Taveuni's Lost Coast Discovered

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The Tui Tai

My thanks to Tige Young, owner and managing director of Tui Tai Aventure Cruises Fiji , for this guest post. This company, which started in 2002, operates a 140 foot vessel- the Tui Tai - out of Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu and specializes in cruises around northeastern Fiji combined with a wide variety of activities including kayaking, white water rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. Their unique cruises and great staff have garnered them rave reviews by customers and travel magazines as well as awards including the AON Excellence in Tourism Award for “Best Adventure Product” two years running.

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The post that follows gives a rare look at the eastern coast line of Taveuni Island. From Lavena (starting point of my "Walk On the Wild Side" post in the May archives), south to Salialevu Estate, a distance of about 16 kilometers, the coast line is rugged and there are (happily) no roads. Vinaka vaka levu (thank you very much), Tige. - Pandabonium


Taveuni's Lost Coast Discovered

One of Fiji's most hidden treasures, the scarcely seen windward coast of Taveuni was recently explored by Tui Tai Adventure Cruises. In local lore, the coastline is known as the "land of 100 waterfalls" and it appears that there are at least that many gushers flowing down the rugged island landscape into the sea.

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With exceptionally calm conditions, 4 explorers departed Tui Tai in its Naiad Zodaiac RIB. Maritino Tiko, Tige Young, Cari and Kalen Zantolas made the expedition and enjoyed the breathtaking scenery.

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Predominant weather makes this coast quite rough in terms of waves and wind, so it is generally inaccessible. There are no roads on this side of the island and a vast expanse of uninhabited coastline remains pristine.

During our exploration we were treated to some close ups to waterfalls that crashed very near the deap sea. The ocean water was a surreal color of jade and sapphire.

The beauty of the coastline makes it an attractive area to consider for future expeditions, however, the potential for rough weather remains a constant concern during any visit.

Enjoy the pictures!

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-Tige, Owner and Managing Director, Active Fiji / Tui Tai Adventure Cruises

For more information (and photos of Fiji) visit their website:

Tui Tai Aventure Cruises Fiji



Robin said...

What a beautiful place..

It looks like another day in paradise.

Thanks, will certainly look for you if I go to this place

The Moody Minstrel said...

I guess it's windward for a reason.

FH2O said...

I could live in Fiji!!!

Would you happen to know what are prospects there like for architects?

Happysurfer said...

Pandabonium, thanks for sharing such beauty.

Are you relocating back to Fiji anytime soon? Just a hunch.

Pandabonium said...

Fiji is quite beautiful, indeed Robin, and the people are some of the friendliest I've come across.

While it does have trade winds, Moody, they are milder than those of Hawaii. Still "windward" does say something about the likely sea conditions.

Sorry to say, FH2O, I don't think it is a place to make money with an arichitectural business.

The population is less than 900,000 total and outside of the few large towns, a lot of folks live in homes made of palm leaves or simple wood panels with metal roofs. It is not a booming economy (part of its charm to me) and most people still live in close knit "koro" or villages with semi-subsitent economies. Grow their own food and trade only enough to supply a few outside necessities. Some call it backward. I call it natural.

Also, there are laws to protect local jobs. Some foreign people with special skills that are needed can live there, as well as those who invest in Fiji and open a business (which must be done in partnership with a Fiji citizen).

You can visit the Fiji Architects Association website at www.fijiarchitects.com

Happysurfer, you are right. I'll be going down there next month to meet with my business partner and get started on a house. K and I will hopefully be moving there before the end of this year.

Robin said...

wow.. moving to Fiji...

what are you going to do there? I always admire people who could re-locate and stay in whatever place they choose to...

Hmmm... I seem stuck here.. forever.

Pandabonium said...

Robin, we won't be in Fiji all the time, perhaps 4 to 6 months out of the year. What I will do is complex. I am always doing a number of things at any given time.

YD said...

... and I am still raising money for my trip to Japan n Fiji ...

Thanks for the series of posts.


Lrong said...

Would certainly love to visit that place... for scuba diving... that is... beautiful indeed...

Pandabonium said...

Lrong, I've enjoyed snorkeling for decades, but never learned to scuba dive. I suppose I really should if I spend a lot of time on Taveuni. It is supposed to be awesome around there.

Hope to see you in Fiji sometime.