Lavena Island, Fiji
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Fiji Teen Trip

Fiji Dive Service

14 Days Including 6 days PADI Dive Certification, 40+ hours Community Service, and Culture. Fiji = Pacific Island Paradise!

Price:$4,888

Destination

Fiji

2018 Dates

July 3 - July 16
Full
July 18 - July 31
Limited

Duration

14 days

Age

14-18

Trip Highlights

  • PADI Dive Certifications
  • Night Dive & 2-3 Dives for 6 days
  • Experience Authentic Fijian Culture
  • Visit 5 Islands
  • Snorkel Untouched Reefs
  • Environmental & Cultural Service Projects
  • Community Service: 40+ hours

Price

$4,888

PADI DIVE CERTIFICATION IN FIJI

We spend six days scuba diving the world-class dive locations of Northwestern Fiji. From our incredible beach tent accommodations, we spend our day scuba diving (2-3 dives per day) in the "Soft Coral Capital" of the world. Beginner divers gain their Open Water Dive Certification while more experienced divers gain advanced certifications. With its bathtub-warm tropical water, perfect underwater visibility, and amazing marine life, Fiji is the perfect environment for Bold Earth's teen dive program!

COMMUNITY SERVICE: HOMESTAY & WATERFALL HIKES

40 hours of community service! In the village of Lavena, we give back to local Fijian communities while becoming immersed in day-to-day island life. Spending a few days in Lavena Village, home of the world-famous Bouma National Park, allows us to help with farming projects, work in local schools and give back wherever needed. Two campers stay with each family, allowing us to fully experience the unique culture and legendary hospitality of the Fijian people. Amidst spectacular waterfalls and jungle scenery, we spend the mornings doing community service and the afternoons exploring secret swimming holes. The mix of community service, adventure, and cultural immersion make Bold Earth's Fiji teen trip the best!
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Day 1
Welcome to Fiji
Welcome to Bold Earth! Campers will be met upon arrival at the Nadi International Airport by your experienced Bold Earth trip leaders. Campers will immediately call home to confirm their safe arrival. Together, we take an additional short flight to Labasa on the island of Vanua Levu. We load up our private van and travel to Dolphin Bay Dive Resort, our home base for the duration of our adventure! Dolphin Bay is a family-owned dive resort tucked away in a private bay on the Somosomo Strait, home of world-class diving. We'll spend the evening learning about Fiji, getting to know our dive instructors, and eating a wonderful meal at a picnic table on the white sandy beach. After dinner, we'll get a good night sleep in our beach huts and prepare for the adventure ahead!
Day 2-5
Homestay in Lavena Village
Lavena Village is located on the island of Taveuni, known as the Garden Capital of Fiji. Our traditional, official welcoming ceremony (“Sevusevu”) is hosted by the village chief. Students and trip leaders are introduced to their carefully selected host families who live in traditional Fijian style homes - safe, clean and friendly with two Bold Earth students per family. Our stay, only steps from the white sand beach, includes 24 hours of service on a variety of community development projects selected by the village as most helpful for sustainable development and education. For many campers, this authentic homestay is their favorite part of our adventure!
Day 5
Last Full Day in Lavena
Enjoy the last day in your village home of Lavena! Grab your waterproof camera and jump aboard the traditional bili bili rafts. We will race through the waters at high tide, learn traditional fishing practices, and watch as village leaders catch octopus, eel, and the fish you'll be eating for dinner. As your days fill with volleyball on the beach, hiking along the river, and watching traditional fire dancing by the pale moonlight, you may begin to wonder if you've dreamt this whole adventure.
Day 6
Back to Dolphin Bay!
After breakfast with your host families and the traditional goodbye songs, it's time to say “Moce Lavena” ("Goodbye to Nabua Village!") and head back to Dolphin Bay Dive Resort via boat. We'll spend the day exploring our new digs and settling in for our upcoming PADI Dive Certification course. We'll get to know our new friends at Dolphin Bay, unpack our bags in beach hut homes, and check out our beautiful surroundings. After a family-style meal and bonfire on the beach, we'll go to bed. Get ready for diving!
Day 7-9
PADI Dive Certification
Welcome to the Dolphin Bay! Our home for the final part of the Bold Earth Fiji Dive Service trip. The first 3 days of our stay are focused on PADI Dive Certification. We dive 3 times per day while mastering the skills from our Dive Masters. Advanced divers can either obtain more certifications or dive with their own dive masters. Our meals are a combination of vegetables from the onsite organic garden, as well as locally-purchased market food and free roaming chickens and eggs. Fresh fish is on the menu when we can sustainably catch it. Meal inspirations and recipes come from traditional Fijian village cuisines as well as popular favorites across the globe. We'll spend our days exploring the crystal clear blue waters of the incredible Somosomo Strait and make a day trip to the Viani Bay School for more community service.
Day 10
PADI Dive Completetion
CONGRATULATIONS! Today could be the day that you receive your PADI Dive Certification. The Dolphin Bay Dive Masters will bring you from novice to experienced or from experienced to advanced. With your PADI Dive Card in hand, we spend the next few days diving the incredible soft coral reefs of Fiji. You will go home with incredible tales from the crystal blue waters of Fiji, a place where only a few lucky people have the chance to dive. To celebrate, we'll make Lovo, a traditional Fijian meal cooked in an earth oven.
Day 11-13
Scuba Diving, Hiking, & Exploring the Islands
After completing our PADI Dive Certification, participants will be divided into groups for recreation diving with certified Master Divers. Some of our dives will be from shore, while others will require a boat. We experience 2-3 dives per day, while also celebrating our success with an exciting nighttime dive. Diving for recreation allows participants to add dives to their log books and also see more of Fiji's world famous reefs. In addition to diving, we'll take half-day trips to surrounding islands to hike and swim in gorgeous waterfalls, volunteer on a Fijian farm, experience a naturally-formed waterslide, and straddle the International Date Line!
Day 14
Headed Home
Our last night together in Fiji, we sit on the beach, play guitar, have a bonfire, and celebrate our successes. We share our memories and challenges and say our goodbyes as all great things must come to an end. We will head to the airport confident, sunbathed, and strong after the most incredible summer of adventure, fun, and friends.

