Traditional Fiji: Nukubalavu Village

3 hours | Savusavu | S V U - 1 0 0
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  • Fijian Village Visits
Includes snack, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Experience traditional Fiji with this half-day, moderately active adventure that begins at your pier in Savusavu. Board your island bus for a scenic drive along Vanua Levu's breathtaking coastal road. View the swaying palms of passing copra plantations that cultivate coco to produce copra from which high-fat palm oil is made.

Visit Nukubalavu, one of Savusavu's oldest traditional villages how far does it date back. Its chiefly title - Tui Na Savasavu - is one of the highest on the island and it is home to the paramount chief of Savusavu.

Upon your arrival you will greet the Elders who will then escort you on a tour of their breathtaking village. Meet some of the 300 residents of Nukubalavu. Watch a fascinating demonstration of traditional island arts and crafts including mat and basket weaving, which are woven using pandanus and coconut palms softened and slit into ribbons.

Enter the village hall for the time-honored Fijian kava ceremony. Observe as kava root is pounded, mixed with water and sipped from coconut shells. This important social ritual is used as a form of welcome as well as to reinforce traditional authority of chiefs, to seal alliances and to commemorate milestones such as births, deaths and marriages.

Take time from your exploration of this charming village to indulge in a refreshing drink of bu, green coconut juice that is served during your visit.

Special Notes:

Transportation is by island bus - some lack air-conditioning.

Dress conservatively - women's clothing should cover the shoulders and knees. Hats must be removed before entering the village.

Although you may be invited to sample the kava, we do not recommend participation.

Bring local currency for additional purchases.

Restrooms facilities are rustic.

Child Price:

12 years and under

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Board your bus and Depart for Nukublavu Village

Transport type:
Island Style Bus
Transport Capacity:
50
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
No

Arrive at the Village / Greeted by the Village Elders and Villagers / Garlending

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Kava Ceremony and Entertainment

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Free Time to wonder around the Village / Photo Opportunities with the Villagers

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
180
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board coach to return back to the mariner

Transport type:
Island Style Bus
Transport Capacity:
50
Travel time:
00:40
Air conditioned:
No