“Cocomo; get there fast and then we will take it slow; that’s where we want to go—to get away from it all…” as the popular Beach Boys song beckons. Cocomo is the answer to where to go and why, and getting away from it all is certainly rousing, but more so inspiring is this lovely life in paradise. Yes, Cocomo is the way to go, particularly in these uncertain times. What is certain is, for centuries, people have been living well in paradise and right here, in what we now call “Cocomo.”
Cocomo Village has everything you need to live plenteously and for less than the cost of an old car($6,850 USD), to put the price in perspective. You can lock up a home site in paradise now and secure your future. The only other costs will be your annual payment of $420 USD, which includes all taxes and fees and is fixed for the full 99-year term. Try to get taxes fixed at the same rate for 99-years on property you supposedly own in your homeland. The one time price and the annual is all you have to pay for your piece of Heaven in paradise. You can even build a proper home in Cocomo for under $10,000 USD (not a typo)—add your amenities, solar, water catchment and septic and you are fully self-sufficient for under $35,000 USD. We will show you how in this website in the land where building permits are not the issue here.
In Cocomo Village, you will own your own home, have everything you need and about all you could ever want in life, right here in this island group water wonderland. You can have your own garden and access to the large community garden for fresh fruits and vegetables with seafood galore right out your door. People on this island of Vava’u-Hunga have been comfortably living well for hundreds of years. Everything you need is right here in the Vava’u Island Group of the benevolent Kingdom of Tonga. The elevated land, the vista, the life in Cocomo Village and its habitat is hard to describe, even in 1000 words. Some may have to experience this to believe it is true, but true it is, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cP8A4SOvI0 and if the pictures are enough to carry that message, then the real thing is just an indescribably better experience.
The pictures fail to fully describe the incredible views, the clear waters reflecting every shade of blue and the cleanest air on earth for you and your family. You can finally breathe in deep when you get to Cocomo. Cocomo Village is right in the middle of the healthiest and safest place on the planet. Cocomo homes have the remarkable views pictured and access to the sea, beaches and even a boat mooring basin in the most protected waters in the South Pacific.
Cocomo Village is a Noble estate where a master 99-year government registered land lease has been lodged for the Cocomo residents. The government of Tonga acknowledges Cocomo Village development on this estate of the Honorable Fulivai, the Deputy Director of Lands and Governor of the Vava’u Island Group, and territories north. Noble Fulivai was the youngest and most progressive Member of Parliament and with a family history of over 800 years on this particular island in the pristine Vava’u Island Group of the Kingdom of Tonga. For the story on Honourable Fulivai and that history, Brief history of the Noble Fulivai on the island of Vava’u-Hunga.
Eight-five lots were sold out in the first offering on the north side of the island. Four prime lots were held back by the Noble Estate holder for his own use, but since he has agreed now to sell that position to any who might prefer the north side over the latest offering, the “Sea Breeze” or south side of the island, where the trade winds keep everything real cool.
The Sea Breeze side of Cocomo is located on the south side of the island and is lower to the water for easier access most everywhere along that wave protected coast. Some lots are only a meter or so up from the still waters on this side of the reef and island protected inter-island waterway. Inside this lake like environment is where so many smaller islands are sprinkled about. You can choose your height above the water by knowing that the higher the lot number, the lower the lot is to the water.
There are 45 lots in the Sea Breeze offer with about half taken at this writing of January 2017. We regret in advance that there won’t be a place for everyone who eventually experiences rueful hindsight. Therefore, a word to the wise might be to tend to business now and secure a residence location or two, or three. Think of your family yet to get out from under the ether that will thank you later. You can always resell what you don’t use or need. We don’t encourage speculation, but some taking multiple lots may one day have control over the resale prices, so please sign up here or at the gate before it is too late mate.
Cocomo Villages are located on a self-sustaining island (Vava’u-Hunga of 1000 acres) where you have direct access to all the fresh, fish, fruit and vegetables you may want. Between your home garden and the community shared large orchard and garden tended to by volunteers and with native help from the small village down the way; you have the food matter solved. As well, that small village has a couple stores for some “quick stop” kinds of needs to include fresh food and other supplies. Food, shelter and even clothing are a given at Cocomo, for everything else you may desire, building materials to Cadbury chocolate, the mainland island of Vava’u and town of Neiafu is just 12 miles (wharf to wharf) by the inter-island waterway from Cocomo Village. On the Vava’u mainland is the hospital, a pharmacy and clinic, the airport, restaurants, hotels, and about everything but a railroad. The local Tongan village shuttle boat at Cocomo operates three times per week to the main island, main town of Neiafu and for only $6 USD per person.
