Namosi Eco Retreat is 100% Fijian owned and operated.
The retreat is an authentic reconstruction of a traditional Fijian village from last year – the realization of a lifelong dream by local tribesman, and owner of the retreat, Daniel.
Visitors to the “unplugged” Namosi Eco Retreat (no electronic equipment) escape ‘back to the basics’ of life in the tropical mountain valleys of Namosi Province – a true experience of Fiji far from the resorts and cities.
This eco-retreat is an authentic experience, combining culture and adventure with agri-tourism. Namosi Eco Retreat is not a village tour and not a resort. It is an “unplugged” experience offering visitors the chance to get back to basics of life (no electronic equipment except a solar-powered emergency phone and lighting).
The remote location in the Namosi highlands (only 1.5-2 hours from Suva) is surrounded by misty mountains and the Luva River. The retreat is a reconstructed, traditional village comprising 10 authentic-style Fijian Bures and the large dining hall (Valenikana), all handcrafted by local people using Fijian building methods and materials.
The retreat team has gone to great efforts to ensure the authenticity of the buildings, food and lifestyle to replicate the traditional Fijian lifestyle of the province’s ancestors. For visitors, the experience is about the tranquillity, the escape from modern electronics and phones, and getting back to nature and living off the land.
The Bures are small and simple, handmade using bamboo and palm leaves. This means that each Bure is very basic – but with the added comfort of a quality bed and hinged-door! The separate Bathroom Bure has flush toilets and showers, set in a traditionally built ‘amenities’ Bure.
Guests are served home grown, chemical-free 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.
Experience the Fijian culture. In Namosi Province you enter the “old” Fiji where you will meet people living in remote communities without internet or mobile phone access, and who are still mostly reliant on subsistence farming to live a simple, happy and healthy lifestyle. Villagers farm vegetables and root crops plus they catch prawns, eels and fish from the river for daily food to eat. Kava is a traditional ceremonial drink that is popular in Fiji, with Kava crops being the main source of income for most families in the nearby Navunikabi Village.
Navunikabi Village is famous for its rich, mountainous farmlands that provide local produce for guests at the retreat. The village has a strong family atmosphere that welcomes visitors into its community.
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.
There is no shortage of activities including mountain hiking, horseriding, bili bili (river raft) making and rafting, weaving and craft making, bird watching, and farming (you can even help harvest food for dinner that night!). Enjoy kava and Talanoa sessions (storytelling) with the locals or try a cooking lesson to create Fijian dishes to impress back home.
Just over an hour’s drive from the city to this remote wonderland. This small, family-run retreat at Navunikabi village is 1.5 hours from Suva or 3 hours from Nadi, with transport able to be arranged. It sits on the edge of the Luva River in the remote, picturesque mountains. Locals drink direct from the fresh mountain river and join tourists to raft and swim in its refreshingly cool waters.