Big Fiji Explorer

Big Fiji Explorer

Adventure through Fiji during this action-packed program that will keep seasoned explorers’ adrenaline pumping and provide a great introduction for students traveling abroad for the first time. Swim beneath waterfalls hidden deep in the interior of Viti Levu, visit the Yasawa Islands to snorkel with manta rays, and kayak in Fiji’s coastal wilderness. Stay at a variety of locations and live like a local.

Students love the friendliness and generosity that surrounds the Fijian Culture!

2023 Departure Dates

June 6 – June 21, 2023 Available Start Here
June 20 – July 5, 2023 Available Start Here
July 11 – July 26, 2023 Available Start Here
July 25 – Aug. 9, 2023 Available Start Here
Program Profile
Program Profile

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!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
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.

Daypack

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • COVID documents
  • Wallet/money
  • Journal and pens
  • Book
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Any relevant Scuba Diving certifications
  • Small backpack or overnight bag (if not already using as carry-on)
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the US State Dept but not required)
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Checked Luggage

A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (6-8)
  • Underwear (10-12)
  • Pants/capris (2-3)
  • Long, loose-fitting shorts for service project work. Something that provides coverage and protection while keeping you cool
  • Long skirt (2-3)
  • Tank Tops (3-5)
  • T-shirts (6-8)
  • Long sleeved shirt (2-3)
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (1-2)
  • Rash guard/swim shirt
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Toiletries

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream

Other (Required)

  • Work gloves
  • Sleeping bag (35 degrees and up)
  • Headlamp/flashlight

Optional

  • Travel hammock – there are spectacular hammock spots throughout Fiji!
  • Power bank – some locations will have limited or no electricity
  • Small bluetooth speaker
Important Reminders
  • Visas for students traveling on U.S. passports will be issued upon arrival. Make sure you check that you are in Fiji on “Holiday” when you fill out the customs and immigration form on the plane.
  • Leggings DO NOT count as long shorts. Long shorts must be loose fitting, like basketball shorts, or cargo shorts.
  • You will be receiving a “sulu,” a traditional Fijian sarong, when you arrive!