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Naihehe Cannibal Cave

An amazing experience to find out how ancient tribes hid in a cave from their enemies, and eventually cooked them for a dinner


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According to the Fijian legend, Naihehe Cave was home to the "Sautabu" people during Fiji's tribal warfare days. Not in vain this cave's name is translated as "a place to get lost"—the tribe hid there defending themselves from their enemies. The first missionary known as "Na Kalevu" converted to Christianity and was determined to convert the others. However, the people of Sautabu were reluctant to accept the new religion. The measles epidemic that soon came to Fiji was taken by locals as the punishment given by their ancestral gods for the Christian faith. Na Kalevu was disappointed to hear such news and started fighting against the disobedient people. The tribe hid in their "fortress" and successfully repelled the enemy—by roasting them in the oven...

Today, the Naihehe Cave can tell a lot about the history of Fijian tribes. Besides, the cannibal oven, where people roasted their victims, you'll see a ritual platform for sacrifice, weapon storage rooms, chief's quarters, warrior foot imprints, and much more.

Known as the largest Fiji's cave, Naihehhe is located in the jungles of Sigatoka. It is 170 m long, rather dark and wet. From the 150 meter-high ceiling there hang dagger-shaped stalactites. Needless to explain why all the visitors must carry torches. You should also know, all visitors have to seek permission from the bete (priest) of the village. The legend says, without this permission, you won't be able to ever get out the cave...

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