Whether as part of a tour or out on your own exploring, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is one of the most delightful discoveries you’ll make in Fiji. In fact, the incredible garden may just be one of the South Pacific’s best-kept horticultural secrets.
Located on Wailoko Road just minutes from Nadi Airport, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is nestled in the shadows of large mountain, known by the locals as the ‘sleeping giant’. The garden that this majestic mountain presides over features a huge collection of over 2000 varieties of orchids and hybrids.
American actor Raymond Burr once owned the garden as his private collection, however the garden is now open to the public. A wonderful place to spend the day, the garden features canopy-covered boardwalks, lush green lawns, peaceful lily ponds, trickling fountains, vocal frogs and dense rainforest. However the highlight of the garden is certainly its orchids.
Well displayed and carefully tended to, these breathtakingly beautiful and fragile flowers are at their most gorgeous in the early morning when they are bathed in golden light. Marvel at the magnificent Asian orchids and snap photos of the pretty Cattleya hybrids.
Your visit to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant includes a brief but friendly overview of the property as well as some history on how this incredible mountain valley has been transformed into a fantasy garden. Stroll through the grounds at your own leisure or take advantage of one of the complimentary guides who can help to name the fantastic florals that you find around every corner.
Although flowers are the main focus of the garden, it’s an attraction that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The walking path through the tropical rainforest is worth the trip alone and the huge expanses of manicured lawns are perfect for exuberant children to burn off some energy.