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“An Unforgettable Experience”

Sigatoka River Safari
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Jet Boat Safari on the Sigatoka River
Ranked #1 of 15 Tours in Sigatoka
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Fiji's original and the World's First jetboat & village safari,is a half-day, uniquely Fijian adventure into the "Heart and Soul of Fiji", aboard our purpose-built Safari jet boats. Our guests will travel along the majestic Sigatoka River to visit an authentic Fijian village and experience a day in the life of the real ‘kaiviti’ (Fijian). To bring the Safari adventure to life, your driver/guide is assigned to each group and introduces passengers to the rich culture of the Fijian people and shares the history, customs and legends of the area. Sigatoka River Safari began operations in 2006 and quickly established itself as a premier attraction by winning the Best Fiji Experience in 2008 and Best Adventure Tour in 2007 at the annual AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards, also winning 6 consecutive TripAdvisor Excellence Awards putting itself into the Hall of Fame as the Number 1 Outdoor Activity in Fiji. In 2017 secured World Travel Award Australasia's Leading Adventure Tour Operator
Reviewed May 4, 2013

If you want to experience the real Fiji, this is the tour for you.

We were picked up from our hotel and taken to Sigatoka for a bit of souvenir shopping before being taken on a 20 minute drive to the boat by V and Mess who were really entertaining with lots of information about the local area.

We boarded Captain Freddie's boat. He was a real character and an excellent Captain! He gave us a tour of the river stopping a few times on the way with lots of interesting facts.

Then it was onto the village. The ladies were given free sarongs to wear out or respect to the village's culture.

We were given an introduction to the village and told all about it's history and how things are done from the time of cannibalism to now. It was really interesting.

We were then welcomed into the village but sitting down and participating in a Kava ceremony.

The people of the village were so beautiful and welcoming. It was such a touching experience. They provided us with a light lunch of local foods such as roots, rice, chicken and coconut and then we all danced together. I personally found the experience to be quite moving.

When we returned to the boat, Captain Freddie treated us to a few 360° turns. A great end to a wonderful day.

We would certainly do this again.

Thank Bree_La_Marca
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

A fantastic trip up the up the Sigatoka Valley to the staging point for the River trip on jetboats, this trip highlights the 'food bowl' of Fiji with it's farms of vegetables and fruits. After trips up the river we then visited a local village and were welcomed by the villagers and shown around a typical Fijian Village (Mavua Village) followed by a Kava Ceremony and local lunch and entertainment, and on the way back the Jetboats give you thrill of 360degree turns and a good soaking - all in all it was for me one of my highlights of Fiji.

Thank David P
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Every year we visit the same village and every year I have a really fun time on the jet boat or in the village. The staff are great. The jet boat was fun. The village experience is indescribable. It is a must do.

Thank Caelan S
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Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

This tour is a must do. For $279FJD ($150AUD), we definitely got our money's worth. Definitely a good idea to bring a change of clothes. We got picked up from the Warwick resort and got taken to the Sigatoka town where we got out, signed a limitation of liability statement like thing. We each received a small bottle of water and the girls got a sarong each for free. We had about 10mins to browse the shops as we wouldn't have time on the way back. I purchased something for $52 FJD and put it in the lockers at the boat area, and someone from the earlier tour stole it. The tour guides were amazing, they called the shop and on the way back I got to grab another one to replace it for free! We continued from Sigatoka to what they call the 'Fiji salad bowl' with loads of different types of fruit and vegetables being grown there.

We got in the jet boat at the wharf and went up river. There were no spins or anything going up river so I could keep my camera out the whole time to take photos. Seeing the villagers going about their lives along the river was interesting. We waved at everyone and they all waved back all the way up.

When we arrived at Tuvu village, Lynn and Joe met us and took us up to the church. They spoke to us about how cannibalism stopped when Christianity came into their village, something to do with treating people nicely. It was pretty hot/muggy in the village so we all got pretty soaked in sweat. We walked through the centre of the village and then went into the community hall and sat down. After the kava ceremony, they played some music and everyone in the group got up to dance. It was awesome! A few of the villagers had phones and were recording the whole time And got photos with us at the end.

We had a rather nice lunch prepared by the villagers of rice, curried eggplant, fried eggplant, fried pumpkin, fruit, tarot root and noodles. We then had some more dancing and finished up with a conga line! Was hilarious and awesome fun! Lynn grabbed my iPhone and recorded the whole performance, it was awesome!! Two of the elders asked me and my friend to sit down in front of them - they wanted to know if we were honey mooning! We laughed and said no we are just friends! We were asked if we could donate something to the villagers, we didn't feel forced at all as it was given by the chief of the group (the oldest man). I donated $20 and a few other people donated the same. One of the kids gave them a new football to play with as well.

After a few more photos and goodbyes we left to go back to the boat and enjoy the ride home as the sun was setting.

All in all a beautiful afternoon, definitely worth the money for all the culture and happiness!

Thank benno007123
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This experience is a 'must do' whilst in Fiji. A wild & fast jet boat ride along the Sigatoka, local villagers crossing the river on horseback, dodging submerged trees, flying along small rapids, waving to fijians fishing for their lunch and this is just the transport to the real experience, an authentic Fijian village! We had a 3 and 5 year old in tow who loved it as much as we did.

The village is an excellent experience where you are given the history, the practilcalities of how they live on a daily basis and then share some local food along with their cup of choice, the Kava ceremony. This part makes you feel like you are reporting for National Geographic.

On the way back, expect some great360 action in the jet boat and to get a little wet - you will appreciate it given the humidity on the river. Thanks to Captain Mike who is truly the formula 1 driver of jet boat experiences.

Thank BJHSydney_Australia
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