Island Dreams: A Fijian Getaway

Company : Soulful Concepts
Activities: Activity Holidays / Career Break / Tours / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Cultural Tours
Country: Fiji
Location : Fiji, South Pacific
Duration: < 1 week to 1 week
Approx Costs: 1250 to 1500 £ Pound (UK)
Tour Code : FJCON16

FijiRelax in the natural paradise of Fiji on this seven-day island adventure. Fiji’s archipelago sits in the warm waters of the South Pacific Ocean and is composed of more than 330 magical islands and islets.

With a rich tribal history and endless amounts of postcard-perfect scenery, Fiji is exactly what most people picture when they picture beach paradise. Through our island explorations, we will experience Fiji’s natural abundance on land and in water, as well as get a chance to engage in the country’s rich history of cultural exchange and tribal village life. Swim in calm blue waters teeming with life, visit vast green forests filled with diversity, express your inner adventurer off road and downriver and engage in local customs with proud islanders. 

Most of all rest and unwind as you adjust to the relaxing pace of “Fiji Time”. With an emphasis on environmental sustainability and authentic cultural encounters, this trip contributes to the conservation work and initiatives of the Mamanuca Environment Society, whose mission it is to protect the marine and terrestrial resources of Fiji’s Mamanuca Region while growing a culture of responsibility in tourism and community livelihood.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Nadi to Natadola Bay: Bula! 

Bula and welcome to Fiji! Upon arrival in Nadi International airport, be welcomed by the friendly greeting of a local host who will provide you with further information about some of the exciting things in store for the days ahead. A comfortable pick up will take you to the beautiful Natadola Bay, an easy 45 minutes drive away, where the island style of the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa will be our home for the week. Relax, settle in and take in the views of award winning Natadola beach as you adjust to “Fiji time”.

  • Accommodation: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
  • Meals: none

 

Day 2 – Natadola Bay and Sigatoka Town: An off-road cave safari

Start a day of inland adventure with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Today offers us a chance to see firsthand the beauty of Fiji’s lush interior landscape as we venture down a road less travelled aboard a custom build Off Road vehicle.  With the choice between an early morning start at 7:15 am or a mid-morning departure at 11:45 am, we will make our way to Sigatoka Town. From there we head further inland passing friendly villages of the Sigatoka Valley and glimpses of daily village life.

We will cross the Sigatoka river on a modern version of a traditional Bilibili raft before arriving at Naihehe Cave, part of Fiji’s largest cave system. We are greeted by the traditional priest family who watch over the cave and who will be our guides as we venture into this unique landscape. Together we will get to explore this geological marvel as we gain insight into the tribal history associated with the cave. After our cave expedition there is a chance to rest as we partake in a sumptuous Fijian BBQ lunch overlooking a welcoming waterhole where you can take a refreshing dip. 

An easy ride home has us back just in time for a relaxing evening meal of your choice and views of the sun setting over the waves. 

  • Accommodation: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
  • Meals: B, L 

 

Day 3 – Natadola Bay and Sigatoka River: A day downstream

Start the day with breakfast at the resort before we embark on a half-day eco-cultural adventure. Again the choice is yours between an early start at 7:15 am or mid-morning departure at 11:45 am. Travelling along the Sigatoka River in a custom built safari jet boat, we will get a chance to visit authentic Fijian Villages, connecting to their way of life and their daily rituals. Our local village guide will help us understand the history, customs, and legends of the native ‘Kaiviti’ Fijians as we interact with the beautiful natural surroundings. Experience a traditional welcome ceremony, taste the local delicacy known as Kava, share lunch prepared by the villagers, and join in the traditional dancing and merriment. 

This is also a unique way to have a positive impact. Working with over fifteen local villages, the Sigatoka River Safari allows us to connect with the different village projects they fund, including water, electricity, telecommunications, education, and health initiatives. 

A high speed ride, has us back to the jetty in no time. Relax and unwind at the resort for an afternoon of reflection on the day’s adventures!

  • Accommodation: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
  • Meals: B, L

 

Day 4 – Natadola Bay and Likuri Island: Live like Robinson Crusoe

Wake up to a resort breakfast before we head out for a day of island bliss and intriguing history. We will make our way by boat cruise to the picturesque “Robinson Crusoe Island”, or Likuri island, to enjoy its tranquil blue lagoon, long white sand beach, swaying palm trees and coral reef fringe.  With a history dating back more than 3500 years, locals have long considered this a sacred spot. The day is ours to explore and play both in the water and on land. Snorkel the vibrant reef, paddle the sea kayaks, or sip on a fresh coconut as you soak up some sun. 

For lunch we will enjoy the delicious local flavours of a traditional Fijian ‘Lovo’ barbeque, where succulent pieces of chicken, fish, and pork are carefully wrapped in woven palm fronds and banana leaves before they are cooked in a fire pit of hot rocks, along with staples of Fijian cuisine such as ‘dalo’, ‘cassava’ and wild yams. As our feast cooks, brave locals will demonstrate their skill for walking on fire which legend says was originally gifted to them by a magical eel. The ritual chants and traditional dances of this unique ceremony mix with the ocean breeze for a mesmerising experience.  

