The Naihehe Cave is Fiji’s largest cave where only flashlights and lanterns are used to light up the cave. You will be left in awe as you realize this is one of Fiji’s greatest treasures. This half day Off Road Cave Tour is quite an adventure as it takes you off the beaten track through villages and lush greenery where you can be one with nature. Exploring these once cannibal caves will leave you awestruck, wondering about the rich cave history and the ever so happy and content village folk.
Meeting point and boarding the bus
If you are making your own way, the meeting point is inside Tappoo City Complex located in the Rugby Town of Sigatoka. However, transportation is also available to pick up guests from many hotels in Viti Levu as part of the tour cost. Once you arrive at the base, the friendly staff will assist you with a quick check in for the tour. A lovely surprise gift awaits all the women and girls!
Off the beaten track
On reaching the Sigatoka river base, you will be transferred across the river to board your Off Roading vehicle. Before you know it, you will be heading inland along a road less travelled, soaking up all the spectacular views whilst making your way to the ‘Naihehe’ Cave.
Pass through scenic sights and interior valleys with the mighty Sigatoka river flowing below. Your tour guide will keep you entertained with Fiji’s history and humor. As you look on, you’ll be astonished at the never-ending green meadows bathed in the humid light of the sun, as cows and horses graze upon the grass along the valley, leaving you awe-struck how beautifully untouched by modern obliteration this part of Fiji truly is.
Arrival at the village
After about 30 minutes you will arrive at the ‘Sautabu’ village, which is the village that owns the cave. The tour guide will lead you to the ‘Bete’ or Priest’s house, where you’ll participate in a traditional ‘kava’ or root ceremony seeking permission to enter the cave from the chief of the village.
Once the Priest grants permission, you will make your way on foot through a narrow path into the forest to get to the populous ‘Naihehe’ cave.
Entering the Cave
The entrance to the cave has vines hanging on the exterior. In olden days, these vines were used to enter and exit the cave from secret openings. These warriors would gather food and bring it into the cave for the entire tribe within, while the enemy waited at the cave entrance. Over the years, natural causes have sealed these escape routes. With other hidden chambers and tales of underwater caves within the Naihehe Cave, you will be surprised at the rich history of these once cannibal caves.
Inside the cave
As you enter the cave, you will pass various chambers, some even with water, but only up to your calf muscles. There is also a low passage in the cave that is known as the “pregnancy gap”. Legend has it that if a woman was pregnant and was hiding it, she would not be able to pass through the passage-way.
Upon reaching the last chamber in the cave, the Chief’s son will blow a conch shell 3 times as a custom, indicating the end of your cave tour. In olden days, the Chief and his family were the only ones allowed in this chamber and till date only the village chief and his family are permitted to do so.
Back to light
After your cave tour, you will head back to the village for a light lunch before making your bumpy way back to base.
Moce..until we meet again
Saying goodbyes are never easy and especially in Fijian villages where the warmth, hospitality, simplicity of village life and the “senga na lenga” (no worries) attitudes are contagious!
Head back with beautiful memories of a day well spent in the dark wilderness!