As a company we are committed to running our tours in responsible manner as highlighted below:
Group size: we only travel with small groups. Our tours have a maximum of 16 people in any one group, to help minimise the impact on the villages and environment that we travel through.
Sustainable stays: We travel to remote communities where many visitors to Fiji never venture. You will be invited into their villages, be able to share and experience their daily lives and asked to join the community on the mat for an evening meal in the community hall.
Environmental initiatives: This walking experience has been specifically designed so you can walk between villages,. Our routes often follow old paths between villages, pig-hunting tracks, or farm paths. These can be rough and muddy. The villages work to keep these tracks clear for you, but please don’t expect constructed walking tracks! A good level of fitness and a spirit of adventure are musts! Our local partner participates on the board of local organisations, actively working to raise environmental awareness on both a domestic and international levels.
We support and train people from our partner communities to guide you. The land you’re crossing is their land, their vanua, to which people in Fiji have an inalienable connection. We believe it’s only right for them to show you where they live, farm, hunt and fish. Your guides are first aid trained, and while English doesn’t always come easily to some of them, they are knowledgeable about the plants, animals, and land around you.
To make sure our Community Immersion Tours benefit the local economy and community as much as possible we:
Run in partnership with four rural communities and a locally owned and managed lodge to create a mix of great walking and authentic culture. With these communities we work together to ensure that the treks are great for you and great for them.
Along the way you’ll meet lots of personalities, whether it’s the guides that walk with you, the ladies that cook our meals, or the elders who’ll share kava with you. They each have their own stories and jokes, and are often as interested in you as you may be in them. We encourage you to support the local handicrafts, buying local means you keep it local. There are many traditions and skills passed down through the generations, through your purchases you will be supporting many local initiatives such as workshops and in community development classes.
Beyond this, we also support Nature Fiji-MareqetiViti. Whose’ mission is to enhance biodiversity and habitat conservation, endangered species protection and sustainable use of natural resources of the Fiji Islands through the promotion of collaborative conservation action, awareness raising, education, research and biodiversity information exchange. Each traveller will contribute $200 AUD per person towards this sustainable initiative.