I am not sure if these local people live here all year long or maybe they just come here, when tourists are arriving on one of the many large cruise-ships ?
In any case it was a great experience for me to see these colorfull huts and meet these friendly people, who also were performing local singing and dancing.
Dravuni Island is the local name of the island, it is also written that way on the pier, but for some reason the VT-database names it Ndravuni Island, so both these names seem to be the right ones !
Next to the place, where the tenderboats of your cruiseship will land, you will also find the best beaches to spend the day, take a bath or enjoy some massages, offered by the local people. We had about 1700 passangers and a lot of crewmembers going ashore here, but somehow they disappeared on the island that never looked too crowded at any place, except when there was a very long queue of people waiting for the last tenderboats.
On the backside of the island there is a sandy beach and a nice area to walk along that beach, but obviously it is not advisable to take a bath there. At least I did not see a single person taking a bath there, while a lot of people were swimming on that side of the island, where our passangers were taken ashore.
This is one of the 2 large assembly-huts that you will find on Dravuni Island. These huts are open on the sides and the columns that hold the top are decorated in a great way by banana-leaves (my 4th picture). There is a rug made of voven bananaleaves as well and in case that you are invited to come into that hut by a local, please Take off your shoes and your hat before you step on that rug !!!
There is a small cemetery on the island as well and what I found quite interesting there is the customs to bring some food to the graves, like you can see it in my main pictures here. And another customs seems to be to place stones on the tomb !
It will take you about 30 minutes to step up a hill that has an excellent panorama-view from its top. The path is not very steep but you will sweat a lot anyway in the open sun and there is hardly any place there to walk in the shade, so be prepared and maybe take some extra water with you !