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 Namatakula 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 Fiji Holidays at a village.
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 Namatakula are well below budget costs at recognised hotels - namely F$130 per adult per day and F$90 per day for children under 13 years of age. (eg a family of four with two adults is just F$440 per day inclusive of all meals, washing and (where applicable) baby sitting). There is a non-refundable, upfront booking fee.
There is television with Sky Pacific and many channels in the guest lounge room (installed 2006).
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. The villagers would welcome any second hand clothes that you bring for distribution among the less-advantaged there.
Image right: View of the coral coast from the guest house at Namatakula.
If you are on medicine ensure that you have enough supplies to cover the entire length of your stay at Namatakula. The nearest pharmacy is at Suva - about 90 minutes drive from Namatakula. 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 Namatakula.
The pure air and water at Namatakula 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
The traditional foods at Namatakula are fast becoming world famous...
All food is included in your package. Meals are prepared by Rosa and her family 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. 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 Rosa.
If you stay three or more days at Namatakula a farewell lovo feast is prepared for you and your group on your last night there (see image right).
A food page of some of Rosa's special traditional dishes can be seen at this link.
There are three small stores at Namatakula.
Each house at Namatakula boasts two flush toilets, water tapped directly from the river is as pure as you find bottled in stores and there are private cold and warm water showers. Most bedrooms have ceiling fans.
There is reliable electricity 24 hours a day - 240v (Austalian standard connections).
The village entertainment centres around ceremonial Kava drinking sessions - however the village has an excellent band and holds dances in the community hall.
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.
Namatakula is located in a natural, unspoilt environment and has many areas to explore - such as miles of sandy beaches facing the Coral Coast. Alternatively, you can get Iso to act as your guide for a day - after many years of driving his taxis (which easily accommodates six people) there is little of this island that he does not know. You will have to pay Iso for any taxi rides - we suggest that you discuss this with him before you leave.
The line fishing at Namatakula is quite amazing! For just a few dollars a day (not the thousands you pay through tour operators) you can be guided by a Fijian who has fished these waters all his life.
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.
Image right: The primary school at Namatakula
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.
If you wish to bring Kava with you as a ceremonial gift, give this to the village elders through your hosts on your arrival.
Donations from guests in the past have assisted in the renovation of the Church in 2006 and funded the cement paths now found in the villages (see images below)
The Church has been renovated
|and expanded thanks to FijiBure||
Cement paths funded
|by guest donations|
The experience of previous visitors to Namatakula 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 Namatakula. 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 Namatakula.
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