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“Waterfall, village, and mud pool experience”
Review of Fiji Eco Tours

Fiji Eco Tours
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Half-Day Nalesutale Highland Tour
Ranked #19 of 56 Outdoor Activities in Nadi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We understand that you probably don't have much time to get to see all of Fiji - culture, history and activities. Fiji Eco Tours provides a unique real Fijian tours. Experience with our various nature-based activities, wedding reception the Fijian way. Fiji Eco Tours features sites which are of cultural significance to the people of Fiji with a rich history portrayed in traditional daily activities. Take the trek through the Garden of The Sleeping Giants and discover some of the best waterfalls Fiji has to offer.The trek begins at the village of Nalesutale where guests are treated to a traditional KAVA ceremony by the chief. Paint yourself from head to toe in mud from our TIFAJEK mud pool to enjoy the therapeutic effects of this legendary attraction. Then immerse yourself in a natural hot spa and feel completely refreshed.The real Fiji -culture, history and adventure. We want you to travel like a local. We'll travel with you to Fiji's biggest highlights and incredible significant places that even people of Fiji does not know that it exist. If you're an adventure junkie and a culture historical seeker or have come cause you have heard, read or watch them on TV the most amazing islands of the Pacific has to offer, Fiji Eco Tours is the trip of an unforgettable lifetime! You couldn't have a bad experience if you tried.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

the trek to the waterfall was breathtaking- so lush and green. the waterfall is great for a refreshing swim and you can even jump off the top if you are feeling brave. Lunch and kava in the village was a great opportunity to get out of the tourist traps and see how the locals live. People from the village were very friendly and easy going and the food (taro leaves, sausages, fruits, potatoes, rice) were tasty. Mud pools was also fun and my skin felt to soft afterwards. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Definitely recommend this tour!

4  Thank Des B
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

What an amazing experience! Picked us up on time from our hotel, The Hilton in Denarau Island. Picked up another four people on the way before taking us to the mudpool and springs! Beautiful place and beautiful people, it isn't 5 star by any means but isn't that the point to get in touch with nature so why disturb it with development.The mud was very therapeutic for our skin. It tightened as the mud dried and our skin was sooo soft afterwards. The hot spring was devine! The ladies have jewellery trinkets to sell along with massages. Next we were taken to the village in a 4WD before trekking up the mountain to the waterfall! Definitely isn't for people who don't want to sweat and get a little adventurous and maybe even a little mud on you. We did it with our two year old and had no trouble what so ever! Fabulous experience. Once at the top the waterfall is not an extravagant waterfall but it is nice and refreshing after the walk. Once we get back to the bottom our driver was waiting and took us back to the village for Kava ceremony and lunch which was delicious! The sausages were so yummy and the pineapple was so sweet and juicy! You are then taken into town to the markets otherwise you can go back to your hotel if you are exhausted. Highly recommend everyone to do this tour, it lets you see and experience the 'real Fiji'. VINAKA!

11  Thank KR_Globetrotter
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We booked this tour through our hotel, and paid the full amount. We later found out other people on our tour booked a HALF DAY at a reduced cost. When we approched the organiser for this he said talk to my manager - knowing Fiji and how hard everything was to organise we didnt bother and hope the funds went to the village.
While we understand the Cyclone has destroyed a lot of things and made others not the same, we would have appreciated knowing what we were in for.
The Mud baths are amazing and highly recommended - you can also do this not on tour for a fraction of the price. The Valley of the Sleeping Giants will be closed until about March 2013 due to the cyclone, we knew this was closed only because other people in our hotel had told us.
The village stay was awkward and unwelcoming. We were there on a Sunday - and appreciate sunday is Fijians rest day - so why not close the tour for one day. We felt like outsiders, noone except their Holy Man spoke to us, and we were not advise of customs and culture of the village pre-tour.
The lunch was lovely - though we were left to our own devices and I again felt unwelcomed.
The waterfall - Worst Experience ever. We were not told that due to the cyclone we would have to walk the 4km instead of go in the bus - which is uphill 90% of the way and apparently the second highest peak in Fiji. We were not prepared, and had no water. There was no shade due to the cyclone. We were told it was a half hour walk - and hour and a half later we came to a small stream. And then were told it was another half our. Our first guide was not interested in telling us. The chief's son turned up half way through the walk, and he was more informative and told us that he didnt know the trail was so bad, or how the waterfalls would be, and that maybe they should close this part of the tour down until everything was fixed. In the end, we didnt make it to the waterfall, four of us were all over-heated and dehydrated. We were offered a jug of water back in the village and then we were taken back to our transport.

While I can see this would be a great tour in good times, it was terrible for us. If you are going in the next few months make sure you find out the status of the tour, and dont accept the 'everything is ok' attitude - we were gipped a few times in Fiji because of this. And as I said before, we understand the Cyclone has made things difficult, but would appreciate knowing the situation rather than people just taking our money and getting a half-effort and aweful experience.

Would like our money back, but know we wont get it.

