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It is recommended that you book well in advance (at least a month or two) ahead of time. The total amount due will be based on the number of days you wish to stay with your accommodation being paid in cash on arrival at the village. It is important to note that there is a limit of fifteen visitors to Korovisilou at any time so we cannot guarantee that there will be places available if you are already in Fiji. There is a deposit payable to secure your booking at a village during your holidays in Fiji.
Image right: One of three bedrooms in Susu's house
The initial communication leading up to a firm booking will be made via email on this web site (Korovisilou@fiji-bure.com) or by completing the on-line enquiry form. Once your confirmation by way of a small booking deposit has been received by FijiBure.com we will fax or email you a confirmation booking slip which will provide details of taxi pick-ups and confirm the dates of your stay.
The costs of accommodation, inclusive of meals, at Korovisilou are well below budget costs at recognised hotels - namely F$80 per adult per day and F$40per day for children under 13 years of age. (eg a family of four with two adults is just F$240 per day inclusive of all meals, washing and (where applicable) baby sitting). There is a non-refundable, upfront booking fee.
Image right: Fiji Pie served at Korovisilou
Please note F$1 is worth about 55 cents (US) an international currency converter is available at this link
Basic - thongs, shorts, t-shirts, open necked shirts, traditional Fijian dress, sarong, be modest while in the village area. Bring your bikinis but keep them for swimming away from the village - Fijians are modest and religious (there is a Roman Catholic and Methodist Church in the village and an excellent choir) and will be offended if scanty clothing is worn in public in their village. Do NOT wear hats in the village. The villagers would welcome any second hand clothes that you bring for distribution among the less-advantaged there.
Image right: Lavinia with a few of her helpers - great hosts.
If you are on medicine ensure that you have enough supplies to cover the entire length of your stay at Korovisilou. There is a small health centre (see image below right) or the nearest pharmacy at Suva - about 75 minutes drive from Korovisilou. Fijians usually practice traditional medicine for dealing with their own ailments.
There are no poisonous snakes on Viti Levu, however, it is recommended that you take some insect deterrent with you to Korovisilou.
The pure air and water at Korovisilou Village is cleaner and fresher than anywhere in the western world. Water is tapped direct from the river springs and can be drunk without any danger.
Please read this important advice on health related issues in Fiji
Each house at Korovisilou boasts a clean flush toilet, water tapped directly from the river is purer than that you find bottled in stores and and there are private cold water showers.
Image right: One of the bedrooms at Korovisilou
There is reliable electricity 24 hours a day - 240v during your Fiji holidays.
The village entertainment centres around ceremonial Kava drinking sessions - however the village has an excellent band and holds dances in the community hall.
The village offers a range of activities - more at this link.
You will find that most of the villagers are inter-related in some way so be very careful not to inadvertently offend someone by speaking negatively about another villager who might be related to that person.
Korovisilou is located in a natural, unspoilt environment and has many areas to explore - such as miles of sandy beaches facing the Coral Coast.
There is no shortage of unique adventures for you to plan and enjoy. Remember to take your digital camera and lots of memory or film - even if it is just to capture the villagers at play, the rising sun in the morning and sunset at night over the water, the incredibly bright night sky or full moon above or the sunsets... consider bringing a notebook computer so that you can keep downloading pictures. Some visitors have taken over 500 digital images on a three day stay!
The adventures that you will experience and the hospitality that you receive from the villagers will remain with you forever.
Korovisilou is just fifteen minutes by taxi from the famous Waidroka Bay - where you can catch the famous Frigates Reef waves. There are also several other local surfing reefs at Waidroka Bay including Resort's left, Pipe, Black Rock, Mata Point, Serua Rights and Vunaniu. There is a special return taxi fare of just F$10 to and from Waidroka Bay payable by guests.
More about surfing at this link
Practical gifts are always welcomed by the villagers and their children but are entirely optional and not expected. Simple things like a bag of balloons will bring large smiles to the faces of the village kids, a small bag of second hand clothes for the children and adults are a winner. There is absolutely no need to feel that you have to bring gifts - you are not expected to - but they would be appreciated.
Don't forget to bring 2kg of powdered Kava with you as a ceremonial gift to be given to the villagers on your arrival.
The experience of previous visitors to Korovisilou is that your kids will have the best holiday of their lives. From the moment you arrive the natural friendliness and curiosity of the youngsters in the village will entertain and play with your children. It is highly likely you won't see them most of the time you are at Korovisilou (or outside school hours).
Image right: The primary school at Korovisilou
Theft is unheard of at Korovisilou. Tourists visiting the village have had no problems despite leaving money and valuables openly visible to villagers. It is recommended that you do not flaunt your comparative wealth and keep money and valuables in your luggage in your house at Korovisilou.