Guided Village Tours in Fiji
Authentic Fijian culture isn’t too hard to find in Fiji. Still holding onto traditional values and ways of life, the locals have gone by merely unaffected by Fiji’s 96 years of colonisation or the tourist influx. Visiting a village holds many customs, so joining a guide to experience the culture in Fiji is generally a good idea. Villagers are extremely welcoming, eager to show their way of life to visitors, making it a rich yet humbling experience. Check out some of our favourite village tours in Fiji in the list below!
1. Navala Village Tour
See one of the last remaining villages in Fiji with traditional “bures” on the Navala Village Tour with Rosie Holidays. Located in the interior of Viti Levu, surrounded by stunning rolling hill landscapes, Navala Village offers a cultural welcome to guests, including a kava ceremony, an authentic Fijian lunch and a chance to meet the locals. You’ll be with a local guide who will know the customs of visiting the village and share cultural and historical knowledge. Learn more about Navala Village in 10 Must-Dos on the Suncoast.
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2. Abaca Village Tour
Delve into the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park and discover the villages there on the Abaca Village Tour with Fiji Eco Tours. The full-day tour, which includes Nadi hotel pick-ups, takes adventurous travellers through one of Fiji’s most pristine natural areas awash with Pacific kauri forest, grasslands and more. You’ll be welcomed into Abaca Village with a kava ceremony before heading out for a walk to a stunning waterfall for a swim and a spot of bird watching.
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3. Tau Village Tour
Enjoy a private tour of a Fijian village on the Tau Village Tour with Mick’s Fiji Transfers & Tours. Departing from Nadi and Denarau, the half-day tour offers an authentic experience incorporating fascinating aspects of the Fijian culture, including a kava ceremony and lunch made in a traditional lovo, an underground oven. Your informative guide will teach you about the culture and history throughout the tour.
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4. Navua River Tour
Departing from the Pacific Harbour, the Navua River Tour with Discover Fiji Tours is a village tour with a difference. Journey by boat up the Navua River to a remote village to experience a kava ceremony, hear about the village’s history and watch a war dance. You’ll also enjoy a traditional lovo lunch in the village and watch the local women weaving mats. The tour also includes a stop by a stunning waterfall and rafting on a traditional “Bilibili” raft. Check out more Pacific Harbour adventures in 10 Must-Dos on the Pacific Harbour & Beqa.
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5. Cultural Discovery ATV Tour
Discover Nadi’s remote rural villages on the most epic transport possible, an ATV! Join Go Dirty Tours for their Cultural Discovery Tour of Nadi’s rural villages, including a visit to a local school. This tour mixes culture and adventure, blasting past Nadi town, the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, driving through pine forests and getting awesome views of the Nakala Mountains. The tour is fully guided, includes free tour photos and departs from Nadi. See more things to do in Nadi in the 10 Must-Dos in Nadi.
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6. Cultural Night Tour
While not exactly a real Fijian village, Fiji Culture Village gives visitors a sense of the Fijian culture through cultural performances known as a “meke”, a kava ceremony and a lovo feast. The Cultural Night Show incorporates captivating fire-dancing and allows visitors to have hands-on experiences, trying local food and drink. Hotel pick-up from Nadi and Denarau is included.
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7. Kocoma Village Tour
Many resorts on the island of Taveuni offer visitors the chance to visit local villages with a guide. One of the main tours focuses on Kocoma Village, where many of the staff of the resorts live. They are eager to show guests their way of life, showing you how to make your own handicrafts and weave, teach local fishing methods, enjoy village music and sit around the kava bowl for a session. The experience also includes lunch in the village. See more things to do on Taveuni in 10 Must-Dos on Taveuni.
8. Shell Village Tour
For those staying on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Islands, join Malolo Island Resort for their guided tours to one of two local villages: Yaro or Solevu. The Shell Village Tour takes you to the home of the Mamanuca Islands’ paramount chief to visit the local people, engage in the kava ceremony and learn about their way of life. Tours also include a visit to the local church on a Sunday with beautiful singing performed by the villagers. See more things to do in the Mamanucas in 10 Must-Dos in the Mamanuca Islands.
9. Adventures of Sigatoka
A full-day comprehensive tour of Sigatoka and the Coral Coast can be experienced on the Adventures of Sigatoka Tour with Excite Tours & Travel. The small-group tour takes you from your Coral Coast resort to local crafting workshops in Sigatoka’s surrounding villages, including a glassblowing studio, a furniture maker, a pottery workshop and more. You’ll also get some time to enjoy shopping in Sigatoka, visit a village or a school and indulge in a picnic lunch on Natadola Beach. See more Coral Coast Experiences in 10 Must-Dos on the Coral Coast.
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10. River Tubing Tour
Combine your village visit in Fiji with a tubing adventure down the Navua River on the Pacific Harbour. River Tubing Fiji offers day tours including a trip via longboat up the Navua River, stopping off at waterfalls for a swim and taking in the scenery of the surrounding rainforest. You’ll stop by a Fijian village to see how the locals live, before floating downstream in tubes over gentle rapids. A riverside lunch is also included.