Travel to Fiji and you may be forgiven for thinking that the natural wonders you can experience are limited to the insta-worthy beaches and breathtaking waters of the many islands you could potentially visit. Although these are beautiful and definitely worth your time, Fiji does has much more to offer when it comes to natural vistas and scenery that will have you posting selfies and pictures to your friends and followers to make them instantly jealous.
1.Bouma National Heritage Park
Located on the island of Taveuni, The Bouma National Heritage Park covers up to a third of Fiji’s third largest island and is home to iconic waterfalls and spectacular walks. The most popular attraction of the National Park is Tavora Waterfalls - a three hour return hike will take you past all three waterfalls each with a natural volcanic pool perfect for a quick dip to cool off. If you wander through to the third fall and have remembered to bring your snorkelling gear you could see a sight to behold, hundreds of prawns in the water!
For those wanting a guided hike through the lush exotic scenery of the park, the Vidawa Rainforest Walk is a great option to consider. Follow a local guide to the heart of the forest, past ancient fortified villages keeping watch for the endemic Orange Dove, while learning traditional hunting practices and hearing stories that have been passed from generation to generation. Another walk to consider while on the island is the Lavena Coastal Walk. This walk is situated on the coastal boundary of the National Park and will see you exploring a mixture of remote beaches, rainforests and village gardens. Make sure you stop for a picnic at Unaca Point where you can learn about the Naba settlement, a small community descended from the Solomon Islands, and see evidence of Taveuni’s volcanic past in the collection of reef pedestals on display.
2.Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Just a short drive from Nadi, sitting at the foothills of the Nausori Highlands is The Garden of the Sleeping Giant. The landscaped gardens showcase Fiji’s beautiful native plants as well as an impressive collection of tropical orchids, thought to be one of the largest in the world. Take your time wandering through the gardens, past lily ponds, through cultivated greenery, all the while immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty.
3.Sabeto Hot Springs & Mud Pool
In the same locale in the foothills of the Nausori Highlands you will find the Sabeto Hot Water Springs and Mud Pool. These springs are one of Fiji’s hidden jewels and provides the rare chance to indulge in a therapeutic natural thermal mud spa. Popular with the locals for their healing properties, why not spend a few hours in the lush natural surroundings rejuvenating and melting that stress away.
4.Sigatoka Sand Dunes & Sigatoka River
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, located at the mouth of the Sigatoka River is Fiji’s first National Park and a site of both natural wonder and cultural importance. You can either stroll through the dunes on your own or with a local ranger, trying your luck at some bird watching or exploring the archaeological sites for evidence of Fiji’s past. For the more adventurous who think they have got what it takes, do like the Fiji 7s boys and sprint up and down the dunes a few times to test your cardio.
To complete your day in and around the Sigatoka area exploring the natural wonders, venture upriver to Naihehe Cave. Naihehe Cave is Fiji’s largest cave and was once a fortress for a cannibal tribe, you can still see remanets of a cannibal oven, ritual platform and sacred priest chamber. As you explore the cave you will be left wondering about the history of the cave and the Fijian people.
5. Mount Tomanivi
Mount Tomanivi is the highest mountain in Fiji at 1,324 metres, and if you are after an adventure then the trail to the summit might just be for you. The trail is quite steep and can be slippery in places during the rainy season but the views when you get to the top are amazing and your camera will thank you. Along the trail are traditional villages and friendly locals so don’t be afraid to stop in to say Bula! You may also be fortunate enough to spot some endangered birdlife, the Red-throated Lorikeet, Long-legged Warblers, Shy Ground Doves or the Pink-billed Parrot finch.
6. Koroyanitu National Park & Abaca
Situated near Lautoka you’ll find the village of Abaca also known as the ‘Home of the Gods’ which is your gateway to the Koroyanitu National Park. The village is set against a backdrop of dark green and brown lava-formed mountains from which ribbons of cascading water tumble down into refreshing swimming holes. From here you can book your local guide to take you into this mystic wilderness, hike trails that snake through native Dakua forests and grasslands, trek past archaeological sites and stop for rests at numerous waterfalls and natural pools. Your guide will help you discover the secrets the park has to offer from wildlife to herbal medicine and teach you the names for the local flora and fauna.
If you are heading to the Yasawa Islands and in particular the spectacular Blue Lagoon then the Sawa-I-Lau Caves are a definite must do. These ancient limestone caves are a hidden gem and steeped in legend, it is believed the caves are the resting place of the ten-headed ancient Fijian god Ulutini. The first cavern you enter has a natural pool lit with sunlight from the opening in the cave roof, while the second more secretive cavern requires swimming through a short underwater tunnel to get to. The carvings, paintings and inscriptions on the walls of the caves adds to the mystery and allure of the caves and will have you exploring for more.
8.Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive
This natural wonder is not one for the faint hearted, diving with up to 8 different species of sharks at Beqa Lagoon! Thanks to the locals who have been swimming with sharks in this location for hundreds of years, you too can experience this bucket list wonder. With knowledge that has been passed from generation to generation – plus modern safety equipment and a protective rock wall that prevents divers and sharks from accidentally colliding – these shark wranglers will take you into the home of the sharks where you and your waterproof camera can take selfies as proof of your courage. Afterwards when back on dry land you may want to say a little thank-you prayer to the local shark god, Dakuwaqa, who protects all from the dangers of the sea.
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