Often referred to as the 'Garden Island', Taveuni Island lies just east of Vanua Levu and is the third largest island in Fiji. Renowned as a tropical oasis, a Taveuni holiday showcases a stunning natural environment of lush rainforests, glorious costal walks, tropical flora and fauna and some fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling sites. With 80% of the island made up of forest reserve protected rainforest and the Bouma National Heritage Park, Taveuni is steeped in a rich history of fierce warriors. The native people are quite these days, something you'll experience firsthand with the service provided at your accommodation.
With a population of approximately 12,000, Taveuni Island is relatively sparsely populated and most of the local residents continue to live traditional lifestyles and reside in authentic villages. Originally recognised for its vast coconut plantations, the island's unique array of indigenous birdlife, flora and fauna are now the major attraction.
The abundance of natural attractions available to explore on Taveuni include the Bouma National Heritage Park, Lavena Coastal Walk, Tavoro Waterfalls, Vidawa Rainforest Hike, Waitabu Marine Park, Qeleni Village, Warrior Burial Cave, Southcape Blowholes, Wairiki Misson, Des Veaux Peak, Waitavala Waterslide and even the site of the International Dateline.
As there are a number of coral reefs fringing the island, diving is extraordinary in the rich eco-systems of Taveuni Island. Soft corals are the signature species of the region however divers can also expect to find tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins and a number of shark species inhabiting the dive sites. The two most famous dive sites of Taveuni are Rainbow Reef and the Great White Wall however it is recommended visitors have some experience as a diver before diving here.
Fishing is also undoubtedly a great way to while away the days at Taveuni with the nearby Somosomo Straits offering a plethora of fish species including Baitfish, Skipjack, Yellow Fin Tuna, Big Eyed Scads, Flying Fish, Mackerel, Ballyhoo, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, Wahoo, Giant Trevally and Barracuda.