Navua

Navua

Deep in Fiji's tropical highlands, the Upper Navua River cuts an emerald ribbon through black, volcanic gorges. Nestled on the banks of the Navua river, the town of the same name is on the seaward side of the Queens highway, 1 hrs drive west of Suva. This is a quiet riverside town, where villagers from upriver arrive to sell their produce in the markets. If you have some time to spare, ask one of the punt operators about a trip up the river. It's a great experience, and not to be missed.

Navua is the starting point of a lot of inland river tours, it winds between steep, 130-foot (40m) cliffs of dark lava rock, fringed by leafy ferns and lush plant life. Drift through this serene setting, passing dozens of cascading waterfalls and the narrow slits of side canyons, and watch for native wildlife like elegant herons and brightly coloured parrots. You will generally need to pre-book at your hotel or resort activities desk. If organised tours are your idea of fun, then check with the staff at your resort.

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