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CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

NI SA BULA! Welcome to your true Fijian cultural experience.

The most striking feature of Beqa Lagoon Resort is its tradition and seclusion. Only 36 square kilometres, Beqa Island has no roads, no towns and only a few isolated villages scattered around the coastline.

Sitting protected in a small bay, Beqa Lagoon Resort is located between the villages of Raviravi and Rukua. Connected to us by shady pathways you are welcome to join our local guide on a visit into the villages where you will observe daily life in Fiji, something which still follows cultural traditions hundreds of years old. During your visit you may be invited into the home of the village Chief, if he is around, where you will learn more about the history of his community.

A proud extension of our neighbouring villages, Beqa Lagoon Resort employs over 75 local staff, who in turn support over 250 family members and friends. We are also proud to be part of developing the community by hosting international doctors, dentists and school teachers. By being a guest at Beqa Lagoon Resort you become a part of our community too. Join us for our weekly activities where we will guide you to the villages where you can purchase local hand made crafts, visit the local school and meet the children who are always happy to share songs and stories, and be a part of traditional ceremonies such as a sevusevu, the drinking of kava as a gift and show of respect.

Hear the tale of how Beqa Island became home of the Legendary Firewalkers, listen as the story of the spirit god blessed a Chief and then witness the truth of the story. Watch village warriors, in traditional dress, unearth stones that have been surrounded by fire. Then see as they chant and walk across these stones in a ceremony they have been practicing for over 300 years.

In the evenings, sit back and enjoy as the children of Raviravi delight you with their Meke, telling stories of old about Gods, warriors and village life, through beautiful songs and enchanting dances. After, make yourself comfortable on the ibe, floor mats handmade from pandanus leaves as you clap along during a famous sevusevu ceremony as a bilo, or coconut cup, of kava is presented to you to drink.

A short walk from Beqa Lagoon Resort the land slopes gently upward into a tropical forest, where as the trees start to open up you will come across a fresh water stream descending from a waterfall. Here the jungle vegetation occasionally gives way to patches of sweet potatoes, pineapples and taro root, but all in all, the land remains pristine. Tropical flowers bloom everywhere, and the tables at the resort are always filled with fresh cuttings. Meet the farmers along the way and extend a friendly Bula.

You arrive as a guest. But once you see our villages, talk to our children, clap along with our songs, and drink from our bilo—all while enjoying our stunningly beautiful island—you leave as family.

NON DIVER ACTIVITIES Firewalkers