The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same
Experience the life of a Fijian villager as you venture out to any one of possible dozen or so villages where the locals regularly accept visitors around Pacific Harbor. You could also set out to visit the villages that are along the Navua River where you would be able to spend a whole day with the local people; partake and enjoy in their daily life style.
First you will have a small welcoming function with the chief of the village and it is here you will get to join in a traditional kava drinking ceremony. After the ceremony you will get a tour around the village. Most villages still have traditional Bures (Thatched houses) which is a nice attraction. Be known that villages all around Fiji have rules and regulations that need to be followed by individuals who enter the village. These rules are simple and easy to take heed of. They are:
- Wearing hats, shorts and shoes (inside a room) is felt to be disrespectful.
- Women must keep their shoulders covered and wear a skirt or sulu.
- It is also important to note that one must speak in a low pitch and soft voice.
- Never touch someone’s head when you are in the village, especially that of a villager.