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Fiji Expedition

Fiji

Fiji Expedition

Hiking·
Rafting
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Start: Nadi
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End: Nadi

Move beyond the resorts and take an adventure into the heart of Fiji

Activity
LocationFiji
Duration12 days
Start / EndNadi / Nadi
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Fiji

Fiji Expedition

Hiking·
Rafting·
12 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Nadi
·
End: Nadi

Description

Venture to parts of Fiji’s highlands that many visitors never get to see. Beginning and ending in Nadi, traverse through jungle-clad terrain by 4WD travelling to Fiji’s most pristine waterfalls and remote villages to discover the Fijian way of living off the land. Hike over lush grasslands into a village; raft through Fiji’s volcanic rock interior; snorkel off remote beaches and wander through ...

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Itinerary

Day 1Nadi
Welcome (Bula!) to Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. Settle into your accommodation in the town of Nadi, situated on the west coast of the main island. The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm – ask the hotel reception for details. After meeting your fellow group members, the evening is yours to enjoy, perhaps at a beachside restaurant or by heading into Nadi Town. Tomorrow we have an early start. Arriving a day earlier? Check out the chaotic colours of the Hindu temple Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami or ‘Nadi temple’ as it’s locally known. Nearly 40 per cent of Fijians are of Indian decent and Fiji-Indian cultural influences can be seen throughout the islands. Try the island’s fresh fruits with the usual suspects (mangoes, pineapples and oranges) and some you might not recognise (pomelo, rose apple and soursop) at the Nadi Produce Market, open Monday to Sunday. Special Information If you can't arrange a flight in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.
Day 2Pacific Harbour
Today we head one hour south of Nadi to Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Here we take 4-kilometre ranger-guided walk through the incredible dunes, ranging in heights from 20 to 60 metres, the great mounds have formed over millions of years. The views from the sand dunes open out to spectacular scenes along the Coral Coast. Archaeologists have found relics of pottery in the national park dating back 2600 years and the area is home to an ancient burial site that gives clues to Fiji’s first inhabitants. After the hike we make our way to tonight’s accommodation at Pacific Harbour, where the afternoon is dedicated to free time before tomorrow’s adventure activity.
Day 3Pacific Harbour
Gear up for an incredible rafting experience in Fiji’s highlands at Upper Navua Gorge. Ride down rapids naturally carved through the island’s volcanic rock interior, surrounded by towering gorge walls, dense rainforest and dozens of waterfalls. The combination of the dipping parts of river and biological diversity make this Fiji’s best spot for rafting. After the exhilarating ride, we find a lunch spot to get a good feel for the rainforest terrain. Then we return to Pacific Harbour for an additional night at our beachside accommodation.
Day 4Navunikabi village
Travelling to Fiji’s mountainous region of Namosi Province (approximately 1.5 hours), this is where we’ll stay at an eco-retreat in Navunikabi village. Venturing to Fiji’s lush highlands allows you to get off the beaten track and stay nearby villages where many families carry out traditional farming practices, growing different types of fruits and root crops. That afternoon, we’ll be guided by women from the village (approximately 2 hours) to learn more about how to harvest ingredients to prepare a traditional Fijian dinner. Here you will get the opportunity to try the national drink, kava, long used by Pacific Islanders for its calming effects and as part of traditional ceremonies.
Day 5Suva
We thank our hosts and say farewell to Navunikabi as we make our way to Fiji’s capital, Suva (approximately 1.5 hours). Take an optional walk in the morning through Suva’s main market and wander through the Fiji Museum, holding exhibits that give insights to the early history of the island with artefacts dating 3,700 years. This afternoon we head to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park for a short hike to palm-fringed freshwater pools where you can slip into the water. Look to the trees for birds with the park harbouring many of Fiji’s endemic species. Later that evening, continue listening to the sounds of the rainforest sitting next to the river at our Eco Lodge accommodation, situated on the outskirts of the park.
Day 6Nabalesere
The trip to Nabalesere village (approximately 3 hours) reveals traditional Fijian life outside the main areas. The community is nestled into the north-east of the Greater Tomanivi forest reserve in the province of Ra. In this province, you’ll hear another form of greeting, instead of saying ‘Bula!’ as in other parts of the island, the word ‘Yadra!’ (pronounced Yandra) is used to say hello. Our local guide leads us on a hike (1.5 kilometres) to the breath-taking spot of the Savulelele waterfall, arguably Fiji’s most majestic waterfall, tumbling down from a height of 70 metres. While farming is the main source of income for many Fiji communities, partnering with the village helps to create an additional source of income. After the swim we return to Nabalesere village for lunch then travel to the coast (approximately 4 hours) where we will take a short boat transfer to Nananu-i-Ra island to spend the night at our beachside accommodation.
Day 7Nananu-i-ra
Waking to the sounds of the waves lapping against the beach, take your time and enjoy a free day to explore or relax. For those looking for something more active to do, there’s the option to hit the water and go snorkelling, kayaking or try your hand at windsurfing. Ask your guide about the ridge walk for stunning views across the beach or what other optional activities there are to do around the island.
Day 8Naga
Setting off early, we take a boat to a location where we are likely to see a pod of dolphins in the open ocean. Spotting the dolphins from the boat as they weave through the water and play is a sight to behold. After the trip we head to the beach to have lunch with some time for a swim and snorkel before making our way back to the main island. Heading inland to Naga village (approximately 3 hours) we’ll be welcomed and invited to stroll through the surrounding food gardens. Tonight our group joins a communal dinner in the village.
Day 9Nubutautau
Prepare for today’s 11-kilometre hiking adventure (approximately 6 hours) across Fiji’s grasslands and into Nubutautau village. The trek follows the scenic Sigatoka River; the journey is broken up with lunch and a rewarding swim along the way. Arriving later that afternoon, tonight we stay in the village located in the heart of the island on a backdrop of small scale-farming, grassy hills and evergreen rainforest.
Day 10Nadi
After breakfast, uncover the stories that shroud Nubutautau village as you listen to the unfortunate events that took place in 1867 involving the killing and cannibalism of missionary Reverend Thomas Baker. Today’s hospitality sees a big welcome from the community and for many locals, the past events are a solemn reminder of times gone by. There’s the option to continue exploring the village surrounds on an optional loop walk to the river. We will set off after lunch on a 4WD trip to the ridgeline between the major rivers of Sigatoka and Ba River. From here, we make our way back to the main town of Nadi.
Day 11Nadi
Your Fiji Expedition comes to an end today after breakfast.

