Families with children of all ages are enjoying the fun-filled yet relaxing escape to the authentic-style Fijian village. This authentic Fijian experience combines culture, agritourism and adventure, enabling families to spend time together to get “back to the basics” of life.
Children swap smartphones for outdoor adventures; having fun swimming or tubing in the river, hiking mountains, playing touch-rugby or river 'beach' volleyball, and more.
The retreat is a great place for kids to get “unplugged” at this “digital detox” (no mobile coverage or electricity) away from internet, phones, television and gaming. Instead they enjoy hiking, swimming and playing outdoors. Many also hang-out with the local village kids who spend their days playing outside and learning farm skills to live off the land.
What about children not being able to use electronic devices? Only on arrival do children complain about having no access to electronic devices, then within the first hour they become too lost in the fun of mountain hiking, river bamboo rafting, cooking marshmallows on the bonfire and other activities (we even have a ‘mud slide’ at the river!).
The days are unhurried, meal times flexible, and the activities on offer were ‘life’. At night, exhausted children typically enjoy a bonfire, talanoa and singing session before falling deep asleep.
“It was a great weekend away from the busy lifestyle of Suva, and great to see the kids outdoors and getting back to nature,” said one guest, adding: “We loved playing in the river, catching tadpoles, walking up the hill, afternoon naps, kids playing with village kids, kids having space to run free (whilst still being contained by that bamboo fence)!"
Another guest said: “We went hiking, swimming and joined a volleyball game in the river which was heaps of fun. We were even invited to watch a rugby game in the village while my sister-in-law learnt how to make roti, Fijian style.”
Your family will enjoy home grown, Fijian foods especially root crops and vegetables that are provided by local farmers each day, plus fresh fish and prawns from the river whenever possible. Guests are welcome to help harvest and cook the foods in the authentic way.
But my child is a very fussy eater! We get a LOT of fussy eaters at the retreat and can adjust our menu accordingly. Interestingly though, we find that after hiking, swimming and playing volleyball in the morning the children are so hungry they eat all the food served by lunch time – food that many children simply would not eat in Suva or Nadi they eat in Namosi!
A land of legends. Legends abound about the tough Namosi locals who have lived in the mountainous highlands for many hundreds of years. Even today people in Namosi farm on mountainside land, toiling in fields on steep mountain slopes.
Even large school groups of young people enjoy Namosi, with more than 40 students visit the “unplugged” retreat, away from electronics and enjoying outdoor activities then playing games in the evenings, including students from The Learning Centre (TLC) and the International School Suva (ISS). A complete itinerary and team of Local Guides is inclusive in large group bookings.