Experience Fiji in a meaningful way
The Fiji Experience is a travel, adventure, cultural & volunteer combination. Get to visit and experience four vastly distinctive regions of this exotic island country!
Start Date 2018 : 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 20 August, 3 September
Duration: 3 weeks
Age: From 18 years old
In partnership with The Green Lion, our trusted partner for over 12 years!
Our partner The Green Lion organises volunteer abroad and meaningful travel programs and they only promote their programs through partners like GapXperience and we have developed a very close relationship with them and promote their program at the most affordable rates.
About the Fiji Experience
This leading eco-tourism environment will meet every divers and snorkelers expectation with its countless reefs, drop-offs, walls and channels. Any adventurer would not pass up on this hidden secret shattered across the Pacific Ocean. Our Fiji road trip will bring you an unforgettable journey, in an astonishing environment with loads of fun!
On this 21-day action packed adventure, start your amazing road trip journey from Nadi through to the coral coast, go to Nausori near Suva for your social work project and later travel to the beautiful Levuka Island.
Enjoy the green pastures and the lush countryside whilst driving along the coral coast with breathtaking views of white sandy beaches along the way.
You will stop over in the “salad bowl town” (Sigatoka Town as the locals call it) where you will see farmers selling their local produces, and you can try some mouth-watering tropical fruits found only in Fiji.
Your next stop on your road trip will be Suva, which is the capital of Fiji. Enjoy some light shopping and visit the historical Suva museum before we head off to Nausori. From Nausori you will travel along a village pathway on you way to the Natovi Jetty which will take you to Levuka Island.
Aims & Objectives
The aim of this program is to bring you closer to authentic Fiji. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the culture, customs and lifestyle.
You need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program between 6 am and 6 pm.
There are two options for flying into Fiji :
Arriving to Nausori International Airport (SUV)
When you arrive at Nausori International Airport (SUV), you will be met by a staff in the arrivals area and you will be taken to the volunteer accommodation.
Arriving at Nadi International Airport (NAN)
When you arrive at Nadi International Airport (NAN), you will be met by a staff in the arrivals area and you will then go by bus to reach Suva bus stand which will take about 4 hours. At Suva bus stand, you will be met by the second pick-up staff who will take you to the accommodation.
Accommodation & Meals
During your travels, you will stay at various guesthouses, hotels and volunteer houses in single gender shared rooms. You will receive three meals a day from Monday to Friday and 2 meals per day on weekends.
Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our the local coordinators of our partner who will provide you with assistance and help you with any thing that you may need. The coordinators will provide support in all aspects of your projects starting from arrival to departure.
- Participants need to be 18 years or over to join
- You need to have your own travel insurance
- Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details
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Itinerary of the Fiji Experience
Day 1: Monday
Nadi to Sigatoka/Do’s & Dont’s
There will be a short introduction of the road trip program, and basic do’s and dont’s. Learn about the traditions and culture of the Fijian people and important information prior to visiting villages throughout Fiji.
Visit Sigatoka Fort Hill
Sigatoka sand dunes national park
Meeting with the Elders in traditional village
Experience Fijian village lifestyle (stay a traditional Fijian house – Bure)
Day 2: Tuesday
Fijians are extremely passionate about sharing their culture and customs, and you will learn their language, culture and traditions during you amazing road trip journey through their villages.
Welcome ceremony and welcome drink (Kava tasting)
Fijian History/Traditions and Culture
Fijian Language classes (stay at traditional Fijian house – Bure)
Our professional guides will provide you with a list of special instructions for basic language lessons to tasting their kava and importance of their ceremony.
Day 3: Wednesday
(Food/Cooking and Dance)
Try your hand at traditional Fijian cooking classes where you will learn to prepare and cook a traditional Fijian meal with the locals where you will get step by step instructions on thousand year old cooking methods. You will also learn how to make a traditional Fijian dancing costume.
Fijian Traditional Dancing Costume
Depart to Pacific harbor and stay the night
Day 4: Thursday
(Resort stay at Pacific Harbour)
This unique Fiji accommodation boasts of stunning beach front location in the Pacific Harbour that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. There are many activities such as snorkelling, beach volleyball, Kayaking and others, or you can just relax by the pool, restaurant or bar in the comfort of the resort setting.
