Taveuni Paradise - More on this Republic of the Fiji Islands getaway

Day ii at Taveuni Paradise, Fiji, proved several things:

One, You don't demand an warning clock. Between five together with 5:30 a.m., low-cal sleepers may non regime annotation the switch from black fourth dimension to daytime generators, simply the the roosters do. Despite the hr or thus of darkness remaining, they start crowing the Sun up. This you lot no dubiousness volition note.

 Two, there's a whole lot of divergence betwixt "Oh, it's easy," together with "It's a piddling steeper."

Touring Taveuni

The day's activities began amongst a see to the Catholic Church of the Holy Cross inwards Wairiki village. We had stopped yesteryear the twenty-four hours earlier to meet within thus nosotros sat exterior together with listened to the singing. Fijian infants seem to emerge from the womb knowing four-part harmony together with carrying tunes. Any that don't I suspect are tucked into a canoe together with sent to Tonga. Everyone sings together with does it thus beautifully choir directors volition desire to convey them home.

Next it was the three-part Tavoro waterfalls inwards Bouma National Heritage Park. It is, every bit advertised, an slow 5-10-minute walk along a broad grassy path to the get-go waterfall which plummets 65 feet into a puddle for swimming. There are changing rooms, bathrooms together with picnic facilities, simply moisture bathing suits dry out inwards a hurry hither thus wearing 1 nether a shirt together with shorts is real doable.

Tip: Access to the get-go autumn together with puddle are slow simply I don't propose the trek upwards to the second, Levelers, together with produce NOT crusade to attain the third. 

Having worked upwards an appetite nosotros stopped yesteryear Coconut Grove for dejeuner amongst possessor Ronna Goldstein. This delightful three-bure mini-resort overlooks 1 of the island's entirely soft sand beach together with caters to honeymooners together with other romance-seeking couples. The nutrient is marvelous together with the views are stunning.

Tip: As you lot tin give the sack meet at that topographic point are stairs together with steps hither simply they aren't that bad.

Ronna, a Connecticut native, is a kick. "Ex boyfriend, the commons story," was her response when asked how she injure upwards here.

Animal lovers volition autumn for her cats together with dog. 

Skip the slide

Warning: Levelers, if anyone urges you lot to see the Waitavala Sliding Rocks thank them simply response amongst a theatre "No." This switchback autumn of H2O rushes over rocks that create got acquire thus smooth, the locals work them every bit a H2O slide. Youngsters come upwards downwards on their feet! Fun to meet simply treacherous to reach, particularly if it has rained recently. I soundless wonder that our stalwart guides got us upwards together with thus downwards that steep slippery gradient together with ii of us entirely went halfway up.

Two days inwards one

 Muddy together with soaked amongst sweat, nosotros striking the route again, entirely to describe over and  notice why Mai Kel had us accept pictures of white hibiscus flowers growing along the roadside that morning. The white flowers had turned pink!


Called yesterday, today together with tomorrow flowers or baubau, they actually are something else together with the perfect segue-way to our final must-do for this lo-o-o-ng twenty-four hours of touring.

It was close black yesteryear directly simply nosotros were determined to stand upwards at the 180th score of longitude occupation amongst 1 human foot inwards today together with some other inwards tomorrow. There's a sign at the Taveuni Time Line, tucked unobtrusively betwixt a household together with a soccer field, that is divided inwards half.

Despite beingness bedraggled together with covered inwards mud from the trek upwards together with downwards to the H2O slide, nosotros took turns posing together with taking 1 another's pictures inwards impossible light.

Clarification: For fourth dimension keeping purposes, the occupation was shifted some Taveuni thus all of Republic of the Fiji Islands would endure on the same day.

However late, soundless silly, a must-do is a must-do together with tomorrow nosotros could relax, spending the twenty-four hours learning Fijian skills together with customs together with enjoying our final twenty-four hours at Paradise.

Taveuni Paradise - More on this Republic of the Fiji Islands getaway