Bouma National Heritage Park

Bouma National Heritage Park

Bouma National Heritage Park
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This magnificent rainforest park offers superb swimming and hiking, and harbors the mysterious tagimoucia flower, said to grow only here and thrive no place else in the world.
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  • Rachelle C
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun hikes to the waterfalls
    We hiked to the first and the second waterfall, but unfortunately didn't have time for the third waterfall. The short walk to the first waterfall is maybe 15 minutes along a mostly cement walk. This waterfall is huge - loud and gorgeous. My husband did some jumping from the rocks behind the waterfall. The fresh water was unexpectedly cool. We also hiked to the second waterfall. Gorgeous, worth the hike. Maybe 45 minutes? Bring good footwear. I think we paid 36 Fijian dollars per person to gain entry to the park. Totally worth it. Wish we had more time. It was only about 15 miles to the entrance from our hotel in Matei, but the road most of the way is dirt and very rough, so it took the better part of an hour to get there. We hired a taxi driver who waited for us a couple of hours, and we probably spent about $170 Fijian for the four of us for the taxi. Make sure you have local cash.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Carey W
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike, beautiful views, birding and 3 stunning waterfalls.
    Made an early start to bird and enjoy the hike up to the third waterfall. Humid and quite rough and slippery underfoot (wear decent shoes) but forest was fantastic, lots of birds and great views. Our birding guide, Varun Narayan, was very skilled and good company. Loved our swim in third waterfall. Highly recommend this walk.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Cordef
    Venice, Italy61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The third waterfall is a must!
    From Wairiki get a taxi to Buma entrance: 1 hour drive with Mark Naresh (679 924 6028). Take something to drink and a snack for a nice stop at the lookout. The first waterfall is nice but don’t stop there, jump in it when back. After 10 minutes you get the lookout: nice view! The second waterfall is less good for swimming but the third one is just great! Most people stop at the first waterfall or at the lookout: don’t do that!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 10, 2024
  • Susan
    Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hike to Waterfalls
    This was the highlight of our trip! Worth the flight from Fiji to Traveuni! 3 waterfalls , a rock river crossing , swam under the waterfalls, hike was nice and moderate, wear hiking shoes if possible for the rock crossing ( has a rope). We LOVED it. Total hike including swimming was 3 1/2 hours! Go early!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 30, 2024
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Cordef
Venice, Italy61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
From Wairiki get a taxi to Buma entrance: 1 hour drive with Mark Naresh (679 924 6028). Take something to drink and a snack for a nice stop at the lookout. The first waterfall is nice but don’t stop there, jump in it when back. After 10 minutes you get the lookout: nice view! The second waterfall is less good for swimming but the third one is just great! Most people stop at the first waterfall or at the lookout: don’t do that!
Written January 10, 2024
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Ernie Y
Caloundra, Australia151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Day visit from Taveuni Island Resort. Very intersting fully suoervised trip along coastline to the national park. Personalised swim in waterfall pool. lunch supplied was five star from the resort.
A must for visitors to taveuni Island.
Written April 9, 2020
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Susan
Boston, MA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This was the highlight of our trip! Worth the flight from Fiji to Traveuni! 3 waterfalls , a rock river crossing , swam under the waterfalls, hike was nice and moderate, wear hiking shoes if possible for the rock crossing ( has a rope). We LOVED it. Total hike including swimming was 3 1/2 hours! Go early!
Written January 30, 2024
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Carey W
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Made an early start to bird and enjoy the hike up to the third waterfall. Humid and quite rough and slippery underfoot (wear decent shoes) but forest was fantastic, lots of birds and great views. Our birding guide, Varun Narayan, was very skilled and good company. Loved our swim in third waterfall. Highly recommend this walk.
Written August 29, 2023
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joker59
Stuttgart, Germany44 contributions
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Walking, swimming, snorkelling, picnicking, birdwatching, rainforest hiking and taking in the views, it`s all possible at Bouma National Park. The Tavoro Waterfalls are the most accessible waterfalls of Taveuni’s probably hundreds of waterfalls and a classic “must do”. There are three waterfalls. The lower waterfall is an easy 20 minute walk, the middle fall is a moderate uphill walk for 45 minutes and the upper fall can be only reached by a challenging rainforest walk. At over 100' high the lower fall is the most spectecular and has the biggest swimming hole. There are fantastic views on the track from the lower to the middle fall, so don`t miss this one. Also don't miss Lavena Coastal Walk which is also part of Bouma National Park. Give yourself at least half a day or more to experience Lavenas wild and scenic coastline and waterfalls. A well formed track leads from Lavena village along the coast (great for swimming and snorkelling) to an idyllic swimming hole and waterfalls. Allow 4 - 5 hours return to complete the walk which is mostly flat with plenty of places to stop and swim. It’s my favourite hike on Taveuni.
Written July 24, 2005
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AsthaDush
566 contributions
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Jul 2019
A beautiful hike through dense forest and mountain trails. All the three waterfalls are doable easily in half a day. Found the hike easy/medium to all 3 three falls.As it rains often in Taveuni, the track can be muddy and slippery. Walk is beautiful. Swimming in the waterfalls takes away all the hard work reaching the falls and its awesome soothing. Guide is suggested as he can show you the flora and fauna with nice stories of the region,plus he will know exactly where you can climb and jump in the falls so as to not risk banging on the rocks below.
Written August 18, 2019
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Penfold
Porirua, New Zealand115 contributions
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Basically this is a beautiful mountainous area with nice beaches at the far end. Not a national park as I know it as there appeared to be farming going on in it. But that added to the beauty. I imagined it was how the whole island was 50 years ago.

