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“Once in a lifetime experience”

Namuamua Inland Tour
Ranked #255 of 140 things to do in Fiji
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Ipswich, Queensland
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Once in a lifetime experience”
Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

Thank you Maria you were very helpful, we had a great day.....This was a great adventure and well worth doing. We fortunately had a very cloudy day which made our trip up and back very comfortable....if it was a full sunny day you would need good hats and plenty of sunscreen. The waterfall swim was great...well worth doing. The village experience was lovely great educational opportunity. The children were just so beautiful.....lunch was plentiful....take your drinking water though.... Market was basic but good opportunity to get souvenirs from local people...

Visited February 2014
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Pacific Harbour, Fiji
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very Disappointing”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We heard wonderful things about this tour, however our experience really wasn't up to standard. To start with we ended up having to wait 45 minutes at the pick up point, as we were coming from Suva, we had to take a taxi to the Art Village which was about an hr away and considering we arrived early, had to ait around even longer. Following the short drive back towards Suva, we then had to wait for another 20-30 minutes as the boats weren't ready, given we were already running at least 30 minutes late from when we were supposed to depart this should have been more organised.
The trip up the river was lovely, the scenery was spectacular. We had a relatively large group and as such we did the rafts early, on the way up the river, I found it be disappointing as we took longer to get onto the raft then we actually spent on it moving anywhere.
Following the rafts and our long morning waiting we were looking forward to getting to swim at the waterfall, however this wasn't to be as our group was quite large, 4 boats in total, and so only two boats got to stop at the waterfall on the way and we were promised we would stop on the way back. So we continued up the river, by this time it was quite hot and the sun was high overhead. Arriving at the village, the boatmen didn't seem to know what to do, so we hovered in the water for a while before we got to get out of the boat. We received a lovely greeting from the villagers and were led to where the welcoming ceremony would take place, considering we had already spent hours in the sun it was a nice break, but we then had to wait another 30minutes for the two boats that got to swim then to catch up. More waiting!!!
Given we were now running ridiculously late, we got no information about the village, the dances seemed half-hearted and a little rushed, as did the welcoming ceremony. When we did the tour the children were getting ready to go home, doing their last activity of the day, sport which we were allowed to say hello to but then were led back for lunch and a short amount of souvenir buying which was quite generic. From there we finished quickly and were taken back to the boat, where, surprise surprise, we went straight back to the dock without stopping for a swim and taking everything quickly such that the swim was replaced with a soaking without ever having to leave the boat.
All in all, I wish I asked for some kind of discount, I enjoyed the scenery and some parts of the village but was incredibly disappointed in the quality of the entire tour! Not worth the money we paid!

Visited February 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best thing I have done!”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

I went on this tour through Namuamua and it was amazing!
Okay firstly, bringing lollies to the village, I found that people treated the locals almost as if it was a zoo and threw lollies at them. Diabetes is already an issue in remote villages and the children would much rather things like sports equipment or stationary and that sort of thing would benefit them and bring them enjoyment for longer. I took pencils and a footy for the kids. Also about people complaining about having to adapt to their culture for the short time they are there for, that's what you are there for!? And you are there anyway to experience there culture so it's only right that you do so. Overall it was amazing, nothing was bad. the lunch was what you expect from a remote Fijian village and was really enjoyable. The people are AMAZING and the kindest people you will ever meet. And about the handicrafts, yes they are the same as what you find around most of Fiji but it is a lot better you buy your gifts from the village because it supports the families and gives them an income. The village is beautiful and the experience was a great "culture shock" I think if you go to Fiji you should do this because it's a once in a lifetime experience and you meet the amazing people from Namuamua!

Visited September 2013
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A great family experience!”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

This inland tour was a fabulous way to see the beautiful countryside of Fiji in a low risk adventure style transportation. Picked up promptly by our friendly host Kali and driver Mr Raj from our resort, we started the day by enjoying the views on our drive. Arriving at the banana boat drop point, we were given life jackets, garbage bags for possessions, and could get changed there and could leave a change of clothes there (you will get wet). At this point they also had biscuits for sale that you could take to the school for the kids, FYI there are over 80 kids in the boarding school.

I should point out that for ladies, you should bring a sulu(sarong) for when in the village. Also take your own water if you are wanting a drink prior to lunch.

The banana boat trip was great, as we travelled along the river inland, the waterfall and mountains became more and more magnificent. Don't be surprised that there may be a person scooping out water from the boat, better out then in, I say.We travelled on an overcast day which was pleasant enough and remained overcast until we got to the waterfall stop for a quick swim. Straight after that, we were rained upon, which added to the adventure and in reality we couldn't help but enjoy it.

Upon arrival to the village, we were greeted by the ladies of the village with their umbrellas and taken to the main hall, to get changed and prepared for the welcome ceremony. The welcome ceremony included songs, dance and kava with full explanation. We also then joined in a few songs of dancing, which was fun, you will learn to "shake it".

We then toured into the village and saw how they live, survive and unite as a community. We were able to visit in the classrooms and the kids enjoyed receiving the biscuits, holding onto them for later on. The kids were quiet and you do feel intrusive, but it was great for my kids to see the contrast between schools.

Lunch was served in the main hall, which consisted of a lovo cooked chicken, dalo(taro) polusami, tuna sandwiches and fresh fruit and veges - delish!

After lunch we had the opportunity to purchase local handicrafts to support their village. If you want to buy some beautiful treated wood souvenirs, this is the place to do it, as prices were good and quality was great. So remember some spending money.

The village has been over past few years been rebuilding after the last flood. They do accept donations towards school supplies and for the library, FYI.

We received the farewell song and were walked down to the boat. It was still raining so as a group decided to bypass the bamboo rafting and headed for our drop off point.

Yes it was raining, yes we were drenched head to toe and Yes we had a great day out and would recommend it to others.

Visited October 2013
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“A great way to witness & experience Fijian culture”
Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

Make sure you wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen on the boat trip to & from this delightful Fijian village. Attend a kava ceremony then dance with the locals before visiting the nearby school. (Tip: bring some lollies to give to the kids) Lunch is provided plus an opportunity to buy some local handicrafts. The ride on the raft could be longer (you spend as much time getting on & off the raft as you do riding it). On the way to the village you can swim at a waterfall. Our Fijian tour guides are amazing climbers! Overall a great trip. I highly recommend it.

Visited August 2013
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