We took a bus to the Lavena Coastal Walk.  It is in the Bouma National Heritage Park. The bus goes on certain days and returns about 3 hours later.  There is a lodge at which you pay the National Park fee of $5 Fijian per person.

It rained a little when we started, but by the time we ended there was a downpour - this was early August.  We were glad that we had bought rainproof jackets and trousers.  We also had good sneakers. The trail is very rough for Tevas or other open-toed footwear unless you have really tough feet (in which case you could go barefoot!).


The trail is 5 km (just over 3 miles) long and going to the waterfall and back took about 3 hours - so we only just caught the bus.  We missed buying rotis at the Lavena Lodge, where backpackers can stay.

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Our photos start at the end of the walk at the waterfalls. You can just see the falls in the background.  We could not have got closer without swimming.

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There is a toilet just before the waterfalls.  The suspension bridge, which is strong and in good repair, crosses Wainisairi Creek that drains out of Lake Tagimaucia.
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There are black lava rocks about half way along the trail.  There were pigs, both in pens and roaming free.
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We had to cross a stream on rocks.
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  This is the village of Lavena, with wooden houses and traditional bures.

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