Fiji’s Amazing Rainforests
When one thinks of Fiji the first thought that comes to mind is probably the white sandy beaches, or perhaps the crystal clear blue and turquoise waters lapping at your toes. When I think of the South Pacific, especially Fiji, I imagine sitting in a hammock hovering above those white sands sipping a refreshing tropical beverage without a care in the world. Fiji is true paradise on earth and on our first trip to Fiji we stayed at beach resorts, walked the miles of pristine beaches and swam and snorkeled in the amazingly beautiful waters. However, the most unexpectedly surprising part of our trip was when we traveled to the northern islands to visit the remarkable Fijian rainforests.
When my new friends in Fiji had told me that we absolutely must visit the rainforests in the north, I almost reluctantly told them that we would. I really couldn’t bear to leave the wonderful beaches we had found in the Mamanucas and Yasawas. After all, it seems like pop culture associates Fiji trips with the beach. However, I knew some of the most beautiful and luxurious resorts were located next to the rainforest rich areas of Taveuni and Savusavu for a reason, so we had to see this area with our own eyes. We set aside several days towards the end of the trip and headed north. After arriving, we soon found ourselves heading into one of the most lush, tropical rainforests that I had ever seen with our guide. We were completely blown away.
As we walked through the vast ecosystems and under the green canopy we were transported back in time. You see, Fijian rainforests are some of the most well preserved rainforests on the planet. Fiji’s forests contain some 164 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, approximately 30% are only found in Fiji. It’s like a whole ecosystem that’s exclusive specifically to this wonderful, island nation, just waiting for you to explore it.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit this striking country then please take my word for it and take some time to visit the northern islands of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Laucala or Qamea and explore these magical rainforests. Hike through the dense vegetation, past the wondrous waterfalls and marvel at the wildlife. You will find yourself relaxed and rejuvenated. Oh, and you might just stumble upon some of the world’s most beautiful beaches while you are up there as well.