Navala is the most picturesque village of Viti Levu island. Houses are traditional straw made bures and the inhabitants ride their horses to the 'kasava' (tapioca) fields every morning...
Even before getting into the bus going there, I had found a place to spend the night. Asela and Forsico came to me at the bus station, and after asking me where I was heading to, they offered me to stay with them.
Reaching Navala is, again, a long and hilly way on a rough dirt road, giving a real feeling of remoteness.
After I met the chief of the village, introduced myself to him and offered my 'sevusevu' (gift) to my hosts, Asela made me look around the village... The nice grass and bamboo made houses, the school with (as always) its rugby field as a playground, the different clans in the village and the church.
Even thou coming as a visitor for a couple of hours would have been already nice, staying overnight made the experience so much more interesting. Coming back from the fields, my hosts' son took his dogs and his spear and went hunting at sunset. He came back with a big wild pig, wich he peeled, skinned, emptied, cooked on the fire and gave meat to the three houses of the family.
I was lucky enough to be part of it that night, and had a delicious dinner with the family, followed by a traditionnal kava infusion, shared in the same bowl going from hand to hand... This made my stay in Navala very special.