The hilly terrain and lovely tropical scenery in Fiji provide excellent hiking trails. As you make your way through the diverse trails, you can catch sights consisting of lush tropical rainforests, awesome mountains, unpolluted clear blue waters and amazing waterfalls. There are a wide variety of hiking tours in Fiji that are both professionally-guided and self-guided, plus many resorts offer hiking as well. On these trips, you can adventurously explore the beauty of Fijian nature up-close and personal and even get the chance to visit native Fijian villages.
Hiking Trails in Fiji
Fiji offers numerous scenic hiking trails, many of which can be found in the islands’ beautiful national parks. You can experience all of these locations on your own or through the various tours that are offered.
Koroyanitu National Park
Hiking in Koroyanitu National Park, located on Viti Levu, will lead you to rainforest-covered trails where you can experience the diverse and unique forms of Fijian wildlife. There are also a number of local villages in the area that you can visit while on your tour. This national park offers both day and overnight walks, as well as camping and lodge accommodation.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, also found on Viti Levu, offers a fantastic 4-mile stretch of sand dunes along the island’s coastline. You can see different sights while making your way through the various trails in this national park, including ancient pottery chards.
Bouma National Park
On Taveuni, Bouma National Park offers three beautiful hiking trails, consisting of the Vidawa Rainforest Hike, the Lavena Coastal Walk and the Tavoro Waterfalls. Out here, you can experience the different forms of Fijian nature, especially the large assortment of tropical Fijian birds. While exploring the trails in Bouma National Park, you can even swim in the clear waters under a lovely waterfall and hike to Lake Tagimaucia where you can see the rare Tagimaucia flower.
Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve
Located in the capital city of Suva on Viti Levu, the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, plus it is a great area for bird-watching as well. As you make your way through the trails, you can even see small waterfalls and enjoy scenic lookouts. There is also a bus here that will take you further out to Naitasire where you can visit many of the smaller Fijian villages, though you will need to know the village protocol and have permission to look around the village first if you are not on a professionally-guided tour. It is best to get permission from the village chief and even better if you offer him a present while doing it.
The Nausori Highlands in the interior of Viti Levu offers breathtaking sights that you cannot see anywhere else in Fiji, including volcanic peaks, rolling hills and rich fertile river valleys. While exploring the trails here, you are also able to see a gorgeous view of both the Yasawa island group to the west and the Mamanuca island group to the south.
You will find that many of Fiji’s resorts offer hiking opportunities and trips. The following are just a few of them:
Koro Sun Resort
The Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu on Vanua Levu is an excellent resort for hikers as there are several trails right on the property that lead to tropical rainforests, nearby coasts and beautiful waterfalls. Guided hikes under the supervision of a staffed professional are also offered.
The Qamea Resort on Qamea Island, which is the only resort on the island, offers sights of rainforest-covered hills and secluded white-sand beaches. There is also a variety of hidden hiking trails at this resort that lead to beaches and clear aquamarine waters.
Matangi Island Resort
Located on Taveuni, the Matangi Island Resort has several bush hikes at the resort where you can view lovely tropical scenery. You can hike the coastal area, or take the ridge trek, where you can see breathtaking views of Horseshoe Bay and the surrounding islands. It is your choice on whether you want to go out on your own or as part of a tour accompanied by a professional guide.
Another resort in Savusavu, the Namena Resort, has some interesting hiking trails. You can hike to the Dragon’s Head, where you can see an amazing view far out to sea. Another trail also leads to the highest point on Vanua Levu where you will find the remains of an ancient ring fortification, which are remnants of the migratory Lapita people who resided on the islands prior to the modern Fijians.