Experience a Sevusevu and Village Meke Dancing in Fiji
Written by Missy Johnston
Experience a Sevusevu and ceremonial village Meke Dancing on a private yacht charter through the Out Islands of Fiji. While the two main islands of Fiji have been modernized, centuries old customs continue in the little villages on the hundreds of smaller islands, many of which can only be visited on a yacht charter.
A strong societal hierarchy exists on the smaller outlying islands in the villages, most of which are guided by a Village Chieftain. When visiting the anchorages or harbors “owned” by the various villages in a crewed yacht charter, cultural politeness requires going ashore to ask the Village Chieftain, and other village elders, for permission to anchor and enjoy their waters through participation in a Sevusevu Ceremony around the Kava Bowl.
If deemed to be an important guest, the Village Chieftain may organize the villagers for a Meke Dancing Ceremony. Or, in the case of Malakati Village in the Fijian Mamanuca Islands, for a small fee, the Captain of your crewed charter yacht can arrange to have the villagers perform the Meke Dancing Ceremony as if you were the most important guests ever received in their small village.
CharterWorld with Missy Johnston, when visiting on a crewed charter yacht, participated in a ceremonial Sevusevu around the Kava Bowl, and this Meke Dancing Ceremony in Malakati Village led by village elder, Joe.
With more than 30 years of experience in crewed yacht charter as both a yacht charter broker and yacht charter crew as Chef, Missy Johnston has a wealth of knowledge, most gained from personal experience on which she draws for every blog written. Missy has traveled and cruised extensively in many of the worldwide yacht charter destinations, providing excellent first-hand knowledge and the opportunity to take photos in many off the track locations to include in all her blogs and itineraries. And, of course, extensive cruising and time spent as yacht crew gives Missy terrific knowledge about what constitutes comfortable cruising and how to create the best charter experience and itinerary possible taking into consideration wind, weather, currents and tides. Having been a charter chef, Missy understands your onboard cuisine needs and can help guide you in completing your provisioning information for the best onboard charter cuisine.