Fiji Natural Thermal Mud Pool
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Approximately 3½ Hours
A scenic drive past villages and sugarcane plantations brings you to the foot of the Sabeto Mountains. Nestled here is a collection of natural thermal mud pools-nature’s answer to spa therapy. Upon your arrival, local villagers will welcome you with fresh flowers leis, music and a kava ceremony with the village chief. Your guide will then lead you to the mud pools for some serious relaxation. The Fijian people have been using these pools for their therapeutic properties for generations-thermal mud is rubbed into the skin and refreshing chilled water is provided for you to sip on while the sun dries the mud. Finish up with a dip in the hot springs to soothe away the dried mud and leave the skin exfoliated and smooth. If you have some free time at the end of your treatment, feel free to check out the local handicrafts available for purchase.
Bring bottled water. Wear your swimsuit; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Tour involves a moderate amount of walking and there are some steps to be negotiated. Not suitable for guests with mobility limitations or with heart problems, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma or varicose veins. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Be aware that the sulfur in the springs can damage or discolor swimwear. Your shoes may get muddy. Extracted from the root of the pepper tree, kava is a non-alcoholic traditional ceremonial beverage; it often has a mild sedative/anesthetic effect and can sometimes cause stomach upset. The traditional method of preparing kava does not meet Holland America Line’s health and safety standards; participation in this ceremony is at your own risk.