What to Do on Taveuni
Immerse yourself in nature on the wonderful island of Taveuni. Known as the “Garden Island”, Taveuni contains a pre-historic jungle with palms, giant ferns and tropical flowers attracting colourful birdlife. Offshore, the gardens continue in the colourful coral gardens known as Rainbow Reef. Onshore or offshore, you will find yourself connecting with nature when visiting Taveuni. So when you are planning your time in paradise, make sure to add some of our things to do in Taveuni to your bucket list!
1. Snorkel or Scuba Dive in the Waitabu Marine Park
After being extremely overfished, the Waitabu Marine Park was established as a marine park in 1998 by the local villages. Fishing here is now forbidden meaning that the underwater world in this area thrives once again making it a paradise for snorkellers and scuba divers! Explore the vibrant soft coral reefs and swim among a huge population of varied tropical fish!
2. Hike to Lake Tagimoucia
Taveuni is one of the Fiji islands where you’ll want to spend just as much time on land as in the water. One of those reasons is the beautiful Lake Tagimoucia. The old volcanic crater became a lake after the volcanoes of Somosomo became dormant. Today, the endemic Tagimoucia vine flower, Fiji’s national flower, can be found high up in the canopy in the forest surroundings. To get to this special place on Taveuni, hire a guide and start from Naqara Village (there are guides in the village too) and embark on this day-long hike.
3. Check Out the Views (and the Birds) at De Voeux Peak
The views from atop De Voeux Peak, 1,200m (4,000ft) high, are some of the best in Fiji. Either hire a guide with a 4WD to be up the mountain in 40 minutes or tackle the 2-hour steep climb yourself! While the views over Vanua Levu and the Somosomo Strait are incredible, the birdlife you’re likely to see is also a treat!
4. See the Vuna Blowholes
On the southwest side of the island near the little village of Vuna, the tide rushing toward the island creates impressive blowholes which can reach up to 50m (160ft) high! As tide times tend to change you will have to ask around the village when would the best time of the day be to witness this amazing natural wonder.
5. Do the Lavena Coast Walk
Starting in the Lavena Village, the coastal walks is 5km (3.1miles) long encapsulating some wonderful coastal scenery. Expect white sand beaches and magnificent coves while listening to the songs of native birds. If you are travelling with your other half this probably will be the most romantic experience of your trip to Fiji. Trips can be organised with the resorts on Taveuni, as well as Exotic Holidays Fiji.
6. Let Loose on the Waitavala Natural Rock Waterslide
This gentle waterfall located near the town of Waiyevo creates slippery rocks for the perfect natural waterslide! Kids and kids-at-heart will love the Waitavala Rock Waterslide and the natural playground here! The beauty of the surrounding rainforest is just an added bonus.
7. Scuba Dive at the Great White Wall or Rainbow Reef
As you may have figured out by now, Fiji is one of the world’s spectacular places to scuba dive on soft coral reefs! It’s no different in the waters surrounding Taveuni! One of the most famous areas for scuba diving is the Great White Wall, a breathtaking sight of soft coral towering 30m (100ft) tall! Needless to say, the area is alive with reef fish. Another popular area for dives lies in the aptly-named Rainbow Reef holding more colours than your eyes can handle.
8. Explore the Bouma National Heritage Park
Unsurprisingly, one of Fiji’s two national heritage parks is right here on the “Garden Island” of Taveuni! Covering more than 16,000ha (40,000 acres) of lush rainforest, this park is a safe haven for native wildlife and indigenous people. If you want to experience the true nature of the Fiji islands than the Bouma National Heritage Park is the place to immerse yourself in. There are several villages in the park each running their own attraction of the park. Korovou is the best place to start a spectacular waterfall walk (see below), while Vidawa offers a trip back in time to see ancient ruins nestled in the hills. Other villages, such as Lavena and Waitabu run water activities in the thriving marine parks just off the shore. Whatever adventure you decide, you’re bound to feel connected with nature after experiencing the Bouma National Park.
9. See the Tavoro Falls
One of the highlights of the Bouma National Heritage Park, that is a must-see for anyone, is the spectacular Tavoro Waterfall. At the end of a 10-minute walk, you’ll reach a series of three waterfalls. The first one, which tumbles 24m (78ft) has a swimming hole, so remember your swimwear. You’ll then want to check out the second one at 15m (50ft) and the third at 10m (32ft)! Access to the walk is easy from a car park found on the main road into the park.
