Discover the Islands of Fiji on Horseback
Cascading waterfalls, commanding views from mountaintops, lush rainforest and sweeping beaches: there are many fabulous landscapes to explore in Fiji. Why not heighten the experience by making it about the journey too through a horse riding experience? There are several horse riding tours in Fiji that can take you to the island’s hidden gems in the soothing tropical sun. From the hotspots of Viti Levu (Fiji’s main island) to the far-flung Taveuni Island, there are fun and exciting horse rides for all levels in Fiji.
1. Total Wellness Fiji
Explore the highlands of Fiji’s main island with Total Wellness Fiji, who are a New Zealander/Fijian family-owned company. Their stables use a natural horsemanship approach making ethics a top priority. The 2h30min ride (4-hour experience) takes you through Viti Levu’s Nausori Highlands, which offers stunning views of the Mountain of the Sleeping Giant, Nadi Bay and beyond to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. The experience begins with a welcome drink and morning tea, being matched up to the horse and rider with care, and also giving you some instruction before heading out on the adventure. Check out more activities to do in Nadi here.
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2. Natadola Bay Horse Riding
A long-established horse riding operator on the beautiful Natadola Beach between Nadi and the Coral Coast, Natadola Bay Horse Riding & Beach Massage is a top choice for a beach ride in Fiji. Located between the InterContinental and Yatule resorts, this horse trek takes you along what is considered one of Fiji’s most beautiful beaches. Your local guide will share their culture with you, while there’s also the opportunity for sunset horse treks, beach massages (not by the horses), hair braiding and more.
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3. Biausevu Waterfall Horse Trek
Visit one of Fiji’s most popular waterfalls the alternative way on a horse trek with the Biausevu Village. Either visit the village independently on the Coral Coast or join a tour, such as New Dawn Tours, who can show you the ropes and traditions involved in visiting a Fijian village before you take either a hike or a horse trek to the breathtaking Biausevu Waterfall. The horse trek is with the villagers of Biausevu, where the affordable cost of the tour goes back into the village. Check out more ways to experience this part of Fiji in the 10 Things to Do on the Coral Coast.
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4. Suncoast Waterfall Horse Trek
An alternative waterfall horse trek, Wananavu Beach Resort on the Suncoast offers waterfall tours to a more off-the-beaten-track Fijian village for a hike/horse ride to a waterfall and natural waterslide. After a half-hour drive from the resort in Rakiraki, you’ll reach an inland village where you’ll be greeted with a kava ceremony. From there, you can either opt for the 15-minute walk or horse ride (the latter for a fee) to make your way to a majestic cascading waterfall that can also be used as a waterslide! The waterslide plunges into a heart-shaped pool. Check out more experiences in the area in the 15 Things to Do on the Suncoast.
5. Fiji Coral Coast Horseriding Adventures
Explore more of the Coral Coast with Fiji Coral Coast Horseriding Adventures. Offering four fantastic tours, Fiji Coral Coast Horseriding Adventures is one of the most comprehensive horse riding companies in Fiji, with the option to ride to mountain lookouts, along the beach or along the beach at sunset, or to a waterfall through tropical rainforest. Horse rides last between 30 minutes to 2h30mins, so there’s sure to be a ride to suit. The company is 100% Fijian owned and located between the Fiji Hideaway Resort and Maui Bay. Tours can also be arranged through the Wellesley Resort.
6. Taveuni Horse Trek
There’s nothing like exploring Fiji’s “Garden Island” on horseback. See nature’s paradise on a beautiful steed on a horse trek organised through Taveuni’s resorts. Resorts, such as Paradise Taveuni, Taveuni Palms Resort, Aroha Taveuni Resort and Tides Reach Resort can organise half-day to full-day horse rides from a local village stable. Rides take you to the island’s volcanic craters, through farmland while watching local farmers tending to their crops, and to breathtaking viewpoints where you’ll be able to see the outer islands of Laucala, Qamea and Kocoma. Check out more activities on this lesser-visited island in the 20 Things to Do in Taveuni.
7. Turtle Island Horse Trek
This five-star boutique island resort and romantic retreat for couples offers a huge range of experiences across the private island – one of which is horse riding. The island is all yours to explore on horseback, whether it’s to canter on the beach, enjoy an early morning ride to Long Beach or take a Champagne breakfast or picnic lunch with you, the team at Turtle Island will be able to cater a ride to your desires. Check out more luxurious activities in the Yasawas here.
8. Laucala Island
Finally, if the budget allows a stay at a seven-star private island resort, then your horse riding needs will certainly be met at Laucala Island. Off the shores of Taveuni, Laucala Island has eight beautiful horses that can take you on excursions through the island’s rainforest, coconut plantation and beaches. Top off the experience with a romantic picnic or sunset cocktails along the way.