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What a year 2020 was. We went from a packed trek schedule with lots of exciting hikes booked in, to having plenty of time on our hands to focus on the domestic market, finding support for our partner communities, scoping new trails, and even a bit of trail running.

While the world gets vaccinated the prospect of visitors returning to Fiji, and particularly to remote areas and communities, remains slim for 2021. So, we’re going to continue with similar activities and build to fully reopening in 2022…and keep our fingers crossed for this year!

Support to our partner communities

Throughout Talanoa Treks’ journey a key part of our sustainability plan has been to ensure our treks do not interfere with the ongoing business in each of our partner communities. The ambition has always been for trekking tourism to be valued added income without becoming something that the communities fully depended on. Thankfully, the communities have therefore been able to continue to earn income through their farming.

Aligned to this, we’re grateful to support from the Fiji Women’s Fund, who we are working with to support several ladies in Naga and Nubutautau villages to produce jams and chutneys in their new community kitchens, which they can sell at market and which we can also buy to for use during our hiking trips in normal times; to roll out hygiene training related to Covid-19 protocols; and to support the ongoing development of several of our amazing women guides.

Separately we’re grateful to the US Embassy for funds through NatureFiji-MareqetiViti to support Nabalesere fully establish themselves as a tourism business, and able to market to and receive guests independently of us.

Developing new itineraries

We’ve taken the opportunity in the last 12 months to explore options for new and improved itineraries. We’ve explored a tough expedition hike in the upper Sigatoka area, which forms a 3-4 day circuit, and are continuing to explore old routes in the area around Fiji’s highest mountain, Mt Tomaniivi, to build a 4-5 day circuit through the forests of the Greater Tomaniivi area.

We’ve also created a new Highland Escape itinerary, which delivers great hikes and an immersive cultural experience, but at a more relaxed pace. After trialing this itinerary with local groups in 2020, we’re hoping it will become the mainstay of our schedule once borders open up. The Highland Escape is designed to be paired with our Hit the Heights itinerary for anyone wanting additional hiking days.

Testing out some trail runs

We also trialed several options for trail runs through 2020, all along pretty rugged, remote trails, each time being reminded (cursing?!) that there is almost no flat ground in Fiji. We’ve added three of these to our schedule for 2021 and are excited to share these amazing routes with others.

Our 2021 trekking schedule

We’ve finalised our schedule for 2021. For now, these trips are open for anyone in Fiji to book onto, and as the vaccines roll out and Fiji develops a plan for reopening borders we hope to be welcoming guests from overseas in the not too distant future!

We’d also like to say a big vinaka vakalevu to all our past and future guests who have shown patience and support. We appreciate your help in keeping us going. If you have a postponed booking with us, and are unsure as to its status, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via [email protected].

Stay safe.


We know that having a connection to nature and the outdoors early in children’s lives makes them think more deeply about their role in helping to protect their surroundings and ultimately our shared planet.

Fijians have a deep rooted connection to land and the environment as an extension of identity. The concept of vanua implies stewardship over land to protect it for the next generation of guardians. 

As urban development has continued we have become increasingly disconnected from our vanua. Trips home may be difficult to organise and costly. This has resulted in thousands of school age and young adults in Fiji having experienced little beyond urban centres, such as Suva. 

This year, as a result of COVID-19, urban Fijians are being much more conscientious about their spending. Everyone is also trying to support local businesses in a much more deliberate way. The tourism recovery will be long and protracted. In the interim, as a member of the Duavata Sustainable Tourism Collective we want to help support our partner tourism businesses, who already do so much good work, to stay operational and ensure that the amazing experiences on offer to visitors to the country are also accessible to young Fijians. 

With NatureFiji-MareqetiViti and our partners in the Duavata Sustainable Tourism Collective we have developed a series of educational conservation experiences that anyone around the world can contribute towards in order to support a Fijian teenager or young adult to connect with nature and ultimately become conservation leaders.

These experiences include learning how to thatch a traditional bure and the importance of soga palm conservation to ensure the continued availability of the resource, learning how to sail a traditional camakau canoe and reconnecting with traditional sailing knowledge, supporting river health monitoring at some of Fiji’s most important biodiversity hotspots, and learning about the importance of wetland conversation by rafting an incredible gorge in one of Fiji’s only formal conservation areas.

We realise that many people have been impacted by the fallout from COVID-19, and we want to be sensitive to that.

However, for those around the world who have not been financially affected and who have a connection to Fiji, we are asking for your help.

