Taveuni Island was formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions on the Pacific floor. This unbelievably fertile piece of land, teeming with exotic wildflowers and colorful birds, lies across the Somosomo Strait from Vanua Levu. Fiji’s highest peaks – Mt Uluiqalau and Des Voeux Peak – are both located here, and much of the island is protected by the Bouma National Heritage Park. There’s much to do on this ‘Garden Isle,’ as Taveuni Island is often called. Go hiking among the forested hills of protected sanctuaries, bathe under the tumbling waterfalls at Tavoro Falls and soak in the swimming holes below. Stroll along the Lavena Coastal Walk, skirted by an endless stretch of gorgeous beaches, and sail on traditional bamboo rafts (bilibili). A slice of paradise for nature lovers, the Gaiatree Sanctuary is worth a visit, as is the Waitabu Marine Park with its coral reefs rich with precious coral, schools of fish and other marine life. Look out for the tagimaucia wildflower, found only on this island.
Garden Island of Fiji
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On a privately owned island off Taveuni, Matangi Private Island Resort is an adults-only retreat spread over 240 acres. It is a unique horseshoe shaped island paradise of tropical rainforests, white sand beaches, surrounded by crystal-clear water and coral reefs.
Paradise Taveuni is an upscale resort nestled in the midst of a tropical rainforest in Waiyevo on the southern end of Taveuni Island. It is at a 20-minute boat ride from the Rainbow Reef and a 20-minute drive from the Matei Domestic Airport.
Qamea Island Resort is a boutique resort catering to a maximum of only 30 adults, set amidst 100 acres of tropical landscaped gardens, bush land, and the jagged volcanic South Pacific mountains. Located on Taveuni Island, you will have to take an 80-minute scenic flight from Nadi to Taveuni Airport, a 20-minute drive to the the landing and a 10-minute boat ride to the resort.