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After morning pickup from the cruise ship port in Suva, travel by air-conditioned coach for one about hour to reach Pacific Harbour - Navua.

Cruise up the Navua River by canoe, taking in the scenic landscape of villages, tropical rainforest, and waterfalls. Stop at a small village where a local warrior escorts you to the village meeting house (bure) and introduces you to village traditions including the sacred yaqona (kava) ceremony.

Your guide shares the history of the village, and shows you gardens with native crops, medicinal herbs, and kava plants. Watch young men perform war dances and women perform folk dance (except Sundays), and have the option to join in. You also visit a village pre-school and learn about handicraft souvenirs made by the villagers.

Have a typical lunch of Fijian fare and watch as the main dishes are uncovered after cooking in an underground oven. 

Next up, head to the biggest waterfall in the area, which is situated about one hour up the river. A short walk takes you to the first pool, and your guide can lead you to bigger waterfalls if you're feeling adventurous.

Your final activity is a leisurely 30-minute float downriver on sturdy bamboo rafts, which was the main mode of travel before roads and motor vehicles were introduced. 

At the end of your tour, your guide returns you to the Suva cruise ship port.

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Overview
Learn about Fiji's rich history and culture on an action-packed 5.5-hour shore excursion to the Navua River from Suva. Your itinerary features four activities including a ride upriver in a longboat canoe, a local village tour with lunch, swimming at a stunning waterfall, and bamboo rafting on the river. Includes guide, transportation, activities, lunch, and port pickup and drop-off.
Highlights
  • 5.5-hour shore excursion to Navua River, from Suva
  • Witness a kava ceremony, watch traditional dancing, and try Fijian cuisine while visiting a village on the Navua River
  • Swim in a series of natural pools created by waterfalls
  • Soak in the lush scenery along the river while floating on a bamboo raft
  • Includes lunch, all activities, and port pickup and drop-off
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Reviewed March 10, 2018
awesome!

What an experience! Douglas and William were an absolutely awesome Tour guide and driver. Fun and witty. Raiwaqa village experience delightful and canoe up the Navua River to the waterfalls and return through the rapids (small) (not scary at all- operators skillful and an awesome...More

Thank llaw901
Reviewed March 7, 2018
Fantastic Day with Wonderful People

An absolutely wonderful day, with more than a similar tour offered by the cruise ship, and at half the price. We were met outside the port gates, then driven to a Fijian village where we were greeted by the residents and honoured by a welcoming...More

Thank Kaye S
Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile
A Great Day!

Definitely recommend! Was a great day with awesome tour guides. Receiving an insight into Fijian traditions was very interesting!

Thank LMStil
Reviewed February 17, 2018
Jewel of Fiji was amazing

Booked this excursion directly and not through the cruise ship. Every interaction before and during this tour was friendly, responsive and professional. We had no trouble meetin up with the group at port and from there we had a wonderful day. The tour and insight...More

Thank ontheroadmaryg
Reviewed January 30, 2018
Great Tour

We had an interesting day on The Jewel of Fiji tour. All the arrangements were as noted but we endured a 45 minute rain storm that soaked us long before we got to the waterfall. Luckily it wasn't cold and much of our clothing dried...More

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From memory, there were about 30 in our group, other groups arrived at different times. If you book with the locals, you get much more than what the cruise ships offer. We got to participate in a kava ceremony and watch... More
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