A short safety briefing and history talk before setting out on your modified electric bicycle carriage mounted on the old sugar cane railway (known as a 'Velocipede'). Your guide will lead you cruising gently through beautiful changing scenery including river crossings, mangroves, rain forest, big rock cuttings, open coastline and villages. There are lots of animals and friendly locals along the way. The destination is a beautiful unspoiled beach where we stop for an hour to enjoy a swim, snorkel, some light refreshments and chill out on our blow up couches. Then back on your 'Velocipede' and ride back to base. The electric function means you can pedal or not, totally up to you how much energy you want to use!
You have a small accelerator button on your handlebar which you use to get moving, once moving you can choose to start pedalling and the electrics also kick in at this point to make pedalling very easy. If you choose not to pedal you can use your handlebar accelerator all the way!
1 year right through to 100 years and beyond! Also disabled guests who are able to sit on the rear bench seat. We have child seat attachments for 1-3 yrs, 4- approx 8 years (dependent on child's height and whether they can comfortably reach the pedals to cycle) can sit on the bench seat, as can Grandma and Grandad.
Very safe, Ecotrax has been thoroughly OSH approved and rigorously tested in all conditions.
Not at all, there is no balance involved as the bicycle is hard mounted to the carriage, you can ride hands free while you take photos. You are in control of the forward movement but the steering is taken care of by being attached to the railway line. We have taken many people who have never ridden a bicycle in their lives!
No, you choose how much energy you put into the ride, you can choose to use a lot or none at all, totally up to you.
We will generally go if it is light showers or rain with a forecast to stop. We carry rain ponchos on every velocipede and travel through sheltered forest in sections, the advantage in Fiji being that it is very rarely cold even if a little damp. If it is heavy rain and will not be pleasant we will cancel the trip prior to transfer pickup time and provide an opportunity for guests to reschedule their tour. If this is not possible due to travel we will happily provide a refund.
We stop briefly in Malomalo Village to collect our coconuts for the tour so at that time if you have brought any donations for the village eg books or anything else (no cash please), your guide can pass it to a trusted villager who will ensure your gift gets to the most needy. We do not do a village tour as part of the ecotrax adventure and there is no expectation by the villagers they will be given anything, however if it is your wish to donate a gift please tell us when you arrive at base or when you make your booking. We do not allow guests to throw sweets to the children as some tours do as we see this as demeaning to them and unhealthy. We are working with the villages along our tour path to encourage micro businesses that compliment our tour such as supplying the fruits and coconuts we provide guests as refreshments.
Monday to Saturday, we close on Sundays in respect of the villages we pass through and our Fijian staff who traditionally take Sunday as a day of rest. We will operate on a Sunday afternoon with special village permission on occasion, please feel free to ask.
3 hours from the time you arrive at our base, this allows 20 minutes for a safety briefing, history talk and adjustment of seat heights for maximum comfort. The length of track each way out to our destination beach is approx 12kms (but thanks to the electrics it doesn't feel like it!) You are on the velocipedes for approx 45 minutes each way with some stops on the way out.
Comfortable clothing for sitting on a bicycle seat. Preferably not short skirts as they tend to fly up, also we travel through two villages so nothing too skimpy while riding as this can be seen as offensive. Small children should wear covered footwear or sandals (not bare feet or thongs).
We can arrange return transport from your hotel, cost dependant on your location. If self driving see our map
You can smoke at our pretty designated smokers area at the base prior to the tour and at the destination beach but not while riding. Alcohol is not permitted. We provide cold bottled water and a fresh coconut drink to sample at the beach.
Light refreshments - 3 types of local seasonal fruit on a platter, green and brown coconuts to try, cold bottled water - please note we do not supply lunch.
Swimwear, reef shoes if you have them, snorkel gear if you have it, sunblock, insect repellent (only needed on occasion but best to have it in case), camera, sense of adventure!
48-24 hrs prior to tour departure time - 50% cancellation fee
24 hrs or less prior to tour departure time - 100% cancellation fee
We are happy to reschedule your tour for another day if something unforeseen comes up such as illness.
Yes bookings are essential but you can often book one day in advance dependent on the time of year, call us to enquire 9770824