We decided to drive from Pacific Harbour back to Nadi by going round the top. We had a two-wheeled drive car and had a few days to spare. Our first stop was 3+ hours from PH, a remote spot called Takalana. The drive to Korovou (about half and hour or so past Nausori) was fairly uneventful. Beautiful scenery through the rainforest and the road not bad at all. Turning right at the Korovou Policy Post the road became fairly basic, stones and dust. Having had rain recently meant a few 'hairy' crossings over lower lying parts of the road but about 15km down the road was Takalana. It's a small, all inclusive retreat, very basic but situated on the side of a hill, overlooking the coast which is very beautiful. There are no fly screens but each bed has a mosquito net. Unfortunately we were still bothered dreadfully by the beasties but it didn't detract from the good food and gorgeous setting of this place.
The following day we were taken (FJD$150) by boat (with others) to Moon Reef which lies about 40 mins off the coast. The beauty of Moon Reef, aside from the gorgeous snorkelling, is the pod of 80 or so dolphins that live there during the day. They play and cavort round the boat and are simply beautiful to watch. That is why you would include Takalana on your route - untouched, simple and a lovely peaceful part of Fiji. Our children of 3 and 5 were fine on the boat and, although were'nt up to the snorkelling, they loved the boat ride, the attentive staff and of course, the dolphins jumping and playing around us.
We departed after lunch and drove along what is arguably the best road in Fiji, up to Raki Raki and Wananavu Resort. The drive itself was easy (by far easier than we expected) and the road brand new a lot of the way - although there were some dirt road parts which might be a little more challenging after heavy rain - but nothing too alarming. The forest and rivers and villages beside the road were charming, well kept and the friendliness of the people which is legendary, was overwhelming!
We arrived at Wananavu after winding our way past amazingly picturesque bays with no development to speak of - real untouched jewels.. we built our dream home at every turn!!
Anyhow, Wananavu was beautiful, located on a hillside overlooking a lovely quiet bay. The usual summation applies. Fantastic seafood served on a deck with million dollar views over water and tropical foliage, lovely staff making you feel welcome, spotless accommodation with every conceivable need and on top of it all the resort is maintained well above average for Fijian resorts which are often sorely in need of care.
We loved Wananavu and having been part of Fiji for many years, and seen many resorts, we will definitely go back. The pool is lovely with a waterfall, day bed, rocks for kids to jump off and set nicely into the hill, everything just worked well there and we felt very happy to have made the trek - we couldn't fault it.
So, after a lovely night and day there, we continued on the road to Nadi. Uneventful and nothing unexpected except that we made it around in our old car without mishap. Sure, parts of the road treat cars VERY disrespectfully but, on the whole, you can do it! I'm sure you could go a little slower and stop at the villages, riversides and beaches that beckon along the way - it really was a spectacular surprise so if you've got the time and the inclination GO!