Cross highland hike

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Talanoa Treks Fiji - Grasslands

Head off the beaten track into Fiji’s interior. Experience its dramatic peaks, sparkling rivers, unique history and rich culture.

Day 1:

From our pick-up point, we’ll drive by 4WD into the middle of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island, to the remote rural village of Naga. If we’re departing from Suva, we’ll likely head cross-country via Monasavu Dam. The views are beautiful, but please be prepared for a bumpy ride! We’ll sevusevu (the traditional way of asking permission to be in the village and to cross their land), and share a bowl of kava, followed by dinner eaten communally in the village hall. We’ll overnight in Naga’s village hall or in houses set aside for us.

Day 2 – Walk (12km):

Our first day of hiking starts from Naga village. So after breakfast, we’ll sort our day-packs and then set off with guides from the village on a 12km hike to Nubutautau village. We get great views as we stride out from the village and descend down to the Sigatoka river, and the old, abandoned village where the missionary, Reverend Baker was eaten. A large flat stone, known as the “sharing stone” sits as a grim reminder. Following (and fording) the river we pass another old village site, and several good swimming spots. A climb up from the valley floor brings us to Nubutautau village, where we spend the night in the village hall or in a traditional bure.

Day 3 – Walk (21km):

This day brings a challenging, hugely varied and rewarding day of hiking. After an early breakfast, we take a short ride in our vehicles to the ridgeline above Nubutautau. From here we strike out across open grassy hills with guides from Nubutautau. We get some spectacular 360-degree views across the interior and on a clear day can see out to the Yasawa island chain. We slowly descend down to the Ba river for lunch and a swim. After lunch we follow a beautiful stretch of river to Navala and a warm welcome at Bulou’s Lodge.

Trek Rating

Steepness : 3
Track Roughness : 4
Difficulty : 4

Day 4:

After a leisurely breakfast we head back to Navala village with Tui to take a look around. Navala is the poster-boy Fijian village, with rows of neatly built traditional bures. After soaking up the atmosphere we’ll say goodbye to the highlands and head down to Ba and the coast.

 

 

Talanoa Treks is Fiji’s only dedicated hiking company. We’ve set ourselves up to work closely with the communities you visit to reduce the impact and maximise the benefits of your trip. Your guides, hosts, food, and accommodation will all be provided by these communities, and is included. We believe your adventure should be great for you, and great for these remote villages!

There are few proper walking trails in Fiji. Our routes follow old paths between villages. These can be rough and muddy. A good level of fitness and a spirit of adventure are musts!

Please note: if the weather is very bad, we may need to change the itinerary for your safety. 


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