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Wildcrafted Traveller

Fiji

Ridge to Reef Discovery

Perfect for students who are keen explore the cultural depths and off the radar, pristine environment of the outer islands of Fiji. This isn't a holiday and may push your boundries a little but will be incredibly rewarding.
From: £2380
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Key Activities Include:
  • PADI Open water certificate (or dives of equivalent value)

  • 16 days wildcrafted island camping with reef and coastal workshops including coral gardening and mangrove planting and permaculture

  • A shark snorkel or SUP session and locally guided jungle hike

  • 6 days of island chill time

"I've learned so much while I stayed in the village. It's hard for me to put my experience into words other than it's one of those life changing experiences and it will always be in my heart".
Trine Ellehammer Christensen November 25, 2013
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Where we will take you

Route Map

Airport
Landmarks Visited On This Trip
Brief Itinerary
  • Collection from the airport in a group on the 21st July
  • Two nights in a surf lodge to acclimatise and relax after your flight
  • 16 days wildcrafted island camping with reef and coastal workshops including
  • 6 days of island chill time
  • PADI Open water certificate (or dives of equivalent value)
Taste Of The Island

Please budget for your own bottled water ($FJD3 each) if you don’t want to drink boiled water. We recommend two per day, you can buy it together with snacks at the local town before you go to your village.

Breakfast:
Village breakfasts include lemon leaf tea, flour-based buns, banana and porridge.
Adventure breakfasts on the move consist of muesli with fruit and tea or coffee.

Packed lunches:
Village lunches will be similar to dinners and will consist of a variety of dishes made from locally grown cassava, dalo (both root crops), fish and local spinaches. Lots of food is cooked in lolo (coconut milk).
Adventure lunches on the move are a choice of roti (curry wrapped in a savory pancake - very filling!) or tuna or cheese and pickle sandwiches or soup with bread (food requests other than vegetarianism can not be catered for).

Dinner
Village dinners are similar to the lunches

Prices And Availability
  • Start Date
    Price
    Availability
  • 21/07/2018
    £2380
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Included/Excluded
Included:
  • PADI Open Water diving course.
  • Coral gardening, mangrove planting and permaculture workshops
  • 6 days of island chill time
  • Village Sevusevu ceremony and all activities
  • All meals
  • All accommodation including village homestay and cosy beach lodges
  • Transfers and island transportation
  • Local orientation and introduction to island history and Marine Protected Areas (MPA)
  • 24 hour in-country support
  • Pre-departure support and information
Excluded:
  • Snacks and water
  • Return journey
  • Optional extras
Accommodation Details

Village homestays are really simple but very comfortable. They have generator electricity usually run on solar energy so electric access can be sporadic.

Please don’t use devices in public except for your camera, everyone loves their picture being taken.

Storytelling, singing, jokes and riddles during kava replace TV at night. Your versions will be welcomed with open ears and huge smiles!

Activities
  • Coral reef conservation workshop
  • Sea kayaking
  • Permaculture workshop
  • Shark snorkel or SUP session
  • Locally guided jungle hike
Detailed Itinerary
Helpful Information

REMEMBER 10% OF PROCEEDS GO BACK TO COMMUNITY PROJECTS OF YOUR CHOICE.

We advise arriving a day before to acclimatise.

Optional activities include: Pacific style wood-block printing, one hour island massage or remote island camping.

We work with local communities by taking you to them, this helps then improve their income generation options and boost eco-tourism in Fiji which is still a minority sector. All activities use local hosts and guides and ensure the environment and culture are top priority when making all decisions.

Please bring your own reusable water bottle to help reduce waste on the island. Purification tablets are also good if you don’t want to drink boiled water.

Details of your resort/lodge names and full itinerary will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed with 20% deposit.

We can tailor this trip by changing one of the activities according to your preferences, just contact us for more information.

You’ll be welcomed and remembered with open arms by our partner villages, guides, taxi drivers, cooks, fishermen, shop owners and even complete strangers. Fiji is just like that!

Thank You for Going Green in Fiji – Our little way of saying thank you for helping us preserve these stunning waters and pristine lands is to send you a hand-woven Fijian ‘voivoi’ door mat to your home. It is more than likely you will meet the women who made it and even if not, you will leave knowing that you not only gave 10% of your trip cost back to local projects but also provided direct income to local women who are continuing their traditional skills. 

Coral Gardening Summary

Coral gardening is easy to learn, very effective and a great way to learn about tropical reefs while keeping fit It is a short term, applied conservation technique which requires patience, attention to detail
and the ability to snorkel
This new programme is designed to allow you to help save and reef and help show the world that coral reefs can potentially survive into the future

Why Coral Gardening?

Mass coral bleaching started in 2014 and has seen the destruction of reefs all over the planet – including Fiji Despite Cyclone Winston which hit the islands in February 2016 and cooled the waters, there is still lots to be done to help heat resistant species flourish. This is where you come in!

Dissertation Study Summary (Optional)

Students studying subjects such as tourism, photography, geography, business, entrepreneurship, biology, marine biology, anthropology, international development will all benefit hugely. You will stay in a village homestay and get really immersed in the culture while you gather qualitative and some quantitative research data

Why Island Spirit?

We’ve been in Fiji for almost eight years so we know the locals you’re working with personally. We are a small, social enterprise which allows you to talk directly with Kirsty, the Director,
you are not one of the masses, this is more personal
By just travelling with Island Spirit you are already helping generate fair income for these tiny outer island villages. For example, depending on the group size, each homestay host will receive between FJD$30 (£12) each per person, per night with three home-cooked meals. Other similar organisations pay as little at $15 per person. A small example of how the smaller details go a long way

Deal

If you get 5 friends to book together (with yourself as 6) then you go for 50% off!

Suggested Subjects

Students studying subjects such as tourism, photography, geography, business, entrepreneurship, biology, marine biology, anthropology, international development

What Next?

Pay a £50 deposit to secure your place Buy your flight ticket
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Pay full price at least one month before arrival