Fiji's national parks and marine sanctuaries.
No trip to Fiji is complete without adding an enthralling tour of our brilliant marine and national parks to your itinerary. There’s a fair chance you’ll be blessed with a birds eye view of a few when flying over the islands! Fiji prides itself on preserving its vast display of natural habitats for future generations to enjoy and many resorts incorporate successful green initiatives in a bid to keep tourism as sustainable as possible. Get set to explore Fiji’s pristine natural environments from the moment you arrive!
Fiji’s unique biodiversity includes thriving marine eco-systems, cloud rainforests, healthy mangroves and a diverse range of national parks. Wherever you are there’s bound to be a profoundly beautiful national and/or marine park nearby. The natural beauty of our islands are the basis of many popular activities. Fiji is globally renowned for world class snorkelling, surfing and diving, therefore it is important to protect our oceans and keep them clean. The unique island ecosystem is complimented by mountainous and lush terrains thereby warranting that rainforests and dense bushland areas are protected too.
Fiji’s tropical landscape features many exotic national parks including the following dedicated areas of natural beauty :
- Bouma National Heritage Park on Taveuni
- Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park on the Coral Coast
- Koroyanitu National Heritage Park in Lautoka
- Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve in Suva
Each of the aforementioned areas flaunt their attractive qualities throughout any season. Special site features you will find at most of the national parks include waterfalls, natural swimming pools, hiking trails, lush emerald green valleys, timeless rainforests, native wild life and of course, sweeping panoramic views that all make for great photographic keepsakes.
MARINE PARKS AND SANCTUARIES
Marine conservation awareness is an integral part of a Fijian experience while on vacation. A number of resorts including Treasure Island and Vomo Island resort, have rehabilitation centres for endangered sea turtles. These enigmatic little fellows absolutely delight in their natural diet of seaweed and sponges and it’s a genuine highlight to witness groups of infant turtles released back into the wild.
Aside from the excellent turtle breeding programs, there are also professional shark conservation teams led by esteemed marine biologists. These passionate professionals collect important data to help inform marine scientists about manta ray behaviour and shark migration patterns. There are over 200 locally managed Marine Parks in Fiji.
Some of these are well worth a trip the next time you visit :
- Waitabu Marine Park, Taveuni.
- Namena Marine Reserve, Savusavu.
- Na Tabu’ Marine Reserve, Mamanuca Islands.
- Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Lagoon.
- Naiqoro Passage Marine Sanctuary, Kadavu.
- Vatu-I-Ra Seascape, Bligh Waters.
Note: Cultivating the health of our coral reef is paramount to maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem for all ocean inhabitants. Fiji proudly implements and supports many coral planting initiatives within the immediate radius of many of our beautiful islands.
Image Source: Markus Roth
To access any of the Islands from Nadi, the routes are usually serviced by the domestic carrier, Fiji Link.
The following ports are serviced by Fiji Link along with duration of flights :
- Nadi/Taveuni : approx. 70mins
- Nadi/Savusavu : approx.. 60mins
- Nadi/Kadavu : approx. 60mins
- Suva/Kadavu : approx. 40mins
- Suva/Savusavu : approx. 40mins
- Suva/Taveuni : approx. 50mins
From Nadi to the Mamanuca Islands, connection can be via any of the South Sea Cruises scheduled transfers that departs from Port Denarau Marina three times a day.
Ensure that you take reef shoes or good walking shoes, water to hydrate or even try our local electrolyte drink – fresh green coconut juice that is picked fresh from a coconut tree and sunscreen.
Always go with a guide to any of these areas that can be arranged from your resort or tour desk. They are at nominal rates.
Remember ‘you can see but cannot touch’ nor remove anything from these natural habitats.
Take a wet bag for safe keeping of your personal items and a fully charged camera to take lots of photos.