Let’s go chasing waterfalls in Fiji!
When you think of Fiji, a tropical oasis of white sandy beaches, pristine waters and coral reefs may come to mind. However, the Fiji islands are also home to some of the most spectacular tropical mountainous regions, delivering breathtaking waterfalls and hiking trails worthy of any traveller’s bucket list.
With so many to experience, here are a few of the incredibly scenic waterfalls with many also offering naturally formed swimming holes and other activities.
- Tavoro Waterfalls
- Biausevu Waterfall
- Waitavala Natural Rock Waterslide
- Nakawaga Waterfalls
- Wainibau Falls
- Savu-i-one Waterfalls
- Vereni Falls
- Uru’s Waterfalls
- Orchid Falls
- Vuadomo Village and Waterfall
- Waisila Falls
- Nabalasere Waterfall
- Navua River Waterfalls
- Lekutulevu Waterfall
- Naiwaisomo Waterfall
Located on in the lush, green rainforest of Bouma National Heritage Park on Taveuni Island (Fiji’s ‘Garden Island’) are the Tavoro Waterfalls. More commonly known as the Bouma Falls given their location, this group of three spectacular waterfalls are situated at different altitudes along an incredibly scenic trail rich in Fijian flora and fauna. An easy 10 minutes into the 3-hour round trip is the first section of the waterfalls, the Lower Bouma Falls, boasting and impressive 24-meter drop. After another hour or so, in a more hidden away and peaceful setting, are the Middle Bouma Falls, with a 15 meter drop, and the shortest of the falls, the double-barreled Upper Bouma Falls, falling around 10 meters.
While the walk can be a little challenging at times, the stunning views over Matangi, Laucala and Qamea Islands definitely make it worth the effort. You can also reward yourself with a relaxing swim in a secluded, naturally formed pool to escape the tropical heat.
Location: Bouma, Fiji
At 20 meters tall, the Biausevu Waterfall is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Fiji and a popular drawcard daily for tourists. Also known as Savu Na Mate Laya Falls, Biausevu Waterfall offers the perfect spot for a day trip and dip in the pools being 3.3 kilometres from Biausevu Village on the Coral Coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. It will usually take about 30 minutes to an hour to walk to the falls along a pleasant and mostly flat jungle walk or you could arrange a guided tour on horseback through the local village. There are a few creek crossing along the way as well, so wet shoes or sandals are a good idea.
Location: Biausevu Village, Coral Coast, Viti Levu
Waitavala Natural Rock Waterslide
Also on Fiji’s Garden Island, Taveuni Island, is a cascading series of small waterfalls known as Waitavala Natural Rock Waterslide. A privately owned waterfall in Fiji, permission is required to access the falls, so be sure to meet the Chief in the village first and bring kava for the greeting ceremony.
As the name would suggest, these waterfalls are very popular with tourists to use as water slides, descending into rock pools on the way down – but be warned! Slide at your own risk and expect a few bumps and bruised tailbones for your trouble. For those of you willing to take the plunge, sturdy shoes and a towel is recommended and the locals are more than happy to show you how to best tackle the slides. Or, just enjoy the scenery, take a few photos and a dip in the larger pools.
Location: Bouma, Fiji
For those who are little more adventurous, the hidden gem of Nakawaga Waterfalls is located about a 20 minute drive from the scenic village of Savusavu on Vanua Levu followed by a 20 minute walk through a bit of a jungle. Nestled amongst the rainforest, the Nakawaga Waterfalls aren’t the easiest to find and there aren’t any signposts to direct you to the location. It is therefore highly recommended to either know the directions very well before setting off or take a local guide with you. Definitely take along your swimming gear to take a dip in the crystal clear pool and comfortable shoes.
Also make sure you visit the village scenic village of Savusavu before heading to the waterfalls. Spend some time with the friendly locals and discover their range of beautiful handcrafts and jewellery.
Location: Naveria, Savusavu, Fiji
Also part of the Bouma National Heritage Park on the island of Taveuni are the Wainibau Falls (pronounced wye-nim-bau), located amidst lush rainforest ravines at the end of the scenic Lavena Coastal Walk. Renowned for its natural beauty, Taveuni Island boasts many spectacular waterfalls and Wainibau Falls is no exception. Situated behind a calm, clear waterbed and surrounded by lush rainforest greenery, it drops around 10-15 metres and offers visitors a lovely swimming hole filled with fish and black bugs and the perfect spot for birdwatching. Many birdwatching enthusiasts are out and about in the area looking for Silktail, a tiny black bird widespread in Fiji with a fine white tail.
A return walk will take around 3-4 hours taking in sandy beaches and spectacular coastline before reaching a passage that can be swum across to reach Wainibau Falls at the end.
