Lapita Pottery Sherds at Sigatoka Sand Dunes

The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is rightly famous for its rich archaeological history.

The first significant clues to man’s arrival in fiji were discovered at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park in the late 1980’s when a team of archaeologists discovered an ancient burial site.Continue Reading …

Myths and legends of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes

Another myth from the village of Volivoli is about a small valley in the sand dunes that they call Nadrio which means “darkness”.

They believe that this certain valley is a doorway to the underworld and that if a falling star falls into the valley, it is a sign that a villager is about to die.

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Legend of the Loka and the Disappearing Isles

The legend of the loka (an unusually high tide that occurs on the coral coast) and the disappearing islands, where forces of a Tongan sea deity in the form of huge waves wash over the coast to reclaim the souls of early Tongan settlers whom have perished on our shores.

However, the purpose of the loka was not fulfilled and many of the returning souls were lost at sea forever.

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The ancient art of lalava and magimagi

The ancient art of lalava is the use of decorative coconut sinnet lashings (Magimagi) in the construction of canoes and houses.

Magimagi is made from coconut husks in black or natural. (The black colour is achieved through soaking in mangrove mud).

The husks are boiled and soaked in water for several days, then pounded and dried in the sun.

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The formation of Vatulele Island and the Sigatoka Sand Dunes

One of the best known legends on the Coral Coast is  about the formation of Vatulele Island and the Sigatoka Sand dunes.

The legend is that two spirit gods , Tamaku and Vodovata from the island of Kadavu came to Votua, famous for its rich clay soil and peaceful people.

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Tavuni Hill Fort

Tavuni Hill Fort is a semi restored ancient Fijian fort and is a National Archeological Site.

Tavuni Hill Fort is about 4 km west from Sigatoka on the top of a hill on a small peninsula just past Naroro village, whose people are the guardians of this once fortified village.Continue Reading …

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is located at the mouth of the Sigatoka River on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. They are located approximately 3km West of the town of Sigatoka.

They are the product of erosion in the coastal hinterland and coastal dune forming processes. The extensive dune system covers an area of 650 hectares and comprises a series of parabolic sand dunes of various ages and activities.Continue Reading …

Fiji’s Coral Coast – “Where Tradition, Culture & Nature Meet”

The Coral Coast in Fiji is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the Fiji Islands.

With most of the resorts located directly on the beachfront, including some of the popular international hotel brands, Shangri-La Fijian Resort, Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji’s Hideaway Resort and many more.Continue Reading …

The Kalevu Cultural Centre at Gecko’s Resort, Sigatoka

The Kalevu Cultural Centre is one of the most interesting and exciting discoveries you’ll make during your visit to Fiji. Situated on the Coral Coast 10 minutes from Sigatoka town and hidden away within the four and a half acre grounds of Gecko’s Resort which is directly opposite the Shangri La Fijian Resort.

One of two Cultural Centres on Viti Levu, it was officially opened in January 2002 by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Heritage Hon. Konisi Yabaki

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Salt Production at a Post-Lapita Village in Nadroga

Sigatoka Sand Dunes at the mouth of the Sigatoka River on the Coral Coast, is home to a complex of archaeological sites of the Navatu phase (AD 200-1000) which provide evidence for solar salt production practiced as a household-based skill.

The Navatu phase refers to post-Lapita occupations in Fiji, dated between 2100-900 years ago (BP), with cultural characteristics thought to have been influenced by contact with Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

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