Top 5 Fiji Natural Attractions
Fiji’s 300-plus islands in the South Pacific are rife with natural beauty, making it the perfect tropical island destination for those seeking an eco-friendly adventure. The archipelago’s pristine coastlines, lush interiors and tranquil underwater scenes guarantee unique sightseeing opportunities, where you can check out caves, sand dunes, spectacular dive sites, botanical gardens and rainforests.
Discover the spirit of Yasawa deep within the dark limestone cave, Sawa-i-Lau, in Fiji’s remote Yasawa islands. To reach the cave, you’ll dive beneath a rocky curtain and through an underwater tunnel. It’s dark in the inner sanctum – you’ll need a torch to see the magnificent interior – but it’s worth overcoming any fears to get to the heart of the Yasawas.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes and Sigatoka River
Some of Fiji’s best sights include Sigatoka Sand Dunes and “Salad Bowl Cave”. Head into Sigatoka Valley and cross the river on a traditional bamboo bilibili raft to see the Naihehe cave system, formerly inhabited by cannibals. Be prepared to crawl through sections of the dark caves and wade through knee-deep water. At the mouth of the Sigatoka River, the longest river on the island of Viti Levu, discover the Sigatoka Sand Dunes which were once used as a burial ground.
Fiji’s beautiful Mamanuca group comprises more than 30 small islands near Nadi. Known for their pristine natural beauty, the Mamanucas offer the perfect backdrop for your holiday snapshots and some spectacular snorkel and dive sites, with stunning sights just below the surface. Take a day cruise to a coral atoll – Beachcomber Island or Treasure Island – or a small volcanic island, stopping for a picnic of Fiji’s famous fresh produce on a white, sandy beach.
Kula Eco Park
Head into the heart of Viti Levu and see the wild side of Fiji when you experience the award winning ecological preserve, Kulu Eco Park. Home to Fijian wildlife including bats, birds, fish and reptiles, Kulu Eco Park is also a centre for captive breeding of endangered species. Feed sea turtles and wander in dappled sunlight across bridges beneath towering native jungle dwellers, including Dawa, Ivi, Vutu and Vesi trees.
Bouma National Park
Boumea National Park, located on the island of Taveuni in the north, covers 150 square kilometres of natural forest. The island’s volcanic peaks, cliffs and ridges provide several challenging walks, including Lavena Coastal Walk and Bouma Falls Trail leading to Tavoro Falls. Experienced walkers will enjoy the Vidawa Rainforest Trail.
The Garden of the Sleeping Giant
At the foothills of Fiji’s Nausoru Highlands, just 10 minutes north of Nadi, you’ll find the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, home to pretty lily ponds, native plants and the rumoured largest orchid collection in the world. Admire over 2,000 different species in this beautifully cultivated garden; it’s the best-kept natural attraction in Fiji!
Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.