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TAV E U N I • • G e o g r a p h y & G e o l o g y 211

Geography & Geology

B

Buca
Bay

Matei

Viubani

10

Vatudamu
Point

The Zoo

Rainb o
w

Niusawa

Yellow
Grotto

Dakuniba

Korolevu

Des Voeux Peak
17
(1195m)
5
Lavena
Mt Uluigalau
Coastal Walk
(1241m)
Wainibau
Falls

Dreketi

Kocoma

Ravilevu
Nature
Reserve

Ravilevu
Coast

Savulevu
Yavonu
Waterfall

25

e

Naqarawalu

Mosque

Shiri Laxmi
Narayan 3

ss
ag

21 Vuna
Kanacea

9

Naqara Mandir
14

24

23

1

Pa

20

15

Lavena Point

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Salialevu

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Vuna
Point
Namoli Beach

Lavena

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200 m
0.1 miles

South
Cape

Rainbow
Reef

Wairiki
Catholic
Mission

Waitavala
Water Slide

Waitabu Marine Park
Vidawa Rainforest Trail

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Des Voeux Peak
Lavena Coastal Walk

Vuna
Reef

Manage not to kill yourself at Waitavala Water Slide (p215)
Scale the 1195m Des Voeux Peak (p215) at dawn, ‘twitching’ for orange-crested doves
POPULATION: 12,000

Laucala

Qamea

4

Take a guided day hike along the Vidawa
Rainforest Trail (p221)
Raft, snorkel and learn about reef conservation at Waitabu Marine Park (p222)

Matagi

18

Bouma National
Heritage Park

Ferry to
Savusavu

Vuna
Reef

Snorkel gorgeous Vuna Reef (p212)

Trek the lush Lavena Coastal Walk (p222)
and wash off the sweat in a deep waterfall
pool

16

Qeleni
Naqara Somosomo
26
Navakacoa
See Enlargement
13
Lovonivonu
12
Thurston
8
TAVEUNI
Point
Wairiki Waiyevo
Tavoro Falls
Waitabu
2 Lake
Vidawa
6
7
Tagimaucia
Bouma

White Wall

Reef

2

Tasm
an Str
ait

Naselesele

Navakawau

Celebrate Mass joyously at Wairiki
Catholic Mission (p215)

D

Naselesele
Point

VANUA
LEVU

3

Dive the Somosomo Strait around the
incredible Rainbow Reef (p212)

C

1

11
19

HIGHLIGHTS

10 km
6 miles

See Matei Map (p219)

Kioa

Na

There are no big towns on the island. Taveuni’s main income is from agriculture, mostly
copra and to a lesser extent dalo (taro plant) and kava crops. Many of Taveuni’s hotels,
restaurants and dive shops are in Matei, within walking distance of the airport. The land
here was once a single copra plantation, since subdivided and sold.

