Fiji Road Trip
Located in the Pacific Ocean, Fiji is a country made up over 300 islands (333 to be exact!). As an eco-tourist hot-spot, Fiji is famous for its environment and landscape. Soft coral diving, white sand beaches and unspoiled landscapes all contribute to the country’s thriving tourist reputation.
If you are a diver or snorkeler then you’ll love Fiji’s countless reefs, drop-offs and channels, and if you are a hiker or explorer then you will love spending your days exploring everything that this landscape has to offer. In either case, and for every traveler, Fiji has a huge amount to offer.
Fiji’s capital, Suva, is a harbour city located on the southeastern coast of Viti Levu, one of the country’s many islands. As the most cosmopolitan city in the South Pacific, not to mention the largest, Suva is an important regional focus for the country’s students, as well as a popular area for expat communities. Effortlessly combining modern and traditional culture, Suva has everything you would expect, and everything you need, with shopping malls and stylish restaurants existing alongside traditional farmer’s markets and parks.
The nearest beach during this project is just a short drive away and for the adrenaline junkies, there are opportunities for surfing, shark feeding, jet skiing and 4WD tours. For those travelers looking for a quieter trip, we offer an Art Village, cuisine, crafts, golfs and fishing around the country’s beautiful reefs.
Levuka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the best locations to visit. This beautiful and historic port town is set among coconut and mango trees along the beach and against the slopes of the island’s extinct volcano. Have your hiking boots ready to climb the 199 steps Mission Hill and, once you reach the top, you can enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the offshore islands and reefs that cluster around the port.
Your TRU Experience
During your 3 week Fiji Road Trip you will enjoy not only the beauty that Fiji has to offer, but also the rich culture and hospitality that the country and locals are famous for.
This road trip will open your eyes to Fiji’s rich and lively culture, which has developed over the last century to incorporate traditions from India, China, Tonga, Somoa and Europe too.
In Fiji you will find a unique and multicultural national identity unlike anything you will have encountered before. You will even get the chance to see how ordinary Fijian people live, taste the food they eat, and hear the music they play.
During your time in Fiji you will meet the friendly and welcoming locals who will love sharing with you the culture and customs that make their island country so wonderful.
Fijians are a proud people, with a strong sense of honour. In the rural villages the tribal alliances are still intact and money plays little significant role in daily life. You might find that there is a slower pace here, this is sometimes referred to as ‘Fiji Time’.
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.
- Cooking class
- Fijian Traditional Dancing Costume
- Depart to Pacific harbor and stay overnight
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:
- Beach volleyball
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
- Program training
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
- Visit Waterfall
- 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.
- Village tour
- 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
- Beach sports
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.
- Village stay
- 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
- Farewell party
We appreciate that 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.
***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***
A route takes you from Nadi to Nausori and then to the Island of Levuka.
Accommodation & Food
Along the route you will have overnight stays stays in hotels, village home stays and our centres. More information can be found inside the schedule. Rooms are on a single gender basis 2-6 people a room. Private rooms are also available at an additional cost. Please ask before booking, subject to availability.
Mostly Fijian style dishes (vegetarian and chicken) will be served during the trip. Three meals during the week and two meals on weekends.
Along the route – but not at all times – there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.
Trip Country Info
Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)
Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand.
It’s famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded.
The 20th century brought about important economic changes in Fiji as well as the maturation of its political system. Fiji developed a major sugar industry and established productive copra milling, tourism and secondary industries.
As the country now diversifies into small-scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, infrastructure, health, medical services and education.
The country’s central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications and transport. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognised as the focal point of the South Pacific.
Fiji is now home to many other races — Indians, Part Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific islanders living in harmony, and keeping their own cultures and identity. Fijians, slightly over 50 per cent of the total population, are essentially members of communities. They live in villages and do things on a communal basis.
The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).
Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though cyclones occur about once a year (10–12 times per decade).
Fiji was first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The original inhabitants are now called “Lapita people” after a distinctive type of fine pottery they produced, remnants of which have been found in practically all the islands of the Pacific, east of New Guinea, though not in eastern Polynesia. Linguistic evidence suggests that they came from northern or central Vanuatu, or possibly the eastern Solomons.
Before long they had moved further on, colonising Rotuma to the north, and Tonga and Samoa to the east. From here, vast distances were crossed to complete the settlement of the Pacific to Hawaii in the north, Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east and Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the south.
Unlike the islands of Polynesia which showed a continuous steadily evolving culture from initial occupation, Fiji appears to have undergone at least two periods of rapid culture change in prehistoric times.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance