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“Amazing views, worth doing the longer walk”

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park
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Owner description: Sculptured through the workings of wind, water and vegetation, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes stand out as one of Fiji's most unique wonders. In 1989, 390 acres of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes was established as Fiji's first National Park- The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. A key contributor to its protection is the archaeological treasures buried beneath the dune sands. These artefacts have contributed to the history of man's first arrival in Fiji. Today, evidence of this past continue to be unearthed by the wind. The Park is home to a unique Dune forest which is now home to a myriad of wildlife. Some notable inhabitants of this forest include the Fijian Swallow tail Butterfly, the fruit bats, the Goshawks, the giant stick insects and cryptic Pacific Boa. The National Park is a Fijian heritage, rich in both natural and cultural attributes.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Amazing views, worth doing the longer walk”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Get here early as the sun can be punishing during the day. There were some interesting display boards and information in the visitors centre (if you look closely enough) and friendly staff to welcome you. They were happy to tell us about the park and explain where we should walk. (They even told us that there are plans to renovate the visitors centre and build an education centre, so 2013 should be an exciting time to go).
The longer walk is definitely worth taking extra time to do - the unstable dunes were stunning, providing a lunar landscape and a view over the interior on one side and out to sea the other.

The mahogany forest provided some welcome cool at the end of the walk and is filled with birds and butterflies for enthusiasts. There are also plenty of benches and bits of art, which add a nice touch.

These are the only sand dunes in Fiji (formed because there is no reef at the mouth of the Sigatoka river), so this is your only chance to see them.

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Interesting place”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Make sure you know the history of the dunes before you go, as it is not well explained at the "park headquarters".
Go on a cool cloudy day as the walk is very up and down

Visited November 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A Rewarding Punishment”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

I had driven past the Sand Dunes National Park in Sigatoka, dubbed 'Fiji's First National Park', a few times, but it took me a wet and windy Tuesday before I pulled the car into the driveway and parked near the visitor's centre to ask about a look through the park. At FJ$10 a visit and no credit card facilities, I thankfully has a few two dollar notes scrunched into my wallet, and after a quick look at the map board about the three walks in the park, I was sent on my way around the Qaro track, the mid-range walk through the park that takes about an hour to complete the circuit.

The walk starts, like many good walks, with stairs. And a hill. A really big hill. I figured that this walk was perhaps my punishment for the many Fiji Bitters and bags of potato chips I had eaten during the preceding week, but nonetheless, it was a necessary evil.

At the top, Yataga Lookout, you are greeted with a view of the lush mountainside and trees that dot the landscape of the Southern Viti Levu coast. Only the dull roar of the ocean somewhere below you gives an indication as to where you might be, but as a first stop on the track, it was certainly a nice reward for my effort on the hill.

Next is a quick journey past a Bokoi tree and up another hill, which is your first introduction to the sand in Sand Dunes. If you're wearing shoes, prepare for them to consume a lot of sand as your feet sink into the dune climbing the track. Thong ('flip-flop') and Sandal-wearers will likely de-shoe here to make the journey less complicated. The top of the hill is home to Ua Lookout, but, more importantly, the dunes.

When greeted with a couple of hundred meters of slowly descending sand dune, seemingly untouched by a human gait, and the rain and wind have ruined any chance of you looking respectable for dinner that evening, then it is only proper to revert to an eight-year old version of yourself and go running, skipping and falling all over the dune. With no other tourists or staff in sight, I had a few 'Oh, Why Not' moments as I bounded down the sand, even sinking into another dune, enticingly positioned on a 55-degree angle, beckoning me to run up it as fast as I can. I'm fairly sure I giggled like a schoolgirl as I descended, and I'm proud to say I loved every minute of it. If you find yourself on the Coral Coast and want to have some fun for ten dollars, then this one dune is going to be it.

If that were the end of the walk, then it would still be great value, but no, the path leads you to the beach itself, a sign warning you not to swim in the water due to strong currents and sharks. The ferocity of the waves were quite a remarkable contrast from the usually calm waters of Fiji, so between the power, the current and the sharks, I was thoroughly convinced that I didn't need to go swimming.

The beach itself is covered in drift wood. Lots of drift wood. On a wet and windy day, the sight makes the scene a little apocalyptic, but it is poetic in doing so. I spent at least twenty minutes just taking photos on the beach, which I doubt would have come up nearly so dramatic had it been a typically bright, sunny, Fijian day. The path takes you along only a small stretch of the beach, with the Sigatoka Sand Dunes providing a brilliant backdrop, but that is more than enough to get a good dose of appreciation and nature for a lazy weekday morning.

Once you turn back towards the main entrance, the scene almost changes as if you had skipped forward two scenes on your DVD. The sand and dunes make way instantaneously for the canopied Mahakoni Forest, which the park describes as a secondary forest, planted to stop sand encroachment reaching the main highway. There is a phenomenal drone of insects as you walk through the forest, completely drowning out any sounds from the main road or the beach, making it very easy to get metaphorically lost (if you're literally lost, then you're an idiot, the path is very clear).

Before you exit the track, you come across two figures that look like they've been rejected from Central Casting's effort to do Blair Witch Fiji. They appear to be (a) made of vines and (b) tied to trees either side of the track. There are no signs to indicate the significance of the figures, but I like to think of them as an homage to 'Buck's Parties Gone Wrong.'

Leaving the park is not complete without a quick trip to visit the Tree of Lost Soles. Yes, it's an old tourist novelty, but in the eery Mahakoni surrounds, it would not have surprised me to see a headless horseman doing the rounds.

With a picnic lunch you could probably put a day in at the park, starting late morning and finishing early afternoon. With the absence of a family-friendly beach, kids are likely to be pining for the hotel pool in the midday heat, but I relished every moment of the cold, wet Fijian spring, and have kicked myself for not visiting the national park sooner.

This is a guaranteed activity for the family. If you're not ambulant enough to tackle steep hills and sand (the park did not appear to be wheelchair friendly) then head into Sigatoka to take in the beautiful views at the river instead, but otherwise do yourself a favour and spend the ten bucks. It's the best vale for money I've found in Fiji yet.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Unexpectedly impressive sand dunes on the coast”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

This national park has a well-maintained 1.5-2 hr hiking/walking trail up a hill and over a pretty incredible sand dune with gorgeous views of the coast. If you're in the area (Natadola/Sigatoka/Coral Coast) and have the time, this is a neat afternoon outing. Only $10FJD. Definitely recommend. Just bring sunscreen & a camera :)

Visited August 2012
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“Excellent walk with good birding”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

We visited one morning and were the only vistors to this national park. There are a couple of different options - we chose the shorter one and went slowly to watch birds and the fruit bats. The staff were exceptionally helpful, and went to find their own birding books for us - also quite careful for us - we hadn't explained beforehand that we were likely to be quite slow and when we hadn't returned within the expected timeframe, theyw ere discussing coming to find us and make sure everything was OK> You don't often find that level of care!

Visited July 2012
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