The Yasawa Islands are home to 27 remote villages. The villagers live a traditional way of life, and welcome Blue Lagoon passengers into their community to introduce you to their captivating and colourful culture. Yasawan villagers still practice traditional culture, dancing, singing and ceremonies.
This heart-warming experience offers a great insight into the lives of the Yasawa people and includes a brief overview of the history of the village, followed by a traditional 'Yaqona Ceremony'. After the ceremony is Kava tasting as well as a 'Meke' (dancing and singing performance from the villagers). Blue Lagoon passengers are invited to partake in the 'Fiji Shuffle' or the 'One step forward two steps back'. It always ends in lots of laughs! You'll also have the chance to purchase exotic souvenirs from the village shell market.
Many of our passengers fall in love with the friendly nature of Fijians and are especially taken with the wide-eyed curiosity of the children. The villagers do not expect gifts from our passengers, but many of our passengers ask us what items they can bring to give away to village children. School supplies (pens, pencils, crayons, drawing/colouring books, notepads and the like) are always most welcome as are sports items such as rugby and soccer balls. Items of clothing are also well received. We do not suggest school books as the importation of educational material is subject to Ministry of Education approval.
We work closely with the local villages, helping to support them with our visits, and also through the Vinaka Fiji Trust, an initiative dedicated to improving the provision of basic needs lacking from village life in the Yasawas. Vinaka Fiji runs a fantastic range of volunteering programmes in the Yasawa Islands. These programmes can be added on to your cruise, pre or post.