Yasawas and Mamanucas Islands
Vatu-I-Ra Channel and Lomaiviti Group
Savusavu and Taveuni
Bega and Kadavu
This group is Fiji’s hidden paradise with no tourism this is one of the most traditional areas of Fiji.
Vanua Balavu Island has some of the most spectacular scenery in Fiji. Here traditional etiquette needs to be strictly observed. You need to bring with you a gift of half-a-kilo of the root of the pepper plant from which kava, the social and ceremonial drink is made. Now begins an ancient ritual known as Sevusevu. This usually takes place in the village longhouse, where your party sits on the floor opposite the Ratu (chief) and his elders. The Ratu appoints a spokesman to speak for the visitors, although the entire proceedings are held in the Fijian language. The spokesman ceremoniously requests the Ratu to accept your gift of kava. The Ratu places his hands on the gift, and thanks the visitors. All present clap three times. You are now officially the guest of the village.
There is plenty of exploring inside this large lagoon and is worth staying a few days. The village will put on a traditional feast or Lovo with meat, fish and local vegetables baked in an underground earth oven this is followed by a Meke (Fijian Dancing) in honour of their guests. For the more adventurous you can cruise south through the Lau islands to experience more of these little visited islands.