The reserve is a glorious pocket of 120 hectares of unexploited forest some 20km west of Savusavu, easily accessible by road. A two-hour nature trail takes you down a well-maintained (but steep) path to a natural rock pool at the bottom, and then back up the other side to the top.
It is engulfed by majestic trees, training epiphytes and Fiji’s graceful endemic palms. There are about 30 species of orchids found in the area. Birds found in the reserve include the Orange Dove, the Red Shining Parrot, the Coloured Lory and the Orange Breasted Myzomela among others. So far, 21 species of birds have been found in the reserve, which represents about 40% of the breeding land bird species found in Fiji.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8.00am to 2.00pm. Call ahead to Ranuka on 934 – 5790. He is willing to take you in early to find the bird life if you make arrangements.
The Waisali Reserve is owned and managed by the National Trust of Fiji Islands. https://www.facebook.com/National-Trust-of-Fiji-Islands-301046263655470/