Hiking Trails in Fiji
Many of us might have visions of Fiji being all sand and coral reefs, but travel inland, even just a bit, and you’ll discover some amazing landscapes to explore on foot. From the mountains of Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, to the hidden waterfalls of tiny offshore islands, there’s lots to hike to in Fiji. Check out some of our top recommended hikes in each region in this list of the best hikes in Fiji!
1. Mt Koroyanitu Trail
The Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, one hour’s drive from Nadi, is home to some of Fiji’s most accessible hikes. One of the trails is the Mt Koroyanitu Trail, accessed through the Abaca Village. Mt Koroyanitu, otherwise known as Mt Evans, is Fiji’s fourth highest mountain at 1,195m (3,920ft) and offers an excellent mix of jungle landscape and mountainous views. While it’s usually said to take 4 hours to complete, those feeling extra fit tend to be able to complete the walk in 2 hours. Alternatively, guided tours to Mt Koroyanitu are also available with Nadi Urban Adventures (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). For more information on how to get to the trail, see the 5 Best Walks in Nadi.
2. Lavena Coastal Walk
Located on Taveuni’s verdant Bouma National Heritage Park, the Lavena Coastal Walk is a must-do! The 3-hour return hike features a varied coastline of black sand beaches and rocky cliffs, as well as the village of Naba (don’t wander into the village uninvited, stick to the trail) and a suspension bridge. At the end of the walk is the picture-perfect Wainibau Falls, which can only be seen by swimming through a passage keeping left where there is a ridge just underwater to hold onto. A guided hike of the Lavena Coastal Walk is also available with Exotic Holidays Fiji (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). For more information on how to get there, see the 9 Best Walks on Taveuni.
3. Sigatoka Sand Dunes Walk
Fiji’s first national park, Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, is a fantastic hiking option on the Coral Coast. The area is protected for its unique nature and history, where 3,000-year-old Lapita pottery has been discovered here. Walkers should arrive at the visitor centre, open 8am-5pm, to pay around FJ$10 to access a walking trail, which ranges from one to two hours to complete. Highlights along the trail include archaeological sites and pockets of forest for bird-watching. See more hikes in the area in the 7 Best Walks on the Coral Coast.
4. Mt Tomanivi Hike
If you have a “go big or go home mantra”, then be sure to tackle Fiji’s highest mountain! Mt Tomanivi is a 1,324m (4,343ft) extinct volcano accessible from the Suncoast of Viti Levu. A guide for this hike is a must, which is available with Talanoa Treks who offer a full-day or overnight hikes. After a 4WD excursion, you’ll get to the base of the mountain with a steep climb through the forest to the top with epic views if the weather is clear! Find out more about the hikes on the Suncoast in the 9 Best Walks on the Suncoast.
5. Mt Vomo Trail
One of the best hikes in the Mamanuca Islands, the Mt Vomo Trail is a must for anyone staying at the VOMO Island Resort. Get up early to catch the sunrise from the top of this mountaintop hike. Follow a well-formed trail starting from near the resort’s helipad, where it’s a steep but short 30-minute climb. Those who are feeling adventurous can continue walking down the other side of the mountain down the rough Mt Vomo Backside Trail then take the road to Eastern Beach all the way to the island’s secluded Yoga Deck. Check out more islands worth exploring on foot in the 6 Best Walks in the Mamanuca Islands.
6. Mt Korobaba Hike
One of Suva’s only real “hikes” is to a lookout on Mt Korobaba, Suva’s highest peak. Starting behind the cement works in Lami, a rough walking trail leads up through tropical forest to a viewpoint offering tremendous views of the bays and surrounding villages and countryside. The hike takes approximately 3-hours return and has some steep and slippery sections. See more walking options in Suva in the 5 Best Walks in Suva.
7. Vatalutu Trails
Vatalutu Island is a walking haven in the island group of Kadavu. Resorts, such as Matava Resort, Tiliva Resort and Oneta Resort offer transport to the island for you to enjoy with a guide or independently. Explore the network of trails on this island, boasting stunning viewpoints, unusual rock formations and tropical forest. Hikes here include a 2-3-hour well-maintained trail winding its way from the bayside of the island to a viewpoint then down to a beach facing the Great Astrolabe Reef. Alternatively, take the day-long hike that circles the island, stopping at various beaches where you can swim/snorkel. See more hikes on Kadavu in the 8 Best Walks on Kadavu.
8. Lekutulevu Waterfall Hike
Fiji’s second-largest island, Vanua Levu, is full of waterfall hikes. One of the best is via the village of Lekutulevu, located 12km (7.5 miles) south of Labasa along Bulileka Road. Ask the villagers for a guided hike to the waterfall, which will cost around FJ$15. The one-hour hike to the waterfall passes a natural rock formation shaped like a giant tanoa (kava bowl). From the waterfall, continue a further 30 minutes to the peak of Mt Uluinamolo where it’s possible to see Taveuni on a clear day. Check out the other amazing hikes on Vanua Levu in the 10 Best Walks on Vanua Levu.
9. Waya Island Walks
Often described as one of the best islands for hiking in the Yasawas, Waya Island has a number of tracks meandering through the hills and along the coast, where there are several hilltop summits to capture outstanding vistas. From the Octopus Resort, join one (or both) of the guided hikes offered. One option is the cross-island hike to visit Waya Levu Village (best done with a guide if you don’t know the village customs), while the other is a hike to one of the island’s highest peaks. Walks here feature vast golden grassy plains, stunning island views and rough terrain that requires sturdy hiking shoes! For more hikes in the Yasawas, check out the 7 Best Walks in the Yasawa Islands.
10. Naiwaisomo Waterfall Hike
Last but certainly not least, is the Naiwaisomo Waterfall Hike in the Pacific Harbour/Beqa area. Available as a guided walk from the Beqa Lagoon Resort, the Naiwaisomo Waterfall Hike takes you through the bush-clas hills of Beqa Island to a natural spring waterfall. The guide will show you local flora and fauna before arriving at the picture-perfect waterfall. There, you’ll have time to enjoy the afternoon swimming and indulging in a picnic lunch. The Beqa Lagoon Resort also has access to a number of easy walking trails that you can do without a guide – just ask reception for directions. Check out more hikes in the area in the 5 Best Walks on the Pacific Harbour & Beqa.