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 eight visitors to Nadrau 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 for your village holiday in Fiji.
Image right: the host's house at Nadrau
The initial communication leading up to a firm booking will be made via email on this web site (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by completing the on-line enquiry form. Once your confirmation 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 Nadrau are well below budget costs at recognised hotels - namely F$80 per adult per day and F$40 per 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 an upfront, non-refundable booking fee.
Your host is a highly respected member of the Fijian community - being a Provincial Chief for the district of Nadrau. When you enter his house you will see several tabua hanging from the walls - an important symbol of Ratu Lemeki Natadria's position in the village and community.
Please note F$1 is worth about 55 cents (US) an international currency converter is available at this link
There are three bedrooms in the
The lounge with TV and radio
The well appointed kitchen
The tabua - presented to Lemeki
The bure built by the villagers for your host, Lemeki, is claimed to sleep one hundred! It is simply massive and has a large fireplace which is lit to keep the interior warm on cold nights. While our guests stay in the house those trekking across Viti Levu spend their time at Nadrau in here!
|The bure rises high above the village||
The fireplace in one corner
One corner of the massive bure
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 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 area.
The villagers would welcome any second hand clothes that you bring for distribution among the less-advantaged there.
NOTE: It can get cold at Nadrau because of the village's elevated position. Bring warm clothes for nights.
If you are on medicine ensure that you have enough supplies to cover the entire length of your stay at Nadrau. The nearest pharmacy is at Tavua - about two and a half hour's drive away. Fijians usually practice traditional medicine for dealing with their own ailments. There is a nursing station in the village.
Image right: There is a nursing station at Nadrau
There are also no poisonous snakes on Viti Levu, however, it is recommended that you take some insect deterrent with you to Nadrau.
The pure air and water at Nadrau 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
All food is included in your package. Meals are prepared by the family hosting you and is normally served in traditional Fijian style on a small cloth on the floor. Food is eaten after saying grace with knives and forks or with the hand. The food served includes traditional foods like taro (a type of potato), dromo dromo (a large asparagus type vegetable), pineapple, guava, rice, meats, fish etc. Vegetarian meals can be catered for by prior arrangement.
Many houses in Nadrau have outside toilets, all have water tapped directly from the river that is purer than that you find bottled in stores and showers for washing hair etc.
The home used by visitors at Nadrau has flush toilets and showers - you stay with the Paramount Chief of the region.
There is a generator at the home providing 240v power points in the evening.
Image right: The Methodist Church at Nadrau.
The village entertainment centres around ceremonial Kava drinking sessions in the community hall.
There are two churches in Nadrau - a Seventh Day Adventist and Methodist Church. Both churches have choirs.
The village offers a range of activities - more at this link. These are mainly related to walking adventures.
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.
The villagers are very religious and have a fantastic choir made up of about 30% of their number. It is a great experience to go to a Sunday service and listen to the choir and the priest who preaches in Fijian in true evangelical fashion.
Nadrau is located in a natural, unspoilt environment and has many areas to explore - valleys, historical areas, hills or rocks to climb and great bush walks. Alternatively, you can get your host to organise a guide for a day - check out the activities.
Image right: the walk from Nadrau down the Sigatoka river valley
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.
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 Nadrau 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 Namatakula (or outside school hours).
Theft is practically unheard of at Nadrau. It is recommended that you do not flaunt your comparative wealth and keep money and valuables in your luggage in your house at Nadrau.