Things to do in Fiji – Beqa Island

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On a recent shark diving trip to Pacific Harbour in Fiji, part of my ‘surface interval’ time was spent on a visit to one of the oldest village communities on Beqa Island. Beqa Island is 20km off the south coast of Viti Levu and a 40-minute boat ride from Pacific Harbour.

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Beqa Island

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It has secluded tropical beaches and a large lagoon protected by a 30km-long barrier reef renowned worldwide for its shark diving, feeding and deep-sea game fishing.

It’s a great spot for adventurous tourists and famous for its fire walkers.

According to legend, over 500 years ago, the men of Beqa Island were given the gift of being able to walk on fire by an eel in exchange for its life.

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On Beqa Island, fire walking has traditionally been performed by the Sawau tribe. but these days, fire walking is done by lots of different tribes for entertainment rather than religious purification.

I was thrilled to learn about a new cultural experience at one of the oldest villages in the region.

Mike ‘Shadee’ Hinds, the owner and operator of Fishing Charters and Pleasure Cruises, has many clients seeking a traditional village experience.

He took the initiative of approaching the village elders of Raviravi village and has negotiated landing and visiting rights.

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Fijian village

Visitors will soon be able to walk around a real Fijian village like the one they have on Malolo Island, meet several generations of villagers and enjoy a traditional welcome kava ceremony.

The kava ceremony is a rite of passage for village tours in Fiji. Only after it has been performed are you able to enter and leave the village as you please.

The entire village experience will last around six hours.

Guests will depart from Pacific Harbour at 10 am.

The boat trip to the village is about 40 mins across the protected waters of Beqa Lagoon.

The origins of the name Raviravi can be traced back to over 200 years, when villagers came here from nearby Nakarovu village in the highlands of central Beqa Island, to escape cannibals.

Raviravi means something to lean on and as a village elder explained: “we are the people whom others can depend on.”

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Raviravi has about 300 people and 60 houses. The largest building is the Methodist church which is also their community hall.

The islanders sustain themselves with locally grown crops such as cassava, taro, plantain, bananas, mango, breadfruit and spinach. The villagers also eat fish caught in local reefs and the ocean.

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Visitors will be treated to a lovo lunch.  The lovo is a traditional Fijian smoked barbeque feast of chicken, pork and fish wrapped in banana or palm leaves and cooked for two to three hours in the earth on hot stones.

From the lovo pit, there’s amazing view across Beqa lagoon.

Visitors will be allowed to wander around the village freely and interact with the villagers.

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The ladies of the Raviravi will demonstrate their craft skills and there will be hand-crafted items and homemade keepsakes for sale.

When is time to leave, there will be a traditional send-off at the water’s edge, with women and children singing Isa Lei, the beautiful farewell Fijian song.

This will be a day out with a difference, an authentic and unique cultural experience with great memories to take home.

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If you’re looking for luxury escape in Fiji, try Likuliku Lagoon Resort for a stay in an overwater bungalow.

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tony isaacson
As a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, AWARE shark conservation specialist and adventurer, I have dived in some of the most amazing diving locations on the planet. I’ve logged over 3000 dives in more than 20 countries around the world and have explored the depths of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. I’ve documented the marine diversity in exotic locations like Komodo, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tahiti and the Galapagos Islands. I have been scuba diving since 1970 and have a Certificate IV in training and assessment. I am a registered teacher of marine studies since 1977. In 2002, I won the "Best School in Australia" for Marine Education and the BHP Science Prize for Marine Science Teaching. I was the inaugural President and a founding member of the Marine Life Society of South Australia. In 2013, I inspired Navy Clearance Diver and bull shark bite survivor, Paul de Gelder and a 60 Minutesfilm crew to dive with bull sharks at the Ultimate Shark Encounter in Fiji. I was a consultant on the making of documentaries on Leafy Seadragons (for Channel 9), The Great Barrier Reef (with Richard Fitzpatrick for the BBC) and filmed underwater footage in Indonesia and off the Queensland and New South Wales coasts for Travel2Next. Last year, I came nose-to-nose with a 4.5m tiger shark. Isolated from my diving buddy, the adult female swam directly towards me. I made sure I was vertical in the water and prepared to scream loudly, shove the camera, mounting and lights at the shark. Fortunately, I wasn’t destined to be on the menu that day! In July 2014, I will lead an international group of diving adventurers for big shark action, the sardine run and great white sharks from Durban to Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a great advocate for sharks, sustainability and ecotourism, and I regularly volunteer for Reef Check and Grey Nurse Shark Watch in Australia. Read more about my adventures on my blog DiveCareDare.