Following our filling lunchtime feast, there is the chance for more island explorations with a juggle walk. Our local medicine-man guide will help us to learn about the area’s natural ecology before we visit an excavation site where ancient pottery was discovered. 

After a full day connecting to the island’s traditions and landscape, we will make our way back to our jetty by boat before turning in for a restful night’s sleep at our resort. 

  • Accommodation: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
  • Meals: B, L 

 

Day 5 – Natadola Bay: A day of beachside bliss

After a leisurely breakfast the day is yours to enjoy the contemporary island style of our beautiful resort. Spend the day relaxing or independently exploring. Take in the views and soak up the sun as you dip in and out of the blue tropical waters. Enjoy some unique beachside dining or toast the sunset with fruity cocktails. There are also plenty of extra activities to choose from including with the possibility of water sports, a round of golf, joining in a local cooking class, or heading out to visit a nearby market.

  • Accommodation: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
  • Meals: B 

 

Day 6 – Natadola Bay and Mana Island: Conservation and Community

Today we have a chance to see firsthand the important work of our charity partner, The Mamanuca Environment Society. Dedicated to preserving the unique environment of the Fiji’s Mamanuca Region, the MES invites us to connect with one of their numerous conservation initiatives. Following a morning transfer to our boat jetty, we will enjoy at 1.5 hour cruise through the stunning Mamanuca Islands as we make our way to Mana Island. At Mana island we have a chance to learn about MES’s Turtle Conservation Project and their aim of protecting the breeding and nesting grounds of the region’s native turtle populations. If our visit coincides with turtle health monitoring week then there will be an opportunity to see how the MES’s dedicated staff care for sick turtles.  

The secluded beaches of Mana Island also offer us a chance to enjoy some more fun in the sun, with water activities, hiking trails and plenty of idyllic spots to lounge. In the afternoon we will make our back to our resort, with some island hopping along the way. The night is yours for an independent dinner and an evening of personal leisure. 

  • Accommodation: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
  • Meals: B, L 

 

Day 7 – Natadola Bay to Nadi: Island goodbyes

On our final morning together soak up the views as you enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we make our way by SIC transfer back to Nadi for your onward travel. With a warm farewell we say goodbye to Fiji’s beauty, knowing we now have a special connection to this magical country. 

  • Meals: B 

 

Give back… 

Organisation:  Mamanuca Environment Society

Donation component: £100 per person

Your Impact: Your contribution will go towards assisting the MES team in preparing awareness materials, as well as purchasing beach cleaning equipment, planting tools and coastal tree seedlings. 

Fiji is a vibrant land of blue-green lagoons, rich rainforests and thousands of kilometres of white sand beaches ringing over 300 islands drawing visitors from around the world.  The Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) is a small but passionate group, formed in 2001, by local resorts and tour operators who were concerned about damage being done to the ecosystems of the Mamanuca Region.  With a strong commitment to protecting the stunning marine and terrestrial environments, this proactive society operate environmental awareness projects that specifically target behavior change through educational programs and implementation of best practice policies.  

Covering more than 200,000 kilometres of ocean, the warm tropical waters of Fiji are home to a colourful collage of undersea creatures, including four different types of marine turtle. Internationally recognised as a species of conservation concern, all marine turtles are experiencing serious threats to their survival. It is estimated that the survival rate of a marine turtle is only one in every thousand due to destruction of their natural habitat and breeding grounds. As more turtle breeding and nesting grounds are being discovered in the Mamanuca Island, MES has undertaken a Turtle Conservation Project. 

The donation component of this trip also goes towards supporting MES’s Environmental Education Program. This conservation program aims to educate and engage students in Years 6-8 from three local schools through various practical activities that help students better understand the interconnectivity of the region’s unique ecosystems. Your contribution will go towards assisting the MES team in preparing awareness materials as well as purchasing beach cleaning equipment, planting tools and coastal tree seedlings. 

As always, by participating in responsible tourism that respects and honours the people and places you visit, you are also helping to support the Fijian people in maintaining their way of life. Your travel time in their villages and your interest in their culture helps bring money to the community, supports local guides and artists, and allows them to take pride in maintain their traditions.

Travel

  • Airport Pickup
  • Boat / Ferry
  • Bus / Coach
  • Internal Travel

Accomodation

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  • Hotel

Meals

  • Breakfast
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Tour Price

What's included: Accommodation with breakfast daily (5 star resort) All transfers in SIC air-conditioned vehicles English speaking guide throughout Meals as indicated in the itinerary Entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary What's not included: Flights and airline taxes Single Supplement Fijian Visa* Return coach transfer FJD $25 per person paid directly at the Robinson Crusoe jetty for Robinson Crusoe Day Cruise Optional tours and excursions Tips and gratitude’s Personal travel insurance and vaccinations Items of a personal nature Other services not listed in the inclusions column *Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip

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