A Fiji expedition is a hotbed of adventure where you can experience everything from remote mountain trekking to relaxing on the beaches of the beautiful south coast.
Teams on this expedition will spend the majority of their time on the main island of Viti Levu, where the capital city of Suva is located. Trekking can take place in either the mountains or the rainforest. This can be be combined with a brilliant community or conservation project phase plus some exciting Rest and Relaxation.
FIJI EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Fiji expedition:
Spend your first day in the city of Nadi or Suva before heading out to explore the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. It is one of the highlights of the island of Viti Levu, and one of its most impressive natural landscapes.
Enjoy several walks on and around the dunes, which stretch out over 5km long, 1km wide and rise to an average height of 20m. You are accompanied by an experienced National Trust Park Ranger who can explain why the sand dunes have formed here and teach you about the indigenous flora and fauna. The rangers will also update you on the fantastic conservation programmes they are working on to preserve the natural environment.
Work on community renovation or building projects
Customs and traditions are an integral part of Fijian life and the best way for teams to find out about them is by spending some time in a traditional village. Project tasks will focus on assisting the locals with much needed renovation tasks, such as re-painting a local church or the village community hall, or with basic infrastructure improvements, such as setting up water tanks and connecting water pipes to community buildings. The Fijian people are known for their hospitality and will encourage teams to get involved in all sorts of village activities including cooking, planting and gathering crops, and learning Fijian dances.
Treks in the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park begin from the quaint Abaca (pronounced Am-ba-tha) Village.
Completing the short 2-3 hour loop trail takes you into the rainforest before returning to Abaca. Over the coming days make your way from Abaca Village to you Tuntunu Falls and then up to the summit of Mt Batilamu. On a clear day you will get a 360 degree view all around Viti Levu and should be able to make out the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands on the horizon. Once you have enjoyed the summit views you will spend the evening in a mountain lodge before descending back to Abaca Village the following day.
Rest & Relaxation
The options in Fiji are endless! Make your way to Pacific Harbour, known locally as the adventure capital of Fiji, and explore some of the magical coral reefs by organising a snorkelling excursion with the team at Freedive Fiji.
Alternatively you could relax in the tropical island paradise of the Mamanuca Islands. Grab your swimsuit! It’s time to head to the golden sandy beaches and dazzling turquoise waters of the Mamanuca Islands. These offer an array of exciting watersports and are famous as the home of Tom Hanks while filming ‘Cast Away’ in 2000. You can visit one or two of the islands (such as South Sea Island) located only 1-2 hours by boat from the coast of Nadi. This is a perfect opportunity to relax on the beach, work on your tan, go for a swim and do a bit of snorkelling.
- Fiji, South West Pacific.
- Population: 874,742.
- Languages spoken: English, Fijian and Hindi.
- Time zone: GMT +12.
- Terrain: Mountains, rainforest and coast.
- Climate: Fiji has a tropical climate, with two major seasons: a dry season from June through October and a wet season from November through April. The dry season is mild, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 29 degrees. The wet season can be hot and humid, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 31 degrees. Rain can occur sporadically during this season, but is typically followed by sunshine. T
- Expedition Physical Rating: Medium.
- Culture Shock: Medium to high.
- Typical accommodation: Hostels, lodges and tents for some treks.
- Ideal for: Fantastic jungle trekking and a rewarding unique cultural experience.
- Fiji’s official language is English, although native languages such as Fijian (an Austronesian language) and Fiji Hindi are also widely spoken.
- One of the most common words you hear in Fiji is a cheerful “Bula”. This is the Fijian word for “hello”, it is one of many words you might hear during your stay.
- Fiji is home to over 4,000 square miles of coral reef, including the Great Astrolabe Reef.
- If one counted every single island (including coral outcrops) that belongs to the Fijian archipelago, the number would be in the thousands. However, only about 333 are seen as big enough to support human habitation. Of these 333 islands, only 106 are inhabited.
Henry has been the World Challenge In-Country Agent since 2013 and works for one of the largest ground handlers in Viti Levu – Original Green Tour. Henry is very passionate about helping those less fortunate than himself, so he especially enjoys being part of the project phase of each expedition.
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