River tubing in the jungle, hiking the mountains, plunging into mighty waterfalls, kayaking the bay, dolphin watching in Natewa Bay… there’s plenty to do for those seeking adventure in Savusavu.
Action and adventure
What to expect
One of the most easily accessible is Vuadomo, a 20 minute drive west of Savusavu. Ask any taxi driver and he will help you buy a small bundle of waqa for $10 (the kava root used as an introductory gift or sevusevu) to present to the village. The waterfall itself is a 10 minute walk up a reasonable track. Once there, you’ll be greeted by a mighty cascade pouring into a wide pool which you can plunge into.
Waisali waterfall is on the 17.2 km mark on the left side of the road on the Labasa road. After going through the village of Nabalebale, you drive up a long hill and eventually come to a small cluster of houses. You should get out and call for the residents, and pay them $10 a head. They will send someone in the car with you to help show you the way.
Lomaloma waterfall: a spectacular waterfall involving a tough but beautiful 2 hour hike each way. The drive to the start point takes about 45 minutes. Contact Naveria Heights to book a tour.
Nakawaqa waterfall: a torrent of water in a narrow canyon. Take a taxi or contact Naveria Heights to book a tour.
Go river tubing on the Sekawa river, or take a trip through the mangrove lined waterways on a SUP. Its a wonderful way to see the rugged mountains and remote watercourses of this island.
Contact Naveria Heights or call (+679) 9322233 to book a tour.
Kayaking and paddle boarding
Take out a kayak and explore the coastline – make sure you have your snorkel gear with you in case you want to look at the world beneath. Many accommodation providers have a kayak; or you can hire them from Tavola Villas, Daku Resort, or Koro Sun Resort. Or try your skills on an SUP and, if you’ve never done it before, take a lesson in the calm waters of the bay – contact Naveria Heights.
Hiking - easy hikes
Hiking in Savusavu ranges from an easy walk along the flat road, or a much more demanding hike in the spectacular mountains.The walk from the town out along the road down to Jean-Michel Cousteau resort is a pleasant 6 km mainly flat route, and you can usually find a cab to bring you back. There’s Devodara beach and the Blue Lagoon just 20k outside Savusavu where you can walk along the shore for a couple of kilometres.
Hiking: tougher stuff
And then there are the more serious hikes.
Much of the land in Fiji is owned by the Mataqali – the Fijian system of family clans with communal ownership of the land. As a result, you are best to find guides to take you on hikes.
Nadamole village has developed their own treks, and you can call them to arrange it: Inoke on 976 6016
Tour operator Naveria Heights has a range of hikes on offer, ranging from the robust to the strenuous (but fantastic) hike to the Lomalama falls.