« Hiking, Yoga & Culture Fiji

Category:
Travel The World
Code:
ADV0371
Dates/Times:
July 30th, 2018 – August 7th, 2018
Start Time:
2.00pm
Duration:
9 Days
From:
AU$2950.00
Location:
Fiji


Join us on a genuine cultural experience with a 'real' insight into rural Fiji.  Avoid the touristy spots, travel as a small group (8 Guests Only), interact with the villager’s …... and discover the true heart of Fiji.

Fiji is famous for its corals and coast, but we take you on a journey away from the tourist resorts, walking in a landscape of dramatic peaks, pristine forests, sparkling rivers, remote villages, exploring vibrant traditional culture and unique history. You’ll return to the coast for three days of relaxation and restorative yoga overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Fiji’s Suncoast.

We work in partnership with the communities you visit to reduce the impact and maximise the benefits of your trip. We believe your adventure should be great for you, and great for the communities! 

Your trip funds provide a supplementary source of income to remote, largely subsistent village communities in Fiji’s interior, in the form of payments for guides, accommodation and food, as well as contributions to village development funds.



Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Monday 30th July 

Pickup: Nadi airport         Time:  TBC

Upon arrival at Nadi airport you’ll be transferred to Fiji’s Suncoast - the land of endless summer! The Suncoast is one of Viti Levu’s hidden gems - With only a few boutique hotels, you’ll soon ease into the pace of island life. You’ll arrive in time to meet your fellow travellers for dinner on their veranda restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Accommodation: Wananavu Beach Resort

 

 

Day 2 - Tuesday 31st July  – Nabalesere waterfall (Walking Distance: 3km)

Your Adventurous Women Tour Manager & Guides will meet you after breakfast at 9.30am, then it's time to head inland to the rural village of Nabalesere. The drive takes about 1.5hrs. Once there you’ll sevusevu, a tradition to formally ask permission to be in the village and cross their land, and visit their stunning waterfall, where you’ll stop to soak up the ambience and go for a swim, followed by a cup of draunimoli (lemon leaf tea) and a late lunch back in the village. The walk to the waterfall is approx 30-45mins one-way but is steep in places.

Our tip: We recommend starting the day wearing clothes and shoes to walk and get wet in at the waterfall. For safety you should keep your shoes on at all times and get them wet. If you have a second pair of walking sandals or shoes, you can wear these and keep any proper hiking boots dry for the next day. You can change when we return to the village, so it’s also a good idea to have a small bag with dry clothes and a towel prepared, that you can leave in the village.  As the waterfall is also a cultural site, please don’t strip down to revealing swimwear. Do as the locals do and just get wet!

After lunch and our goodbyes we’ll head back to the Suncoast arriving in time for sunset drinks.

Meals:  B, L

Accommodation: Wananavu Beach Resort




Day 3 - Wednesday August 1st - Wananavu to Naga village (Walking Distance: 3km)

The morning is yours to enjoy ... relax with a book, or for those feeling active, to head out for a kayak or a swim. 

After check-out around 11.00am, we’ll make our way inland and head up to the picturesque village of Naga. On arrival, we’ll have lunch before taking a stroll along a farm track to learn from the women in the village about the food they grow and some of their daily challenges in getting their produce to market. You’ll have the opportunity to harvest some seasonal produce and contribute to the dinner preparations. 

After our walk, we’ll sevusevu and enjoy a dinner together in Naga’s community hall, our accommodation for the evening. After enjoying a feast of local dishes we can relax with a game of cards - or try your luck learning vidividi. It’s played in pairs - and our advice is to make sure you choose a partner from the village!

Meals:  B, D

Accommodation: shared by guests in the community hall, mattresses and top blankets are provided

 

 

Day 4 - Thursday 2nd August  – Naga to Nubutautau (Walking Distance: 12km)

This day of walking combines a great hike with some cultural immersion. Be prepared for a rugged hike and three fordings of the upper Sigatoka river.

You’ll have breakfast around 7:30am and should be hiking by 8:30am. We’ll load your big bags into our vehicles to be driven the long way around. Remember to keep a sulu with you in your day pack. The village will provide roti parcels for lunch.

