Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
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This magnificent park has something for everyone: a chance to explore waterfalls and forests, swim in a mountain stream, picnic, hike or take a rigorous mountain bike trip.
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Alex B
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Although the walk to the waterfall is nice, it is not worth the $25 per person charged by the local village. And they also charged our Fijian local driver $20 which we had to pay when he should really have been free / then they wanted to charge us another $50 for a guide which we did not pay. The path to the Waterfall was not well marked and it was overgrown, and badly maintained. and we lost the track several times. Do not recommend this for a day tour.
Written July 12, 2023
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amyct1
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is absolutely not a review of Koroyanitu National Park, as we never actually made it there. (We have given 3 stars to balance our poor experience with the fact that we never actually saw the park...)

Following the recommendations of several other travellers, we reached out to the Abaca Village Manager Pau using the email address provided in the last review. He responded quickly and helped us organise a trip to climb Mt Batilamu.

However, on the day of our trip, the promised driver never showed up. Pau did not contact us to let us know, and has been unreachable since. We tried all of the many phone numbers listed for him on the day and were unable to find a number that connected.

We understand that Abaca is a remote village with limited electricity etc, and so it's understandable that something might have gone wrong. However, we thought it was important to make sure other travellers know that this option for accessing Mt Batilamu might not be as reliable as previous reviews make it seem.
Written June 3, 2022
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Nina Smith
Cairns, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Did this hike March 2020. Late post...
✅Mt Batilamu hike, 1195mts, Koroyanitu National Park, Lautoka. Need to be reasonably fit! 10am start but absolutely worth it! 2 hrs return! Big hike, swim at the falls! Hired a 4x4..drove ourselves to Abaca village, went to the office. Paid $25 each to the lovely lady who served us and did the hike on our own. Easy to find and easy to do on your own. Track well worn.
Written July 11, 2020
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Vono T
Nadi, Fiji2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I was fortunate enough to have been a guided tour up to Batilamu with the wonderful tour guide Gerard Jam and his bunch of friends. It was an amazing experience. The steep climb, the thousand pauses, the curses, the aches and pains were all worth it once you reached the top. It was just spectacular. The views were just amazing and the weather was fine. I would totally recommend this.
Written June 27, 2022
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Jenny B
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
We had researched day walks before arriving in Fiji and had picked the trek to the top of Mt Batilamu in Koronayitu National Park. We wanted one day exerting ourselves so we could feel justified lazing around the pool and eating too much for the rest of the week. We had our 8 year old daughter with us who has done a few treks in NZ, but we are only of average fitness.
This ended up being the highlight of our holiday – we were driven from First Landing Resort (recommended!) to Lautoka by George from Round the Island Tours, then a 30 minute rough ride by 4WD up to Abaca village (pronounced Am-barth-a). From Abaca we had local guide Sonna to take us up to the peak. It took us almost 3 hours to reach the top, with many short rest-stops, much to Sonna’s amusement. The first hour is out in the open walking over grasslands. We found this the hardest part being fully exposed to the sun. The remaining climb was almost entirely through native forest so much cooler, but a steep climb, easing off towards the top. Almost at the top and truly exhausted, we arrived at the highest bure in Fij, which is a 10 bed tramping hut similar to what you would find in NZ walking tracks. 10 minutes on we reached the summit. At first we could only see a blanket of cloud below us but this soon cleared to provide fantastic views right across to Nadi and beyond. After a rest we took 2 hours to descend and then enjoyed a lovely meal provided by Sonna’s wife in their house and watched with interest by their 3 youngest children. Then back to our hotel for a long soak in the pool!
If you are a keen walker or love the outdoors don’t miss this fantastic experience, and the chance to support this ecotourism project. The locals at Abaca village are really friendly and obviously love their village.
To organise this trip we used contact details we found on the Fiji tourism website – George Prince (phone 9921517, email: george_prasad@hotmail.com). He provided transfers, organised tour guide, entry fees for national park, lunch, etc, and was really helpful. There is another shorter walk option going to a waterfall and terraced gardens (2 hour return). We would recommend taking LOTS of water and your own food to keep you going for the trek up the mountain – don’t just rely on the lunch provided as this will not be until mid afternoon once you’ve returned to the village.
Here’s a link with more info:
http://www.fijitourism.com/viti-levu/viti-levu-highlands/koroyanitu-national-heritage-park/
Written August 13, 2012
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OnTheWayJ
Utah9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for one night at the lodge/hostel in the park and hiked to the top of the mountain (second highest point in Fiji) the next day. The lodge/hostel is maintained by a local village who cooked for us. The food was fine. The lodge is pretty decent – there’s no electricity, but there is a flush toilet that works, mosquito netting around the beds, and a comfortable main room to relax in. There’s no shower, but there’s a good swimming hole in the river that’s a five minute walk away which we thought was considerably superior to a shower. The people from the village that did our cooking were wonderful and very friendly. We were told that the climb to the top of the mountain would take about 3 hours but we did it in under 2. That said, the trail is pretty steep in several places and borders on a scramble more than a hike. The views from the top are spectacular if you have a clear day. There are some dramatic volcanic cliffs and on a clear day you can see out to the Yasawas to the west. The hike can be done in sandals, but I recommend something more comfortable and grippy (my feet got sore even in Chacos). There’s also a waterfall trail which is easier and is supposedly pretty impressive, but we didn’t have time to see it. This is worth a couple days worth of time to see. I had some difficulty in finding someone to contact to set this up, so here’s a name and contact information if you want to go: Ingrid Gradinger, [--], [--].
Written November 10, 2007
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leon b
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
I am writing this review to make sure that the very friendly people of the abaca village get the money they deserve and if you visit this beautiful place you don't pay more than you should.

