The traditional Vale ni Vanua is a large Fijian bure used by villagers as the ceremonial hub for both official and private occasions, such as the welcoming of a fellow chief, or carrying out the yaqona or kava ceremony.
For an insider look at traditional Fijian architecture, join the Monday 12.00pm tours of local village, Malomalo. Historically a Vale ni Vanua would be found in almost every village, but today they are considered a rare privilege. Malomalo is one of the only villages in the world with a Vale ni Vanua designed and built exactly the way our Fijian ancestors intended.
A traditional request will be made to the village headman to ask permission to look around the village. Prior to departure, guests will be informed of the cultural protocol when entering a village, and as part of the tour will partake in a kava ceremony, watch a Fijian meke and tour the village. The village tour takes about 2 hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring along your cameras.
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