You get great views as you stride out from the village and descend down to the river, and the old, abandoned village on the opposite bank where the unfortunate Reverend Baker was eaten. Following the river you pass another old village site, and several good swimming spots. If the weather’s good, you’ll hopefully have time to jump in. Eventually you start to climb up steeply from the river for 1.5km and arrive in the village of Nubutautau, where you will spend the night.

The village hall will be yours to eat and sleep in. There’s also a traditional bure that is often available for your use. There are flush toilets and cold showers. We’ll be well looked after and following a sevusevu, and before dinner, we should have opportunity to hear the Rev Baker story in full.

You’ll spend the night on the floor of the community hall or in the bure. It’s well padded with mats over dried reeds, and as with other nights mattresses and blankets are provided to add to the comfort!

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: shared by guests in the community hall or bure, mattresses and top blankets are provided

 

 

Day 5 - Friday 3rd August – Nubutautau to Bulou’s Lodge, Navala (Walking Distance: 21km, shorter options available)

 

Today brings a solid day of walking, but ingeniously, apart from two notable climbs, it’s “mostly downhill”! This is a full day of hiking, and you should be prepared for the hot sun immediately prior to our lunch break, but you’re rewarded with some big views in the morning and a beautiful stretch of river in the afternoon.

It’s all about the early start, and you should be breakfasting by 7am. After breakfast, leaving your big bags in the village to be taken separately, you'll get transported to the ridgeline above Nubutautau.

From the ridge you strike out westwards with your guides across a battlefield and old village sites. Taking in a couple of tops and some amazing 360-degree views you slowly descend to the Ba river. The final stretch down to the river can be hot, as the sun is high and the breeze can drop. Once you reach the river we should have time for a cooling swim before lunch provided by Nubutautau. You’ll then follow the river along the valley, with some rock scrambling and gentle winding paths, to a bridge near the village of Navala, and then a final 1.5km up the road to Bulou’s Lodge.

The facilities at the Lodge are simple, with a dorm room, flush toilets and cold showers, but a good dinner and breakfast are provided and Tui the owner is a great host.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: shared by guests in a dorm room with beds or a limited number of private huts are available

 

 

Day 6 - Saturday 4th August– visit Navala village and return to the Suncoast

After a leisurely breakfast we load up the cars and head back to Navala village with Tui to take a look around. Navala is a beautiful village with rows of neatly built traditional bures. After soaking up the atmosphere you’ll say goodbye to the highlands and head down to Ba and the coast.

We’ll have lunch along the way and a full body massage awaits you on your return to Wananavu to ease some tired muscles. Our sunset cocktails this evening will feel very well deserved!

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Wananavu Beach Resort




Day 7 - Sunday 5th August  – Island Yoga

An early dawn yin yoga session will focus on long, deep stretches and the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis and lower spine - the ideal way to release tension in overworked joints after our hiking adventure. After breakfast, we’ll catch a boat across to Nananu-i-ra and the deserted Onei beach. It’s the perfect setting for a morning meditation session to the sound of the ocean.

We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and an afternoon snorkeling before heading back to Wananavu feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Wananavu Beach Resort

 

 

Day 8 - Monday 6th August - Reflections on our journey

Our dawn session today focusses on vinyasa flow yoga designed to energise us for the day ahead.

The day is yours and you are free to join any of the activities Wananavu offers or to take the energy levels down again and spend a quiet day of reflection.

We’ll join together for a sunset restorative yoga session to draw our journey together to a close and offer thanks for our time together enjoying this beautiful island and its people.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Wananavu Beach Resort

 

 

Day 9 - Tuesday 7th August

We’ll depart after breakfast and head to Nadi for our onward travel back to Australia or to your next destination for those of you keen to see more of this beautiful country.

Meals: B

Transfer time To Nadi: 2.5 hours


Hiking in Fiji


GENERAL FAQ's

We provide more detailed information and a gear list, in our full Trip Notes provided at time of booking to help you plan & prepare for your adventure.


How fit do I need to be? Is the walking hard?

The walks on this tour cover a variety of levels of difficulty. The visit to Nabalesere and their waterfall is within most people’s ability. The track is 1.5km each way, with some up and down, but no time pressure.

Other walks are more strenuous, but are within the ability of most people with good general fitness and a familiarity with hiking. Our longer walks should leave you feeling satisfying tired after a good day’s walking and a sense of achievement, however there are shorter options available for those who do not wish to walk the full distance on these days.

