This trip was by far the most memorable moment of our trip to Fiji. My husband and I took our two kids, aged 4 and 7, on the tour and everyone had an amazing time. We were picked up at the lobby of our hotel and shuttled to the river by a lovely tour guide and driver, with a short stop in the town of Sigatoka to sign papers and do some shopping. We had a safety briefing and got our life vests on then boarded the jet boats. Along the way on the river, we stopped a few times to discuss the surroundings and village culture. We stopped at a small village and the residents greeted us and showed us around their village. We were invited into the community hall for a welcoming ceremony and after the tour of the village, we were given a lunch which was cooked by the villagers, everyday food that they eat. The food was amazing. Everything was so fresh. The meal consisted of many dishes of fruits, vegetables, chicken dishes and sweet bread. We sat on the floor and ate while the village men played music and sang. The music was so enchanting, their voices bellowed through the hall. After eating, we all had a celebration and danced and sang with our new friends. The philosophy of the residents was that we are not only visitors, but by coming to visit, we are now friends and we are expected to come and visit if ever we are to come back to Fiji. We were given homemade decorations and got powder on our faces as a sign of friendship. When the visit was over, we headed back to the jet boats for a thrilling ride down the river with plenty of 360° turns, getting everyone pretty wet. All the staff of the Sigatoka River Cruise were so friendly and helpful, amusing and knowledgable. The trip was worth every penny.
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