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 six visitors to Naroro 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 Fiji holidays booking.
Image right: Naroro as seen from the top of the historic Tavuni Hill
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 Naroro 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 a non-refundable, upfront booking fee.
The bedrooms (right) are at the famous Tavuni Fort overlooking the village of Naroro.
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 during your holidays in Fiji among the less-advantaged there.
Image right: View of the Sigatoka river and Naroro from the guest house at Tavuni Fort.
If you are on medicine ensure that you have enough supplies to cover the entire length of your stay at Naroro. The nearest pharmacy is at Sigatoka - about 5 minutes drive from Naroro. Fijians usually practice traditional medicine for dealing with their own ailments.
There are also no poisonous snakes on Viti Levu, however, it is recommended that you take some insect deterrent with you to Naroro.
The pure air and water at Naroro 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 hosting tourists at Naroro boasts a clean flush toilet and water tapped directly from the river.
Image right: Electricity at the village of Naroro
There is reliable electricity 24 hours a day - 240v.
The village entertainment centres around ceremonial Kava drinking sessions.
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.
Naroro is located right next door to the famous historical site of Tavuni Hill - your host, Sirelli, manages the tours given to tourists arriving by bus.
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 or setting sun from the top of Tavuni Hill... 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!
Image right: the fresh mussel shells below the remains of the chief's bure at Tavuni Hill Fort.
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 Naroro 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 Naroro (or outside school hours).
Theft is unheard of at Naroro. 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 Naroro.