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5 Best River Cruises in Fiji

© Aaron March Tourism Fiji

Fiji River Tours

There we were all thinking that Fiji was all about blue lagoons, coral reefs and beaches. It turns out that there’s a whole different side to the island archipelago well worth discovering! Fiji’s largest islands are home to a rugged inland interior cracked with mesmerising river landscapes. Especially on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, the rivers act as a highway between remote highland villages and civilisation. Discover the authentic cultures, epic river gorge scenery, verdant rainforests and beautiful cascading waterfalls on one of the amazing river cruises in Fiji.

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1. Sigatoka River Cruise

Discover the majestic Sigatoka River on the Sigatoka River Cruise with Coastal Inland Tours. The five-hour tour takes place once in the morning and once in the afternoon, taking travellers down the Coral Coast’s iconic river to visit a local village. You’ll spend two hours in the village, partaking in a kava ceremony, taking part in Fijian activities like tapa-making, weaving, pottery and browsing handicrafts, and enjoying a light lunch. Plus, experience amazing views of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park as the captain takes you downstream to the river mouth. Resort and hotel transfers are available. See more ways to enjoy the Coral Coast in 10 Must-Dos on the Coral Coast.

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2. Navua River Jet Boat Tour

Explore some of the most dramatic river scenery in Fiji on the Navua River Jet Boat Tour. The trip with Discover Fiji Tours departs from the Pacific Harbour, taking you upstream via jet boat. Skim along the surface of the water, stopping by a huge waterfall and swimming hole and a local Fijian village lining the river. Learn about villagers’ way of life, enjoy a barbecue lunch and take part in some other exciting activities the tour has to offer. You’ll even get the opportunity to do inflatable river rafting down the river! The tour lasts approximately 5 hours. Check out more exciting activities on the Pacific Harbour here.

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3. Sigatoka River Jet Boat Tour

Another fantastic jet boat tour in Fiji awaits on the Sigatoka River on the Coral Coast! Join Sigatoka River Safaris for their thrill-ride excursions with an element of culture. Travel deep into Fiji’s interior, stopping at a local village for a kava ceremony with the locals. You’ll also enjoy a walking tour of the village, learning about their way of life, before being treated to an authentic Fijian lunch. The jet boat portions of the trip include some serious speed, as well as exciting 360-degree spins! Tours include Coral Coast resort pick-up and last approximately 4-5 hours. See more cruises like this in the The Best Jet Boat Tours in Fiji.

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4. Navua River Tubing Tour

Experience the Pacific Harbour’s Navua River in an alternative way on the River Tubing Tour with River Tubing Fiji. Travel by longboat up the Navua River, capturing views of cascading waterfalls, verdant forest and remote farmland. Midway through the trip, you’ll stop by a Fijian village to observe and learn how the locals live in these remote locations. After that, it’s time to hit the gentle rapids in an inflatable tube, making a fun and exciting way to travel downstream. The tour also includes a riverside lunch, resort and hotel pick-up, and a stop by a stunning waterfall. Expect the tour to last approximately 5-6 hours.

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5. Navua River White Water Rafting

While not really a “cruise”, white water rafting with Rivers Fiji offers another exciting way to experience the Navua River. You’ll be transported to the Upper Navua River, full of exciting rapids, towering canyons and countless waterfalls cascading into the river. The tour is full of adventure, starting off in a remote inland village where you’ll need to hike to the put-in for the first section of rapids down the river. Your guides will point out various wildlife seen along the way, while you’ll also take in the scenery of lush rainforest and steep gorges. The tour also includes a riverside deli lunch, morning and afternoon snack, as well as hotel transfers. Tours last approximately 11-12 hours. Learn more about rafting tours in The Best Places to Do White Water Rafting in Fiji.

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More About River Cruises in Fiji

That’s it for the best river cruises in Fiji. Discover more amazing experiences in the 101 Things to Do in Fiji. Plus, get even more tips from The Complete Travel Guide to Fiji.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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