Cocomo Village residents have rights to use the big deepwater lagoon and moor a boat for free there too. The lagoon is fully protected 360 degrees from the sea outside and the entire of Vava’u is additionally fortified by its unusual reef and island system rendering the inter-island waterways between the islands like a lake. Small craft, even canoes, transit through these placid waters regularly. You can take your own small boat to town or anywhere in these enchanting Vava’u waters.
Cocomo has been called “God’s gift for the salvation of those good at heart.” You don’t have to be religious to see that logic if you have been researching all the reasons to move out of harm’s way into paradise. As the world continues to melt down for all the reasons people are talking about, and just in case they are right, you will need a lifeboat that is not chained to the sinking ship. Cocomo is just that, your lifeboat, and is the real “change’ you need to live happily ever after, as has been the actual experience on this island for more years than most countries have been in business.
Perhaps it is time to come out from under the trance of false hope and start doing something to personally take control of your own destiny and ensure your abundant future. Don’t count on failed bailouts; rather, do trust yourself and your need to act proactively. “Sell out and get out” and join the club of informed survivors and adventurers. It is what so many are saying and doing right now. Take what you have and go west, this time, all the way and as far west as you can go—all the way to Cocomo. It is as west as you can get before you start traveling east again. This must be the place Horace Greely was really talking about in his sage advice to Europeans turned Americans; “Go west young man!” Young or old, man or women, children too, Cocomo Village has a high place for you.
Cocomo is more than just a place to live pleasantly; it is a way of life right out of the storybooks. After a selecting a home site, building a home would be your next consideration. This is where we can get creative and have a number of options. Unlike most places in the world, in the tropics you don’t have to live inside your home day and night. Here we tend to live outside, on large verandas and, practically, just sleep inside. At Cocomo Village, you can have about any kind of home you wish. Your home can have all the comforts, conveniences and security you long for or are used to, yet be immersed in nature’s jungle with the ocean before you. There are no wild animals, no snakes, no Gila Monsters,no reptiles larger than a Gecko and really nothing to seriously harm you on land. In the ocean, well that is another matter in the deep.
There are some minimal building restrictions, but for the most part your minimum requirements would exceed the required. With some of the alternative plans, (see “Alternative Home Suggestions” page on this website) you can build your own home with nominal skills or contract it out, or you can conscript your new friends to help build (like in the early times where the spirit of life was in bloom, not dying on the vine) and live in a fully self-contained solar home for under $35,000 USD.
Spending more on a home doesn’t necessarily mean you get more, particularly when it comes to using the alternative methods and materials. Nevertheless, one is welcome to build their own dream as they see fit. There are a number of qualified contractors in town should anyone wish to use their services.
In Cocomo Village, you can build about anything you want, (minimum standards are limited to discourage the unsightly and untidy) even a home out of straw, sticks or bricks, just like the three little pigs. The emphasis is on bricks in that fable, but conceivably, even better, and much cheaper, there are alternative home building methods that match this alternative lifestyle with its higher fashion, but lower costs of living. Because we are in the tropics and with fewer rules to keep us uniform, there are options that not only make sense financially, but ecologically too.
For instance, some very comfortable and elegant homes can be made out of dirt. Well, that might sound unkempt at first, but when you think about it, absolutely everything we have is made out of dirt, water and air, to include every car, home and even space shuttles. Dirt or more pleasantly called “earth” is where every metal, every brick, and every tree comes from. The $5000 USD (not a typo) classic home featured in “Alternative Home Suggestions” was made from earth, using earth bags in lieu of cement bags or bricks. All homes on the planet are made directly or indirectly from exactly the same stuff, (dirt) just different forms of it. The earthbag home is simply the least processed way to the same end; a strong and lovely home made naturally and so economically. So economically that one has to wonder at the logic for the mainstream kind of building we have evolved into when the answer was really much more down to earth. See examples here: link to the webpage “Alternative Home Suggestions”
There are no big bad wolves in Tonga, especially at Cocomo, so you can even build an original Tongan “fale” out of straw and sticks, which is how the natives have been living for a couple thousand years. The look is everlasting island style vogue and the cost is mainly in the time to gather the raw materials, (palm leaves primarily) weave them and fabricate the “fale,” as they call them in Tonga. A completed “fale” can cost as little as what palm leaves and local sticks might, with you providing the labour. Ok, so you hire it done and at less than $25 per day in hired labour and in couple weeks you will have a natural home.
