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Fijian villages

Yigo, Mariana...
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Fijian villages

Our best experience that we had in Fiji was visiting a Fijian village. I won't tell you which one, we went to but it was amazing. The family we visited spent an entire Saturday sharing their culture. We had lunch together and my wife partook in the Kava ceremony. The Kava ceremony was unlike anything you will see in town or at a resort. We were invited to the village after visiting with local Fijians on their own turf for three days. If you want to experience a true Fijian village this is the way to do it, not through paying a resort to take you to an acting village.

If you go make sure you talk to your friend who is inviting you into the village about appropriate dress and what you need to bring. The family asked for nothing but I wish I would have brought a proper gift (instead I donated $50 FJD to the family which is a lot, but for the experience I got it's nothing). If you are going to bring anything, bring something practical. The village may or may not have electricity. Many children do their homework by candlelight in the small villages.

Swan Hill, Australia
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1. Re: Fijian villages

Totally agree. We met a guy who invited us back to his village and we saw the "real Fiji". We took balloons for the children, and also pencils, crayons and other stationery. (we also left a donation for the village).

We also went on a tour to another village and this too was an amazing experience - we took part in the Kava ceremony and they made us lunch too. We were then able to mingle with the villagers, visit the school classrooms and relax.

We learnt alot about village life from both the arranged tour, and from our new village friend. Walk up the beach from your resort and you might find tours run by villagers....rather than booking one run through by the resort. We did...they are cheaper and more genuine.

Pacific Coast...
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2. Re: Fijian villages

They are the most friendly people and very proud of their heritage I agree a village/school visit is a must. Another very worthwhile thing to do is to visit Treasure House Orphanage in Nadi just down the road toward Nadi town on the left past Macdonalds . Open in the afternoons these beautiful children really love having visitors and so many people just drive on past not even knowing this place exists.

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