Rafting the Ancestors' HighwayUpper Navua River, Fiji
While the white-sand beaches of Fiji's islands take up most of the attention, there's a little secret lurking in the middle of the main island.
The Upper Navua River is one of the more remarkable river journeys in the world, with rapids propelling you through winding gorges and past a cascade of waterfalls along the way. The rapids aren't too testing, but they're not the main reason to be here; it's the ever-changing landscape through the gorges that keeps your eyes wide open.
It is an overnight journey and you camp on the banks of the river. Drink kava with the locals and sleep soundly to the sound of the running Navua.
Traditional villages, an abundance of waterfalls and the exuberant guides from Rivers Fiji all make this trip an absolute must. And, best of all, at the end of the day you've earned a Fiji Bitter much more than the beach junkies.
Watch this video. Seriously. It is awesome.
- Being out in the wild away from all the package tourists
- The fantastic friendly guides
- Waterfalls, waterfalls and more waterfalls
- The shear magnitude of the gorges
- Seeing locals in their own hood
- You’ll be getting wet, real wet but hey, what did you expect?
- It’s a bumpy ride up to the start of the trip
- Bush toilet… but harden up, it is worth it!
River Fiji HO is in Pacific Harbour about three hours from Nadi on the south of Viti Levu.
At US $239 for a full day including all equipment, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea it is well worth it for this incredible trip.
- The rapids are generally pretty friendly but you do have to paddle and hang on tight at times.
- The Rivers Fiji guides are always in full control.
Rivers Fiji have are part of a conservation project to protect the Upper Navua River. They have raised considerable funds and only use local guides.
Check the About Rivers Fiji section on their website.
You’re doing good by doing this trip.