The waterfalls on Viti Levu

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a pool at the base of a waterfall on the Navua River. © Tourism Fiji

If Fiji only conjures up the idea of a sun-filled beach destination, you might be surprised to know that Fiji has an inland tourism offering that appeals to those seeking adventure holidays.

As readers might know, the country of Fiji consists of more than 300 islands only of which a third are populated. The largest is called Viti Levu on which sits the capital, Suva. Roughly in the middle of the island is a mountainous region and it is from here that many rivers have their origins including four large ones, the Rewa, Navua, Sigatoka and the Ba. In addition there are a number of smaller rivers (over sixty) that drop from the extinct volcano that forms the highest point in Fiji – Mt Tomanivi or the mountainous rage of which Tomanivi forms a part.

Some of these rivers flow through dense rainforest and, as they flow down the hillsides towards the sea, you’ll find plenty of waterfalls.  We are not talking about just a few waterfalls or even dozens. On all the rivers on Viti Levu you will find more than a hundred of them. They vary from those with a straight drop, narrow and wide ones as well as those with terraced drops some of which cannot be seen from below. At the bottom of many waterfalls are inviting pools where a swim or plunge will cool you off after the hike through the rainforest.

But because the rivers drop steeply from the island centre there is the opportunity to enjoy white water rafting particularly after the wet season ends in March and the rivers are at their fullest.

At the bottom of many waterfalls are inviting pools where a swim or plunge will cool you off after the hike through the rainforest. It is on the Upper parts of the Navua River that many believe is to be found the best rafting. Not only is the landscape quite stunning but this one river has seventy of the islands waterfalls connected to it. In places the river flows through narrows surrounded by tall, straight canyon walls. The only access is via a boat of some sort and gives the visitor another dimension on the island landscape. there are motorised long boat tours or you can travel on “HMS” Bilibili which is actually a bamboo raft claimed to be unsinkable!

When you visit Fiji, get out and explore. You will be surprised at the variety on offer. It most certainly isn’t just a beach and sea destination.

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