Yadua Tabu

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Yadua Taba Iguana Sanctuary
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
LocationVanua Levu Group, Fiji
Coordinates16°50′00″S 178°16′45″E / 16.83333°S 178.27917°E / -16.83333; 178.27917
Area0.71 km2 (0.27 sq mi)[1]
Governing bodyNational Trust of Fiji

Yadua Tabu (pronounced [janˈdua ˈtambu]) is a volcanic islet in Fiji, an outlier to the northern island of Vanua Levu, and immediately south of the larger island Yadua. Yadua Tabu covers an area of 0.7 square kilometres and has a maximum altitude of 100 meters. Yadua Tabu is a protected sanctuary for the Fiji Crested Iguana, Brachylophus vitiensis,[2] and also contains a strand of dry littoral forestry, almost completely lost in the rest of Fiji.[2] Landing here is strictly prohibited.

In 1979, the Fiji government protected the island when the iguana population was discovered.[2] The sanctuary is of national significance as outlined in Fiji's Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.[3]

World Heritage Status[edit]

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 26, 1999 in the Natural category.[4]


  1. ^ "Yadua Taba | Protected Planet". www.protectedplanet.net. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Chape, Stuart; Spalding, Mark; Jenkins, Martin (2008). The world's protected areas: status, values and prospects in the 21st century. Univ de Castilla La Mancha. pp. 109–110. ISBN 978-0-520-24660-7.
  3. ^ Ganilau, Bernadette Rounds (2007). Fiji Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PDF). Convention on Biological Diversity. pp. 107–112. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Yaduataba Crested Iguana Sanctuary - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". whc.unesco.org. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 28 May 2017.