Taveuni Island

Bouma National Park landscape Northern Division Taveuni Island Fiji Hero Photo scaled

Taveuni is Fiji’s third-largest island, measuring only 42km in length and 10km wide, situated 9km southeast of the coast of Vanua Levu. The island is more commonly known as the “Garden Island of Fiji” for its dense and verdant rainforest and exotic flora and fauna. The island’s main sources of income are agriculture (mostly dalo (taro) and, to a lesser extent, copra and kava crops) and Tourism.  Ecotourism and diving are the main draws for tourists in Taveuni. The island’s natural beauty, both above and below the pristine waters, is popular with divers, bushwalkers, and nature lovers. Taveuni’s rugged geography…

Explore Taveuni Island

Waitavala Natural rock waterslide on Taveuni Island in Fiji
Waitavala Natural rock waterslide on Taveuni Island in Fiji | Image: Supplied

The people of Taveuni are committed to conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the island through best practises and maintaining the cultural traditions of their elders. With great expanses of undeveloped land stretching from mountain ridge to ocean reef, Taveuni offers one of the world’s few completely undisturbed tropical island habitats.

This Garden Island in Fiji is a utopia for nature-loving travellers. Many visitors come to Taveuni to trek in the massive Bouma National Heritage Park, watch exotic birds, and swim in remote waterfalls. Pristine beaches and world-class coral reefs also await the island’s visitors. Diving the Rainbow Reef, touring local villages, exploring hidden beaches, or game fishing in the waters of the Somosomo Strait are but a few of the many hidden treasures of this tropical paradise. Taveuni Tourism Board (2008)

Taveuni’s streams are unpolluted, and the rainforest is extensive and pristine, with no harmful animals or insects. Many visitors take advantage of the quiet and slow pace of this remarkable tropical island to view and photograph its unusual birds and plants. Other highlights include visiting villages to see craftspeople at work and browsing in small shops for locally made products and imports from other parts of Oceania.

The unique natural and cultural heritage is a major drawcard for tourism in Taveuni. Taveuni is a destination for tourists looking for nature-based experiences beyond the sun, sand, and sea of the other islands.  Bouma Forest Park is community-managed, It offers Waitabu Marine Area for snorkelers, mountain and coastal walking treks, waterfalls, and so on. Additionally, Taveuni has magnificent diving spots, beautiful white sandy beaches, and panoramic views around the island.

The waters off Qamea and adjacent islands feature world-famous dive spots such as the White, Purple, and Yellow Walls. There are several villages on Qamea, and the abundance of tropical marine life makes the waters around Taveuni a fisherman’s paradise.

There are a few sites of archaeological interest on Taveuni, including the remains of the old Vuna village hill fortification in the south near Vuna Point. According to local lore, the Paramount Chief, Tui Vuna, who was originally from Moturiki near Ovalau, presided there.

Somosomo CreekTavoro CreekWaibula River
Table: Rivers on Taveuni

Waiyevo | Taveuni Weather & Climate

MonthMin Temp *Max Temp **Water TempPrecipitation
January25°C (77°F)30°C (86°F)29°C (84.2°F)335mm (13.2in)
February24°C (75.2°F)31°C (87.8°F)29°C (84.2°F)331mm (13in)
March24°C (75.2°F)29°C (84.2°F)29°C (84.2°F)358mm (14.1in)
April24°C (75.2°F)30°C (86°F)28°C (82.4°F)251mm (9.9in)
May24°C (75.2°F)29°C (84.2°F)27°C (80.6°F)122mm (4.8in)
June23°C (73.4°F)28°C (82.4°F)26°C (78.8°F)150mm (5.9in)
July23°C (73.4°F)28°C (82.4°F)26°C (78.8°F)81mm (3.2in)
August22°C (71.6°F)26°C (78.8°F)27°C (80.6°F)90mm (3.5in)
September22°C (71.6°F)28°C (82.4°F)27°C (80.6°F)113mm (4.4in)
October22°C (71.6°F)28°C (82,4°F)27°C (80.6°F)146mm (5.7in)
November24°C (75.2°F)30°C (86°F)28°C (82.4°F)278mm (10.9in)
December24°C (75.2°F)32°C (89.6°F28°C (82.4°F)232mm (9.1in)
Table: Waiyevo | Taveuni Weather & Climate – – Usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night** – The average maximum daytime temperature °C – Celsius, also called centigrade, scale based on 0° for the freezing point of water and 100° for the boiling point of water. °F – Fahrenheit temperature scale, scale based on 32° for the freezing point of water and 212° for the boiling point of water, the interval between the two being divided into 180 equal parts. Primarily used in the United States

Getting to and around the Taveuni

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Hiking in Taveuni. (Courtesy of Tides Reach Resort) | Image: Supplied

Within this timeless, tropical setting Taveuni provides travelers with quality accommodations and a wide array of activity options. Taveuni’s solid reputation as a destination for sustainable tourism is growing all the time. With regular flight and ferry connections to and from the mainland, Taveuni is easy to reach. Once here, visitors can savor the sense of being someplace special and remote, natural and unique.

Getting to Taveuni

Getting to and from Taveuni is easy, with its own airport on the island it has several flights throughout the week from Fiji Airways domestic service Fiji Link, and a private company Northern AirDomestic Flight Article

Ferry Service to/from Taveuni (via SavuSavu)

Grounder Shipping offers a service from the capital Suva every week; this journey takes almost a full day to navigate the Fiji inter-island waters up to Taveuni. So if you have plenty of time and wish to have a more relaxed journey, this is a great option. You can find more information on this service on their Facebook page (the company’s main platform for updating their customers).

From Vanua Levu, two companies, the Suncity Ferry (+679 935 1566) and the Taveuni Princess (+679 995 9775), embark from Buca Bay and disembark at Wairiki Port in Taveuni, with connecting ground transport services available. To come back, you simply reverse the process.

Getting Around to Taveuni

The local bus service operates the traditional open-window bus, typically seen operating around the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. They provide a very good scheduled service and are the cheapest means of navigating the island, as their main targeted customer is the local indigenous Fijians. The Service only runs three times during the day, so if you miss one, it will be several hours before the next bus appears over the horizon. (Limited Sunday service).

Taxis and mini-buses are also available across the island; although they are more expensive than the local buses, they do provide a personalised service.

Historical Snapshot

Ruminates of the Bilyard Sugar Mill in Taveuni (1874-1896)
Bilyard Sugar Mill (1874-1896) | Image: Supplied

Bilyard Sugar Mill

Southern Taveuni was the site of the Bilyard Sugar Mill (1874-1896) one of Fiji’s first. In the 1860s European planters tried to grow cotton but changed to sugar when the cotton market failed. Remains of the old sugar mill are still evident in the form of a tall chimney, boilers, and other equipment scattered around.

Famous 19th Century Naval Battle

Taveuni, although conveying an air of tranquility and peace was not without its violent periods. Looking across at Western Taveuni and across Somosomo Strait, a famous 19th-century naval battle occurred when Taveuni warriors turned back a large Tongan invasion force with much of the fighting done from canoes. The defeated Tongans ended up at a Fijian barbeque and the French priest who was the Fijian chief’s advisor was given labourers to assist in building his mission.

Video: Taveuni Island