Fiji, a country perhaps most known for its water in some circles and its rugby stars. But when you arrive here you realize there is much more than that! With plenty of resorts on a number of islands – it can be easy to miss out on the cultural aspects of this country. Take a tour and visit local markets, traditional villages and talk to locals for more insights on their country. All activities that will certainly give you a better perspective of life here then just staying in a resort.
Navala is a traditional village in the highlands of the main island – homes are made from locally grown materials – and a visit allows one to experience local cuisine and customs. A highlight of any visit to a Fiji village is the Kava Welcoming Ceremony. As a visitor you are introduced to the local villagers – once accepted and approved to be in the village you will be offered a traditional drink – the Kava made from ground powder of the root of the same name. This drink varies in strength – stronger versions may number your mouth and lounge for a while. It is a drink that helps one relax.
Another small village worth visiting is Tau – along with the Tau Cave. This is located fairly close to the Seashell Momi Diving/Surfing Resort and tours can be arranged through the front office of this resort. A local guide from the village will accompany you to the give and give you insights into his ancestor’s history. For more information about Fiji, visit the official visitor’s site: www.fiji.travel
Michael Zullo says
Very good article, Dave. Pics are great. We’ve never been there – maybe someday down the road when we’re in the South Pacific. Thanks for the info.