Hiking in Fiji
Places to Hike in Fiji
Fiji, the land of happiness, is more than just pristine beaches, beautiful islands, turquoise waters and the ultimate destination for relaxation. It is also home to some of the most breathtaking hiking trails through stunning rainforests, waterfalls, mountainous regions, national parks and sand dunes allowing visitors to truly experience the beauty of Fiji from another perspective.
Some of the best spots to get the heart rate up include:
- Mount Tomanivi
- Mount Batilamu
- Nausori Highlands
- Sigatoka Sand Dunes
- Tavoro Falls
- Lavena Coastal Walk
- Colo-i-Suva Park, Suva Area, Viti Levu
- Waya Island, Yasawa Islands
Fiji’s highest peak, Mount Tomanivi (formerly known as Mount Victoria), is an extinct volcano located in the northern highlands of Viti Levu and offers one of the best hikes in Fiji. Standing at 1,324 metres, it is classified as a difficult hike with steep terrain towards the top. Those who take on the challenge and conquer the summit will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Yasawa Island group on a clear day. Winter months of June, July and August offer the best climbing conditions compared to the wet season experienced in the Summer months.
Tip: Guides can be found from the village of Navai to take you to the summit and lead you along the steep terrain. Allow 5 to 6 hours to complete the walk.
With the peak boasting panoramic views of the Mamanuca Islands and Yasawa Islands, Mount Batilamu, also known as ‘The Sleeping Giant’, is a must do hiking experience for the adventurous traveller. Located about an hour from Nadi, it is the fourth highest mountain in Fiji and forms part of the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park.
The hike offers a well-marked track to the summit with waterfalls and incredible views along the way as you wind through forests and come across waterfalls and hidden swimming spots. Standing at 1,110 meters tall, Mount Batilamu National Park offers several day and overnight walks, a visitor centre, scenic lodge accommodation and camping.
Tip: Stay overnight in a hikers cabin and wake up to breathtaking views. There are cooking facilities available if you’d like to bring your own food or opt to include food by booking at least 3 days in advance. It is also recommended to book directly with the Abaca Village to support the locals.
Located in the Nadi Area of Viti Levu, the Nausori Highlands is an inland rural area and home to one of Fiji’s most picturesque villages, Navala, and the Bukuya village. Comprising volcanic peaks, including Koromba to the south and Koronayitu in the north, river valleys and rolling hills, it’s no wonder the Nausori Highlands are also known as the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
Unlike the dense rainforests of Fiji’s eastern highlands, the hills of the Nausori Highlands are scattered with small villages and forest areas as well as grassy hills that turn from grassland to lush valleys in the Summer’s wet season. The highlands also showcase amazing views over the Mamanuca and southern Yasawa Islands to the west.
Interesting Fact: The villagers in Navala are Catholic and the villagers in Bukuya are Methodist.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes
On the southwest of Viti Levu at the month of the Sigatoka River spans 650 hectares of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Designated Fiji’s first national park in July 1989, some of the dunes reach a height of up to 50 meters, span more than a kilometre wide and have been forming for thousands of years. You’ll certainly get a workout trying to scramble to the top of the moving sand peaks!
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is open daily and rangers are on hand to provide information on walking tracks and host guided tours, showcasing natural and archaeological attractions that have formed over thousands of years.
Tip: With a number of one and two hour hiking trails to tackle, its best to start early in the morning before the grey/black sand gets too hot.
You will find Tavoro Falls in the Bouma National Heritage Park, located on Fiji’s third largest island of Taveuni. Also known as Fiji’s ‘Garden Island’, Taveuni certainly lives up to its name showcasing lush rainforests and a tropical backdrop along with both white and black sandy beaches and, of course, some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Fiji – the Tavoro Falls.
Also knowns as the Bouma Falls, the trail takes around 3 hours return and you’ll spot your first waterfall in the first few minutes, which drops an impressive 24 metres. The second and third waterfalls are further along and more peaceful and hidden away than the first. The walk itself is a little challenging, but worth it to look out over Matangi, Laucala and Qamea Islands.
Tip: In October and December, the rare Tagimaucia flower comes out and is a must see on another rough trail track to Lake Tagimaucia
Lavena Coastal Walk
You will also find the Lavena Coastal walk in the Bouma National Heritage Park. Allow at least a half day to take the 10km round trip out to Unuca Point to enjoy a swim and epic waterfalls before returning.
Tips: There is a creek crossing along the way and you will get wet! So suggest wearing your swimwear underneath your clothes. Also remember to pack food and water as there are no food outlets and be sure to take all of your rubbish back with you.
Less than a 20 minute drive from Suva you will find more than six kilometres of walking trails winding through the Colo-i-Suva Park rainforest, home to tropical flora and numerous birds.
Wander through the nature trails, waterfalls and scenic lookouts before cooling off in one of the many natural swimming pools along the way.
Tip: Colo-i-Suva Park is accessible to tourists; however village protocol should be observed.
If you’re partial to a breathtaking coastal view as you walk, Waya Island is one of the most scenic Islands of the Yasawas Island group in Fiji. Offering stunning walking tracks along it’s hilly coastline, you can experience a mix of hilltop summits, mountain cliffs and rolling hills as well as soft beach sand, bays and coves along the tranquil, clear island waters.
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