Fiji Heritage & Cultural Tour

 

Join us as we take you back in time into Fiji’s rich history; embrace the Fijian culture with a village visit, traditional and age-old art of pottery making and tapa printing.

Tradition - The Dunes Walk works up quite a bit of an appetite; following a delicious deli lunch we take on another cultural journey in the park; Discover the age old traditional art form of tapa printing with natural earth pigments. Made from the inner bark of especially cultivated paper mulberry trees, Masi making is a very lengthy process of soaking and beating the bark to form a richly textured cloth. The bark cloth is then either smoked, dyed or printed with the use of natural pigments. Fijian tapa, is very diverse with a variety of print applications including stenciling, rubbing and free hand painting.

Rate Includes: Return hotel transfers, morning tea, all entry fees, lunch, English-speaking guide.

 

Tour Highlights:

  • Fully guided half day tour (10am to 2pm) and can be booked as a private or shared tour with other passengers;
  • Visit to Nakabuta Pottery Village
  • Visit to Sigatoka Sand Dunes
  • Light Lunch 

 

Nakabuta Pottery Village:

Nakabuta Village About 3000 years ago, a group of highly mobile ocean-going foragers arrived in Fiji from the west, bringing with them a distinctive pottery tradition that archaeologists now call Lapita. Although pottery styles and decoration have changed over time, the art of pottery-making has persisted in the Fiji islands to the present day. In the Fijian village of Nakabuta, traditional pottery-making techniques are used to create items such as bowls, animal figurines and jewelry. Watch and learn pottery making by the local village people.Watch the cultural shows like Meke and finally enjoy the traditional Kava Ceremony.This is your only chance to witness how the Fijian ladies demonstrate the making of pottery and sculptor. Pottery Making! This art has seen a renaissance of late, and you will find Nakabuta-made bowls, plates, and other items in handicraft shops all over town.

 

Sigatoka Sand Dunes:

Heritage - Following your pottery experience we take you to Fiji’s first and only National Park, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. The park was established in 1989 to protect a unique oceanic landscape of natural and cultural importance. It remains one of Fiji’s most iconic treasures and its educational and recreational value continues to attract thousands of visitors a year. The walk through park includes stunning panoramic views, beach walk and a native forest walk where you meet up with “tree-huggers”. 

 

Tapa Making:

Tradition - The Dunes Walk works up quite a bit of an appetite; following a delicious deli lunch we take on another cultural journey in the park; Discover the age old traditional art form of tapa printing with natural earth pigments. Made from the inner bark of especially cultivated paper mulberry trees, Masi making is a very lengthy process of soaking and beating the bark to form a richly textured cloth. The bark cloth is then either smoked, dyed or printed with the use of natural pigments. Fijian tapa, is very diverse with a variety of print applications including stenciling, rubbing and free hand painting.

 

Client Testimonials

“Commentary by Pacific Destinations Driver/Guide was very interesting and informative”. - Nagle family. 

“Kids would love every part of this tour. Pacific Destinations Transfers services was on time, clean and we felt very safe. Would do this again” – Huggins. 

“This has been one of the most enjoyable and satisfying tour we have ever done. A magic day and our guide was very helpful – best driver ever” -  Barbara & Duncan Carstens. 

“Tour was fantastic, great lunch, wonderful time at Kula Eco Park” – Claire & Lachlan Lannen