Navala Village

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Navala Village

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Home to almost two hundred traditionally thatched bures, the village of Navala is an iconic symbol of Fiji. Back in 1950, the community decided to reject modern building materials and to encourage all school leavers to learn the art of traditional bure making. The result, sixty years on, is the last remainig thatch village in Fiji. The only cement structures are the church, school and a few generator huts.

To visit the village, introduce yourself to the first person you come across on the roadside - they will take you to the village headman where you pay a F$20 village entry fee. The money represents a sevusevu and helps with the upkeep of the village. Strolling around is a delightful experience. The chiefly bures have elaborately designed rooftops and are set in a neat line facing the village green. The more disorganised clusters of bures on the lower slopes of the Ba River are where the ordinary people live. The village is surrounded by grass-covered mountains full of secret caves where the people once retreated in times of war.



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Don't leave Fiji without visiting the most picturesque village in the South Pacific - Navala Village is located about 50 minutes drive into the highlands and is one of the few remaining villages where all houses are built from traditional materials. The houses, locally referred to as bures, have bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs and are single room buildings. Kitchens and toilets are separate buildings out he back. A visit to Navala includes a welcoming yaqona ceremony where guests are introduced and bonded by drinking the traditional Fijian drink mixed from roots of the Yaqona tree. The drive to Navala is a little bumpy travelling along dirt roads but takes in some breathtaking rural scenery along the way.


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