Climb three of Viti Levu’s most distinctive peaks in three days. Crazy? Maybe, but let’s do it anyway!
We head to Lautoka and inland to the Koroyanitu Heritage Park and the village of Abaca. From here we climb up through dry tropical forest to the top of Mt Batilamu 1,110m, 9.5km), with great views down to sugar cane fields of the Nadi valley and out to the islands. We overnight in a small hut at the top and enjoy the night time views down to the lights of Nadi and Lautoka.
From the hut we descend down back to Abaca and then head by road round to Tavua and inland and uphill to to a village at the base of Mt Tomaniivi, Fiji’s highest mountain, where we spend the night. If there’s time before dark we can stretch our legs on a short stroll. The Tomaniivi area is designated an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International, and you’re likely to hear and see many of Fiji’s endemic forest birds.
An early start and sees us heading up Mt Tomanivi(1,323m, 9km), Fiji’s highest mountain, and our second peak. The cloud forest near the top is beautiful, with huge diversity flora, including several orchid species. On a clear day we’re rewarded with spectacular views across Viti Levu. After taking it all in, we drop back down to the village and drive to Takalana on the east coast where we spend the night.
Another early start, and we set off for Mt Tova (646m, 8.5km), the last of the 3 peaks!
The climb gets pretty steep towards the end as we scramble up between tree roots to the top of this volcanic plug, but from the rocky top we get 360 degree views inland and out across the reef. Taking it slow on the way down, we return to Takalana for a late lunch, triumphant after our three peaks! Drop off is in Suva.
Stay an extra day at Takalana and visit the dolphins; or if it is better for you, do the three peaks in reverse!
Please note: if the weather is particularly poor, we may need to change the itinerary for your safety, and some peaks may not be climbable.