We were so tired after 10 amazing days in New Zealand, we canceled a lot of the excursions we had planned in Fiji. We still wanted to a Fijian village tour, to see some waterfalls, and experience a kava ceremony, so we found ourselves looking at flyers in the lobby of the Uprising Resort. A housekeeper for the resort pointed out the “Fiji village tours” on the flyers were staged and asked if we wanted to visit a real Fijian village, “Heck yeah!”
Fijian Village Tour Video
We hand over some cash, and the nameless housekeeper gave us instructions to meet in the lobby the next morning where a bus would be picking us up along with other tourist from neighboring resorts. Back at the room, Kari pointed out we just handed several hundreds of dollars over to a stranger to go on an excursion to an unknown village in a foreign country, with no recipe or way to review what we were getting ourselves into… ADVENTURE. The next morning a beat-up mini van (Fijian taxi) took us on a sketchy back road drive that included several cash pay-outs to people at various checkpoints along the back-country road until we eventually arrived at the Nauva River where we were greeted by our longboat captain.
It was around 12-15 miles to the village, but with a stop to take a dip in a waterfall and a float down a bamboo raft, it took about 2 hours to reach the village.
Namuamua Fijian Village
As we traveled up the river, we arrived at the place where two Rivers meet; Namuamua Village literally translates, “Where two Rivers meet.” There are roughly 250 inhabitants in the small rural community which are primarily Christian.
“vale ni so qo”(or large community hall) It has been many generations since the Fijians gave up cannibalism. The society is now firmly founded on Christian beliefs).
It was such an amazing time getting a glimpse into life on a Fijian village. Not only were we blessed by their hospitality, it changed the way I look at poverty. While these people had very little in terms of material possessions, their rich village life and abundant resources would make it difficult to ever consider them poor.