What is a bure?

A bure (pronounced boo-ray) is a traditional Fijian wood and straw house. Traditionally bures were houses where adult Fijiian men would socialise, eat and sleep - while families lived in a house known as a Vale. These days, bure is a term often associated with Fijian holiday cabins - which are modeled on the basic shape of a traditional bure and built with materials that pay homage to the traditional buildings.