Location: Fijian Islands
Target Year Groups: Y10 to Y13
Maximum number of students: 36
Approximate cost: HK$20,000
Please find below the sample itinerary for 2017.
 
Trip Leader: Mr Matt Rappel & Ms Kayleigh Austin 
 
Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required. Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from their destination.
 
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DAY 1 – Arrival into Fiji
 
Upon clearing customs and immigration, you will be greeted by Rustic Pathways Fiji staff at Nadi Airport. You will have an initial orientation and tropical breakfast at our base in rural Momi Bay. For the remainder of the day, you’ll have an introduction to the marine life – both plant and animal – that can be found in Fiji. Learn about some of the challenges faced by this island nation and start to understand some of the initiatives Rustic Pathways is involved in to help preserve and educate about Fiji’s beautiful marine life. You’ll also have a chance to swim, snorkel and relax at beautiful Natadola Beach – one of the most stunning beaches on the main island of Viti Levu.
 
In the evening, your group will participate in a formal sevusevu ceremony (a traditional welcoming ceremony) and begin learning the intricacies of cultural practices in Fiji. Dressed in your new sulu (traditional Fijian sarong or skirt), get to know our local staff while sharing a bowl of kava. This evening, the group will have their first of our evening discussions and reflections; tonight’s revolving around the idea of “service” in preparation for the service schedule whilst you are in Fiji.
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Overnight: Rustic Pathways Base, Momi Bay
 
DAY 2 – Sand Dunes and Caves
 
To enable students to get as much out of their time on projects and interactions with the local people, your group will be broken into smaller sub-groups for your service projects and some activities on these days. This will mean that each group may be involved in different service projects during their time out in the community.
The theme today will be “From Ridge to Reef” as you learn how what happens on land can impact our marine systems. You’ll visit Volivoli Cave where you can see deep into the crust of the earth and also Sigatoka Sand-dunes where you’ll enjoy a two-hour hike. Sigatoka Sand-dunes is Fiji’s only national park that offers the chance to take in some glorious coastal vistas while standing atop enormous sand dunes. Your time amongst the dunes may also include some re-forestation planting, or a beach clean up. 
 
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Overnight: Rustic Pathways Base, Momi Bay
 
DAY 3 – Climate Change and Kayaks
 
Continue your education today learning about climate change and how these changes are impacting the coral reef systems. Study the many unique components of a reef ecosystem, and how the health of each affects the overall state of the reef. Focus on the coral reef and the surrounding environment’s distribution, diversity, formation, ecology, and conservation. Help with building fish houses and coral planting.
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Today you’ll also have the chance to kayak around Momi Bay and learn about the mangrove’s that play an essential part in stabilizing and supporting the coastal life. At the end of each day’s activities, you will have time to enjoy your surroundings at The Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge, delve into the colorful Fijian culture, and explore the diversity of your surroundings. 
 
Overnight: Rustic Pathways Base, Momi Bay
 
DAY 4 to 6 – Marine Service and Add-On Scuba Diving (optional)
 
The next three days will be full days of service work on a number of marine initiatives that Rustic Pathways is involved in around the communities of Momi Bay.
 
Each day, your group may be involved in the service projects around the Eco Lodge. Examples of projects that you may participate in are mangrove planting, reforestation, coral reef checks, fish house building or marine education. News of your visit and your associated community service efforts spread to the neighbouring villages and lots of laughing children often turn up to see what you are up to. Be ready to work hard for an awesome cause that will be appreciated by this entire community. 
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 These days will also be filled with the opportunity for you to go scuba diving if you chose to add on this activity. Jump below the surface of the ocean and explore the coral reefs surrounding Viti Levu. Even if you are not a certified diver, take an intro to dive class and soon you too will be participating in a shallow water dive that will be sure to amaze you. Test your fish identification skills as you count the surrounding butterfly, parrot, and damsel fish hiding in the soft corals.

  
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 Each afternoon, meet up with the whole group for fun around the Eco Lodge. One afternoon you will spend in the town of Nadi — a main tourist center in Fiji — shopping for souvenirs and exploring the various handicraft markets. Another evening join in on a traditional Fijian night where you will see a meke, a Fijian dance , and eat food that is cooked underground and is known as a lovo. Take advantage of the time to sit out with your friends at the bonfire or debrief with your group about the day’s events. Each day will be fulfilling and exciting with new cultural and adventure opportunities.
 
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Overnight: Rustic Pathways Base, Momi Bay
 
DAY 7 – Island Hopping Day
 
Today is another opportunity to learn more about the marine life and explore some of Fiji’s natural wonders. After your days of cultural interaction, and work with the local communities, your group will have the chance to take our boats out for a day of island hopping, swimming and snorkeling around the small off-shore islands called the Mamanuca’s. You’ll stop at a few of our favorite spots to check our famous surf breaks (like Cloudbreak), snorkel the warm Pacific waters and enjoy a relaxing lunch near one of the island resorts.
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After a long day on the water, take part in a farewell ceremony and final discussion to end your time in Fiji.
 
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Overnight: Rustic Pathways Base, Momi Bay
 
DAY 8
 
After breakfast it’s time to head to the airport, check in for your flight, and make the journey home.
 
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