Big Picture (BULA FIJI!)?

• SUN • PADI DIVE • SERVICE • SUMMER

Bold Earth dives deep into Fiji’s 333 islands to experience remote villages, untouched coral reefs, and white sand beaches. Say “Bula” (Hello) to four distinct adventures on the Fiji Islands; learn to scuba dive, complete 40 hours of community service and have incredible outdoor adventures.

Fiji Dive Service Highlights?

This will be the absolute best summer of your life. Experience the beautiful traditions, unforgettable experiences, and breath-taking sights of the Fiji Islands. We stay in authentic Fijian homes in local villages and sleep out on incredible beach tents just steps from the bay.

Highlights: • PADI Dive Certifications (Beginner & Advanced) • Experience Authentic Fijian Culture • Visit a Dozen Islands • Tons of Snorkeling & Beach Time • Environmental & Cultural Service Projects

14 days of non-stop adventure, culture, water, and fun! Fiji Dive Service will empower, wow and inspire.

Can I speak to references?

To receive a list of Fiji Dive Service references, call our Colorado office at 303-526-0806 or email info@boldearth.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.

Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programming and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.

We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.

How Can I Receive My PADI Certification?

Campers without PADI certification will need to complete this Online PADI Dive Certification Course prior to arriving in Fiji. The cost of the online dive class is not included in your tuition ($150-$180). All of the water-based classes are included in your tuition. Bold Earth will provide more details as the trip gets closer.

Taking care of the book work ahead of time allows campers to maximize time diving in the warm blue water. Six days of diving will give you priceless memories and a PADI Dive certification card you can use the rest of your life!

I'm Already PADI Certified - Is This Trip For Me?

Congratulations on being a PADI certified diver! This trip is perfect for you.

Want to just dive? No problem! Seeking advanced certifications? DEAL!

We have world-class PADI instructors who will walk you through each one of your certifications. Whether you have your Open Water or Advanced, our dive master will take you to the next level. Talk to the Bold Earth office and we’ll help coordinate your dive plan.

Where Do We Stay?

Bold Earth spends countless hours securing incredible, safe and amazing accommodations for Fiji Dive Service. This means visiting each village and scouting every aspect. Yes, you will be comfortable!

Breakdown: • Village Homestays – 8 nights • Beach Huts – 5 nights

Village Homestays: In the villages of Lavena and Nabua, we give back to local Fijian communities while becoming immersed in day-to-day island life. In Lavena, two campers stay with each family, allowing campers to fully experience the unique culture and legendary hospitality of the Fijian people. Campers sleep in private rooms with beds and bug nets. This is authentic village living – rustic but comfortable!

