Taveuni is known as the third biggest island located in Fiji and covers a total area of 434 square kilometers. The island is uniquely shaped in the form of a cigar and is a huge shield volcano that rises from the Pacific Ocean’s floor. It is situated on the east side of Vanua Levu, right opposite the famous Somosomo Strait.
It forms a part of the Cakaudrove Province of Fiji in the Northern Division (Vanua Levu Island Group). Taveuni is known for its abundance of flora and is called the ‘Garden Island of Fiji’, a famous tourist destination.
One of the must-visit tourist spots in Taveuni is the beautiful Lake Tagimaucia. Situated at a height of eight hundred meters and occupying a volcano crater, it is the home to the exceptional tagimaucia flower.
The Bouma Falls, also known as the most famous waterfalls in Fiji are also located on the Tavenui Island, within the Bouma National Heritage Park.
The lagoon and Vuna village’s southern part occupy an area called the South Cape. Here, the last volcanic activity caused spillage into the waters of the sea about 500 years back.
Matamaiqi blowhole is the Tavenui region’s highlight and has geysers which are formed by the trade winds that crash against volcanic rocks. At the distance of 20 minutes (on foot) from the Waiyevo town is the famous Waitavala Waterslide.
There are 8 major villages in Taveuni and the population is primarily concentrated on the island’s more sheltered, western part.
Activities in Taveuni Island
The Taveuni Island is popular for its wide range of dive sites like the Eel Reef as well as the Great White Wall, a stunning drop-off that is covered in pure white coral. In 1990, a Marine Park became a huge attraction at Waitabu as it combines coral and fish.
The Bouma National Heritage Park serves both hikers as well as nature lovers as it offers world-class birdwatching and spectacular hiking trails. Tourists will be able to spot a variety of bird species on the Taveuni Island including Silktails, Kula Lorikeets and Orange Doves.
Matei, a residential location on the northern point of Taveuni is also a popular ‘tourist hub’. There is a scatter of hotels, rental properties and guesthouses along the long road stretch which is crowned by beautiful palm tree plantations and bordered by the beach. Tourists can engage in swimming and diving activities in this area.