Timber/wood homes are always popular. To live up to the pioneering spirit, you can make log cabins out of coconut trees. The logs are very strong but have to be treated with a non-toxic solution (seawater is one) and they will last longer than the inhabitants will. Coconut logs cost about $15 each. It is amazing what 100 logs will do. Or, have one of the several contractors in town build you your entirely conventional dream home overlooking the sea. Concrete, steel, timber/wood and virtually every building material can be picked up or delivered from town. The prices are about what you pay in New Zealand, our closest island country neighbor with abundant supply and manufacturing.
Yurts, another interesting phenomenon in alternative living are one more low-cost, comfortable and logical option, priced from under $6,000 USD. Yurts are made from materials that have long warranty and strengths one would not assume possible, but proven to be as warranted. See some Yurt examples on our page at “Alternative Home Suggestions”
There are a number of prefabricated, or kit homes that can be shipped in from anywhere. New Zealand being a prime resource for these kinds of alternative homes with prices for complete homes starting at below $35,000 USD. On this page “Alternative Home Suggestions” learn more about some more interesting options in home construction, steel and timber/wood, and at prices that are affordable.
Ferro cement is another building material option that can make some beautiful and inexpensive homes. The craft of making ferro-cement structures is practiced in Tonga since most of the water tanks are made from ferro cement. They can even make a water tank so it looks like a big rock with irregular shapes and sizes. The point being, there are a lot of ways to get to the same place we all want to be, economically in a comfortable, safe and secure home in a safe and pleasurable environment. The Cocomo team will assist you in your pursuit of a quality life in paradise.
Speaking of water tanks, might as well talk about them and electricity too. All of Tonga’s potable water comes from rain catchment. There are plenty of bore hole wells, but Tongans prefer the softer rainwater, so they use catchment systems. They have this system down and simple, just collect water from the rain and store it in a large storage tank. From the tank the water can be pumped or gravity fed to the house where it can be filtered as well. Electricity is also a DIY matter with using battery banks and an inverter, with or without solar panels as a small generator can charge the batteries running for an hour or two every day. Be sure the genset is in a soundproof box. Using solar panels eliminates the need for a generator.
CONCERNS (January 2017)
Now, if you read this far you may have questions and wonder “why so cheap” as so many have asked. The answer is; the offer is not an expensive big promise of new marinas and large common buildings with swimming pools, tennis courts and paved roads and gates and high fences. The Cocomo offer is simply a pegged lot on a beautiful island with access to it for 99-years.
Some people are opposed to leasing, preferring “ownership” in countries where the annual tax payment is not fixed for 99-years and can increase as the government needs the cash, which historically is quite often. If you can’t manage the new tax increases, there goes your ownership. To put the leasing concept in another perspective, it would likely be your great or great-great grandchildren who will be around for the renewal of the lease.
Most people that have bought in Cocomo are securing their place in paradise for a future needs and or their retirement. Subsequently there are only some makeshift temporary houses up or in the making from some younger folks who like it native style. The project was originally targeting retiring or retired people, yet all ages have taken an interest and some planning to build a place to enjoy the incredible off grid experience for just 6 months at a time, perhaps renting their cabin to tourists when they are not occupying it. A decent coral rock and coconut log home on the next island over has historically been renting by the day for $720 USD. Even half that makes a lot of financial sense given the cost of a home made with free materials, like with the coral rock and old coconut logs.
Cocomo is not for everyone.Of course, not everyone wants to live on an island in the South Seas. This is good, says those who do, so the don’ts just decline to buy at Cocomo.
Some even change their mind and then five years later with a new wife or husband, they are suddenly interested. However, what makes us all wonder is when someone who never considered Cocomo, or Tonga in general, who becomes obsessed with the need to try to destroy the place and go to the extreme to cause harm by spewing invalid, untrue and emotionally charged disinformation. Believe it or not, there is such a person on the planet, probably more than one as institutions have many in confinement. If you run into him, keep running and don’t make any references to “One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
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