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Trip title

Fiji Expedition

Trip code

TESF

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Venture to parts of Fiji’s highlands that many visitors never get to see. Beginning and ending in Nadi, traverse through jungle-clad terrain by 4WD travelling to Fiji’s most pristine waterfalls and remote villages to discover the Fijian way of living off the land. Hike over lush grasslands into a village; raft through Fiji’s volcanic rock interior; snorkel off remote beaches and wander through nat... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Expedition

Transport

Private vehicle,Boat,Foot

Physical Rating

3

Physical preparation

You’re in for an active trip! Whilst previous experience isn’t essential for getting involved, a good level of fitness will really help you get the most out of this tour. There are certain activities it’s not possible to skip. If you can imagine yourself doing some challenging hiking for up to 6 hours in one day on paths that might be rough and muddy, then this trip is for you! The villages work h... Read more

Joining point

Club Fiji Resort

Finish point

Club Fiji Resort

Important information

1. There is no single supplement available for this trip

Group leader

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leade... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Communications

Wi-fi is increasingly widespread in Nadi and Suva. Some hotels may include it as standard but there is often a fee to get online. Internet cafe's are more common in Nadi and Suva.  Vodafone and Digicel are Fiji's mobile-phone carriers. You can buy a SIM card on arrival and top up as you go. If you love the post office as much as we do, Fiji's postal system delivers quickly. 

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

Forget the resorts – make your way into the less visited parts of Viti Levu for a deeper experience of the island

Is this trip right for you

This is an active trip with several days of point to point hiking. You only carry a day pack, with your main bags being transferred by vehicle between villages. There are several nights of multi-share stays in the local villages we visit. This trip requires a good level of fitness. All travellers will need to be competent swimmers to take part in the rafting section of this trip. We ask for you... Read more

Health

Fiji is a developing country and the standard of healthcare reflects this. Public healthcare in Fiji The standard of public healthcare in Fiji varies considerably. In urban areas, Fiji’s public hospitals tend to be adequate but in rural areas public health facilities are very basic and inefficient, or non-existent.  Doctors  generally speak a good standard of English. Suva Private Hospital is on... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

Kava is a drug made from the ground roots of the plant Piper methysticum, a member of the pepper family that also includes black pepper. It is native to the South Pacific. Kava can be consumed as a drink or as a supplement or extract. Traditionally the root is crushed, ground or powdered and soaked in water to be drunk as a tea. This tea is often consumed socially and as part of traditional cerem... Read more

Money matters

SPENDING MONEY: When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so ... Read more

What to take

We recommend the following items for your trek  A light weight sleeping bag or silk sleep sheet (blankets and mattresses supplied where required) Strong plastic bags or a dry bag to waterproof the contents of your backpack and daypack. Head torch (practical and light, LED versions are efficient). Remember to bring a spare bulb and batteries. Two one-litre water bottles/bladders that are strong an... Read more

Climate and seasonal

Fiji has a warm tropical climate. Peak season is late March through to early December. Maximum temperatures in Fiji rarely move out of the 31C to 26C range all year round. The Fijian winter or dry season is May to October and brings low rainfall, low humidity and milder temperatures. Fiji's wet season is November to April and is characterised by heavy, brief local showers.

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

When you’re visiting or staying in a Fijian village there are some important rules for you to remember so that you are being respectful of Fiji’s history and culture. The most important ones are: ● Always wear a sulu (sarong/wrap around material) that covers your legs down to just above your ankles while you’re within the village boundaries ● Never wear a hat or anything on your head... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

The villages you will visit all have a community hall which is made available for our use. Some villages also have traditional bures available for guests. In villages, sleeping is on mattresses laid on top of soft traditional mats, sleeping spaces in bures or community halls are shared by guests on the trip. There are flush toilets and cold water showers. Lodges are similar, but are kit... Read more

Transport notes

A support vehicle is on hand during hikes. the vehicle carries your main luggage as well as extra water supplies.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weat... Read more

Accommodation

Twin share (with private facilities) 6 nights,Twin share (with shared facilities) 2 nights,community hall (shared accommodation with shared facilities) 3 nights
12days
€2,620per person
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