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Taveuni

Taveuni is known as the Garden Island and is an eco-tourist’s dream with nature reserves harbouring an abundance of native plants and wildlife.

 

Also known for dive sites such as Eel Reef and the Great White Wall, an amazing drop-off covered in white soft coral, a Marine Park was established at Waitabu in 1990 which teems with fish and coral. Hikers and nature fans are equally well served with the Bouma National Heritage Park offering hiking trails and world-class birdwatching, with Kula Lorikeets, Silktails and Orange Doves and 100 other species of bird calling Tavenui home.

Also known for dive sites such as Eel Reef and the Great White Wall, an amazing drop-off covered in white soft coral, a Marine Park was established at Waitabu in 1990 which teems with fish and coral. Hikers and nature fans are equally well served with the Bouma National Heritage Park offering hiking trails and world-class birdwatching, with Kula Lorikeets, Silktails and Orange Doves and 100 other species of bird calling Tavenui home.

History

Taveuni is the fourth largest island in Fiji.  The island is covered in tropical rainforest, and surrounded by tropical reefs with some of the world’s best dive sites.  While calm now, it was the site of a famous battle where Taveuni warriors fighting from their canoes, turned back a large Tongan invasion force. Advised by a French Missionary, the Taveuni people repaid him by building the Catholic Mission at Wairiki, which you can still visit today.

Activities

Vatuwiri Plantation
One hour’s drive from the Taveuni airport, Vatuwiri Plantation is also a farm, a wildlife preserve, and an ocean and eco activity wonderland.  There are a huge array of activities to choose from, with horse treks through the spectacular landscape, hikes to the top of a dormant volcano, or a visit to a 200 year old fortified village.

The village, Baudua, was led by the great Tui Vuna. Considered by some to be Fiji’s greatest warrior chief, he commanded a vast army who built the fortifications with only the most basic of tools. With multiple layers of wide moats (15 feet wide and 10 feet deep) the village was never conquered, but ultimately fell to treachery as Tui Vuna’s son was kidnapped by a close relative who sided with the enemy, and he surrendered to save his son’s life.

With 1500 acres, an active copra production process that employs 80 local workers and houses their families on the estate, a cattle farm, vanilla and cocoa production, Vatuwiri is a world class resort with a difference.

source: fiji.travel

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