7  Thank ezza828
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Friends of ours had been here a few months before but we didn't know what to expect. It was very cool (hot) actually. Lovely people. Would recommend this to anyone visiting. You can get Fijian massage also but we didn't. They have local Fijian trinket jewelry. We really enjoyed it.

4  Thank Hayleyb71
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

BULA!!! :-D

OUR ADVICE: highly recommended! (See below for more info)
WOULD WE DO IT AGAIN: most definitely!

VINAKA Fiji Eco Tours! This was one of the top 3 highlights of our honeymoon! :-D

- rainforest/waterfall nature hike and swim
- relaxing genuine village experience
- yummy traditional lunch in host's bure
- therapeutic mud pool & hot spring soak

I've always been a firm believer in treating others how I would like to be treated and in all of my travels, this has resulted in great experiences... but in Fiji, we had a TRULY wonderful experience!

* We booked easily through our hotel booking desk
* We were picked up from our hotel efficiently & on time
* Iliesa - our driver - was very warm & friendly, excellent to chat with :-)
* Our hike guide was helpful, informative & kind (chief's son)
* Our lunch host was generous & accommodating (chief's sister)
* The traditional lunch was delicious & filling (I want the recipes!)
* Transport to the mud pool was very comfortable too
* Mud pool guide was funny, helpful & informative (big smiles!)
* Hot spring was decadent - I've found a new addiction! Lol!
* You can also have a traditional relaxing massage for a small fee
* We were returned to our hotel feeling relaxed, entertained & happy!

* Travel light for the hike up to the waterfall - a small backpack is good
* A camera to capture the stunning beauty of nature you'll see
* Swimmers/bathers for swimming at the waterfall
* A small towel to dry off - microfiber ones are excellent!
* Insect repellant and sunscreen
* Wear closed in footwear for the hike - dah! you are hiking through nature, after all - after rain it can be quite muddy & a bit wet but well worth it! Anyone who hikes through a rainforest in thongs/flip-flops/slippers needs to recheck their common-sense-meter! So pack your flip-flops in your bag until you come back to the village. NB:- don't wear your best Nikes either! I wore "disposable" rubber soled lace-up canvas casuals because Australian Customs & Immigration is extremely strict on soil/dirt being brought back into the country ( I couldn't be bothered scrubbing my shoes like hubby did ;-)
* A sulu/sarong to sit on in the shade of the big mango tree back in the village

VILLAGE ETIQUETTE - not compulsory, but really appreciated:
* The people are very friendly and understanding, but if you can remember a few of these small things, it's returned with big smiles & very generous hospitality
* Do not wear hats or anything on top of your head - only the chief has this privilege - this is the main one to remember.
* Modesty - everyone, keep your shoulders & chest covered in the village - a short sleeved t-shirt is fine. Ladies also, shorts or skirt to just below the knees is nice (I wore one of my long fiji sulu/sarongs)
* If you meet the chief, please be respectful, it's truly a privilege to be welcomed as a guest into his village :-) we felt welcomed & honoured to be there.
* When welcomed into their bure/home, take your shoes off before entering and you can also show a little thanks/respect by bending forward a little with your head down as you step inside - our host responded with a huge smile :-D she was lovely!

My hubby and I love hiking, nature, history, traditional stories & learning about other people's cultures, so this earthy tour was exactly what we were looking for! We are unsure as to the toilet facilities because neither of us needed to use the bathroom while there.
* we were lucky enough to have the chief's son as a tour guide - he was very knowledgable, helpful & friendly - we asked many questions & were delightfully surprised with his knowledge of the land & the history of his people.
* being a herbalist, I was interested in traditional medicine plants and was treated to lots of interesting inside knowledge on the medicinal plants here.
* experience village life & traditional food - lunch was cooked for us by the chief's sister - it was delicious & plentiful... Our favourite was the rou-rou! It was fun to sit on the woven mat and chat while we ate too. Afterwards, we were so full that we were glad to have some rest time in the shade of the mango tree :-) LOL!
* My hubby was lucky enough to catch a fish the traditional way in the river after lunch!
* I enjoyed a little ride on their horse - I love horses & haven't done that in years!
* We were also taught the basics of weaving leaves to make mats etc before our driver came to pick us up & head to the mud pool.

- we both loved this experience and I've found my new obsession! *chuckle*
- the guide shows you what to do & tells you some of the history of the pools
- after changing & using the toilets, he stowed our bags/shoes etc for us
- he helps you coat yourself in the therapeutic, soothing mud - I swear it took the redness out of my minor sunburn too!
- you bake the mud in the sun to almost dry then swim in the mud pool
- after the majority is washed off, it's time to soak lavishly in the hot spring! This was my favourite part and the warm, mineral-rich water soothes any aches while deeply relaxing your muscles... I've decided that I'll seek out thermal mud and springs in all future travels!

We truly had an amazing day with wonderful people and fantastic weather!!!

14  Thank Jo E
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Susan C, Public Relations Manager at Fiji Eco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2015

Bula Jo E,

Thank you booking and touring with Fiji Eco Tours,

Our humble apologies for the delay in response towards Review.

Thank you again and hope that you will come back and visit.

Have a blessed Weekend.

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