Welcome to Fiji! You will arrive into Nadi and start your adventure! This is also where you can jump from a plane on an optional skydive!
See the best that Fiji has to offer on this one-week adventure. Spend the first part of the program on the mainland at a rural farm hiking through the mountains and experiencing the “real Fiji.” Then spend the rest of your time out on the clear, blue waters surrounding the Mamanuca Islands. Your Island hopping, snorkeling, and kayaking adventureswill show you why Fiji’s oceans are so renowned.
Welcome to your South Pacific adventure! All of our scheduled group flights to Fiji depart from Los Angeles on Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline. Your flight will be non-stop to Nadi International Airport and will be escorted by a Rustic Pathways flight leader. The flight will depart LAX in the evening and take about 10 hours. During your flight you can meet other students, get some sleep in preparation for your arrival, relax with a movie or two, and start to settle into the easy-going Fijian way of life.
Today is lost as you cross the international dateline, but don’t worry too much – you will get it back on your way home!
You will immediately be greeted by our Rustic Pathways staff and start the journey of a lifetime. After a hot breakfast at the Eco-Lodge, spend the morning soaking in the local hot pools and mud baths. Take in the view of the surrounding mountains before you begin your ascent into them.
After lunch, hop into local transport and head up to the interior of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island. Ride through the mountains and over lush landscapes en route to your new home in a remote area of Fiji. Hike for approximately forty minutes to where you will be staying on mattresses in a traditional Fijian “bure,” or hut, by the river.
Your program leaders will host an orientation and discuss what to expect during your time in Fiji. Once you have finished this discussion, throw on your swimsuit and hiking gear and walk to one of the region’s breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters and take a moment to relax after a long journey.
In the evening, enjoy a kava ceremony with the local farmers who will make you feel at home under the bright constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy a delicious dinner and gaze at the breathtaking stars before heading to bed early in this isolated paradise. By the time you leave, you will understand why this place holds a special place in our hearts.
Spend your day hiking to one of the country’s largest waterfalls, swimming in pristine rivers, and enjoying the tranquility of the Highlands. Challenge our local guides to a game of volleyball on our riverside court. When you return to your bure in the evening, you can take part in a kava ceremony, relax, and listen to the Fijians sing traditional songs late into the night.
Prepare for your final morning in the highlands and hike back to the road early as the morning mist rises from the valley. Your transport will be waiting to take you back down to the coast where you will arrive in Nadi in time for lunch and an add-on skydive.
While in town purchase some souvenirs for your family and friends. Then head back to the Eco-Lodge for a good night’s rest to prepare for tomorrow’s adventures.
Head out after breakfast for a high-flying Zip Line adventure that will take you through the Tau Caves, an ancient system that once served as a fortress during Fiji’s cannibalistic period.
Grab a packed lunch on the white sands of Natadola Beach, and relax with your group as you prepare for the next few days on the water. Enjoy a game of Frisbee, or spend time with a good book before you return to the Eco-Lodge for dinner.
After a tasty breakfast your group will head out island hopping through the Mamanuca Islands. You will tour around the islands where you will get to see the notorious waves at Cloudbreak and watch surfers try and ride out perfect barrels. Enjoy a smoothie or cold drink when we stop at a nearby resort for lunch. See the famous island where Tom Hanks’ “Cast Away” was filmed. Jump into the water for some snorkeling at one of Fiji’s beautiful reefs.
When you reach dry land again you will be transported to a relaxing island retreat that will be your home for the rest of your journey.
Today you will be able to create your own adventure. You’ll have the option to relax on the beach, or participate in one of the activities with the resort’s famously wacky staff. Kayaking, snorkeling, nature hiking, or hermit crab racing could all be a part of your day on the island. Enjoy delicious Fijian meals and spend the evening listening to guitars and singing around a bonfire.
Enjoy your last day on the water before heading back to the mainland in the afternoon. Head into town for a final dinner and the chance to pick up any last-minute gifts for your friends and family back home.
If you are departing to the U.S. today, you will bid Fiji farewell (until next year perhaps) and head to the airport for the escorted group flight home. If you are continuing on to another Rustic Pathways program, your staff will help you connect with your new leaders.
Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.
The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.
“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.
“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.
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All programs in Fiji connect easily together. On the final day of each program, participants will go to the airport to connect with the staff, arriving participants, and other connecting participants for their next program. Participants connecting to programs in Australia will depart on the final day of their Fiji program and connect with their next trip as it begins.
US citizens do not need a visa for entry as a tourist into Fiji. On arrival into Fiji, immigration will issue US citizens with a tourist visa for entry into the county. No prior arrangements for US citizens are needed.
A flight leader will accompany participants on the group flight to Fiji from Los Angeles. Participants will meet their flight leader at the departure gate in Los Angeles. Participants joining a program in Fiji from Australia will not be accompanied by a flight leader. Our program staff will greet participants when they arrive at the Nadi Airport in Fiji.
Fiji is 10 hours by air from Los Angeles. Flights from Australia are 3-4 hours.
