Fijian Canoes


“The Fijian single hull or “Kamakau”and double hull canoe (wangga ndrua) were some of the finest and fastest sea-going vessel ever designed and built by natives of Oceania before contact with Europeans.”

 

Druas were large, up to 100 feet (30 m) long, and could carry over 200 people. Despite being called canoes, they were not dugouts, but plank-built ships. Today, Fiji druas are still a symbol of Fiji, and Fiji’s telephone booths are decorated with the characteristic mast-tops of druas, the tagaga.