If you’re keen to fit more hiking in around our trip please find a selection of our favourites that complement your time with us well.
In summary: Climb Batilamu, a distinctive peak, visit the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, see Suva and then head inland on your Highland Escape
Most visitors arrive into Nadi, and depending on what time you land you may be able to fit in a climb of Mount Batilamu on your first day, descending the same day or the following morning by overnighting at the hut on top.
It is possible to do this independently by hiring transport to Abaca village and making the necessary payments to the village office, or by booking a guided hike with Peni Dovi who is an experienced guide and will make arrangements on your behalf. https://www.facebook.com/toursbylocalsfijiwithpenidovi/
If you’d like to see the capital city Suva, travelling along the Southern Coast of Viti Levu, (also known as the Coral Coast) with stops at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes (1-2 hour hikes) and the Tavuni Hill Fort (up to 1 hour walks) followed by lunch in Korotogo or Pacific Harbour is a full day. The drive from Nadi to Suva is 3.5 hours.
Suva is an interesting city and easy to stroll around independently or with a guide. Colo-i-Suva is a forest park just outside Suva (1-2 hour hikes) and could be hiked the morning you start your Highland Escape.
Southern Viti Levu / Coral Coast
Day 1: Mount Batilamu. Overnight Nadi or Sigatoka.
Day 2: Sigatoka Sand Dunes / Tavuni Hill Fort. Overnight Suva.
Day 3: Morning walking tour of Suva or Colo-i-Suva. Highland Escape departure after lunch.
Days 3-5: Highland Escape
Day 6: Departure Day
In summary: Escape the crowds by heading North, hike to a spectacular waterfall, climb Fiji’s highest mountain and stay in interior communities on our Highland Escape. Squeeze in another peak or the sand dunes before departing.
If you’d rather take roads less travelled heading straight up the Fiji’s Suncoast on the northern-eastern tip of Viti Levu makes for a quieter alternative to the Coral Coast.
From the Suncoast, the short hike (90 minutes each way) from Nabalesere village to the Savulelele waterfall is a must-do hike in the area as the waterfall is one of the most spectacular in the country.
Tomaniivi (Fiji’s highest mountain) is most easily reached from the Suncoast. We can add this on to our Highland Escape trip with an early start (6am) on the first day.
You can choose to be dropped in Nadi or Sigatoka at the end of the Highland Escape to fit in another hike at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes or of Mount Batilamu at the end of your week – or stay another day and do both!
Northern Viti Levu / Suncoast
Day 1: Travel to the Suncoast / Rakiraki. Overnight Suncoast.
Day 2: Nabalesere village and the Savulelele waterfall. Overnight Suncoast.
Day 3: Mount Tomaniivi. Overnight Naga village on the Highland Escape.
Days 3-5: Highland Escape
Day 6: Sigatoka Sand Dunes or Mount Batilamu
Day 7: Departure Day
If you can, we would strongly recommend adding on at least a few days in the Yasawa Islands – Fiji is renowned for its beautiful islands for a reason. Whilst the ocean will be a key focus for your time in the Yasawas, there are also some great hikes to be done. Snorkelling from Barefoot Manta and learning about their efforts in coral restoration and manta research are experiences not to be missed, especially if the mantas are around.
Two of our favourites hikes in the Yasawas are the hike over Wayasewa from Barefoot Kuata, and the peak hike on Waya from Octopus Resort, but most islands have a walk option available through wherever you stay.
If you’re keen to see more of Fiji, head up to Taveuni on a domestic flight from Nadi or Suva.
The Lavena coastal path is a beautiful coastal track within the Bouma Heritage Park. The Tavoro waterfall is also stunning and very accessible. Climb up all three tiers for a more challenging hike. The birders among you will also want to seek out a specialist birding guide to take you up Devouex peak to look for the endemic Silktail and the Orange Dove.
You can fit Taveuni in first by flying straight to Taveuni from Nadi airport when you land and then from Taveuni to Suva to join our pick up for the Highland Escape.