Sleeping Giants and Village tour


You could do a whole lot of nothing in laid back Fiji but it’s cultural attractions will get you off the beach. Enjoy Fijian song and dance, take part in the famous Yaqona (kava) ceremony, visit Viseisei Village, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant and the town of Nadi on this village tour that offers a greater insight into lovely Fiji. Your tour begins with a trip to Viseisei Village – as legend has it, this was the place the first Fijians landed over a thousand years ago. Here you will witness one of the most honoured rites of Fijian life, the ceremonial preparation for drinking kava, it’s a ceremony performed widely throughout Fiji to mark the occasions of births, marriages, deaths and new chief ceremonies. Kava is a tranquilizing, non-alcoholic drink which numbs the tongue and lips. Coming from the dried roots of the pepper plant, it’s an intriguing ritual and an acquired taste. Next, continue to the famous orchid Garden of the Sleeping Giant, with a magnificent mountain backdrop (Sleeping Giant). Finally, there will be a brief stop at Nadi for shopping, you’ll find a range of duty-free products and local crafts including woodcarving, crochet, pottery and colourful Tapa cloth.
  • Tour Code

    PD2000

  • Location

    Port Denarau

  • Activity Types

    Sightseeing / City Tour

  • Experience Types

    Culture & History

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Fitness Level

    Low

  • Price

    Adult from $89.99
    Children (12 & under) from $75.99


Photography

Your guide will point out historical sites along the way and photo stops will be made.

Refreshments

Be treated to a glass of fruit juice at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

Special Notes

Ladies are required to wear below the knee clothing, hats are to be taken off when you enter the village, it is forbidden to touch any Fijian's hair, footwear is to be taken off before entering any Fijian home. Please bring cash for optional purchases such as locally made handicrafts at Viseisei village (FJD or AUD currency recommended) and in Nadi Town, where credit cards are widely accepted.Shopping time will be given to the guests at Nadi town before returning to the Mariner. Village visits are closed for tours on Sundays, Good Fridays and if there’s a death in the village. There are a few steps to be negotiated at the entrance of the garden, moderate walking is involved in this tour over stepping stones and uneven ground. Not recommended for passengers with disability problems. Please note Kava is a non-alcoholic beverage used traditionally in the Pacific Islands for ceremonial purposes. Formed by the root of the pepper tree Kava usually has a mildly sedative and anaesthetic effect, although it is possible to have adverse reactions including upset stomach. The traditional method of preparing kava does not meet P&O Cruise’s standard of health and safety and any participation in trying kava is at the risk of the individual.

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