Daku Yoga Resort
Nadi (pronounced Nandi) is Fiji’s international airport, situated on the main island of Viti Levu. We take a domesticflight from Nadi to Savusavu, a small town in Vanua Levu, Fiji’s Northern island. You’ll find it in the guide book, or you can have a look on the net at www.fiji-savusavu.com/. Daku Resort is 10 minutes drive from the airport in Savusavu.
Fiji has a very tight-knit society that is mostly village based. Even the cities feel small and aunts, uncles and cousins are likely to live in the same neighborhood. Kids are cared for by the community, and –yes nowhere is perfect – the crime rate is low. Young people are free to roam around and play. The bond between people and the support they offer each other is palpable. Perhaps it’s this solid base that makes Fijians so friendly and welcoming to visitors.
Arrival / Transportation
Passports, baggage and insurance: Fiji is an international destination: please remember to bring your passport! You will come on a standard tourist visa, not a study/student visa. You are required to have at least 6 months validity on your passport before it expires. The baggage allowance on the local flight is 15kg for luggage going into the hold, and 7kg for hand luggage. Travel insurance is your personal responsibility and is highly recommended for the course.
Arrivals: When you arrive at Nadi airport, if you are making a connection with a domestic flight you can use the queue for Fijian passport holders; this is on the left hand side of the immigration hall, and should be much faster.
If you are flying into Savusavu, we will meet you at the airport. Please make sure you have given us your arrival flight details. If you are flying into Labasa, there will be plenty of taxis available to bring you to Daku Resort – please ensure your taxi driver uses his meter – OR we can arrange a taxi to pick you up (this makes no difference to the fare).
Check-in at Daku Resort is 2pm. Let us know in advance if you will be arriving early and we can book you for extra nights if needed. The lounge and pool area are very comfortable if you do need to wait for your room.
Upon arrival, we will check you into the farm, where you will be guided you through a short orientation and welcomed to your room. Check-in is typically between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the start date of the program.
Weather / Dress Code
Fiji is tropical year round, the mild and dry season is May through November. Around the resort you can be extremely casual. When we visit the Fijian village, it is appropriate to be more covered – skirts or sarongs rather than shorts for the women, slacks or long shorts for the men. Evenings are cooler in the months of June – October so you might like a pair of long trousers: this will also protect you against mosquitoes, which are not particularly bad but are around. (Remember to bring some natural mozzie repellent.) Shoes: bring thongs or sandals and, if you intend to do some walking, running shoes – old ones that can get wet are a good idea, or open sandals with straps around the heel. We suggest you bring reef shoes to swim in to protect against coral grazes. And of course a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential.
There are no mandatory requirements for Fiji but you should consult your doctor for advice on relevant precautions. In common with many developing countries, Hepatitis A is found in Fiji, but can be guarded against with a vaccination available through your doctor.
All water is mains water which is treated at the main town plant. Bottled water is available for purchase at the bar.
Each bure contains a kettle and tea. There is also a small bar fridge with freezer compartment. The electricity plugs are the same as in Australia. Towels are provided. There is a washing line outside each bure for your own use. There is also a laundry service available for a cost.
Cottage Available: 3 rooms with fans – 2 singles, 1 double
Double $1400 Single $2300
Poolhouse Double $1560 Triple $1460
Beach house Double $1560
Meals: All meals during the course at Daku Resort are included in the course fees. We serve a tropical breakfast of fruit, cereals and yogurt with juice and tea. We have a light lunch and a generous dinner in the evening. If you are hungry during the day, please ask the staff for a snack.
If you are staying extra nights at the resort, meals are not included for these. You are most welcome to eat at Daku Resort, or you can go into town and have a meal at one of the local restaurants or cafes in Savusavu.
There is complimentary internet at the resort. Phone cards are also available in town for making international calls. There is mobile phone reception.
Currency / ATM’s
The Australian dollar currently buys approx. $1.45 Fijian. We suggest you bring FJ$400 in cash. You can get your Fijian dollars in Australia at a money exchange, bank or post office. You can also get it at the airport but they don’t offer a very competitive exchange rate. There is a Westpac bank in Savusavu, and you can withdraw Fiji dollars from its ATM with your bank card.
On the return journey, most people have a wait of approx 4 – 6 hours between their domestic flight which arrives in Nadi at 9.30 am, and their international flight. We recommend you go across the road to Fiji Gateway Hotel, which is a very pleasant and welcoming hotel with a great swimming pool and restaurant. You can get a towel for $5 and sit by the pool; you can also leave your baggage in their reception.
Australian customs allow tapa (bark cloth) and most wood products like carved masks / bowls / war clubs etc. They are unpredictable about seeds, which you sometimes get in jewelry, so it’s safer to avoid them. Certain shells are also forbidden so it’s best to avoid them too – and environmentally more responsible.
The official Fiji Tourist Association website with lots of info on Fiji is at www.fiji.travel/us
Yoga Teacher Training Manual
The Manual is included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.
- Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill (please bring with you to the training)
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
Other Course Related Items
A neti pot and a tongue scraper are items to consider bringing. You can purchase these on your own at any health food store. Please also bring any creative tools that enable you to express your gifts such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.
- Yoga Mat
- Yoga Clothes
- Comfortable Casual Clothes
- Swimsuit and Sarong
- Sandals & Walking Shoes
- Toiletries (Organic & Biodegradable (including hand & body soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, clothing detergent).
- Organic mosquito repellent.
- Headlamp with rechargeable batteries (essential).
- Any Spiritual Books you would like to read or share.
- Probiotics and or any other appropriate preventative medicine (we recommend bringing lavender and tea tree oil).
Sick / Missed Days
We will make arrangements to make up any missed days during the program. Typically it is not a problem, and you can get everything completed during the course.
It is important that everyone pays in full before the training begins. If you still owe tuition or room and board payment, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to reconcile your bill. Thank you for your prompt payments.
At the end of the course, you will receive your 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification. This course is approved by Yoga Alliance. As a graduate of this program you will qualify to register as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance organization if you choose to.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or email. Also, we would love to know how you found out about us, so when you send us your flight information, please let us know how you discovered SchoolYoga Institute! We are looking forward to having you here to embark on this life changing journey to shed away layers and become your truest self.
The School Yoga Team