Savusavu, Vanua Levi, Fiji
Waisali Rain Forest Reserve
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Experience the beauty of Vanua Levu and the Waisali Rainforest Reserve -- the last unexploited rain forest on the island.
This half-day, extremely active adventure begins at the pier with an island-style (basic) bus ride through the verdant Fijian landscape. Travel along Cross Island Road, which offers stunning views of the glistening coast and lush, rain forest-covered hills.
The Waisali Rainforest Reserve, in the heart of the central highlands, is a 260-acre park. You'll take a guided nature hike through this mystical rain forest, home to exotic flora and endangered wildlife. As you trek through the diverse lush ferns and dense, sun-dappled forest, your knowledgeable guide will point out some highlights.
Keep a keen eye out for the more than 30 species of delicate orchids found in the area. Scan the treetops for the rare orange dove, the red shining parrot, the collared lory and the orange-breasted myzomela that are among the 21 species of birds found here. The reserve is also home to the endangered Fiji ground frog and the endemic Fiji tree frogs.
Take a break to bask in the tranquil beauty of your surroundings as you enjoy refreshments that include soft drinks and fresh fruit prior to walking back to the bus.
Transportation is by non-air-conditioned island bus. Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking, as the walk is partly uphill, and over unpaved, rough walking tracks with many steps. Dress conservatively. Women's clothing should cover the shoulders and knees. Wear light clothing and sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots; trails can be muddy and slippery. Minimum age is 7 years.