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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.
Reviewed July 16, 2013

I have to thank Tripadvisor reviewers who advised going early in the day. We (husband, teen-aged daughter and I) went as soon as the site opened in the morning. It was very hot and humid, but I'm sure it didn't get any cooler later!
The long walk is work, and not advisable for very small children or anyone with mobility issues. It's a walk for the fit. I read that the dunes range from 20-60 m tall. There's a fair amount of climbing up steep grade. The sand is very soft and we sank in, some places up to our ankles (true even for our very light-weight daughter). Going uphill, we'd slide back back down a little with every upward step. It helps to go fast and keep up momentum! My husband always wears shoes, but our daughter and I found it a lot easier to get traction walking barefoot. We didn't encounter anything sharp or nasty in the sand. The whole track was really very litter-free and clean.
We started out on a firm trail through the forest (a lovely stretch with interesting insects, spiders and birds), and then were hit by the heat coming into the open sunshine. A few steps later we were "hit" by the amazing view. The dune area is startlingly vast-- so much sand washed down by the river and thrown up by the sea! We could see the stable dunes, and the parabolic dunes in flux. It's frankly amazing to see vegetation taking hold in the hot dry sand of still-shifting dunes.
We didn't see anyone else on the trails or beach while we were there. We did see some birds, and heard a lot more than we saw.
The view on hitting the beach is again breathtaking!
There's a break in the reef where the river enters the sea, and there are dangerous currents in the area. A sign also warns of sharks, so we enjoyed the curls and crashing waves from a distance (barely got our toes wet). It's stunningly beautiful and it feels very raw and wild and isolated.
It's also fascinating to think of the archeological digs in the area and how they've revealed evidence of the first settlers to Fiji, including human remains, stone tools, and pottery linking the early settlers to New Caledonia. Our time in Fiji was limited, so we didn't get to the Fiji Museum in Suva where the artifacts are displayed. It would have been nice if there were more of them on site, but I understand the Dunes are rather out of the way, and more people will get to see the artifacts where they are.
The last stretch of the walk was back through the forest. It was beautiful, but still hot. The shade was countered by the stifling of any breeze.
While it's easy to describe the Dunes walk, it's difficult to give it a numerical rating. It's definitely not for everyone. There are no bathrooms along the way, and the only place to buy refreshments is at the center where you start (and finish) your walk. Bring insect repellent if you go; our daughter's legs got horribly chewed up by some sort of unseen virulent critters (two weeks later the bites are still visible).
If you're a fit nature-lover able to deal with a little discomfort, you'll find yourself well rewarded by visiting this historically significant, geologically fascinating, and wildly beautiful area.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

A wonderful place to explore the rain forest and the beaches. There is the feel of being completely alone and at peace here. Breathtaking views from the hilltops and the beaches. The beach there is not for swimming..the surf and undertows are strong, and the beach is rugged...but oh so beautiful. It is easily and cheaply accessed from Signatoka and from our resort, Gecko's. The admission fee was inexpensive ($10 fjd)

Thank Lizacat T
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

My husband and I are fairly fit and regular walkers, we did this walk at the end of March 2012 so it was VERY humid. The walk was beautiful and when we reached the top of Yataga lookout it was so hot that we had trouble taking pictures as the lense on our camera was fogged up. The walk went through rainforest and then came out onto the most spectacular sandy beach, unfortunately there were signs saying that you couldn't swim as there were sharks in the water. If you have a degree of fitness I recommend that you do this walk, it is hard but beautiful and worth it!

Thank Katherine C
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Not many locals know about it in Sigatoka town. However taxi drivers know about the place. If you are staying in Nadi or Denarau you can take Suva express bus and get off at Sigatoka town for 8 Fiji dollars( Takes about an hour and buses from Nadi bus station are every hour or so). From here a taxi will take you to Sigatoka for 10 fjd (about 12mins from Sigatoka bus station). No need to keep the cab waiting. You can always hitchhike back as there are many buses and private mini bus type taxis going to Sigatoka town(7-10 fjd). Now for the main attraction there is a entry of 20 fjd per person. You can buy water or cold-drinks here which you will need. We suggest you take the longer trek as we took the small one and the sand dunes we saw were quite small and sad but it took us 1 hour to go and walk back. We think that the trail even though easy is unnecessary and too long. The dunes should be more accessible. Go only if you have extra time and nothing better to do. If staying in Sigatoka then it makes more sense. Rolling in the sand dunes is fun but the sand sticks to you after the hike due to the sweat and the tropical climate. Go as early as possible as it gets too hot later in the day and the park shuts at 5.30 or 6pm. Not sure. Over all if you are in Nadi or Denarau then not worth all the hassle for just Sigatoka. Also once in Sigatoka you can find some small travel agents who will take you on a private Naihehe (cannible cave) experience. Its better and cheaper than going in group tours from Nadi. They charge around 150-200 fjd for the whole tour. We were two people and it cost us 180 fjd.(we left Sigatoka around 2.30 and returned around 7.30 to catch the bus back to Nadi) It included a private ac car, guide,driver,entry to cave, a bilibili raft ride. We did not want refreshments or school visits. So if you club the Naihehe caves and sigatoka then its worth your while. But do this only if you are a little bit of an explorer, otherwise its best to stick to organised tours.

Thank Juhi D
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Option to take one of 2 hikes - one about 30 mins long, the other about an hour. Hikes take you through the dunes, to the shore at a point where no reef exists, and then back through a forest. Involved some climbing, but not too strenuous.

1  Thank WinnipegJeff
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