NB Need to arrive the day before the escape starts and spend the night in Nadi at your own expense. (escape starts on Monday morning at 10am)
Our recommended hostel will organise an airport meet and greet and then you will be taken to their hostel in Wailoaloa beach where you can pay at reception for your additional night’s accommodation. You’ll get a chance to catch up on some sleep, drink some kava and relax with the local staff.
If you have some free time before your trip commences we recommend the Mud Baths and the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Local taxis and the reception desk at you hostel will help you to arrange this. Otherwise there is a beach to relax on if you want to take it easy.
Day 1 – Monday
Travel by bus from Nadi to Suva
You will catch a local bus from Nadi to Suva, a four hour journey with the sea to the right along the stunning -Coral Coast. Once in the capital, Suva, you will have the chance to buy things you may have forgotten and stock up on snacks and juice for your ferry journey. Your guide will take this opportunity to shop for equipment if need be and buy your takeaway meal for the onward ferry journey. You’ll spend 15-18 hours overnight on the ferry – your first taste of true island life! You’ll be travelling first class in a clean, air-conditioned communal room where everyone sleeps on the carpeted floor. We can watch movies and play games to pass the time.
Day 2 – Tuesday
Arrive Taveuni. Welcome and briefing. Relaxing and adapting to the culture
On Tuesday one of our smiley taxi men will pick you up from the jetty on Taveuni and take you to the eco-lodge via the local town where you will have the last chance to use an ATM or go to a supermarket. We will make our way to a beautiful forest lodge with its own pristine beach. Volunteering activities are in the morning and late afternoon when it is coolest. During your ‘off time’ this is your opportunity to relax and absorb the all important ‘Fiji Time!’ while getting used to the heat and culture.
Day 3, 4, 5 and 6 – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Coral reef volunteering. Relax.
Volunteering activities are in the morning and late afternoon when it is coolest.
Day 7 – Sunday
We will take a bus to eco-lodge 2 along the ‘Coconut Highway’ of Taveuni, a meandering and rather bumpy but beautiful track into the National Park. You will discover stunning waterfalls and kayak along a beautiful untouched rainforest coastline.
Day 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurday and Friday
Village life and Marine Protected Area trip
In the village you will experience the rare opportunity to be truly immersed into Fijian life. You’ll be officially welcomed with a traditional Sevusevu (Fijian welcome ceremony) where you’ll meet your host family and settle into your house. The first evening will be spent unpacking and adapting to village life with your host family. We will personally tell you all about the rules and cultural values of village life so you feel comfortable. This is a great chance for you to ask questions and get used to local traditions of island life.
When the tide is right you’ll visit Fiji’s longest established Marine Protected Area (MPA) to learn about how it is run and the wonderful marine life in and around it. You’ll see how this unique no-fishing zone helps improve reef quality and fish size as well as provide for the village.
During your time in the village you’ll spend mornings (until 1pm) and afternoons (from 3pm) on our volunteering projects unless you want to do school volunteering in which case its from 8am until 3pm. The village tends to wind down after lunch and you will probably need a siesta too as it is the hottest part of the day.
On one of these days you will go on a full day (six hours) forest survival trek far into the heart of the forest where you’ll pass ancient fortified villages and end at a huge and beautiful waterfall. You’ll learn traditional hunting practices still used by the locals; try to spot the endemic Orange Dove and listen out for the Barking Pigeon; you’ll hear stories passed down from ancestors and delve into Fiji’s history. In the evenings you’ll relax with your family, drink kava, help with cooking, play volleyball or rugby, and generally be part of island village life. Electricity is usually available for a very short time each evening.
Day 13 – Saturday
Natural waterslide, dateline and final dinner
It’s time to say goodbye to your host family and head back to the jetty area where along the way there will be lots of fun (and maybe bruises!) to be had on an exhilarating natural waterslide. From there you can jump from yesterday into today at the International Dateline before heading back to spend your last night letting your hair down with your group at a sunset restaurant. You’ll stay at a local, vibrant lodge where music fills the air and locals will sing the night away. A great way to end your stay on the lovely island of Taveuni.
Day 14 – Sunday
Leaving Taveuni (note: not included in the price)
Boat: $95 first class. Our guide will accompany you on your overnight return ferry trip back to Suva. You will then take a bus back to Nadi on Monday morning along the scenic Coral Coast Route. Your trip will end in Nadi on Monday afternoon.
Alternatively you can fly unaccompanied straight to Nadi if there is availability, flights costs about $FJD330.