Fiji Culture Village
The Fiji Culture Village is the perfect place to learn about Fiji’s people, their culture, history, including trying a traditional Fijian meal and watching some live entertainment. Only a short 15-minute drive from Nadi, the Fiji Culture Village is a fun and convenient experience.
Fiji Culture Village
Fiji is an amazing travel destination. With its pristine beaches, over 300 islands, and world-class diving it is a common beach holiday for people from all over the world. But it isn’t just the beauty of the land that makes Fiji so amazing, but the incredible people and their culture!
On my recent trip to Fiji, I wanted to learn about the Fijian culture as much as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to visit the Fiji Culture Village just outside of Nadi.
If you want to experience culture while in Fiji then a trip to the Fiji Culture village might be the perfect excursion for you! This blog is all about the Fiji Culture Village including what to expect and my overall opinion.
What exactly is the Fiji Culture Village?
The Fiji Culture Village is a place for tourists to visit and get a taste of Fiji’s culture, particularly relating to villages. While it isn’t a true village today, there are demonstrations, artefacts and buildings exactly how they would’ve been in villages many years ago.
What does a visit to the Fiji Culture Village include?
When you go on a trip to the Fiji Culture Village, various activities are included. They are:
Guided Village Tour
Your guide will take a group around the village for about an hour showing different bures (traditional Fijian huts), each demonstrating a different part of village life.
Some of the bures on show are a fire making demonstration, a station of making tools, pottery, weaving, and more! There is also the opportunity to enter the chiefs house and if you’re lucky, he will let you take a picture with him!
A “lovo” in Fiji is a traditional way of cooking in Fiji. It involves cooking food like chicken, fish, and potatoes on hot stones covered in leaves and cloth.
At the Fiji Culture Village, you get the opportunity to see your meal being uncovered from the leaves and being lifted from the hot rocks. Then it’s time for food!
Before dinner, there is a traditional Kava ceremony. Kava is a traditional Fijian drink made from the powder of a plant root mixed with water. Historically, it was only drunk by a village chief in celebration. Nowadays, it is drunk by almost everyone, sometimes as a substitute for alcohol which is very expensive in Fiji!
On a day tour you will eat the Lovo meal as lunch, and on the night tour, you will eat the Lovo as dinner.
The meal included chicken and fish cooked on the stones. They also include other dishes like potatoes, cassava, sushi, rice, salad, and more! There is a ton of food and you are guaranteed to leave stuffed!
The Culture Show
While eating, the Fiji Culture Village dancers will entertain you with traditional singing and dancing. These dancers do a variety of different dances!
Part of the cultural show involves fire dancers – which are amazing! Three dancers are extremely talented and demonstrate the traditional way of dancing with fire. You just need to see it for yourself!
Where is the Fiji Culture Village located?
It is located a short 10-minute drive from Nadi. If you are staying in Nadi they offer free transfer, otherwise, transfers can be organised from pretty much anywhere for a fee. In addition, you can also organise your own transport and meet at the village for one of the tour times.
Type of tours and times
They offer both a day and night tours at the Fiji Culture Village. The day trip runs from 8:30 am and goes until 12 pm or 1:30 pm (depending on whether you choose to stay for lunch or not.) The night tour goes from 5 -8:30 pm. The short duration of the entire experience along with its close location to Nadi makes this trip very convenient, allowing you to do something else on the same day!
What does it cost?
Prices depend on the time of year and type of tour you do (day or night experience) but expect to pay around 140 FJD for an adult.
I attended the Fiji Culture Village for their night show tour. I found the experience to be entertaining and fun from the beginning to end. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided a ton of info throughout the tour.
I really liked the night tour as it allowed me to spend my day at the beach and make the most of a day with the tour only in the evening.
Overall, I really enjoyed visiting the Fiji Culture Village and would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience the true culture of Fiji!