On our fourth day in Fiji, while the rest of the family was up to golf and spa days, Stéphane and I went on an adventure into Koroyanitu National Park. We were aiming to get to a waterfall for a swim. We drove from Denarau through Lautoka and then headed up into the foothills of Koroyanitu, the Sleeping Giant. Our destination: Abaca (pronounced aba-tha).
We didn’t get far.
The dirt road at first was fine, and then, as we cross over a bridge, there was a steep decline over water and then a very steep incline. We got psyched out and didn’t believe we could make it up in our little car. So, we got out, parked on the side, and started walking. Overall, the walk was beautiful! Sweeping vistas. Only two cars passed us (and thought we were crazy for walking). Along the way we found a number of horses on the road, and as we hiked into town, there was a pig roast going on.
The visitor center was closed, until very nice lady walked up, opened it, took our entry fee, and directed us to Tunutunu Creek falls. With our plastic-wrapped map, we set off. We waved to a farmer on our walk up, with his plow and cattle. We were the only other people on the trail.
A waterfall swim, a bit of mud, and lots of beautiful scenery later, we were back in Abaca, waiting for a taxi to ramble us back down the mountain to where our rental was waiting for us.