ABOUT BEQA ISLAND
Just off the southern coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest and main island, lies legendary, mystical Beqa (pronounced mbenga) Island. Beqa is 14 square miles, enclosed by one of the world’s largest barrier reefs, stretching almost 100 miles. This reef encircles Beqa Lagoon, one of the Pacific’s premier diving and snorkeling locations.
The island itself is sparsely populated – only 9 traditional villages make their home on Beqa – which gives visitors a glimpse into true Melanesian life untouched by the main tourist trade or modern developments. There are no roads on the island, travel is done via boat between the villages that dot the bays on the perimeter of the island.
Beqa Island is also renowned for the magical Fijian firewalking ceremony, as only the residents of this island are blessed with the skill of walking across white hot rocks. Firewalking is an ancient ritual, which according to legend was given by a god only to the Sawau tribe of Beqa. Lalati Resort takes guests directly to one of only a few firewalking villages to see a true, authentic ceremony.
To prepare for the ceremony, the participants (only males) must refrain from eating coconuts or having contact with women for two weeks prior. Failure to observe these restrictions may result in severe burns to the feet.