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Five must-do Taveuni Island spots

Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. As recommended by Ric and Do Cammick, of Taveuni Island Resort and Spa Bouma Falls Park The Bouma National Heritage Park is the ideal
05 Apr 2010 12:00

image Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. As recommended by
Ric and Do Cammick,
of Taveuni Island Resort and Spa

Bouma Falls Park
The Bouma National Heritage Park is the ideal way for the adventurous to spend a whole day, or a few hours, exploring.
Situated on the eastern side of the island, it is just a half hour ride by taxi or bus from the resort.
There is a leisurely walk to the first waterfall where lush vegetation and wild red and yellow ginger create a colourful, unbelievably beautiful grotto.
Take a swim in the huge natural rock pool: dive under, into and behind this large volume of cascading water. You then climb up a pathway to the second and third waterfalls, each unique and incredibly beautiful.
Just before reaching the second waterfall, there is a lookout to view the coast and the islands of Matagi, Qamea and Laucala, and up into the high peaks and ranges of Taveuni’s mountainous landscape. It is a 360 degree vista of lush tropical beauty.
Taveuni is renowned for the best bird life in Fiji, as there are no predators, so one is bound to discover the abundance of bird life: Orange Dove, Native Wood Pigeon, Taveuni Native Parrot and many more, plus rare exotic palms.

Lavena Coastal Walk
On the same coastal road, just 10 minutes further on, is the beautiful white sand beach of Lavena.
Here you can spend a whole day walking and exploring this amazing coast, passing remote villages.
You will hike a natural trail through stunning coastal scenery and enjoy the beauty of this wild foreshore.
A swinging bridge crosses a deep river canyon, then further on the trail swings inland up a river valley where you can put on your bathing suit and swim to a cool deep pool surrounded by high rock walls and lush rainforest.
As you swim deeper into the grotto, two beautiful waterfalls cascade.
You can climb up onto them and slide or jump into the deep water below.
This walk takes approximately one and half hours each way, and you will need at least an hour or two to explore, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of this area.
Instead of walking to the falls, it is possible to do the entire journey from the park entrance to the waterfalls and back, by boat.
Wairiki Catholic Mission Church,
Date Line and Soqulu Plantation
For a day on the land, take the West Coast Tour which begins with a visit to the dateline (180 meridian) where you can stand in both today, and yesterday. Taveuni Island was the first place to experience the birth of the New Millennium, here the New Day begins!
Continue on to the Wairiki Catholic Mission School to view the amazing architecture of the stone church built in 1907.
Go down to Soqulu Plantation for a game of golf or tennis, followed by a beer at the Country Club bar.
If you are adventurous, you could venture to the southernmost tip of Taveuni, to Vuna, where, when the tide is right you will see the amazing blowholes in action.
On the way back, if you have a four wheel drive, you can go part way up the road to Lake Tagimoucia which is an extinct volcanic crater at the highest point of Taveuni.
Although the lake is often covered with cloud, the fact that the rare and exquisite Tagimoucia flower blooms here once a year, makes it well worth a visit at that time. On the way home, cool off at the Waitavala Natural Stone Waterslides which is another of nature’s natural wonders.

Waitabu Marine Park
This area of Taveuni has recently been awarded the “International British Airways Eco-Tourism Award”
The Waitabu Villagers are proud of this marine and cultural experience they have worked so hard to establish.
The visit includes snorkelling in the marine reserve.

Vidawa Forest Walk
This trip takes a full day and you need to love tramping and be fit.
You start at the Vidawa Village and hike through the spectacular rainforest of this area.
The walk concludes at the Bouma Falls where you can relax and swim in the crystal clear, cool water.



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