Viseisei Village. Fiji’s Oldest Settlement with Colorado Traveling Ducks

The first Fijians arrived here around 1500.   Many of those first arrivals built a settlement right here by the beach.

Nadi Bay

Our tour bus drove along the coast and we arrived at the village.   Many of the nearly 500 villagers are direct descendents of those original settlers.

Laundry at Viseisei Village

From the bus, our first view was laundry drying.   Before entering the village, we were led to this market.

Craft market at village

The women sell crafts and jewelry they make.   Of course, each of our moms bought something.   Pearl necklaces of some sort.   But, even the Colorado Traveling Ducks had to admit that they were very pretty.

Methodist Church

Entering the village this church immediately greets the eyes.

Jone Wesele Methodist Church

In 1835 the first Methodist missionaries arrived in Fiji.   This is Jone Wesele Methodist Church.   We went inside.

Inside church

Here our guide is explaining the history of Viseisei to us.   Before leaving we walked to the front of the church.

Interior of Methodist Church

Isn’t this beautiful?  We liked it a lot.

Carpenter Memorial Burial Site

Leaving the Methodist Church, we saw the Carpenter Memorial Burial Site.   Such an impressive monument.   The houses in the village are all so neat.

House in village

We like clean, neat lawns.

Looking down path to more houses

Looking down a path, we felt very welcome here.    The village was very clean and everyone was friendly.

Open space in center of Viseisei Village

Isn’t this a nice open space in the center of the village?   We really enjoyed our time here in Viseisei Village.   If you visit Fiji, we hope you spend some time here.

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