*PLEASE READ BEFORE GOING* All in all, the trip is an amazing experience, it is great value for money and the people there are incredibly nice. The location is amazing, but I must express my ETHICAL CONCERNS upon procedures of the homestay.
Firstly, I am concerned that the profits earned from the operations are not being fairly distributed. For example, A girl took us hiking and thaima(timer) instructed us to pay her 5 dollars which i was more than happy to do. Later, I asked if she gets to keep the money, in which she replied no. I have a suspicion that thaima kept the funds for herself when it would only be fair for the girl who took us hiking to keep all the funds. Secondly, I am concerned that perhaps there is over-charging occuring for the activities. 1. On the sheet, it said 40 fjd per person for deep sea fishing, instead i was charged 30 dollars per hour, and 100 dollars for 3 hours by 2 different people. Coupled with this, thaima said she was unhappy about me talking to hanrai(henry) myself about a fishing trip, which is what everyone in the village recommended. I cannot see any valid reason as to why she would be unhappy apart from her wanting to form or retain a monopoly on guest activities, with thaima pushing me to go with tsulu ( her husband) instead. 2. The cave trip was said to be 35 entry per person and 25 dollars per boat. Instead of being charge 25 dollars for the boat we were charged 25 each! 3. my observation about the entertainment, 9 people in a group attended an entertainment show and instead of having the 100 dollars divided by 9 which is what the sheet said, they ended up being divided into two groups one of which paid 100/4=25 and the other paying 100/5=20.
To cut a long story short, i am just concerned that perhaps there is some greed going on with the governing family for the homestay activities, being thaima and sulu, but cannot confirm such greed. I would just like everyone in the village to be aided by homestay peoples and would not like the friendly, fijian culture of the village to be ruined by a culture of overcharging. All in all though, it was an amazing stay and would definitely recommend it to others.