the right to veto.

You can plan become a member of the tribe, able to visit for 7 days a year for $220 bucks, 14 days over 2 years for $440, or 21 nights over 3 years for $660.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.