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I am a single woman travelling with 3 children aged from 7-12.We were picked up from our resort and taken to Sigatoka, where we stopped briefly for coffee or shopping, then back on the bus with our guide, who entertained and informed us as we drove to the river depot, pointing out interesting areas and landmarks such as the huge government protected mahogany trees, explaining about the Chinese road contracts and farms, and stopping to allow us to enjoy spectacular views. Life jackets on and after a photo with Freddy, our captain, into the jetboats. Our trip up the river was exhilarating and exciting, fast, noisy and spectacular. Freddy drove skilfully, stopping several times along the way to explain various things and allow us to ask questions. Freddy's easy going and open manner made for a pleasant trip and we all learned a great deal about village life along the river including the history of the tribes and how they farm today. A climb up a steamy path cut into the jungle led us to the village, where we were greeted by our guide and spokesman. We entered the village community hall and were treated to a traditional welcome and kava ceremony, followed by a walk through the village where we again had an opportunity to chat with our knowledgeable and friendly guide and ask questions. Then we were treated to a wonderful feast laid on by the village women of traditional food, after which we joined the local people in singing and dancing together. They really were very friendly and welcoming and my children enjoyed this immensely. Ceremonial goodbyes were said, gifts given by us and we made our way back to our boats. On the way back Freddy thrilled us all with his 360 spins, soaking us all and eliciting screams of excitement. Photos were taken and were very reasonably priced. Then back on the bus, a stop in Sigatoka allowed us time for a snack, before returning to the resort, tired and happy. We all agreed this was a highlight of our Fiji holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Remember to wear shoes for walking, women are given a sarong to wear. Take water and some Fiji cash, sunscreen, a small towel and change of clothes. You can leave these at the depot so you wont have to carry them. You can take or buy gifts for the village children in Sigatoka. This trip is excellent value, staff are very professional and I highly recommend it.
the Jet Boat Safari was certainly the highlight of our Fiji holiday.
Our Captain was so knowledgeable and interesting, the ride up the Sigatoka River was amazing.
Arriving at the village we were welcomed by their chief, drinking the traditional Cava was an experience by itself most of the men liked the drink but not to the taste buds of us ladies. lunch was traditional Fijian cuisine not sure what most of the dishes were but truly mouth watering.
on our way back to base our captain asked everyone if they would like a few 360 spins and yes even being nearly 70 years old I couldn't resist it, well following a complete soaking and a really good belly laugh we finally returned to shore.
great photos were on offer from the tour operator and at a very reasonable price. I would not hesitate to recommended this excursion to anybody.
Fantastic, should be made compulsory on anybody's first trip to Fiji. Just do it. It's a real eye opener !
The village visit was very appreciated the hospitality humbling, the lunch provided DELICIOUS and the entire experience including the totally awesome jet boat ride a truly unforgettable experience.
Captain Jack was fantastic . Really safe driver and such great entertainment.
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