The following activities are offered to guests staying at the village:
On your arrival at Rookwa your host Aisake, who speaks excellent English, will take you to meet the chief where you will be the guests of honour at a traditional "sevu sevu" welcoming ceremony. We suggest homestay guests to Rookwa get one kilo of kava (costing about F$20 to F$30) before arrival - you can get kava all ove Fiji in a "Grog Shop". This kava is presented to the village Chief at the sevu sevu - the Chief then gives you the "keys" to the village. In effect you have the Chief's blessing and have the honour of becoming a member of the village.
Afterwards Kiveli Bui, who speaks excellent English, will take you around the village of Rookwa and introduce you to villagers, the community hall and the village green. Rookwa is the most affluent of all villages on FijiBure.com.
The tour will take you along the beautiful and sometimes rugged coastline bordering Rookwa.
During the tour Tema will take you along some magnificent beaches where you can swim, go exploring coral reefs or collect some lovely shells normally only found in shell shops. (You never find shells like this on beaches near hotels).
Time: about 45 minutes
Free to guests.
Extended and Historic Walks
The most popular activity is the two hour walk into the centre of Beqa Island where you will have the opportunity to visit the old cannibal village of Nakarovu. Here you can see the remains of the old buildings, the original fire walking pit used by the Sawau descendants of the mythical Tunaiviqalita and the hole in the stream where he met the small man with magic powers.
More on this lovely folk lore at this link
Costs to the old village: F$25 per person
Traditional Wild Pig Hunting:
The villagers of Naiseuseu go wild pig hunting - pig being an important source of food.
For a small charge you can join the villagers and their dogs and participate in the medieval sport of pig hunting - a traditional activity referred to in that famous book "The Lord of the Flies". The villagers round up their dogs and armed only with spears embark on the hunt through the bush - when a pig is cornered by the dogs it is then killed with the spears.
This is not an activity for the weak at heart.
Cost F$15 per person (no person under 18).
Deep Sea Diving:
By special arrangement with the manager of the nearby Beqa Lagoon Resort (five minute beachside walk) guests at Rookwa can book through your host Aisake for deep sea diving adventures in Beqa's famous lagoon. There is a dive master who accompanies all groups.
The cost is the same as if you were staying at the Beqa Lagoon Resort, ie F$80 for one tank and F$140 for two tanks.
You can either watch the fire walking at the nearby Beqa Lagoon Resort (every Tuesday at 5pm) or organise for the village to do something very special for you! However, this is costly.
To prepare for a village fire walking ceremony takes at least 24 hours.
Time: about 1.5 hours.
Image right: fire walking at Beqa Lagoon Resort every Tuesday afternoon at 5pm is free.
Cost: F$400 - for a special village fire walking ceremony (includes food)
You can watch as a villager spears fish for his family and other villagers each night. Visitors to Rookwa can go on amazing daylight snorkelling adventures where the guest snorkels behind and watches as the villager hunts fish and chase reef sharks. (It would be a good idea to buy snorkels and flippers for your children and bring them with you if you are going to go snorkelling - there are beautiful reefs to explore).
All food eaten at Rookwa is either caught off the reef or grown in the village.
Costs: F$15 per person
Play rugby with the locals
Touch rugby is played at 5pm every afternoon by the men in the village - join in - it's great fun.
Image right: A ritual of rugby is played every evening by the men on a field bordering the sea at Rookwa
For the children there is the opportunity to play rugby in the early mornings.
The school is a 15 minute walk at Ravi Ravi village.
Other activities include: traditional basket and mat making etc..