Savusavu, Fiji

Early 2020 AD. Danny and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.

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Savusavu is a smaller municipality in Fiji. It lives off tourism and the produce of copra (coconuts).

The tour started with a visit of a copra mill. We saw how coconuts are processed into oil, milk and powder. A harsh job which pays terribly bad.

Afterwards we got a sightseeing tour of Savusavu and vicinity. There isn’t that much to see but our guid told us who lives where, where the Australian rendition of ‘Survivor’ is filmed and she told us how locals live and work.

A second stop was made at a community center where we saw a cava ceremony and traditional dances. As on previous outings, these performances of culturally important ceremonies for tourists gives us mixed feelings. But the hospitality was very obvious.

The last stop was at two very unimpressive hot springs.

If this sounds not very enthusiastic, you’re wrong. As in Suva, the tour and guide were comprehensive and informative.

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