Monday – Day 1
We will collect you from the airport or Nadi town, whichever is easiest for you, and take you to wallow in the mud pools after a walk in the Garden on the Sleeping Giant. You’ll then head to the village for a traditional village welcome ceremony, sevusevu and evening meal before an early night.
Tuesday – Day 2
Learn all about village life, help to cook, go fishing with the women and relax in the slow pace of island life. You have a change to do extra local activities if you want. We can discuss this.
Wednesday – Day 3
At this idyllic hideaway nestled under palms on a pristine beach, you’ll discover the local surroundings on a jungle walk with Juta, an elder from the next door village. High tide allows you to take a kayak out to the reef of go for a snorkel. Stand Up Paddle boards are available to hire too.
Thursday – Day 4
Today, at high tide, you’ll try your hand at coral gardening then have a surfing lesson on the local break. If there is a shark snorkelling trip you can substitute the surfing for this exciting reef experience, don’t worry, theres nothing to be afraid of!
Friday – Day 5
After an early, three hour journey from the coast to a locally owned, village eco lodge deep in the interior of the mainland, you’ll settle into your quaint, traditional bure with the sound of the river and birds surrounding you. Here is where you’ll step back in time to experience life with very limited electricity, locally cooked food, simple, yet comfortable bure rooms and a real appreciation of the way life used to be.
Saturday – Day 6
Today you’ll leave early on a day hike deep into the highland jungle, a very different hike to the one you did on the coast. These are ancient footpaths still used by local villages to track pigs, carry food to trade amongst each other. You’ll have a welcome ceremony in one of the villages you have to pass on your way and eat a picnic at a huge waterfall.
“You’ll have breakfast before heading off into the jungle to start your jungle tramp. The small, local, farmers track winds into the forest towards a village about an hour away. A sevusevu is where you’ll meet the Chief and get permission to go to the secret waterfall. After a few bowls of kava you’ll head downhill to the waterfall where you can jump, wallow and relax in the cool water. The day of scrambling, slipping, sliding, getting wet and muddy is filled with roughly hour long forest based walking with half hour breaks. We crossed two rivers, started with seven people and at one point had 19 in the group! Locals come along for the chat and join on their way to their farms. A pig followed us on his muddy jungle track for about half an hour, seemingly showing us the way home!”
Children are welcome on this hike – 11 year old joined our group.
- The 5 hour day long hike
- Depart 9am
- Return 4pm
- 1 hour at the waterfall
- 1 hour at a village sevusevu
- ½ break mid afternoon
Sunday – Day 7
After breakfast hop on a traditional ‘bilibili’ raft which will take you down the river. Transport will then return you down to the coastline onto the airport or next leg of your journey.