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9 Day Fiji Adventure Tour
Tour itinerary - Days

  • Day 1 Arrive in Nadi and Welcome Dinner
    Today you can get straight into ‘Fiji time’ as there is no fixed arrival time into Nadi International Airport. You will be greeted in the arrivals hall by a Real Fijian representative who will take you to your hotel near the airport and also hook you up with a local phone sim card and a re-useable water bottle to keep our single-use plastic use down. To make the most of the day though, we recommend arriving in the afternoon so you can enjoy the resort and get to know your fellow group members and Real Fijian guide over a welcome dinner and drink.
    What’s Included today on your Fiji Tour:
    Included accommodation: Anchorage Beach Resort Fiji in a single, twin, double or triple share ensuite rooms (as booked)
    Included meals: Three-course dinner with a welcome beer, wine or soft drink
    Other inclusions: Airport transfer, local Fijian sim card, drink bottle
  • Day 2 Viti Levu Village Homestay
    Now your Real Fijian Adventure really begins with an early start to explore the main island of Viti Levu. This island is home to the country’s major airport Nadi and its capital Suva, but we will be getting well away from that as we journey inland for a truly unique cultural experience – a highland village homestay.

    Arriving at about lunchtime you will be welcomed with a traditional Fijian kava ceremony. Kava is a popular homemade drink consumed by Fijian people during celebrations and ceremonies. Made from the root of an indigenous pepper plant, some describe it as a having a sedative effect and others even a euphoric one – (all coming down to just how much you drink really) Most visitors will experience such ceremonies when travelling Fiji but very few get to witness it conducted by locals in their own village. A very special experience and an incredibly unique drink!

    After lunch you’ll get to participate in a range of activities including mountain-hiking, a tour of the local waterfall and plantation, helping replace thatch on traditional bure huts, learning to basket-weave or how to prepare a traditional lovo dinner.

    Often reserved for special occasions in Fiji, a lovo is a method of cooking food underground by first digging a pit and lining it with hot coals and then covering it with various materials to keep the heat in. Tonight, not only will you get to see the preparation, you will enjoy a lovo feast with the village locals while also watching traditional meke dancing.

    What’s Included today on your Fiji Tour:
    Included accommodation: Overnight stay in a traditional family village home. (Two to three travellers per home). Please see notes for more detail.
    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Other inclusions: mountain-hikes, waterfall and plantation tour, thatching of bures, basket-weaving, lovo preparation
  • Day 3 Village homestay to Island hopping on the Mamanucas
    After your overnight in highland Fiji, have breakfast and a swim in the river (time-permitting) before heading back down to the coast where your private boat transfer awaits you for your first island-hop to the Mamanucas!

    Catapulted into fame by Tom Hanks and his sidekick volleyball in the film Castaway, the Mamanucas are an incredible archipelago of coral reefs and marine life, all a coconut’s throw away from the mainland of Fiji but with the illusion of a remote tropical paradise.

    Our home for the next 24ish hours will be Beachcomber; an oasis in the sea fringed by palm trees and white sandy beaches which also carries the label of being Fiji’s party island by night. The sand island is so small that the resort practically occupies it completely, giving you unique facilities like enjoying a cocktail with your feet in the sand at the island’s very own bar and restaurant (which turns into a nightclub in the later hours of the evening). During the day, you can snorkel around the island to spot gorgeous sea turtles or for the more energetic, a game of beach volleyball.

    What’s Included today on your Fiji adventue:
    Included accommodation: single, twin, double or multi-share dorms at Beachcomber Island Resort (as booked)
    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus exclusive drink specials
    Other inclusions: snorkelling (FJ$25 deposit required for gear or use your own), beach volleyball, looking for WILLSOOOONNN!
  • Day 4 and 5 Yasawa Island exploring
    Our journey into the Yasawa Islands begins today as we head further out of civilisation and further into remote ‘WOW!’ paradise. You’ll need to dust those nightclub cobwebs off quite early as we’ll hop on a public ferry around 9.30 am and make our way to one of the most striking islands in the Yasawas, Kuata island.

    Arriving mid-morning on day four, we’ll call this beautiful island home for two nights. During this time you will take part in a sunset cruise, a guided reef snorkel and a sunset hike to an amazing viewpoint to remind you of just how vast and serene this country is. In between these included activities you will have plenty of time to relax on the beach or by the pool or if you’re feeling a little more active you can choose an exciting optional activity such as a certified dive with bull sharks or doing a Learn to Scuba Dive course.

    If you choose the latter, you can actually start your theory and practical on day four and finish it at our next destination in the Yasawas – giving you several different dives to choose from.

