Stay in Fijian villages where you will encounter true island hospitality and enjoy a cultural Fiji travel experience not available to the average visitor. This journey will include daily treks, ranging from four to six hours long, swimming in natural spring pools, riding horses, bamboo rafting, visits to plantations and village explorations. Very remote and one of our all-time favorites.
ANCIENT CAVE DISCOVERY
Trek through Fiji's "salad bowl" region to one of the last fortresses of Fiji's cannibal history. Crawl through passages to discover a sacred cave where cannibal ceremonies once took place for an insightful, out-of-the-ordinary Fiji vacation experience. Cannibal oven and ritual platform still remain intact. A descendent of the last cannibal tribe will be your guide. This glimpse of indigenous Fijian culture is arresting and insightful.
SIGATOKA SAND DUNES
In July 1989, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes were designated as Fiji's first National Park and their management handed over to the National Trust of Fiji. The Dunes are a unique feature of Fiji's National Heritage. They form an area of outstanding natural beauty covering 650 hectares, and offer a rich combination of interesting features. Archaeological excavations on the eastern end of the dunes have revealed a substantial ancient burial complex. The western end of the Park is important in that it provides a typical-and now rare-example of natural Fijian beach forest. There are 165 recorded plant species growing in the park. The park supports a small population of reptiles and migratory birds.
KULA ECO PARK
Kula is located on Queens Road, opposite the Outrigger Reef Resort east of Sigatoka town. Being Fiji's only wildlife park, Kula is the breeding center for Fiji's endangered species. The park provides free hands-on environmental education to Fiji's children. Visitors can spend hours observing parrots, lorikeets, falcons, hawks, fruit bats, snakes, iguanas and marine life. Learn about Fiji's flora and fauna in natural settings.
INLAND VALLEY TOUR
An exhilarating way to tour Fiji, take a 4WD safari into the interior, over hills and across rivers. Stop at a nature reserve to take in the local flora and fauna, and hold a rare Fijian crested iguana. Visit the island pottery village, where women demonstrate a craft handed down by the ancestors. A visit to a Tongan hill fort, guided by one of the descendants, offers a glimpse of early tribal life. At twilight, motor into an Indian village, for an authentic family dinner prepared by your Indian hosts.
Trek to a giant 120-foot waterfall, steeped in mystery and legend. A crystal clear swimming lagoon hosts therapeutic waters, amidst a wondrous setting of ancient trees and lush tropical surroundings.
TRADITIONAL VILLAGE EXPERIENCE
This is a great opportunity to get way out of the tourist ruts and experience "real life" during your trip to Fiji. Our friends from the village invite you to join in with their daily lives. You will be met by your village guide, and become immersed in native life. Join a herbal medicine man or woman to explore the native plants and herbs found in the rainforest. Join in local style fishing as you hunt for prawns, and fish for your lunch. Learn to prepare alovo pit (underground oven), and try your hand at village handicrafts. Village guides will take you on a trek through some of their sacred sites, and tell you the legends and spirits that abound in the area. Help prepare your feast, and eat, island style, on mats in the common meeting room.
NAVUA RIVER SAFARI
Your journey begins on a motor boat which takes you up the scenic Navua River, passing waterfalls and deep gorges. Visit a traditional Fijian village, and enjoy a traditional Fijian lunch. Join in a kava ceremony, an ancient Fijian rite, involving the ritualized imbibing of yaqona, made from pepper-plant roots and reserved in former times for chiefs and priests. Sipping kava may make your lips tingle and your head feel numb, but according to local tradition you've entered into communion with the world of the spirits. Enjoy a relaxing swim in fresh mountain water.
COASTAL SEA KAYAKING
Travel to the protected waters of Beqa Island. Drop anchor and launch sea kayaks to explore the white sandy beaches, coral gardens and tranquility of uninhabited Nanuku Island. Paddle deep into the cliff-lined interior to Lawaqalevu Island, where hundreds of fruit bats cling to the surrounding trees like overripe fruit. Tide permitting, paddle through a secret mangrove tunnel that leads to the great blue beyond - a truly unforgettable Fiji travel experience. Here views of surrounding islands, snorkeling, island exploration and peaceful paddling fill the remainder of the afternoon. Conclude the journey by riding the waves and chasing the setting sun back to the mainland.
BIKING FIJI'S INTERIOR
Begin your trek along the scenic Coral Coast highway, then take your bike journey into the rainforests and jungles of the Upper Navua River. This 20-mile-plus route will take you high into Fiji's interior. Overnight at one of the local villages, joining with the villagers for a bowl of kava and ancient stories, or return to your resort on the Coral Coast for the evening.