The Flying Fish Eco-Village: Fiji’s Unknown Paradise

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Grass hut at Flying Fish Eco-village, Fiji. You can stay here for about $60 a night including meals.
Grass hut at Flying Fish Eco-village, Fiji. You can stay here for about $60 a night including meals.
Fiji is very, very far away from the US.  Yet many Americans have been there and some have come back with tales about its amazing beauty, tranquil beaches and friendly people.  Adam Curren wrote a story for GoNOMAD in 2010 about a visit to the Flying Fish Eco-Village, which he called an unknown paradise in Western Fiji. 

Curren describes Fiji as being a place with a dark past yet a bright future. “Formerly known as “The Cannibal’s Isles,” Fiji’s history is steeped in this rather barbaric practice.  Fortunately, the last recorded act of cannabilism in Fiji was in 1867, and the nation has condemned its practice ever since.  Today, Fiji is considered one of the safest places in the South Pacific to visit, not to mention being the home of some of the friendliest people in the planet. ”

To get to the Flying Fish village, Curren took a magnificent yellow cruiser called the Yasawa Flyer, then onto a series of smaller skiffs to reach their destination. He is thoughtful enough to pack a gift for the local chief, a Waka Root, that he wraps up in newspaper and in a bag. This root, a member of the black pepper family, has been used in Fiji for centuries for its psychoactive properties. The chief is pleased with the offering.

The story details that the prices at the Flying Fish Village provide incredibly cheap Fiji holidays for those intrepid enough to take three boats and pack drugs for the chief.  Even in the high season, it costs only $60 a night per person in guest accommodations of Bure-grass huts with organic food from local villages and they’ll cook for you and take care of your laundry too!

Read Adam Curren’s complete article about Flying Fish Eco-Village in Fiji on GoNOMAD