Duavata is launching the initiative with a crowdfunding campaign for an initial AUD 16,500. This will provide seed funding for the establishment of the conservation leadership programme, and support a first cohort of young Fijians to engage with and learn about their natural environment, and start on the pathway to becoming conservation leaders.

Everyone that donates will receive photos as a ‘Vinaka vakalevu’ and an e-postcard or video highlighting some of the learning. 

More information is available in this summary brief and on the crowdfunding campaign page.

If you would like to donate, please visit:

https://startsomegood.com/nurturing-conservation-leadership-in-fiji


Planned conservation leadership experiences

Learning to sail a traditional Camakau at Leleuvia 

https://www.leleuvia.com/

Learning about Fiji’s wetlands by rafting the Upper Navua with Rivers Fiji

Monitoring Fiji tree frogs and falcons at Nabalesere’s beautiful waterfalls with Talanoa Treks

Learning to thatch a traditional bure at Namosi Eco Retreat

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Learning about the importance of agroforestry systems at Waimakare Forest Farm and/or KokoMana’s outreach ‘rainforest-to-reef’ biodiversity site at Vusaratu on Natewa Bay

Many visitors who have travelled to Nubutautau over the years would have met Vilitati Rokovesa, or as he’s affectionately known, Mr Roko. It’s hard to believe when you see him out on the trail or on his farm, but he recently celebrated his 60th birthday, and sets an example for us all to follow.

Without Mr Roko’s prompting, support and guidance, it is unlikely that Talanoa Treks would exist. From exploring possible trails together, to guiding and sharing Nubutautau’s history, to supporting the village’s tourism committee, and caring for guests, Mr Roko has been there on every step of Talanoa Treks’ journey.

We wish him a very happy birthday, and look forward to many more years of hiking side by side on our journey together.

Mr Roko, vinaka vakalevu sara!


Why walk with us?

Fiji is a great place to go hiking and Talanoa Treks is Fiji’s only dedicated hiking company.

We aim to take you off the beaten track, to experience Fiji’s interior – its dramatic peaks, pristine forests, sparkling rivers, remote villages and unique history – and by going on foot you have the opportunity to experience the vibrant traditional culture that runs deep within Fijian society.

We believe in responsible tourism and work in partnership with the communities you visit to reduce the impact and maximise the benefits of your trip. Your guides, accommodation and food are provided by the communities, supported by us. We believe your adventure should be great for you, and great for the communities!

We actively try and avoid being overly touristy. We aim to provide an escape from Fiji’s beautiful beaches and to create the space for a genuine cultural experience and an insight into rural Fiji. We keep groups small and allow you the opportunity to interact as much or as little as you want.

There’s always more that we can do to be sustainable, both environmentally and culturally, and we welcome feedback and ideas for how we can improve.

Communities

Navai
Naga village
Nabalesere

Lodges

Bulou Lodge

About Us

About us

Your Guides

Meet our guides TalanoaTrek

Your trip

Discover Fiji’s dramatic peaks, pristine forests, sparkling rivers and rich culture.

Cross highland hike

3 nights

Cross-highland hike

Explore Fiji’s interior with 2+ days of hiking, unique village stays, and a visit to the poster-boy Navala village

Waterfall & cave

Day-trip

Waterfall & cave

Discover Nabalesere’s beautiful waterfall, enjoy this tranquil village, and visit the historic Wailotua cave

Hit the Heights

1 night

Hit-the-heights-Tomanivi

Climb to the highest point in Fiji, Mt Tomaniivi and explore Fiji’s interior

The full monty

4 nights

The full monty

Visit Nabalesere’s waterfall, climb Mt Tomaniivi, then spend two days crossing the highlands of Viti Levu

Two peak challenge

2 nights

Three peak challenge

Reach the top of two of Fiji’s most recognisable peaks and experience Fiji’s interior, a world away from a beach!

Mt. Tomaniivi

Day-trip

Tomaniivi ridgeline small

Climb through cloud forest and breathe in the views on this day climb of Fiji’s highest mountain

Book your adventure

We run scheduled trips throughout the year – join as an individual or with friends and family. Explore each of our treks and book directly online by credit card or view our trek schedule and get in touch via our enquiry form or on email.

Personalised guiding, private groups, and educational itineraries

We can run many of our itineraries on a tailored basis at a time that suits you. We generally need a minimum of three people to ensure a trip happens. We can also work with our partners in the Sustainable Tourism Collective and on the Suncoast to create personalised itineraries for private or educational groups, and connect you to local experts to help your group meet its learning objectives.

