PEARL FARM TOURS
Discover our pioneering Fiji Pearl story on an educational pearl farm tour offering insight into marine pearl farming regarded as ecological aquaculture. Tours start at J. Hunter headquarters in Savusavu town with a short showroom brief, before heading out onto the waters of stunning Savusavu Bay, with our knowledgable guide, to observe the farm’s daily activities. Farm operations change by season so you could experience women’s groups from nearby villages harvesting young oysters from spat collectors and farm workers pulling up oyster lines to clean and check on oyster health. If you’re lucky, you may get to see our skilled pearl technicians performing the delicate surgical procedures of seeding oysters, and the even more exciting harvest when pearls are extracted from the oysters and seen for the first time. Please note seeding/harvest periods happen twice a year between April/May and October/November.
Bring snorkelling gear and a towel along with you, a tour highlight is the option to snorkel our giant clam nursery. Home to four vulnerable and endangered species, these ocean heavyweights can weigh over 400 pounds and grow up to four feet. Their brilliant psychedelic coloured mantle, visible when their shells open to feed, are a must-see.
The tour ends back at the showroom where you can shop from our wide selection of pearls and pearl jewellery collections. A Create-Your-Own bespoke service is available for those wanting a special piece made to match their own personal style and budget.
A registered retailer of the Tourist VAT Refund Scheme, international tourists that purchase items valued at $500 Fijian or more from our boutiques can claim a VAT refund when departing Fiji from Nadi International Airport. Please bring your passport along if you wish to do so. To avoid missing out we recommend booking 1-2 days in advance through your resort or contact us direct.
Tours available Monday to Friday @ 9.30am.
Require a minimum of 4 people/tour (maximum 10) to operate.
Tour only: $40FJD/adult, $20FJD/child.
Tour & Snorkel: $50FJD/adult
Private Tour/Bay Cruise: $250FJD
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours.