CULTURE & ISLAND ACTIVITIES
HIKING & WALKING
The true beauty of Fiji and her nature can only be really appreciated by exploring further into her forests. Footpaths and trails across the land have been the connections between the villages of Beqa Island for hundred of years. The trails are safe and easy to walk alone or you may wish to join a guided tour with one of our activity directors.
NAIWAISOMO WATERFALL HIKE, SWIM & PICNIC
Hiking up through the hills, studying the natural fauna and wildlife then to arrive at this beautiful natural spring water waterfall makes this a great adventure. Idyllically swim away the afternoon under the cooling Nawaisomo waters followed by an enjoyable picnic lunch.
MANGROVE KAYAKING & BEACH PICNIC
A short boat ride takes you to your destination. Boarding the kayaks, you enter the surreal world of the mangrove forests. Your journey will take you down the river to the other side of the Island where you will rest on a white sandy beach enjoying your picnic lunch and drinks.
SUVA DAY TRIP
The trip to Suva, the capital city of Fiji leaves the resort in the morning and returns late afternoon. Along the way there will be a short history of Fiji told by your guide then you will visit the Museum and Botanical Gardens and have lunch. There will be plenty of time to shop over the time you spend in Suva with visits to local handicraft, fashion stores and food markets. Please note, this tour operates out of Pacific Harbour on the main island so you will need to book a roundtrip boat from Beqa Island too.
SECRET ISLAND TRIP
Secret Island is a small, beautiful atoll about a 20 minutes boat ride from Beqa Lagoon Resort. It has white gold sand and sky-blue water. The abundance of beautiful shallow sand around this reef means the visibility perfect for snorkeling. You are likely to see schooling fish, rays, eels, turtles and friendly reef sharks. This trip is unique because the island appears only for a few hours a day and then disappears.
There are many adventures to have above and below the water in our beautiful tropical seas. Explore our ‘Water Activities’ page to learn more about kayaking adventures, snorkeling tours, paddle boarding, fishing charters, surfing experiences and much more!
Every night you are lured further into paradise with traditional dance performances or songs given with genuine heartfelt enthusiasm. Most nights the Beqa Bula Band are strumming on their guitars with their gifted voices filling the warm night air with their beautiful song, serenading you through dinner or while you enjoy a nightcap watching the moonlight dance on the water.
Fijian culture and traditions passed down through the generations are very much alive and practiсed today. They enrich the life on Beqa Island and our guests experience.
Watch stories of old, told through dance and song in our meke night or witness the ancient practise of walking on fire.Learn how to weave coconut leaves or cook a traditional Fijian dish. Share a bowl of kava with the staff and listen to tales of the past. All our the cultural activities and events are our gift to you!
THE MEKE PERFORMANCE
The meke is a dance that is older than time itself. The villagers arrive - adults, teenagers and children as young as three to perform this ancient dance and song. The woman smell of frangipani and the men glistening in coconut oil wield their war clubs all to the rhythmic beat of drums and chanting.
One of the guests will be designated as chief while you all participate in a traditional kava ceremony. Kava is Fiji’s national drink and you will learn about its historical origins and its place in Fiji today. Once you share a bowl of kava together you are friends for life.
BEQA ISLAND FIRE WALKERS
You won’t believe your eyes during the sacred fire walking ceremony as village warriors in traditional dress chant and walk across scalding stones, as they have done for over 300 years. This mysterious ritual originated on Beqa Island and was even the subject of a National Geographic documentary filmed at the resort.
LOCAL VILLAGE TOUR
Do not leave Fiji without experiencing the real Fijian life. Come and visit the villages where most of our BEQA team and their families live. You will be welcomed in as friends. You are likely to meet the chief and experience how the ways of ancient customs are still very much alive today. Out of respect for the villagers, Women guests must have their shoulders and knees covered. A t-shirt and sulu (sarong) or a skirt are suitable attire. A local sulu may be purchased in our boutique.
LOCAL SCHOOL TOUR
Beqa Island has two schools teaching children from 5 - 18 yrs. A short walk will have you arriving amongst very proud children waiting to share their stories and show their work. Don't be surprised if they ask you to join in with them. Pens, stationary and gifts are well received.
Sunday is the day of church. You have the option of attending a church service in the morning. The local church services are passionate and heartfelt. If you want to experience an honest glimpse into the Fijian culture then this is it. On Sunday evening before dinner, dressed in their finest outfits, the local choir come and perform heavenly songs just for you.
Learn how coconut milk is made as the BEQA team take fresh coconuts and take you through the different steps to turn it into coconut milk. You will remember the experience each time you open a can of coconut milk - we promise!
FIJIAN COOKING SHOW
The chef will teach you how to prepare the traditional fijian dish "Kokoda" and you will be amazed how wonderful it tastes!
FIJIAN MAT WEAVING
Learn about the traditional Fijian Mats, about the plants and the processes taken to make one. A hands on learning experience on the art of mat weaving