Bouma National Heritage Park

Bouma National Heritage Park, Taveuni Island: Address, Bouma National Heritage Park Reviews: 5/5

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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Lasantha Fernando
Negombo, Sri Lanka88 contributions
Bouma National Park is full of vegetation and will give you a greeny feeling. Cost is FJD 10 for Locals and FJD 35 for Foreign nationals. There are 3 waterfalls inside the national park and they are amazing. One of them is Tarovo waterfall. You can reach the first waterfall within a 10-minute walk. To reach the second waterfall, you will have to hike for another 40 minutes following the trails. This will be exciting and the path is narrow. If you go with small kids, please be mindful. The third waterfall is another one hour away from the second waterfall. Indeed, I could reach the third fall due to time limitations. It was said that the third fall was the beautiful waterfall out of three waterfalls.
Written March 1, 2022
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Cassi
San Diego, CA130 contributions
I did the three waterfall hike the day after a big rain and the falls were full and beautiful. The hike was a bit muddy, so bring proper shoes. I also recommend bug spray. There's only one trail so it would be hard to get lost. There's a small entry fee.
Written January 2, 2022
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Ernie Y
Caloundra, Australia148 contributions
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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joker59
Stuttgart, Germany34 contributions
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
565 contributions
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
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
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
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
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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Debbie S
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Family
The Bouma falls all three of them was a great hike. From the first one to the 3rd took us 2 hours altogether to complete but was well worth the effort. The scene at the very top was just fabulous. So close to heaven and breathtaking beautiful. Parrots we even saw an orange dove. Great hike.
Written December 17, 2014
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