NALESUTALE VILLAGE – at the foot of the Sleeping Giant mountains in Nadi, just 20 minutes drive from Nadi Airport. Nalesutale was the first village settlement in this region. It is the home of the first cannibal ancestors of this tribe and the first to convert to Christianity. The ancestors’ homes were located all along the mountain terrain and after they converted to Christianity, they resettled in one location, at the foot of this mountain. The village name of Nalesutale means “welcome back”.

Today, only approximately 100 villagers remain at Nalesutale after most of the people relocated to higher ground after severe flooding of the area in 1972. They continue to live the lifestyle of a farming community to make a living, visiting Nadi markets to sell vegetable & fruit products on a daily basis.

Community Projects Participation:  

  • Kids Play Center
  • Upgrading of Lodge
  • Training Youth & Community for basic trade skills (like carpentry and agriculture/farming), tour guiding, food and beverage skills, customer service.
 

SAUTABU VILLAGE – Sautabu Village is a two hour drive from Nadi Airport, with at least 10 kilometers being driven on dirt road passing through vegetable farms and scenic mountain ranges along Fiji’s second largest river, the Sigatoka River. Located on the upper ridge of the Sigatoka Valley known as the “Salad Bowl of Fiji” , due to the high fertility of the soil and abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables obtained in this region.

Sautabu has a mixture of Fijian and Tongan ancestry and this tribe are known as the great “warriors” of the region. The mountainous area have caves used in the past, during tribal wars, and the Sautabu tribe are the landowners of the largest cave known as “Naihehe” caves, now a tourist attraction. It is said that a woman who is pregnant and who has not revealed it yet, is not able to enter the cave. She will not be able to fit through the entrance.

The use of horses is predominant in this region as a means of transportation and the villagers usually have weekly horse races to determine the best and as a means of entertainment in the village.

Community Projects Participation:  

  • Bus Shelter
  • Water purification works
  • Horse Racing pavilion/Center
  • Training Youth & Community for basic trade skills (like carpentry and agriculture/farming), tour guiding, food and beverage skills, customer service.
 

Itinerary 2 – NALESUTALE VILLAGE/SAUTABU VILLAGE  (7DAYS/6NIGHTS)

Day 01                   Transfer by road to Nalesutale Village from Nadi (30mins)

01/04                     3 nights in tent accommodation just outside of the village – Nalesutale Village

Day 04                   Transfer by road to the Sigatoka Valley (the “Salad Bowl of Fiji”)

Day04/06             2 nights in a Community Hall or tent  – Sautabu Village

Day 06                   Road transfer back to Nadi

Day 06/07            1 night in a Nadi Hotel – Smugglers Cove Resort (farewell event with dinner)

Day 07                   Transfer to Nadi Airport to connect departing flight

TOTAL COST : F$ 2,192.00 per person (minimum of 4 pax required to operate tour). Includes : Accommodation, road transfers, all meals, activities and also all government taxes. (Valid from 1st February 2016 till 31st March 2017)

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