Beqa (pronounced M-bengga) was formed as a strato-volcano 5 million years ago, and its conical form can still be seen by satellite or air photograph. There is a fringing reef around both the 42-mile barrier reef of the lagoon, and the island of Beqa itself. They’re comprised of colorful coral, developed over thousands of years. The conditions for coral reef are excellent: light and shallow water, water temperatures never below 18 °C, and a supply of zooplankton food for these plant-like animals. Additionally, a wide variety of fish, dolphins, turtles, all sort of crustaceans, and shellfish all make their home in the waters surrounding Beqa. Where the reef is broken and the corals are eroded to sand, sand clays are formed and surface as little sandy islands during low tide. All nine villages that form the District of Beqa are located along the coast. Some have a communal generator, while all have a water supply. There are no roads, and the narrow footpath winds around parts of the island. All transportation is done by boat.
Beqa is the island of the firewalkers - the Sawau tribesmen carry on the tradition passed down to them through generations. For two weeks before the event, the chosen participants observe special prohibitions to purify themselves to walk on the stones, which have recorded temperatures of over 1200º F. Visit with islanders who still practice this ancient art without coming to any apparent harm. View an authentic firewalking ceremony, snorkel, or dive in the beautiful waters.
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