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Indigenous Fijians make up most of Taveuni’s population, with a few hundred Indo-Fijians
and a growing number of expats, mainly North Americans. Taveuni is the chiefly island for
the northern part of Fiji. The Tui Cakau (King of the Reef ) is based in Somosomo. It is the
third-highest chiefly title in Fiji, and more than one branch of a fractured family would like
to claim it as their own. Accordi...
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The island of Taveuni is a vast and luscious garden: a tropical flower garden on land and
a coral garden beneath the sea. It is easy to get to, relatively small, and far from crowded.
Bring an umbrella, though: it rains here.
Taveuni’s volcanic past is evident in its many black-sand beaches, but the beaches at
Lavena and Matei have some white sand and are good for swimming and snorkelling. The
nearby islands of Laucala, Matagi and Qamea have stunning beaches. The eastern side of
the island has dramatic waterfalls while the southern coast boasts caves and blowholes.
Indigenous Fijians make up most of Taveuni’s population, with a few hundred Indo-Fijians
and a growing number of expats, mainly North Americans. Taveuni is the chiefly island for
the northern part of Fiji. The Tui Cakau (King of the Reef) is based in Somosomo. It is the
third-highest chiefly title in Fiji, and more than one branch of a fractured family would like
to claim it as their own. Accordingly, there’s a low rumble of traditional politics bubbling
below the surface. The current Tui Cakau supported Speight’s 2000 coup.
There are no big towns on the island. Taveuni’s main income is from agriculture, mostly
copra and to a lesser extent dalo (taro plant) and kava crops. Many of Taveuni’s hotels,
restaurants and dive shops are in Matei, within walking distance of the airport. The land
here was once a single copra plantation, since subdivided and sold.
Geography & Geology
Much of Taveuni’s coastline is rugged, set
against some of Fiji’s highest peaks. Des
Voeux Peak reaches up 1195m and the
cloud-shrouded Mt Uluigalau, at 1241m, is
the country’s second-highest summit. The
volcanic soil and abundant rainfall make
Taveuni one of Fiji’s most fertile areas. While
the northeast of Taveuni is fringed by reefs,
the southwest has deep water close to shore.
Or ientation
Most visitors arrive by air at Matei airport
in the north of the island. Heading southeast
you eventually reach Bouma National Heri-
tage Park, where the road stops at Lavena.
Tave u ni
POPULATION: 12,000 AREA: 442 SQ KM
HIGHLIGHTS
Dive the Somosomo Strait around the
incredible Rainbow Reef ( p212 )
Snorkel gorgeous Vuna Reef ( p212 )
Celebrate Mass joyously at Wairiki
Catholic Mission ( p215 )
Trek the lush Lavena Coastal Walk ( p222 )
and wash off the sweat in a deep waterfall
pool
Take a guided day hike along the Vidawa
Rainforest Trail ( p221 )
Raft, snorkel and learn about reef con-
servation at Waitabu Marine Park ( p222 )
Manage not to kill yourself at Waitavala Water Slide ( p215 )
Scale the 1195m Des Voeux Peak ( p215 ) at dawn, ‘twitching’ for orange-crested doves
Reef
Rainbow
Des Voeux Peak
Water Slide
Waitavala
Waitabu Marine Park
Vidawa Rainforest Trail
Lavena Coastal Walk
Mission
Catholic
Wairiki
Reef
Vuna
5
4
D
1
3
2
BAC
Savusavu
Ferry to
Naqara
Nanuku Passage
Somosomo
Tasman Strait
Bay
Buca
Strait
Matei
Naselesele
Dakuniba
Waitabu
Vidawa
Vuna
Navakacoa
Lovonivonu
Naqara
Kocoma
Dreketi
Bouma
Qeleni
Niusawa
Somosomo
Waiyevo
Wairiki
Lavena
Salialevu
Navakawau
Naqarawalu
Kanacea
Mandir
Narayan
Shiri Laxmi
Mosque
White Wall
Grotto
Yellow
The Zoo
Coastal Walk
Lavena
Reserve
Nature
Heritage Park
Ravilevu
Bouma National
(1195m)
Des Voeux Peak
(1241m)
Mt Uluigalau
Reef
w
o
b
n
i
a
R
Reef
Vuna
Tagimaucia
Lake
Korolevu
TAVEUNI
LEVU
VANUA
Qamea
Laucala
Matagi
Viubani
Kioa
Point
Naselesele
Coast
Ravilevu
Namoli Beach
Lavena Point
Point
Vuna
Cape
South
Point
Thurston
Point
Vatudamu
Waterfall
Yavonu
Savulevu
Falls
Wainibau
Tavoro Falls
See Enlargement
See Matei Map (p219)
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TRANSPORT
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EATING
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SLEEPING
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SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES
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INFORMATION
Korean Wharf............................(see 26)
Grace Ferry..................................
C3
Government Wharf......................
B2
Consort Shipping.......................(see 12)
Bus Station...................................
C3
Budget Rent a Car........................(see 1)
Beachcomber Cruises.................(see 12)
Wathi-po-ee Restaurant............(see 12)
Vegetable stalls............................
D3
Restaurant...............................(see 5)
Taveuni Estates Clubhouse
Milk Bar.......................................(see 1)
Makuluva Restaurant.................(see 12)
Kumar's Restaurant......................
D3
Kaba's Supermarket.....................
C3
Garden Island Resort Restaurant..(see 13)
Vuna Lagoon Lodge....................
A3
Vatuwiri Farm Resort...................
A3
Susie's Plantation Resort..............
A3
Sunset Accommodation.............(see 26)
Qamea Resort & Spa....................
C2
Palms............................................ B2
Matangi Island Resort..................
D1
Lavena Lodge...............................
C2
Kool's Accommodation................
C3
Garden Island Resort....................
B2
First Light Inn...............................
B2
House......................................
A3
Dolphin Bay Diver's Taveuni Guest
Dolphin Bay Diver's Retreat..........
A2
Chottu's Motel..............................
D3
Waitavala Water Slide....................
B2
Wairiki Catholic Mission.................
B2
Tavoro Waterfalls Visitor Centre....
C2
Taveuni Estates Dive & Golf...........
B2
Pro-dive.....................................(see 19)
Dolphin Bay Divers.....................(see 10)
Blow Hole......................................
A3
Aqua-Trek Taveuni....................(see 13)
Ross Handicrafts........................(see 12)
Post Office.................................(see 12)
Police...........................................(see 2)
Police Station.................................
D3
Kool's Accommodation Internet..(see 14)
Hospital..........................................
B2
Garden State Price Point..............(see 1)
Colonial National Bank...................
D3
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