Beach Huts: Located just feet from the beach, we spend the days immersed in our diving program or doing community service. Campers stay in beach bungalows, watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Accommodations are comfortable with fantastic facilities.

Fiji Dive Service is a carefully crafted trip. Where, how, and why we pick each night’s lodging is why you select and put your trust in Bold Earth. We honor that trust.

What is the Homestay Like?

Bold Earth host families in Fiji are amazing, caring, friendly, and sweet. Hundreds of Bold Earth campers have enjoyed and found the Fiji Dive Service homestays to be a highlight of the trip. Host families are carefully screened and paid to host Bold Earth students. It is our job and responsibility to provide safe, safe, and safe homestays!

Some Facts: • Two Campers per Family (of the same gender). • Homestays are authentic Fiji – rustic but comfortable! • YES, campers have private room • Bathrooms are rustic but comfortable • Food is delicious, local, and homemade • Villages only have about 20 houses! Trip leaders are ALWAYS very nearby. • Campers are together as a group from 8 am – 6 pm • Campers are with their host family for dinner and sleeping.

Bold Earth students spend a moderate amount of time with their host families. Almost all of every day you are together with your group. Every camper’s home is visited each day by your trip leaders during your stay. All families are within shouting distance (literally!) of each other. If there is ever the slightest problem we immediately switch host families.

Tell Me About the Community Service!

Campers earn 40 hours of community service on Bold Earth’s Fiji Dive Service program. Designed to be educational, worthwhile, and fun, the projects connect campers with the communities and natural environments of the places we visit.

3 AMAZING Projects:

1. Lavena Village: Spending three days in Lavena Village allows us to help on a variety of Bold Earth established community service projects. We work directly with the community to identify projects that will directly serve them, whether it’s cleaning up the beach, helping out with planting, or building a playground. In addition, campers work in the Lavena Primary School partnering with teachers to teach subjects that interest them! While living with families, campers see the authentic Fiji – the beauty of their culture and reality of rural village life.

2. Supporting Cyclone Relief Efforts: In February 2016, northwest Fiji was hit by the largest cyclone to ever make landfall in the region. While Fiji has built itself up in the year following, our campers have the opportunity to help local communities with clean up, farming, and construction projects. We’ll visit a local farm on Taveuni Island where we’ll learn about Fijian crops, farming methods, and the environment.

3. Viani School & Kioa Island: We visit local communities on a number of islands in the Somosomo Strait, partnering with them for local service projects. Kioa Island has no roads and many villagers have never left the island. Viani schoolchildren and Kioa Village love Bold Earth campers, and campers love volunteering surrounded by spectacular beaches and picturesque views. Campers will have the opportunity to teach at the schools, interact with Fijian children, play games, and organize cross-cultural exchange.

Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects

What Do Mealtimes Look Like?

Food in Fiji is local, delicious, and healthy. Tropical fruits and delicious vegetables are plentiful. Campers find Fijian food to be very tasty!

Villages: Much of the world harvests their own food for subsistence living. At home, we are lucky to have an incredible variety available for every meal. For 8 (total) days, campers live the village lifestyle. The food is delicious, healthy and fun. All food is locally harvested, as villagers are removed from the cash economy. Traveling to remote parts of Fiji, campers gain insight into the rural lifestyle. When staying in villages, campers eat the same food as villagers – harvested from the village land.

Dolphin Bay: Delicious and lots of options. Campers love the food.

Bottled Water: Yes, Bold Earth provides bottled water or boiled water during the entire Fiji Dive Service trip.

What's the Food Like in Fiji?

A tropical archipelago, Fiji is blessed with great soil and a year-round growing season. Outside of the city, Fiji is rural and villagers rely on subsistence agriculture, chickens and fishing. Campers always have delicious and nutritious food. We will enjoy fresh seafood, fish, taro, cassava, chicken, rice, eggs, and noodles. Campers learn that most of the world cannot go to Whole Foods and buy any type of food.

Yes, we will enthusiastically accommodate vegetarians, gluten-free, kosher, allergies and most special diets. However, options in Fiji are slightly limited by the remote location.

