We decided to do the Sigatoka River Safari after reading so many fantastic reviews, and we were not dissappointed!
The jet boats are super fast and super loud, and driven by Captain Jack Sparrow and his team. Several stops are made along the river, with commentary and facts along the way - although watch out for a few funnies from Captn Jack! Don't believe everything you hear!
The most appealing aspect of this safari adventure, is that they spread the love, by visiting different villages every day, so by attending, you are not only helping the village you visited, but so many more.
When we arrived, we were greeted by a guide, and taken to the village community hall, where we witnessed a Kava and Welcome Ceremony. Then a little walk around the villge, and onto a large feast in their hall, where they sit back and watch us eat, then they eat after - I wished they had eaten with us.
After lunch, there is much dancing and singing, with the children and elders, and then there is a farewell song, where you are invited to present your gifts to the village. Good gifts to take are pencils, footballs, second hand childrens clothes, books, treats (biscuits and jelly frogs etc) and you can also give cash. This money and these gifts remain with this village, so you know that your gifts are getting to those that need it.
Upon leaving, you are given the postal address of your village, and asked to send them any photo's that you took - and anythng else that you want to send to them.
The bus then takes you back into Sigatoka, and to the Tappoo tourist gift shop. All items purchased here are treated and guaranteed to get back through Aussie customs.
While the trip is a little expensive - $F400 for a family of 4, it was well worth it, and will be included on each and every trip we make to Fiji.
I would recommend the morning trip, purely because it gets so hot in the afternoon, and it is a long day - even though the tour only goes for approx 3 hours.
Our 3.5 yo and 5.5yo loved it, and they were not the youngest on the boat - we felt safe all the time.
Cant wait to go again. This is such a great tour to take your children on, to show them a cultural difference, while still in a safe environment.
Feel free to msg me if you have any questions.
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