Location: Bouma National Heritage Park, Taveuni
The Savu-i-one Waterfall (also known as Savuione Waterfall, Aviane Waterfall and Abaca Waterfall) consists of multiple tiers, making it a feature waterfall attraction in the north of Viti Levu. Located in the remote Koroyanitu National Park, Savu-i-one Waterfall is one of the tallest in Fiji and perfect for a family day trip and picnic. About a two hour walk from Abaca Village, the hiking trail can be quite challenging, slippery and steep but also rewarding with exotic ferns, avocado and other native trees lining the trail as well as red ginger flowers and orchids. The falls can also be accessed by 4WD or taking a tour.
Location: Abaca Village, Suncoast, Viti Levu
Downstream from the larger Savu-i-one Waterfalls in Koroyanitu National Park are the Vereni Falls, which are about a 5 minute trek down and a must see while in location. Slide down the fall, take a dip in the pool, admire the scenic beauty and explore the forest.
Location: Abaca Village, Suncoast, Viti Levu
Falling an impressive 50 meters, Uru’s Waterfall is a located on the roadside and surrounded by local Fijian farms on the main island of Viti Levu. A popular swimming hole, the falls feature a plunge pool at its base as well as multiple smaller tiers on with pools at the base of each tier. Enjoy a picnic a the base of the waterfall, trek, swim and enjoy spectacular views.
Location: Viti Levu, Fiji
In the foothills behind Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu is the Sabeto Valley, home to the Orchid Waterfalls. A collection of four stunning falls surrounded by an ancient tropical jungle of fruit trees, ferns, vines, coffee plants and (of course) a stunning array of coloured orchids, Orchid Waterfalls are believed to have magical powers for health, wellbeing and even romance!
Wet season, from December to April, is the best time to experience this water paradise, perfect for swimming, exploring and relaxing. The plunge pool appearing at the bottom of Orchid Waterfalls is around two meters deep and quite wide, so plenty of room to spread out and even do a few laps. There are also upper and lower sections of rock tiers with smaller pools.
Just a few hundred metres, the trail to access the falls is easy, wide and fully paved passing a giant boulder along the way. A small fee is required to visit and friendly guides are on hand to assist you.
While you are there, the Sabeto Mud Pools are worth a look and the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a must see. If you’re really adventurous, you may even like to witness with view from the Sleeping Giant Zipline!
Location: Sabeto Valley, Nadi, Viti Levu
As far as Fijian waterfalls go, Waisila Falls are on the smaller side at 15 metres and quite thin. But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in stunning scenery. Located north of Viti Levu’s capital, Suva, and deep in the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, Waisila Falls is surrounded by a quiet and serene tropical forest setting that makes it feel like a million miles away from the city. There two access paths to the waterfalls, one from the bottom with a number of stairs and the other from the top passing Upper Pools and Lower Pools. You can opt to start and one end and walk to the other or take a round trip from one of the access points. A return trip will take around an hour to walk.
Location: Suva, Viti Levu
For those willing to get more off the beaten track in Viti Levu, venture to the northern coast to see the Nabalasere Waterfall. Resorts in Rakiraki or guided hiking tours, such as Go Local Fiji Transfers & Tours from Nadi can take you to the pretty inland village of Nabalasere where your walk begins. The reward for the walk is the sight of the 70m (230ft) waterfall plunging into a swimming hole. Check out more walks in the area in the 9 Best Walks on the Suncoast.
Location: Nabalasere Village, Suncoast, Viti Levu
Navua River Waterfalls
If you want to see lots and lots and LOTS of waterfalls, look no further than the Navua River Waterfalls. There are so many, they may not even each have individual names. Everywhere you look along the Narvua River is the perfect vantage point to witness tumbling cascades of waterfalls. The best way to experience the waterfalls is on the water itself with a wide range of activities available through local tour companies, including canoeing, jetboating, river tubing, rafting, white water rafting and, of course, swimming.
Location: Navua River, Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu
Fiji’s second-largest island, Vanau Levu, is a hotspot of scenic and spectacular waterfall hikes and lookouts, including Lekutlevu Waterfall. Located about an hour’s hike from the village of Lekutulevu, just south of Labasa, you will come across a unique rock formation in the shape of a giant karva bowl (tanoa)! Hidden amongst the jungle, this beautiful waterfall is also close to a nearby lookout and can be accessed for a small fee.
Location: Lekutulevu, Vanua Levu
A great way to explore Beqa Island, off the shores of Pacific Harbour on the Coral Coast of Viti Levu, is a hike to Naiwaisomo Waterfall. There are regular, guided walks available from the Beqa Lagoon Resort to discover local flora and fauna on the way to the waterfall, perfect for an afternoon swim in the spring-fed waterfall pool and picnic.
Location: Beqa Island, Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu
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