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Top 5 hiking locations in Fiji – It's about the Fijourney

Thanks to its abundant natural resources, Fiji is one of the most developed nations in the Pacific. Also, thanks to its natural resources Fiji offer some spectacular hikes – here are the best ones!

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Colo-i-Suva Forest Park

Colo-i-Suva Forest Park is located in Suva, the capital City of Viti Levu Island, and is one of the most beloved hiking destinations in Fiji. The 6.5km walking trail through the lush, verdant rainforest takes hikers past gorgeous natural pools and splendid vistas and gives an intimate look into the forest's vibrant birdlife. The route also has great swimming holes and there are even opportunities to go rope swinging! The park can be reached easily from any point on the island. Most Fiji luxury resorts such as the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa have leisure concierges that can arrange tours to the park, and there are buses that leave Suva station and stops directly at the park as well.

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Des Voeux Peak

Des Voeux Mountain Peak stands almost 1200m above and offers a breathtaking, unforgettable view of Taveuni Island that stretches past Lake Tagimauci and the beautiful Lau islands. The hike is a little arduous, especially in the heat, so it's best to start as early as possible; a round trip to the summit and back usually takes between 4 to 6 hours. Among the mountain trail's many delights is its montane rainforest which harbours a wondrous array of flora and fauna; the trail is especially popular among bird watching lovers. Guided hiking tours are offered by many hotels and travel companies, these are recommended as the hiking tour can be a little difficult, especially if you are less experienced.

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Lavena Coastal Walk

An exquisite hike along forest edges, isolated villages and volcanic beaches! A more varied hike than the previously mentioned trails, Lavena Coastal Walk begins at Lavena village and wanders along Taveuni's pristine, volcanic, black sand coastline. The trek is very easy and doable without a guide. The path also takes you through small Fijian villages like Naba – which present a great opportunity to observe local culture – and beautiful rainforests with lovely swimming holes and spectacular waterfalls (you can go swimming at the Falls as well!). The hiking trail doesn't take too long to complete, but it's better to take it slow, purely to enhance your enjoyment of the stunning views and sensational swimming and exploring the hike provides.

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Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park is located to the west of Viti Levu and offers two walking tracks: a trek to the top of Mount Batilamu, which is the more difficult of the two, and a trek to Savuione falls, which goes along a grassy ridge. Mount Batilamu is more than 1100m high and the summit gives way to a stunning, panoramic view which includes Lautoka and the Yasawa Islands. The Savuione Falls, on the other hand, cascades down from an 80m height to a lovely, deep swimming pool. Past the waterfall, the path takes you down through the thick Dakua Forest to another waterfall, Vereni Falls which lies near Abaca Village. If you want an extra strong dose of adventure, guides from Abaca village can take you deep into the forest on an overnight hike! This hike is, understandably, a little tough and takes about 5 hours to complete, ending in the isolated Navilawa village. The heritage park is also home to 6 Fijian villages that can be explored during your hike.

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Mt Tomaniivi

Mt Tomanivi is the highest mountain in Fiji and stands at 1,323 metres. The mountain is a steep climb, but the breathtaking vistas and phenomenal flora and fauna observed along the way make the blood (hopefully metaphorical), sweat and tears (again, hopefully metaphorical) worth it! Guided tours are available that will drive you to Navai village in Viti Levu, where the hiking path begins. The trail takes you through surreal cloud forests and the panoramic view across Viti Levu Island at the mountain summit is awe-inspiring, to say the least.

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