Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
228Trip End Jul 15, 2008
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Early this morning we traveled by bus from the Coral Coast to Pacific Harbor to spend the day at the Arts Village. This is a good place to see a portrayal of original Fijian culture, although totally make believe. It's like the Greenfield Village of Fiji. A man made lake with a man made island, is the center piece of the complex with restaurants and craft shops around it. A temple and chief's house dominate the island. Performers recreate scenes from indigenous village life before Christian Missionaries arrived, which wasn't all that long ago. They also perform the firewalking. Fijian firewalking is done on white hot stones packed into glowing embers. Traditionally, the only Fijians who firewalk are from the village of Navakaisese on nearby Beqa island. Fijian Hindus also firewalk but on hot ash over glowing embers.
This night we were invited to stay at Stella's place, also know as Hot Stone Villas
Stella's place is at S. 180degrees 14.844' latitude and E. 178 degrees 04.086' longitude.
Cut and paste 18 14.844S 178 04.086E into google earth.
Tomorrow we move on to Suva the capital.