When I researched for a contact that could bring me into the national park (you need transport by 4wd. about 40 minutes from Lautoka) I found a phone number from George that was shown as the phone number of abaca visitor center.
He charges 50 dollars more than the people of abaca village for the daytrip and over 100 dollars more for a overnight stay.
So do not do book with anybody but the abaca visitor center which is represented by paul.
They charge 70 dollars per person return for transport and a pricelist is attached.
contact: 7193194
abacaecotour@gmail.com

I recommend to spend a night or a couple of nights in the village and enjoy their cooking and hospitality. You can take a hike on top of mount koroyanitu and visit the waterfalls on another day.
enjoy !
Written January 31, 2015
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roosters a
paris4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
the driver had a four wheel drive that could carry eleven people and he stayed with us as a guide for the trip. this is a must see place and the villagers were wonderful. ring the park direct and ask for Riaz and you wont be ripped off my any tour agents
Written January 10, 2013
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Underwaterhaley
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
What a beautiful hike. It is a lot of uphill but the view from the top is amazing. We should have slept overnight in the hikers cabin(It had all the basics you would need, just take food, water and maybe a lighter).
I phoned Pau from the Abaca Village Project hut - 7193194, He gave me the prices and recommended a driver Yavala - 8676523(Who was on time and had a Toyota people carrier). We didn't do it through a tour company, We just phoned to book directly and showed up. It was FJ$15 for entry fee, FJ$50 if you wanted a guide, FJ$12 for lunch at the Village on your return if you wanted, FJ$30 for a night in the hikers cabin per person.

The scenic gravel road to Abaca village set the mood for the day(Its about a 30min drive from Lautoka). We got to the Village and were met by Pau, He said we could do the walk alone or with a guide, We opted to go alone. The trail is pretty easy, if you take it slow and watch the path. The grass was very long in the low part of the hike. Pau gave us tips, one was to pass the big mango tree with it on your right, about 5m past it there is a y-junction, If you are heading up Mt.Batilamu take the right fork. It took us 3hrs up and 2 down with about an hour at the top for a picnic. We took a lot of breaks on the way up. Once you are at the top the view is amazing. You look down the mountain side with Nadi on the left and Lautoka to the right and then the ocean behind that. We were the same height as the clouds.
I suggest finding a walking stick a long the trail and using it. What I loved is that it wasn't crowded with tourists and it was a totally different Fiji to what you see in the magazines. As I said I regret not staying over night, if you have time and don't mind the basics you should do it.
Have fun and take lots of water!
Written May 21, 2016
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oregon52
Oregon85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
We found a driver with a pickup truck to carry 6 of us to the park, as the road is a bit rough. We did the hike to the top of Mt Batilamu, which has been accurately described by other reviewers. There were some very impressive kauri trees and other plants in the montane rainforest, and nice views of the lowlands and ocean until the clouds rolled in. I wish we had taken a guide to tell us more about the plants and the beautiful birdsongs we could hear. We drank kava with the villagers afterward, and they were very friendly. We plan to return next year, to spend the night in the lodge, hike to the waterfalls, and see some of the rare birds that live here.
Written August 25, 2013
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