Located midway between Lautoka and Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu, the Sabeto Thermal Mud Pool and Hot Springs are a must-do attraction on any holiday to Fiji. A great way to immerse yourself in the traditional Fijian way of life, the mud baths are just a few kilometres from the Garden of the Sleeping Giant and just a 20-minute drive from Nadi.
Heated by an underground volcanic source, the geothermal springs are a naturally occurring phenomena. Finding them isn’t hard, just follow your nose – the unmistakable smell of sulphur (which is said to have therapeutic properties) will lead you right to the pools. Popular with visitors and locals, the site offers good, clean fun for all. Managed by a local village, a nominal fee applies for upkeep, however fees are small and well worth the experience.
Local and void of the usual commercial tourism, the Sabeto Thermal Mud Pool and Hot Springs are set amid the lush Sabeto Valley and feature three thermal springs of different temperatures. Enjoy a guided tour of the site and submerge yourself in the warm mud. While it may initially be an experience of novelty, visitors rapidly realise the pampering qualities found in the mud baths.
The temperatures of the Hot Springs vary from lukewarm to quite hot (up to 60 degrees Celsius). When you’re ready, cake yourself in mud and dry off in the sun for a healthy treat to the skin. As you like, hop back into the mud bath before moving over to the clear water springs to wash off.
It’s quite a unique social experience to get dirty with other travellers and smiling locals, making the Sabeto Thermal Mud Pool and Hot Springs a growing Fiji attraction.