The challenge of walking in Fiji comes from the heat, humidity, remoteness and the nature of the tracks, which are not constructed paths, are uneven and can become muddy and slippery after rain (Walking Poles are recommended)

 

What shoes are best to wear?

Approach or trail shoes are good all-rounders for Fiji conditions, especially those that let water in and out, have a good grip and protect the toes. But trainers/ runners with a good grip or other walking shoes will do. Avoid stylish trainers with no grip! Paths can be slippery and muddy - especially after rain.

We cross small creeks and some larger rivers, which can reach knee-high and you will get your shoes wet. Fullywaterproof shoes/boots... once inundated can take a long time to dry and you can find your feet sit in water inside them. It can go against instinct if you’re used to walking in colder climates, but the best tactic is just to walk on through the water and get your feet and shoes wet. Changing in or out of shoes, or crossing in flip-flops or bare feet are not really options. We recommend keeping your shoes on at all times, whether you’re crossing a river or even swimming.

 

What clothes are best to wear for hiking in Fiji

Lightweight, quick-dry t-shirts or shirts and a pair of knee-length shorts are what most people choose to wear, but we recommend wearing a pair of walking trousers to protect your shins from the undergrowth. Long socks or exercise leggings are alternatives. The advantage of quick-dry clothing is that you can happily jump in a river to cool off, and then let your clothes dry as you carry on walking! A lightweight raincoat/ pac-a-mac is good to bring in case we get caught in a shower. It might not keep you dry, but it’ll keep the wind out. And bring a hat to keep the sun off your head.

A sulu (a wrap-around piece of material, or sarong) is also an essential bit of kit for when you’re in villages and should be carried in your day pack. A sulu can also double as a head covering for shade, a towel, an extra layer, or even a pillow. We will provide you with a sulu for the trip if you don’t have one.

 

OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION


Group Size (Min 6 / Max 8)

Price Per Person (AUD)
$2950.00 - Adventure Club Members - (Join Now for $59.95 and Save $$ on Your First Trip with us)
$3050.00 Casual Rate


Inclusions:

Dedicated Adventurous Women Trip Leader      
English Speaking Local Guides/Drivers
Fully Qualified Yoga & Meditation Facilitator 
All cultural requirements & contributions to village development funds inc taxes
All accommodation (some basic, but welcoming)
All transport & transfers while on tour
Most Meals as stated in the itinerary
All Entry Fees to sites & guided walks listed on the itinerary
Free use of tennis equipment yoga mats & snorkelling gear at Wananavu Beach Resort
One Hour Massage PLUS $80FJD Credit for spa treatments (ie: pedicure), or upgrade of massage to 90 mins

 

Exclusions:

Flights To and From Nadi
Visa's / Departure Tax
Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
Optional snorkelling / diving by boat from Wananavu Beach Resort
Meals & Drinks not stated in the Itinerary
Items of a personal nature


Mode of Transport
Transport is in 4WD vehicles, with four passengers in each, and a driver/guide with good English. These vehicles enable us to get off the beaten track and show you much more of Fiji than is otherwise possible.


Bookings
We require a 20% deposit to confirm a booking, with full payment due 60 days prior to trip departure. To make a booking click on the BOOK NOW BUTTON below, fill out our online booking form and submit.  Once we receive it, we will email you with a Tax Invoice for payment of the deposit.  Once paid, your place on the trip is confirmed.  There are only 8 Places Available on This Tour


Cancellations
Please ensure you read our Cancellation Policy.

Waiver
As with many other outdoor activities providers we require you to sign a waiver of liability as a condition of participation. This form also requires you to provide us with any relevant medical information and an emergency contact number.


Travel insurance
Our itinerary takes you walking in some remote areas in the interior of Fiji. Our walks are not at high altitude and do not require specialist mountain climbing equipment. In the unlikely event of an emergency we may need to request helicopter evacuation. We require you to have travel insurance that covers you for the walking activities as specified in your itinerary and emergency evacuation.

General
We reserve the right to refuse your participation in a trip or to change an itinerary in the interests of safety whether relating to a person’s fitness, the weather conditions, inappropriate behaviour or any other factor.

Booking of Airline tickets
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate or ensure you have Travel Insurance in place prior to cover you.

 





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