It is quite well organised and there were clearly marked signs at each point of interest (Lavena Coastal Walk, Tavoro Falls, Viwa Walk and Waitabu Marine Park). The one important things to note is you pay an entry fee to each of the parts of the park (around $15FJD p.p.). Only the falls don’t need to be booked ahead, or the Lavena walk if you intend to walk both ways (as opposed to kayaking one-way). The Waitabu Marine Park is completely tide dependent (phone to find out when it is open, sometimes its less than 2 hours a day). Also the Kayak option is also tide dependent, as well.

We only did the Tovoro Falls and Lavena walk due to tides and weather. Both had beautiful places to swim on a hot day. You will be rewarded by heading up to the second falls at Tovoro as they were much more private, but not as swimming friendly as the boulders were hard to walk on).

In hindsight I would have taken a guide on the Lavena Walk. It would have been great to have a commentary. There are many other things to do in the park. Just book ahead and cross your fingers the weather plays ball. Life would be easier if you stay in the park at Lavena Lodge, but be warned it looked a bit basic (so more for the laid-back and adventurous types)

Google Bouma, the park has a good website.

Overall I would say Taveuni is for divers on a moderate to high budget, or for those in search of the 'real Fiji' with lots of time on their hands and an adventurous spirit. The National Park is an interesting, beautiful place, but not in its own right, a good enough reason to visit Taveuni. You would do this in combination with diving, snorkelling and perhaps the 4WD trip up into the mountains we heard about. Just give yourself lots of time for delays.
Written July 24, 2010
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Amsterdamned
Bemuda/Australia414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Bouma National Heritage Park is located on the beautiful island of Taveuni (the garden isle). While it is a bit out of the way It is a must see for those spending time in Taveuni. There are a number of things to do there, such as raft rides and snorkeling in the marine park, guided hikes for birdwatching, Coastal walks and kayaking, or treking up the mountain to see and swim in the waterfalls. There is also backpacker style accomadation to stay in that runs about 20 fiji$ per night. To get in to the park there is an entrance fee of 8 fiji$ Walking up the tracks may be difficult for elderly or out of shape people, but it is worth the effort. The lowest waterfall is close to the entrance being a 5 minute walk from the parking lot. The fall there is quite large but being the lowest is the most used. The second fall requires a bit of uphill effort, even with the resting point along the way with a great view. Tricky to get into and swim in, it is quite a bit cleaner then the lowest fall. The top falls are by far the best of the three. The water there is pristine and it is usually deserted. Well by all except the freshwater yabbies(tiny crayfish) that inhabit the waters. Dont worry though they cant hurt you although if one walks over your foot it might give a fright. lol
Written February 25, 2007
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BoneandBtwo
Suva, Fiji311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Enjoyable walk through tropical rainforest to 3 waterfalls. Entry fee of F$36 is a bit pricey but ok since it is owned and maintained by the local village. The first fall is the tallest, an easy flat 10 minute walk from the carpark. Waterfalls 2 and 3 are a steep climb, about 30 mins to the second and another 40 mins to number 3 but well worth it. The last waterfall is the most beautiful one. After the first waterfall the trek leads up to a viewing platform, about a 15 steep climb. Great views across the water towards Laucala Island. Then about 50 meters on the trek splits in two paths. The left one is nicer but requires 2 very slippery river crossings. The first one using a guide rope, the second one is near the second waterfall and has no rope and is fairly deep too and very slippery. Better to take the right path and avoid these crossings. A strained ankle is NOT something one must experience up on a steep mountain in a remote location on a remote island.
Written October 30, 2018
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ydehi
Hong Kong, China18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
The best part of the waterfalls in Taveuni are that, unlike others, they seem really secluded. It is like you almost have the whole forest and falls to yourself, especially the 2nd and 3rd which I wager are sparsely visited due to the required hike (not difficult but pretty long). At least when we went, we found 2nd and 3rd totally empty and the register at the park entrance containing number of visitors did not seem to suggest there were many.

On our visit we skipped getting under the first waterfall as it was a bit crowded (as it's almost at the entrance of the park so visited frequently by locals)- but gorgeous nevertheless- and went to the next 2. Both of those were very easy to find- just follow the wooden pathways and you cannot miss them. 2nd one requires to take a path that goes down for a little stretch and cross a stream with the help of a rope so look out for the rope. Then you come back up the same way you descended and continue going upwards for the 3rd one. Both of the waterfalls were just AMAZING, and you should ideally come here on a hot day with beer and food and have a small picnic (and please carry your waste back!). The heat might make the hike a little uncomfortable but the waterfall afterwards only gets better. By the evening, the whether and water gets cold so I would suggest going in the morning or early afternnoon and spending a whole day. This is not a place you put a tick on a check-list but really unwind and feel one with nature.
Written December 22, 2014
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