    What’s Included today on your Fiji tour:
    Included accommodation: four bed dorms for shared, twin or single use at Barefoot Kuata Resort (as booked)
    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on both days plus exclusive drink specials
    Other inclusions: guided snorkelling, sunset cruise, sunset hike, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, kayaks, medicine walk, basket-weaving and coconut jewellery-making classes.
    Optional Activities at extra cost:
    Snorkelling with white and black tip reef sharks, certified dive with bull sharks, Learn to Dive Course.
  • Day 6 and 7 Drawaqa Island in the Yasawas
    A mid-morning transfer to the public ferry on day six sees us journey further into the Yasawas and to the gorgeous Drawaqa Island.

    This resort home of ours is perched on the end of the sandy island, giving us both sunrise and sunset vistas as well as a plethora of snorkelling and lazing spots to listen to the waves lapping against the sand.

    During our stay here you will have a special activity included to help keep this natural paradise clean, beautiful and healthy for generations to come.

    Starting with a talk from a marine biologist on the current impact climate change is having on the Fijian underwater environment and what we can do about it, you will participate in what is called a COTS survey.

    COTS or Crown of Thorns Sea Star is a type of starfish that can be destructive to the coral reef if left to breed out of control. A fully-grown adult COTS (about 40cm wide) can eat and destroy 10 square metres of coral each year and continues its destruction by producing as many as 50 million eggs in a single breeding season.

    Lead by the marine biologist, you will head out with your snorkels and assist in identifying and counting the amount of COTS in one area to be removed.

    All proceeds contributed by you in your Real Fijian Adventures tour price for this activity goes straight back into further conservation projects on the reefs of Fiji.

    AND… just when you think that the tour inclusions are already amazing, during Manta Ray season (May to October) you will have a guided snorkel to swim with these majestic giants of the sea. Manta Rays are a protected species that are listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN)’s Red List and Fiji is one of the leading countries in the protection of these species. When the Mantas aren’t around, you will still get a beautiful guided snorkel with the opportunity to see hundreds of species of fish, sea turtles, other rays, and reef sharks).

    To cap it all off we’ll have a nice beach BBQ for dinner one evening watching the sunset and you’ll get to do another sunset hike with a few beverages on the other evening.

    What’s Included today in the Yasawas on tour:
    Included accommodation: four bed dorms for shared, twin or single use at Barefoot Manta Resort (as booked)
    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on both days plus welcome drink on day six and exclusive drink specials
    Other inclusions: guided snorkelling tour (also with Manta Rays in season), volunteering reef experience with Marine Biologist talk, beach BBQ, sunset hike, kayaking.

    Optional Activities at extra cost:
    Fishing, Learn to Dive course, shipwreck certified diving
  • Day 8 Head back to Nadi and farewell dinner
    You’ll have the morning to relax before getting on the public ferry followed by a smaller boat transfer bound for the point where it all began - our arrival hotel near Nadi. You’ll be on the boat for a couple of hours today so you may wish to bring a good book or download Castaway before you leave home.
    Upon arrival back in Nadi for our last night in Fiji, we’ll have a farewell dinner with our guide and group.

    What’s Included:
    Included accommodation: Anchorage Beach Resort Fiji in a single, twin, double or triple share ensuite rooms (as booked)
    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch plus dinner with beer, wine or soft drink
  • Day 9 Nadi and say goodbye
    The worst day by far… time to say goodbye to Fiji. Dependent on your booked outbound flight, you will have time for breakfast before an airport shuttle returns you to Nadi International Airport.

Departure information

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Departs: Every Friday from April to November

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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Because your village homestay includes staying in a residential hilltop village, activities will vary throughout the year dependent on which residents are available at the time.

The homestay is based on two or three people staying with each family and accommodation is very basic and traditional. Most will not have the showers and toilets you have at your own home (some will not have showers at all) and toilets may be ‘long-drops’ that are separated from the main house. It won’t be the comfiest night of your travels but it will be the most unique!

Accommodation is subject to change and Yasawa Island resorts and activities may change order due to availability and other factors. You will always have an equal or better standard of accommodation provided if there are changes.
You will have many snorkeling opportunities on this trip so if it is an activity you take seriously (or you wear prescription glasses), you may wish to bring your own snorkeling mask and/or fins rather than using the equipment provided by the resorts.

If you choose to undertake a scuba dive course, you can split it up between both Yasawa resorts, irrespective of which resort we stay at first.

Customers traveling solo on the dorm share option will be placed in a dorm with others of the same gender however other roommates may be resort guests and not tour group members. Males and females traveling together on the dorm share option can request to be placed in a mixed dorm and may also be sharing with non-tour group members.

Compensation will not be given if it is not Manta-Ray season at Barefoot Manta when you travel or Manta Rays are not spotted during the season.

While wifi is available in most resorts, it is quite expensive, hence why we are providing you with a sim card to load with credit at the start of the tour. Any downloading of movies etc is recommended to be done before your tour. When you get to Fiji, you will automatically feel like slowing down into island mode. For this reason, and to make the most of the social aspect of the group, our guides will encourage you to put away your phones and tablets at mealtimes to promote good old-fashioned fun and conversation.

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