Editor’s Note (4 September 2015): With the price of private islands declining, the Economist writes that there's never been a better time to buy one. But how? BBC Capital brings back this inspirational and informative story on how you can own your own slice of paradise.
Obtaining whale’s teeth to give to island chieftains for a ritualistic offering was just one of the hurdles faced by Australian couple Tracey and Jim Johnston when they bought their own island in Fiji’s Mamanuca Chain in 2003.
Seeking a quieter life — but also income — the couple quit their jobs and sold their family home in Brisbane to purchase Wadigi Island for just over $2 million. They now own and operate a five-star resort on the island.