Fiji is brimming with ancient traditions and a history like no other. As a proud Fijian establishment, and a place that accommodates people from all corners of the world, here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we love nothing more than to show off and teach such cultural practices to everyone that steps through our doors.
Discover a world of tradition through our range of cultural activities.
Enjoy a traditional lovo feast
Every Tuesday night, our in-house chef Raymond Lee and his team treat our guests to a traditional Fijian lovo feast. This cooking method has been adopted throughout the South Pacific and delivers unbeatable flavour and juiciness.
The lovo involves wrapping an array of ingredients in banana leaves and cooking them in an underground fire pit for a number of hours to create tender and delectable results.
Once cooked, Raymond presents the delicacies in a buffet style for everyone to dig in and enjoy.
Experience a Fijian kava ceremony
On Tuesday, we also give our guests the opportunity to partake in an authentic kava ceremony.
This age old tradition features the kava drink – a safe, non-alcoholic beverage made from the ground root of a South Pacific black pepper tree. Kava has been found to induce relaxation and give a slight numbing effect, which is completely normal and safe if consumed in moderation.
It’s important to follow the cultural practices when accepting kava, all of which can be found on our recent kava ceremony blog post.
Join our complimentary village excursion
Tuesday is a non-stop day of culture as it’s the day of the week where guests can join our complimentary excursion to the local Nukubalavu village. Here, visitors can meet the village chief, Tui Nasavusavu, and spend the afternoon watching traditional dance presentations, and arts and craft demonstrations. It’s a great trip for the whole family to enjoy, and the perfect way to immerse yourself in Fijian culture.
Visit a local church service
In Fiji, Sunday is ‘Siga Tabu’ – a day of rest and relaxation. It’s also the day of the week where guests can experience a traditional Fijian church service.
Transport runs to various denomination services including Methodist and Catholic for the 9am services. Visitors can listen to the angelic voices of the choir and find out what is involved in these religious practices.
It’s important to wear smart, modest clothing, with shoulders and knees covered.
In Fiji, Sunday is ‘Siga Tabu’ – a day of rest and relaxation.
Learn how to weave
Every Friday, guests can sign up for a lesson in weaving held by ladies of the local village. Here, you’ll use a variety of traditional Fijian methods and materials to create authentic wares and gifts. This is fun for all the family and a great way to learn a new skill in stunning surroundings.
Listen to traditional Fijian stories
Every Tuesday, guests of all ages can sit with the elders and listen to the ancient myths that have become part of the folklore over more than 3,000 years of Fijian history.
The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is the perfect place to immerse yourself in luxury and tradition. Find out how we can make your stay even more magical by getting in touch today.