Beqa Island

Beqa (pronounced Mbenga) is an island in Fiji. Beqa Island is 36,30 km in area and rises to 462 m at its highest point. It lies 5 miles south of Navua, the closest town located on the island of Viti Levu.

Beqa Lagoon is a beautiful place known for its colorful coral reef, rare fish and pure water. The water temperature never falls below 64.4°F, which makes Beqa a perfect place for diving and snorkeling.

There are a lot of hotels and recreation centers offering relaxing spa treatments, chill out atmosphere, delicious food and true Fijian hospitality.

The island is also famous for its sacred walking ceremony of firewalkers, the so-called "vilavilairevo" (jumping into the oven). Wearing traditional dresses, the local villagers walk across hot stones as they did it over 300 years ago. Following the tradition, two weeks before the event, the participants are not allowed to have a contact with women and can't eat coconuts. Failure to observe these rules may result in serious burns, as the stones can be heated up to 1200°F. This ancient ritual gives people a feeling of being connected. Visiting this event will be an unforgettable cultural experience.

This post is taken from www.DreaCoasts.com

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