The Blue Lagoon Director Randal Kleiser and Lead Actor Christopher Atkins Re-Visit Turtle Island to Commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Film's Release

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Ten Day Celebration Included Parties, Screenings, Q&A's and Lots of Memories on the Island Where the Movie was Filmed 35 Years Ago

Chistopher Atkins and Randal Kleiser on Turtle Island

Thirty-five years after the release of the film The Blue Lagoon, the director Randal Kleiser and leading actor Christopher Atkins have returned to the iconic location where the movie was filmed: Turtle Island in Fiji.

The VIP guests attended festivities on Turtle Island from May 16th - 27th to celebrate the anniversary of the release of The Blue Lagoon, which was filmed on the island the year before it opened to the public as a private island resort. Festivities included a screening of The Blue Lagoon under the stars followed by a Q&A with Kleiser and Atkins, Fijian music and a tour of the most memorable sites and moments from the movie.

Kleiser and Atkins, who have maintained a close friendship since the filming of the movie 35 years ago, were thrilled to return to the location and reminisced about their time on the island back in the 1970's.

"It's a magical place, there is nothing like this island [that] I've ever found on the face of the earth," said Atkins. "They say here on Turtle Island 'once discovered, never forgotten' - well, that's probably the best saying you can ever have for this place."

Kleiser was also moved by the experience saying, “I feel a true connection to this island.”

Turtle Island could conceivably be called the third lead character in the movie, considering it’s natural beauty, untouched landscape and exotic flora and fauna. In fact, a species of iguana that appeared in the film had been at that point unknown to biologists, sparking a research trip to the islands and has since been named the Fiji Crested Iguana.

Turtle Island was purchased in the 1970’s by Richard Evanson, who to this day resides there with his family. Richard made it his life work to rejuvenate the land and build a home. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s when The Blue Lagoon producers first approached Richard to use his island. When the project finished filming, Richard realized how much he enjoyed having people on the island who appreciated its beauty as much as he did, so he decided to open the property to guests.

Summing up the week on Turtle Island, Atkins said, “To come back after all these years and to see this island and put my feet back in the sand…it’s a very, very, very special time for me right now.”

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Located at one of the most stunning places on earth, Turtle Island in Fiji is the ultimate all-inclusive private island paradise. Turtle Island offers 14 private beaches, gourmet dining, a brand new spa, personal "bure mamas," top-shelf liquors, wines, and champagnes, world-class activities such as fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and only 14 couples at a time. The recipient of numerous tourism and hospitality awards, Turtle Island is considered one of the most sought after destinations in the world. For more information go to or call 800-255-4347.

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