Yes, the trip length includes international travel to and from the United States.
This program operates on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. This program will be traveling from the interior mountain region of Viti Levu to Naviti Island in the Yasawas.
Each program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.
Rustic Pathways maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 participants. Additionally, each program maintains at least 2 primary program leaders, one male and one female.
Rustic Pathways uses sterilization techniques to ensure that all drinking water for participants is potable and safe to drink. We ask participants to bring reusable water bottles in order to reduce plastic usage.
Participants are allowed to bring phones on their Rustic Pathways program, but must abide by our cell phone policy. Participants will not be allowed to use their phones during group activities, nor at any other time where it is disruptive to the group dynamic. If participants are unable to abide by this policy, disciplinary action may be taken.
Fiji operates at 240 V and uses plug I, the same as in Australia and New Zealand. You will just need a plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.
The weather is an average of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Mornings and evenings tend to be a little cooler so a light jacket is advisable. Rain is not likely but can occur.
While in the mountains the participants will be staying in traditional Fijian bures and sleeping on mattresses on the ground. There will be access to flush toilets and cold showers, but no electricity.
While out on the islands participants will be sleeping on a comfortable cot in a large safari tent without electricity a few meters from the beach. Girls and boys will stay in separate tents and enjoy meals in a central kitchen area. There will be cold showers and a low impact compost toilet for use.
In between each adventure and at the end, participants will stay at the Eco Lodge where they will have electricity, a hot shower, and modern amenities.
Each location has its own resident chef and team of cooking staff. Participants will eat a combination of local Fijian dishes and more western-style dishes. Breakfasts typically include cereal, breads, eggs, crackers, and fruit. Lunches and dinners range from traditional Fijian lovo feasts of chicken, cassava, and dalo (root crops similar to potatoes) to barbeques, pastas, stir fries, curries, salads, and vegetables. Vegetarians can easily be catered for, and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
There are cold showers and flush toilets while in the mountains. There will be cold showers and a low impact compost toilet for use while in the islands.
Local phone cards typically offer the best rates (about $5 for 15mins) and participants can purchase these when in Fiji. Participants are not allowed to use cell phones during scheduled program activities.
Safe arrival emails will be sent out when participants settle in country. Participants will have the opportunity at least once during the week to check the Internet in town.
Laundry can be washed by hand at any time. It is best to pack without the expectation of doing laundry.
On average, our programs in Fiji are 60% female and 40% male.
This trip will have the opportunity to travel to two different areas of the country. Travel will happen by bus, boat and foot.
Please visit International SOS for an up to date report on current situations regarding visiting Fiji. Staff will alert participants if any changes to safety occur within the country.
This program is very remote and access to healthcare can take several hours depending on conditions. Severe allergies with risk/history of anaphylaxis cannot be accommodated on this trip due to the remote locations visited.
Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunization and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be traveling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the International SOS and Centers for Disease Control websites for country specific information around immunizations and traveler’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
International SOS is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All participants traveling with Rustic Pathways will have access to International SOS benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.
As a member you will have access to International SOS’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travelers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program. For more information please visit our International SOS webpage.
We are a 2 hour drive away from the doctor and public hospital in the town of Nadi while staying in the mountains. While in the islands, participants are 5 hours away by boat from the healthcare in Nadi. For more critical cases participants are an additional 3 hours away from the more advanced private hospital, and 4-hour flight to Western-style in New Zealand or Australia.
This program can cater to most specific diets including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose free, as well as peanut free cooking.
Mosquitos are prevalent in Fiji and participants are expected to bring bug spray. Participants will be provided with a mosquito net over each individual bed.
Personal gifts, Internet, phone calls, and snacks are not included. All other costs (accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, and activities) are included in the program price.
• Skydiving: Nadi, $300 to $500
• Skydiving Photos: $120-$150
• Fijian Massage: $30
• Scuba Diving: $100-$200 depending on certification level and number of dives.
$300 plus additional for skydiving
Please refer to our Community Service Hour Awards webpage for more information on how service hours are awarded.
Up to 8 community service hours will be awarded.
Rustic Pathways works with local community leaders and organizations to identify and prioritize the needs of each community.
Participants should be able to be mobile and a small day bag/back pack is necessary to stay light and visit the remote locations.
Participants interested in Scuba Diving will have access to intro (no certification required) dives and certified dives. Please bring your certification card if you are a certified diver.
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
A school backpack or a similar sized bag is ideal.
A 50-70 Liter duffel or backpack is ideal.
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
Welcome to Fiji! You will arrive into Nadi and start your adventure! This is also where you can jump from a plane on an optional skydive!
Stay beachside at our Rustic Retreat! Head into Somosomo Village to meet the Lady Chief and embrace village life. Snorkel with manta rays, kayak, hike, and get involved in service initiatives in this little beachside village.
This is where the Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge is located. You may stay here during your trip to repack your bags and get a good night of rest before continuing on your journey.
Head to the mountains to camp next to the largest waterfall in the Western Division of Fiji.