The Best Day Trips on Taveuni
The Best Day Trips on Taveuni

The Best Day Trips on Taveuni

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The Top Places to Visit on Taveuni

You’ve made it all the way to Fiji’s less-visited yet simply stunning “Garden Island”; don’t waste your whole time here sipping cocktails in your resort. There are many exciting day trips from the resorts of Taveuni, from adventures in the island’s national park to villages full of cultural wonders. We go through some of the best day trips on Taveuni that you can organise yourself by taking a taxi or catching the bus, as well as list guided day tour alternatives, in this ultimate list of the best places to visit on Taveuni.

For more trip-planning success, head to The Complete Travel Guide to Taveuni.

5 Best Day Tours on Taveuni

Before we dive into the amazing day trips on Taveuni that you can do independently by catching the bus, carrier, taxi or borrowing a vehicle, here are some guided options where all of the transport is included:

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Bouma National Heritage Park

The Best Day Trip on Taveuni for Budget Travellers

Travel time by car: 40 mins from Matei/1 hour from Waiyevo one way
Relevant tour: Bouma Heritage Park and Falls Tour with Maqai Beach Eco Resort

A must-do day trip on Taveuni is to the Bouma National Heritage Park. An easy go-to is a short walk to the magnificent Bouma Falls (Tavoro Falls). Those looking for a longer more adventurous journey should set their sights on the Lavena Coastal Walk leading to the stunning Wainibau Falls or a full-day excursion on the Vidawa Rainforest Hike.

For more information on these Bouma National Heritage Park walks, check out the 9 Best Walks in Taveuni.

The Best Day Trips on Taveuni© Mark Snyder - Tourism Fiji

Waiyevo and Wairiki

The Best Day Trip on Taveuni for Foodies

Travel time by car: 20 mins from Matei one way
Relevant tour: Taveuni Island Day Tour with Matangi Private Island Resort

Waiyevo and the neighbouring Wairiki are two of the largest villages on Taveuni where cultural experiences are easy to find between the markets and Wairiki Church – a must-visit on a Sunday when the church comes alive with harmonious singing. Also, nearby the villages are Taveuni highlights like the photo-worthy International Dateline or the start of the De Voeux Peak hike leading to Taveuni’s tallest mountain and bird sanctuary.

Many of these highlights also feature in our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do on Taveuni.

The Best Day Trips on Taveuni© Captain Cook Cruises

Waitabu Marine Park

The Best Day Trip on Taveuni for Couples

Travel time by car: 30 mins from Matei/50 mins from Waiyevo one way
Relevant tour: Waitabu Marine Park Tour with Garden Island Resort

One of the best snorkelling spots from Taveuni’s shore, the Waitabu Marine Park is completely protected from fishing, even from the villagers, resulting in thriving fish and coral life. Discover it for yourself on an affordable snorkelling tour or join the Waitabu Village that protects the reserve for their Cultural Experience Tour including refreshments, entertainment and a ride on a traditional raft called a bilibili.

For more Taveuni day trip experiences like this, check out the 10 Must-Dos in Taveuni.

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Vuna

The Best Day Trip on Taveuni for Families

Travel time by car: 30 mins from Waiyevo/50 mins from Matei one way
Relevant tour: Southern Blow Hole Tour with Paradise Taveuni

Tucked away in the southern reaches of Taveuni are the volcanic remnants from the island’s last eruption some 500 years ago. The black volcanic rock spills into the ocean, which, on the turn of low tide, shoots up seawater 15m (50ft) into the air! This is known as the Vuna Blowhole or Matamaiqi Blowhole. Continue all the way to the village of Navakawau for a bouncy but stunning coastal drive.

If you need more Taveuni day trip ideas, then we have more ideas in the 20 Best Things to Do in Taveuni.

The Best Day Trips on Taveuni© Qamea Resort & Spa

Qamea Island

The Best Day Trip on Taveuni for Luxury Travellers

Travel time by car: 30 mins from Matei/50 mins from Waiyevo one way
Travel time by boat: 10 mins one way
Relevant tour: Circle Qamea with Qamea Island Resort & Spa

Finally, if you need an island escape from your island escape then the neighbouring island of Qamea is just breathtaking. There are two resorts here that can guide you around the island, Qamea Resort & Spa and Maqai Beach Eco Resort. As there are no roads, you’ll be transported around the island by boat, visit authentic Fijian villages with welcoming locals and hit some sublime snorkelling spots.

Learn more about Taveuni’s gorgeous resorts in the 10 Best Resorts on Taveuni.

Author

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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