Waterfalls, peaks, villages, rivers, open vistas… this trip has it all!
Day 1 (Walk: 3km):
Usually departing Suva, an early start sees us heading up the King’s Rd and inland to the rural village of Nabalesere. We’ll sevusevu and then visit their beautiful waterfall, followed by a cup of draunimoli (lemon leaf tea) and lunch back in the village. The walk to the waterfall is approx 30mins one way. It’s a good idea to start the day wearing clothes to walk and get wet in at the waterfall. You can change back in the village. After lunch we leave Nabalesere behind and head back to the King’s Rd and around to Tavua town, where we head inland again and uphill to our homestay accommodation in Navai. It’s basic, but comfortable, with a cold shower and flush toilets. Our hosts are a wonderful family. Sleeping is in shared rooms.
Day 2 (Walk: 9km):
We’ll breakfast early, meet our guides and start the Tomaniivi climb. Mt Tomaniivi is Fiji’s highest mountain at 1323m. The climb takes 3 hours up and 3 hours down. The path is very steep in places, and can be muddy and slippery. Care must be taken. On a clear day we’re rewarded with great views and the cloud forest is beautiful. A small afternoon tea will be provided in the village on our return. We can shower and get cleaned up before heading on to our next destination, Naga village in the hills above the Sigatoka river, where we’ll sevusevu, have dinner and spend our second night. There are flush toilets and cold water showers available.
Day 3 (Walk: 12km):
Today’s hike starts from Naga village. We’ll have breakfast with our guides for the hike and aim to be on the path by 8:30am. Your main bags will be transported in our vehicles to Nubutautau village at the end of the day’s hike. Remember to keep a sulu with you. You get great views as you stride out from the village and descend down to the river, near the old, abandoned village where the unfortunate missionary, Reverend Baker was eaten. A large flat stone, known as the “sharing stone” sits as a grim reminder. Following the river you pass another old village site, and several good swimming spots. If the weather’s good, you’ll hopefully have time to jump in and cool off.Eventually you start to climb up steeply from the river on the final stretch to Nubutautau, where we spend the night. The village hall wil be ours to eat and sleep in. There are flush toilets and a cold shower. We’ll be well looked after and following a sevusevu, and before dinner, we should have opportunity to hear the Rev Baker story in full. We’ll spend the night in the community hall or in a nearby traditional bure.
Day 4 (Walk: 21km):
Today brings a good, challenging day of walking. There are a couple of steep rises, but overall it’s “mostly downhill”! We should be breakfasting by 7am. After breakfast, leaving your big bags in the village to be transported separately, we’ll get transported the short distance to the ridgeline above Nubutautau. From the ridge you strike out westwards with your guides across a battlefield and ancient village sites. Taking in a couple of tops and some amazing 360 degree views you slowly descend to the Ba river. If you’re making good progress, you should have time for a cooling swim before lunch. You’ll then follow the river along the valley to a bridge near the village of Navala, and then a final 1.5km up the road to Bulou’s Lodge. The facilities at the Lodge are simple, with a dorm room, flush toilets and cold showers, but a good dinner and breakfast are provided and Tui the owner is a great host.
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, reaching Nadi around lunchtime. We can then drop you wherever you’re staying.
Please note: if the weather is particularly poor, we may need to change the itinerary for your safety.