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.
Cultural - 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 called Lapita. The art of pottery making has persisted in the Fiji Islands; This tour includes a visit to Nakabuta Pottery Village allowing one to indulge in this piece of history where traditional pottery making techniques are used to create bowls, jewelry and animal figurines.
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”.
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. You will work alongside local artisans using the very same technique and tools that has been used for centuries to create your very own piece of Fijian art.
Made from the inner bark of especially cultivated paper mulberry trees, Tapa or Masi is an integral part of Fijian Culture. 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.
We guarantee this day will enrich your Fijian experience.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm
Return hotel transfers, morning tea, all entry fees, lunch, English-speaking guide.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR CLIENTS
Bring along a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, sarong, camera and small amount of cash for optional purchases. Proper footwear is recommended. When visiting a Fijian village specific cultural protocols need to be observed. Your guide will advise you of these protocols prior to entering the village. It is recommended that your wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees when entering the village.
The Sand Dunes: Be prepared to walk - wear a hat, sunscreen, closed sold shoes, cool clothes, drinking water, sunglasses. May not be conducive for kids under the age of 10 years.
6 fully paying adults.