Tui Mali Ratu Apenisa Bogiso shows shards of Lapita pottery found and dug out from his backyard. This Lapita pottery dated back 1100BC was discovered here by archeologists from Simon Fraser University Canada.
The Lapita pottery found in Vorovoro Island carbon dated back 3000+ years to 1100 BC, suggesting Vorovoro could be one of the oldest settlement sites in all of the Fijian Islands!
It was Mali Day as we reached the second village Ligaulevu and there was a big annual community gathering from all 4 villages of Mali where soli was given, offering each village’s monetary contribution to the Methodist Church. The village leader or Turaga of Ligaulevu Uraia Masivou set up an impromptu meke for us and the lovely ladies from Ligaulevu danced to chanting, clapping and drum beats. WWF South Pacific’s Conservation Director Sally Baily is married to the Turaga’s son Leone Vokai who brought us diving for the first time in the Great Sea Reef!
Here are some memorable images from Mali Day.