The sacred red prawns of Fiji are found in only two places, and Naweni, just 25 km from Savusavu, is one of them. They are known as ura-buta – cooked prawns – because of their colour, and are protected by village superstition: anyone removing them risks shipwreck or even death.
The mud is full of slightly rough organic matter so it’s an ideal exfoliant, and as you dig your toes down deeper into the pool you feel the heat increase. So we slopped it over our arms and legs, spread it on our cheeks and foreheads, rubbed it over our shoulders and necks and had a glorious time.
Earlier this year Jim Valentine opened his Flora Tropica Gardens just 3 k down the road from Daku and since then we’ve sent a lot of our guests to visit them. The gardens have a magnificent display of flora with an emphasis on palms – Jim has collected over 300 varieties from all over the world.
Phil Gregory of Sicklebill Safaris, a highly respected bird watching guide, came to Daku for a week in June. His report of the week follows.