Savusavu, Vanua Levi, Fiji
Traditional Fiji: Nukubalavu Village
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Board an island bus for a scenic drive along Vanua Levu's breathtaking coastal road. View the swaying palms of copra plantations that produce copra, from which high-fat palm oil is made.
You're off to experience traditional Fiji at Nukubalavu village -- one of Savusavu Island's oldest settlements and home to the high chief of Savusavu.
Upon your arrival, greet the elders who will then escort you on a tour of their fascinating village. Meet some of the 300 residents of Nukubalavu. Watch a demonstration of traditional island arts and crafts, including mat and basket weaving, which are woven using pandanus and coconut palms softened and slit into ribbons.
Enter the village hall for the time-honored Fijian kava ceremony. Observe as kava root is pounded, mixed with water and sipped from coconut shells. This important social ritual is used as a form of welcome as well as to reinforce traditional authority of chiefs, to seal alliances and to commemorate milestones such as births, deaths and marriages.
Take time out from your exploration of this charming village to indulge in a refreshing drink of bu -- green coconut juice -- served during your visit.
Transportation is by non-air-conditioned island bus. Modest attire is required for visiting the village; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; shorts are not allowed for women. Hats must be removed before you enter the village. If you are invited to sample the kava, participation is at your own discretion. Bring local currency for additional purchases. Restrooms facilities are rustic.