Relaxing on the beach
Additional activities available at extra costs are:
Day 5: Friday
(Travel to Nausori and stay at Our Centre)
Your next destination will be Nausori at our Centre. When you arrive and settle in, you will have an introduction to Suva and a sightseeing tour of the city and its surroundings.
Check in at our house
Suva introduction and town visit
Day 6: Saturday
(Colo-i-Suva National Park, waterfall visit and picnic)
Saturday is a fun packed day visiting the National Park, famous waterfall as well as have a picnic on the ground.
Visit the National Park
Have a Picnic
Day 7: Sunday
This is your free day. You may visit the local church in your area and join the neighbours to attend a mass. Or you may go to the town of Suva and watch the latest movies from Hollywood in a multiplex.
Day 8-12: Monday to Friday
Time to give back as a social worker. Each project will ensure a rewarding experience and our coordinator will give you basic training necessary for your social project which includes; Sports Coaching, Teaching and Kindergarten.
Day 13: Saturday
(Travel to Levuka)
Levuka Fiji’s first capital Fiji’s first world heritage site experience and be part of a living heritage. Levuka is a rip back in time, to a Fiji that is still untouched by mass tourism and commerce. It’s still the way Fiji used to be. You will tour this historical island town of Levuka with a sightseeing tour.
Tour of historic island town
Shopping at Local market
Visit Levuka Museum
Deed of Cession
Fiji’s oldest hotel
Visit the first and oldest school in Fiji
Day 14: Sunday
This is your free day to explore and visit the many relaxation areas on the Island. Levuka has many hidden spots that you can seek out.
Relax on the beach
Fishing (equipment can be hired at an extra cost)
Day 15: Monday
(Experience Traditional Fiji village)
Get a Fijian traditional village experience where you will learn how to make Fijian Bure which was used as accommodation for thousands of years and still exist today.
Learn to make Fijian Bure
Day 16: Tuesday
(Village Trek and Hiking)
Take a village tour and hike to a beautiful waterfall.
Trek to the waterfall
Picnic and swimming
Day 17: Wednesday
(Visit Sand Banks, Snorkeling, Fish BBQ, and Beach Sports)
You will visit sand banks on an Island visit as well as partake in snorkeling, fish BBQ and beach sports. There are many relaxing spots for the less active and more adventurous activities for the others.
Visit Sand Banks
Snorkelling (equipment available at extra cost)
Fish BBQ on the beach
Day 18: Thursday
(Village Stay and River Rafting)
We will depart at 5 am and arrive in the main Island of Viti Levu at 7 am. From here you will take a scenic drive on the Kings Road towards Lautoka where you will stay at a local village. Just outside of Lautoka you will be able to participate in Bamboo – Rafting and many other outdoor activities.
Leisure ride on Bamboo rafts (available at extra cost)
Day 19: Friday
(Visit Sabeto Hills, Mud Pool Hot Springs and Eco areas)
Visit the stunning hills of Sabeto hills in Fiji’s most pristine eco areas where the famous Fijian Mud pool hot springs are.
Visit stunning Sabeto Hills
Visit mud pool hot springs
Traditional massage (available at extra cost)
Visit Fijian eco areas
Day 20: Saturday
(Farewell Party and Traditional Dance at Nadi)
Your last day on Fiji Island, stay at a resort and relax the day at the private beach. Attend a farewell party and traditional dance before you head home, you need to carry some of the unique souvenirs from this beautiful country.
Relax at the private beach
Fijian Traditional Farewell dance
During your time at the projects, we prefer it if, once your placement on one of these projects has been conﬁrmed, that you commit to it but we may be ﬂexible in accommodating your changing desires dependent on circumstances and availability. We will try to accommodate as best as we can but nothing is guaranteed as availability and circumstances may aﬀect the options open to us at any given time. Usually, your ﬁrst choice of project option on your application form is guaranteed. For teaching options, we require you to possess a basic knowledge of English and comment that it is advisable to have a qualiﬁcation in English to an intermediate level at least.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Prices of the Fiji Experience
Prices in Pounds
3 weeks : 1375 Pounds
Prices in US$
3 weeks : 1840 US$
Prices in AU$
3 weeks : 2435 AU$
Prices in Euro
3 weeks : 1560 Euro
What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information
Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses
Why Book with GapXperience
How to Book your Program
Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £95, US$135, AU$185 or €125.
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.