Food with the host families is very local and very delicious. All vegetables and meat is from the village – no grocery store! At Dolphin Bay, we’ll experience a wide variety of local cuisine and international flavor. With days full of diving, you will have a big appetite. Campers love the food in Fiji!

What Will My Group Be Like?

Bold Earth is proud to run trips with small groups and positive social dynamics. Our groups have a maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers with two American Trip Leaders (at least 1 male and 1 female), as well as a local Fijian guide. During the dive portion of our trip, we partner with experienced Dive Instructors and Dive Masters with decades of experience in the industry and region.

Group size matters! Small groups enhance camper experience and cultivate better relationships. Knowledgeable and experienced guides make Bold Earth trips safer while giving Bold Earth programs powerful authenticity.

Bold Earth encourages all participants to take ownership of their Bold Earth trip. Campers will get a chance to be the Leader of the Day (LOD), which will give campers the opportunity to step into a leadership role. Our goal is for students to return home with a dozen new lifelong friends, feeling more confident, more of a leader, and more self-aware with a better appreciation of the world around them.

Yes, a male and female leader will be with the group 24/7.

Tell Me More About Fiji!

Warm candy blue water, the world’s friendliest people, and endless white sand beaches… Need we say more?

Fiji is located in the South Pacific, approximately 1,300 mi (2,000 km) northeast of New Zealand. Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited. The capital and largest city is Suva, on Viti Levu (the biggest and most populated island). Like Hawaii, the majority of Fiji’s islands were formed through volcanic activity and plate tectonics.

Fiji is one of the most developed Pacific Island countries due to tourism and abundant natural resources. Currently, the main export and source of foreign exchange is sugar.

In addition to the Fijian population, Fiji is incredibly diverse with significant Indian, Polynesian, European, and Chinese nationalities. 37% of the population is Indo-Fijian, having been brought to Fiji from India by the British in the 19th century. One of the most famous Indo-Fijians is the golfer Vijay Singh. While ethnic tensions existed in the past, Fiji is now a stable, diverse, and peaceful country.

The language, cuisine, beliefs, architecture, arts, music, and so much more are all major parts of Fiji today. The Fijian people are incredibly kind. They have a beautiful language and common identity. Campers will constantly hear the friendly, “Bula!”  or “Hello” in the Fijian language as we travel from place to place.

Do Campers Come Alone?

Yes, approximately 85% of our campers come to Bold Earth on their own. Many love to get away from their comfort zone and experience a brand new summer with new friends and new adventures.

Some students want to share this experience with a friend and that is absolutely fine, but Bold Earth will not accept more than 3 students who know each other in one group. The bonds and friendships that you take away from Bold Earth will absolutely be the highlight of your summer!

What Should I Pack?

Over the last 15 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Fiji Dive Service Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view the Fiji Dive Service Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.

Checking Bags? On their airport day, campers will check their large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Most airlines do not charge a checked bag fee for international travel. We recommend asking the airline for their specific policy – campers are responsible for checked bag fees.

Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor Team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.

Do I Need Any Immunizations?

Bold Earth carefully researches possible health risks as part of our trip planning for the exact destinations we visit on Fiji Dive Service. Bold Earth visits established tourist locations. For most campers, standard vaccinations are sufficient for travel in Fiji.

For more information, please consult your family physician or local travel clinic. The day-to-day Fiji Dive Service itinerary on the website can be printed to show to your travel clinic or family physician.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Fiji Specific Website which we find to be very broad covering all areas, seasons and types of travel.

Do I Need a Visa/Passport?

Yes, a valid passport is needed to enter Fiji.

No visa is required for nearly all nationalities.

Can I Combine Two Bold Earth Trips?

Fiji Dive Service is specifically designed to be combined with other Bold Earth trips for an epic 4 or 6-week summer! If you are interested contact our Colorado office at 303-526-0806 for more information.

Fiji Dive Service

Travel Made Easy!

  1. Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
  2. We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
  3. Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.

Every trip has a story.

We have 40+ years of amazing travel tales to share, but our favorites are always best told by our adventurers themselves.
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Fiji Dive Service truly exceeded our expectations. While the itinerary was amazing and follow through seemed seamless, it was the leaders and their ability to create an unconditional level of trust between the kids who made this trip transformative for our son...as great and glorious as Fiji was, the paradise he found came from his peers, host families, and leaders.

- Parents: Becky & Mark

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