jewel of fiji
from $95 (adult) / $47 (6 – 15yrs) / FREE (5yrs and under)
Begin a journey to a world away from the cares of modern living. Enjoy an exhilarating cruise up the beautiful Navua River, past villages, farmlands, pristine tropical rainforests, deep gorges/canyons, meandering rapids and numerous cascading waterfalls. You may come across wild river ducks, white and black herons and other native birds.
A Fijian Warrior will escort you to the village meeting house (bure). Experience an age-old custom and tradition with a customary welcome yaqona (kava) ceremony which will be performed for you. This sacred ceremony is only performed to visiting high chiefs or very important visitors. The rest of your day you will explore the history of the village, a war dance, tapa painting, weaving, before heading to Navua’s biggest waterfall. This is a day of culture and a look in to the true Fijian world.
NEED to know
- Return hotel transfers from most hotels (surcharge may apply depending on where you are staying)
- Lovo lunch
- Expert guides
- Low level of fitness required
- 5yrs and under must be accompanied by an adult
- Bring money for the village market
- A sulu (sarong) must be worn when visiting the village
Mon – Sat
subject to availability
until further notice
jewel of fiji
Travel to the township of Navua where you begin your journey to a world of wonderment. This peaceful trip up the beautiful Navua River will have you mesmorised with it’s beauty. Travel past villages, famlands, tropical rainforest and deep canyons. Meander through small rapids and witness the beauty of numerous waterfalls. Look out for the array of native birds too.
Magical Waterfall Swim
Approximately 1hr up the river we will stop at the biggest waterfall on the Navua River. (it can accommodate up to 100 people). There is a 5min walk into the wilderness meandering along side the cascading water to get to the first pool. For the more adventurous our guides are there to help you get to the bigger falls. Plunge in to the refreshing cool water and feel the thunder of the water as it hits the water. You truly are ‘at one with nature’
This ride on the unsinkable “HMS BILIBILI”. It is a re-enactment of the centuries old way of transport before roads or motors were introduced. Transfer from your punt on to the bamboo raft (not as tricky as it sounds) and enjoy this smooth ride for about 30 minutes down stream. You hear nothing but the sound of the forest and the birds – no motors used. Go with the flow.
Fijian Village Tour
A day on the river wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t visit a village. Be welcomed by the sound of the conch shell as a Fijian Warrior escorts you to the village meeting house (Bure). Experience age-old customs and traditions with a customary welcome yaqona (kava) ceremony. This sacred ceremony is only performed to visiting high chiefs or very important visitors. Enjoy a tour of the village taking in the kindergarten, watch a coconut be cracked open with bare hands and learn how they prepare the grass for basket weaving. You can purchase a coconut freshly prepared in front of you and drink the delicious water inside. Watch as the lovo is unveiled then enjoy a hearty meal followed by some dancing.
- The history of the village that was established by John Humphrey Danford in the early 1800’s.
- War dance performances by the young men of the village
- Native root crops, fruits, vegetables, herbal medicine and kava plants
- Join in “taralala & tuboto” (Snake Dance)
- Village handicraft souvenir shopping
- Witness unearthing of your lovo lunch (cooked underground)
- Woman plating Fijian mats
- Village pre-school kindy
- Woman folk dancers
- Coconut by-products
- Tapa painting
- Farewell song – “Isa Lei”