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 is just a 20 minute drive from Nadi.
Warmed by a volcanic source beneath the ground, the geothermal springs are 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 fun that can be had.
Charmingly rustic, the Sabeto Thermal Mud Pool and Hot Springs are set amid the lush Sabeto Valley and feature three thermal springs of different temperatures. You can enjoy a guided tour of the site before you submerge yourself in the warm mud which begins as a novelty but visitors quickly realise the pampering qualities of the mud baths.
Remaining in your swimwear, you enter into the thick mud of the pool and allow yourself to relax. The temperatures of the pools vary from lukewarm to quite hot (up to 60 degrees Celsius). Once you’ve had some time submerged in the springs you can cake yourself in mud and dry off in the sun to give your skin a healthy treat. When you’re ready, hop back into the mud bath before moving over to the clear water spring to wash off.
It’s quite a unique social experience to get down and dirty with other travellers and the smiling locals, making the Sabeto Thermal Mud Pool and Hot Springs a popular attraction on any visit to Fiji.