Bouma National Park is located on Taveuni Island, which is the third-largest island in Fiji. Fiji is located in the South Pacific Ocean northeast from Australia towards Hawaii. The national park area covers an area of 168 square miles (435 sq km).
There is a mountain ridge that runs through the heart of the island with the highest summit occurring at Uluinggalau with a height of 4,072 feet (1,241 m). There are several endemic flora species that are only found in Fiji and because of the abundant plant life on the island, it is affectionately known as the garden island of Fiji.
Fiji is known for islands, beaches and blue waters. However, Taveuni Island is complemented with rainforest and tropical vegetation.
Bouma National Park accounts for approximately 80% of Taveuni Island. The three Tavoro Waterfalls can be explored with short hikes with the tallest only requiring a 10-minute hike. It reaches a height of 78 feet (24 m). Another 30 or 4o minute hike is needed to experience the next waterfall.
There are four villages known with the park known as Waitabu, Vidawa, Korovou, and Lavena. Lavena is located knew the Tavoro Waterfall and part of the hike.
Exploring the island is all part of the Bouma National Park experience. Tavoro Waterfall and the trail the rainforest is probably the highlight of the park. The more adventurous might explore Uluinggalau and see what the highest point offers as views of the island.
The Tavoro Waterfalls are the pinnacle attractions of the park. The first waterfall has a plunge of 78 feet (24 m). The third waterfall is the smallest at only 32.8 feet (10 m). The first waterfall is the easiest to get to and it only takes about 10 minutes.
The second and third waterfalls are further into the forest and require more effort. Although the first one is the tallest and most impressive, it would be hard not to go ahead and visit the other two since this is the featured attraction of the park.
Trails of Bouma National Park
Tavoro Falls Trail: A short 10-minute walk takes visitors to the highest of the three falls located on the trail. The walk is easy. The second fall travels through similar terrain but takes about 40 minutes to get there. The continuing journey is more challenging with a less maintained trail that is slippery and requires more effort. It takes about an hour to reach the third falls which are the shortest of the three.
Vidawa Rainforest Trail: A more adventurous trail is this trek through the rainforest. It is a more strenuous journey that takes about half-day but gives you an exploration of the rainforest and some ancient village sites. This is a great outing for bird-watchers.
Lake Tagimaucia Trail: This is a full-day hike through the rainforest and out to Lake Tagimaucia. The trek is challenging and not the best-marked trail. It is advised that you take a guide to ensure you reach your destination and get back in a timely fashion.
Bouma National Heritage Park Highlights
- Tavoro Waterfall
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