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 twenty visitors to Rookwa at any time so we cannot guarantee that there will be places available if you are already in Fiji.
Image right: Activities Manager Kevili with the Rookwa jetty and Christian Missionary Fellowship Church behind him
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 Rookwa 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.
Image right: The well laid out villages with above average village homes.
Please note F$1 is worth about 55 cents (US) an international currency converter is available at this link
For larger groups guests are allocated to other houses in the village that have facilities as good as or better than those in Aisake's home.
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 large Methodist Church in the village and an excellent choir) and will be offended if scanty clothing is worn in public in their village. The villagers would welcome any second hand clothes that you bring for distribution among the less-advantaged there. Do NOT wear hats in the village.
Image right: View of the coral coast from the guest house at Rookwa.
If you are on medicine ensure that you have enough supplies to cover the entire length of your stay at Rookwa. The nearest pharmacy is at Suva - about 90 minutes drive from Rookwa. Fijians usually practice traditional medicine for dealing with their own ailments.
There are also no poisonous snakes on Beqa, however, it is recommended that you take some insect deterrent with you to Rookwa.
The pure air and water at Rookwa 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.
Image right: This remarkable Rookwian villager is 84 years old (2005) yet still works in his gardens every day - a great example of the villagers healthy lifestyle.
Please read this important advice on health related issues in Fiji
All food is included in your package. Meals are prepared by the host family and is normally served on a table or in traditional Fijian style on a small cloth on the floor. Food is eaten, after saying grace, with knives and forks. 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 with Judith.
There are two small stores at Rookwa - including one in your host's house.
Each house at Rookwa 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 in some houses (Please note - in Aisake's house you will have a "Fiji shower" which is a bucket full of warm water o wash yourself with).
Electricity is driven by a generator and only on from 6pm to 9pm. Aisake
has his own generator to keep his store's fridge cold.
The playing field
The bed in Aisake's home
The kitchen - kept very clean
The toilet in Kiveli's sister's house
The large Methodist church
The houses with the view
The village entertainment centres around ceremonial Kava drinking sessions - however the village has an excellent band and holds dances in the community hall.
Image right: The morning moon sets behind a coconut tree bordering the playing field
The men of the village play touch rugby every evening of the year - great fun to watch.
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.
Rookwa is located in a natural, unspoilt environment and has many areas to explore - such as sandy beaches facing the Coral Coast, walks into the island (please take a guide).
Take a two hour walk into Beqa Island and discover the original pit where fire walking first started. The fire walking fable is at this link, while the walking activity is at this link.
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 1kg of powdered Kava with you as a ceremonial gift to be given to the villagers on your arrival.
The experience of previous visitors to Rookwa 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 Rookwa (or outside school hours).
Image right: The village children playing rugby before the sun rises
Theft is practically unheard of at Rookwa. 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 Rookwa.
Complete an on-line enquiry form