This time my trip to Fiji took me to some amazing villages behind Nadi, on Viti Levu.
It’s a totally difference scene to the resorts at Denarau or on the Mamanuca Islands, and quite a humbling experience too.
We spent a day with Go Dirty Tours; starting off with full safety briefing and donning the helmets and safety gear.
Then off along the Queens Road to the Sleeping Giant Gardens with a short visit to a local market
Sleeping Giant Gardens
After an amazing bbq lunch, we left the Sleeping Giant Gardens behind and sped off along the Queen’s road again, cutting into the backroads and getting really off road.
The track turned to dust, gravel and pits; just the right mix of true off roading and plenty of dust. Great fun if you’re a thrill seeker, or would like to try something quite different
Next stop was a local village, where we partook in a Kava ceremony with a local chieftain. Kava is a native root, which is ground to a powder and added to water to make a drink. It plays a huge roll in Fiji’s culture and day to day life, it was a privilege to be welcomed to the village and join the chief in this ritual.
Then it was onto the village school. The children were boarding at this school, and preparing for some exams, but they were delighted to see us, and accepted the gifts of pens, pencils, coloring books, and first aid supplies that we had brought.
The last stop were the gun turrets leftover from the Second World War at Momi Bay. It was incredible to see these so intact. The area’s next line of defense was the Solomon Islands, so it was a great vantage point should they have needed it if the Japanese had invaded this far
And then finally we made our way back to Nadi, it was a full day’s touring. Go Dirty Tours can do shorter tours of just a couple of hours, but this was an amazing way of seeing the local area and immersing with the beautiful people