Our hikes are set up for independent-minded travellers, but if you’re renting your own vehicle and just want to have one of our guides accompany you, this is also possible for some of our trips.

Just send us an enquiry and we’ll see what we can do! If we’re booked out, we’re always happy to provide alternative recommendations.

Trip Essentials

What we provide

Our pricing includes transport from start to end – using our 4WDs when we leave the tar seal – basic accommodation, most meals, a dedicated trip leader, local guides, entry fees, all cultural requirements, and contributions to village development funds, as well as taxes.

Your guides

We support and train people from our partner communities to guide you. The land you’re crossing is their land, their vanua, to which people in Fiji have an inalienable connection. We believe it’s only right for them to show you where they live, farm, hunt and fish. Your guides are first aid trained, and while English doesn’t always come easily to some of them, they are knowledgeable about the plants, animals, and land around you.

A word on tracks

Our routes often follow old paths between villages, pig-hunting tracks, or farm paths. These can be rough and muddy. The villages work to keep these tracks clear for you, but please don’t expect constructed walking tracks! A good level of fitness and a spirit of adventure are musts!

Transport

We arrange all transport either directly in one of our 4WDs or by using local taxis, minivans, and carriers. We see this as part of experiencing the real Fiji. If you have your own 4WD, you can join some trips under your own steam. Be prepared for a bumpy ride as we can soon leave tar-sealed roads behind! On multi-day trips we take your main bags along a different route to your destination by vehicle. There will also be transport along the way to take you short distances to the start of walks, and if you choose not to walk on any day.

Accommodation

On our multi-day treks your accommodation is provided in the villages or in locally owned and managed lodges. It can be basic, but it is always welcoming. There are flush toilets at all stopovers, and cold-water showers.

Packing List

Unsure what you’ll need? Check out our packing list. We’ll also provide you with more information about what to expect and bring before your trip. And, no need to worry about heavy loads. You only walk with your day-pack. Everything else will be waiting for you when you reach each day’s destination.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure if you’re fit enough, want to know about water, then take look at our FAQs. If your questions aren’t answered then please use the enquiry form or email [email protected]

Terms & Conditions

Please take a read of our terms and conditions to find out about our bookings and cancellation policy, insurance, and more.

What people say

This was by far one of the best things I have done so far in Fiji. The beauty of the interior is without words, and the time and thought spent in finding ethical and meaningful ways for people to share in that experience is wonderful. Truly great.

Tim Lafond, Australia

Loved my hiking with Talanoa Treks. Fantastic scenery, local guides with stories from the past and great company from fellow visiting hikers. Hiking through the highlands and stopping to eat and sleep at local villages was a great experience. I also learned a bit more about Fiji culture and was able to show my respect when visiting villages during the remainder of my stay in Fiji. To top it off, Talanoa Treks is also focused on sustainable development of the communities they work with to provide this unique experience. It was a good fit with my values so I’m happy to recommend them to others.

Martin Pritchard, Melbourne Australia

Had a great time, loved the Nabalesere waterfall, Stonebowl Lodge, the amazing walk and the village stay. Thanks for organising it so smoothly and accommodating our ideas. Truly a wonderful experience.

Elise Remling, Sweden

Thanks for a fantastic day away from the stresses of Suva. Well worth the time and money, and I was perfectly happy with my day in every way.. looking forward to signing up for more adventures…

Sangeeta Mangubhai, Suva

This was by far one of the best things I have done so far in Fiji. The beauty of the interior is without words, and the time and thought spent in finding ethical and meaningful ways for people to share in that experience is wonderful. Truly great.

Tim Lafond, Australia

Loved my hiking with Talanoa Treks. Fantastic scenery, local guides with stories from the past and great company from fellow visiting hikers. Hiking through the highlands and stopping to eat and sleep at local villages was a great experience. I also learned a bit more about Fiji culture and was able to show my respect when visiting villages during the remainder of my stay in Fiji. To top it off, Talanoa Treks is also focused on sustainable development of the communities they work with to provide this unique experience. It was a good fit with my values so I’m happy to recommend them to others.

Martin Pritchard, Melbourne Australia

Had a great time, loved the Nabalesere waterfall, Stonebowl Lodge, the amazing walk and the village stay. Thanks for organising it so smoothly and accommodating our ideas. Truly a wonderful experience.

Elise Remling, Sweden

Thanks for a fantastic day away from the stresses of Suva. Well worth the time and money, and I was perfectly happy with my day in every way.. looking forward to signing up for more adventures…

Sangeeta Mangubhai, Suva

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