NAVALA VILLAGE – known as the last traditional Fijian village in Fiji, it encompasses approximately 220 “bures” (traditionally built bamboo and grass huts) which are homes to over a thousand villagers. Located north of Nadi Airport, approximately three hours drive away past Ba, it is located almost at the centre of the main island of Viti Levu. The lifestyle is traditional in fashion with no electricity and telephone systems. The people live life totally dependent on subsistence farming, fishing and hunting. Navala is a predominantly Roman Catholic village and manages its own primary school with a roll of 250 students.
Community Projects Participation:
- Village Community/Tourist Centre (to be also used as an evacuation centre during cyclones, when required)
- Village Kindergarten
- Village toilet facilities for each family
- Village footpaths
- Village fencing and beautification
- Training of the Youth & Community for basic trade skills (like carpentry, farming/agriculture), tour guiding, food and beverage skills, customer service.
TAVIYA VILLAGE – which consists of 67 homes for 191 villagers, is located on the island of Ovalau in the Lomaiviti group, with the town of Levuka being Fiji’s first capital in the 1800s and where Fiji was ceded to Britain in 1874. Levuka town has now been declared a World Heritage site and Levuka port was the first and still is a port of entry for local transportation and Asian fishing vessels. Its main export is canned fish with the factory (PAFCO) being the main centre of employment on the island. The villagers depend on subsistence farming and plant “kava” which is their main money earner.
The main form of transportation from the main island is by ferry (an hour’s trip across), then an hour’s bus ride into Levuka town. Taviya Village is 9 km out of Levuka town and transportation is by 20 seater passenger trucks from the town.
Community Projects Participation:
- Renovate & complete the already-standing Community Hall for the village(also used as a evacuation centre)
- Toilet facilities for the Community Hall
- School kindergarten
- Proper Drainage at Village site
- Seawall at the village front
- Training Youth & Community for basic trade skills (like carpentry and agriculture/farming), tour guiding, food and beverage skills, customer service.
Itinerary 4 – NAVALA VILLAGE/TAVIYA VILLAGE (LEVUKA) – (7DAYS/6NIGHTS)
Day 01 Transfer by road to Navala Village from Nadi (3 hrs)
01/03 2 nights in Bure accommodation with host families – Navala Village
Day 03 Depart Navala Village drive through the Northern most tip of Viti Levu passing villages and mountains, a stop over at one of biggest cave “Wailotua Caves” known as the ‘Snake-God Cave’ than a swim in a ‘Uru’ waterfall where you will have lunch before heading straight to Natovi Jetty for the ferry to Levuka and transfer by bus & truck to Taviya Village (6-7 hrs).
Day03/06 3 nights in the village with host families and Farewell dinner on last night at Taviya Village
Day 06 Transfer back to Levuka Town by truck & bus then by ferry to Natovi Jetty and bus to Nadi (8hrs)
Day 06/07 1 night in a Nadi Hotel – Smugglers Cove Resort
Day 07 Transfer by road to Nadi Airport to connect departing flight
TOTAL COST : F$3,255.00 per person (minimum 4 pax required to operate tour). Includes : Accommodation, road and boat transfers, all meals, activities, guide and also all government taxes. (Valid from 1st February 2016 till 31st March 2017).