10. Go Sailing
There’s nothing more relaxing than gliding across the turquoise blue waters hearing nothing but the water and the sails in the wind. From Taveuni, hire your own sailing charter with Sail North Fiji and sail to some sensational snorkelling locations. Once you’re back on deck, indulge in refreshing drinks and cocktails and eat delicious gourmet food as you watch the islands go by.
11. Play Golf
Taveuni really does have it all! Enjoy a round at the Soqulu Plantation Golf Club on their 1,182m (1,293 yards) par-30 course situated on the northern side of Taveuni. Pick up some golf clubs at the rental shop and have fun on this laid-back course. It might not be the most polished course you’ve seen, but you won’t care so much on “Fiji time“. There are a couple of tennis courts at the club too.
12. Do Some Time-Travelling at the International Dateline
Travel between today and yesterday as you stand on the 180th Meridian where the world time zones reset. The International Dateline passes right through the middle of Tavenui which is marked by information panels and some sculpted pavements. Learn more about the dateline in our What is the Fiji Time Zone?
13. Go Snorkelling
We’ve already mentioned a few places where the snorkelling is exceptional around Taveuni, but it’s always worth putting some time aside for more snorkelling! From your resort of village stay’s beach, you’ll have access to some wonderful snorkelling locations, as well as the gear. Boat trips are also popular, especially taking keen snorkellers to the Somosomo Strait. This narrow passage between Vanua Levu and Taveuni is a rich feeding ground for all sorts of marine life. It’s also one of the places where you’re likely to see stunning reef sharks! Find out more in our 5 Epic Places to See Sharks in Fiji.
14. Go Fishing on the Somosomo Strait
For the reasons mentioned above, the Somosomo Strait’s current creates an amazing fishing spot for any big game anglers. Get ready to tackle Blue Marlin, Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna and much more! Check out What Types of Fish Can You Fish For in Fiji. For those looking for a more laidback fishing experience, you will enjoy the magnificent coastal views and fishing for reef fish – something for the whole family.
15. Go Kayaking
Almost every resort in Taveuni has complimentary kayak hire (or at least affordable hire). It’s a relaxing way to get out on the water and explore the island’s coast and those hard-to-reach-places. It’s also a good idea to use kayaks when snorkelling off the beach to keep each other safe from currents.
16. Visit a Village
Matei, Somosomo, Waiyevo, Wairiki, Vuna, Lavena and Bouma are the largest villages scattered across Taveuni. Taking the time to visit the villages, meeting the friendly locals and learning from their customs is always an eye-opener and a great way to take something from your trip to Fiji. Check out our rules for visiting a village in Fiji in our Guide to Fiji Village Etiquette.
17. See the Catholic Church of Wairiki
Built in 1895, the Catholic Church of Wairiki is an impressive historical site to see in its own right. But attending a Sunday service is the best time to see the Fijian spirit come to life with beautiful singing in this grand building. You’ll see that people are extremely religious in Fiji sitting on the floor during the sermons. When visiting any church in Fiji, respect people and don’t take pictures during the mass. Taking photos of this 125-year-old church from the outside is acceptable (and recommended)!
18. Relax on the Beach
Don’t tell us that you didn’t come to Fiji for some beach time! There’s plenty of beaches around Taveuni to soak up the sun, go for a swim or a romantic stroll. More than likely, there will be a beach just a short stroll from your resort, as resorts are always ideally located!
19. Do the Vunitarawau Mangrove Trek
This is best organised when on Taveuni as it is kind of a local’s secret. Near Qeleni lies Vunitarawau which is home to a rare mangrove forest trek that is best done with a guide. This rather unique sight and experience in Fiji is well worth seeking out if you happen to have some spare time on Taveuni and want a real adventure to remember.
20. Do Some Birdwatching
Taveuni is one of the best islands for birdwatching in the whole of Fiji. In the highlands, you will often see Silktails and Orange Doves, especially in the nesting season which occurs in August and September. Other than that, you’ll be amazed by the array of bird species, as well as the wealth of the marine birds especially on the north side of the island facing the Somosomo Strait.