It really is a fantastic day of fun, culture and real Fiji experiences. It starts with a 35 minute drive into the picturesque Sigatoka Valley for fabulous views of Fiji's famous "Salad bowl" - known for its colourful patchwork of fruit and vegetable crops. You'll hear the fascinating history of notorious Tongan warriors who reigned supreme in this area and glimpse ancient hill fortresses of Tavuni and Matanavatu.
At Sautabu Village you'll participate in customary kava ceremony before a bamboo raft ferries you across the river for the short walk to the Naihehe Caves. The entrance is a tropical garden setting - and this was the cave fortress of Fiji's last cannibal tribes. It was ruled by a pagan priest and hundreds of people lived inside for months at a time. We follow the lantern lit hall chambers to the legendary "Pregnancy Gap" which opens up into the huge and wondrous Grand Cathedral Chamber. Natural features include sparkling stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and underground springs - but its history makes this cave particularly special. You'll see a ritual platform, priest chambers and cannibal oven! It's pretty awesome stuff. The cave environment is comfortable, with easy access, plenty of fresh air and no bats or creepy-crawlies.
Next, we take a 15-min walk across native bush and farms down to the river for a downstream "bilibili" ride. These bamboo rafts are still the traditional mode of transport for river based villages. Ours are wide and well balanced and the river is warm and shallow. Great for paddling about, swimming, or dragging along behind the bilibili; you can learn how to stand on the back and pole it - or just sit back and watch local scenery pass by. This is about 45 minutes of serious fun - kids love it and so will you!
The bilibili will take us back to the village where will have a Fijian style light lunch, fun entertainment by the villagers and then we hit the road again.