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Taveuni is third largest isle of Fiji – Part 1




The third largest isle of Fiji is Taveuni.

Overview of Taveuni

• This isle comes after Vanua Levu as well as Viti Levu.
• This isle covers a total land area of 435 sq km’s (169 Sq Miles).
• This is a cigar-shaped isle.
• It is a substantial shield volcano.
• This volcano soars through the floor of the Off-shore Sea, the Pacific Ocean.
• This island is placed about 6.5 kms in the east direction of Vanua Levu.
• This is passing through the Somosomo Strait.
• This isle comes under the Northern Division area.
• Taveuni is known for its wide range of flora.
• ‘Garden Island of Fiji’ is what this island is popularly called by the tourists.
• It is a well-known visitor getaway.
• Taveuni is situated to the north-east of the popular island of Fiji, Viti Levu.
• This is the third major isle of the island chain.

It offers a good looking blend of:
– tropical jungle
– reefs
– beaches
– highlands
– coconut plantations
– mangroves
• From Suva, this is about 140 kms.
• It is about an hour’s direct flight from the capital, Suva.
• Taveuni Island soars as an emerald-colored gem through the Off-shore, Pacific.
• It is a volcanic isle and hence has plenty of volcanic soil which is known for its fertility.
• Of the Fijian group of 332 islands, this isle is considered the third largest island.
• Taveuni Island lies typically on the 180 degree meridian.
• This is a rare location of the island in the world.
• Only very few places fall on such a point.
• This point is special as at this point one day turns into another.
• Length of the particular isle is approximately 44 kms.
• The wideness of the island is about 15 kms.
• Taveuni is a unique isle in the Fijian group.
• This isle has been declared a World Heritage National Park in its third part and is named as The Bouma National Park.
• Taveuni Island is unique.
• It retains its attraction as well as laid back character.
• There are herbs that are connected with regular Indian origins.
• They are available in numerous quantities right here.
• It offers some sort of warm environment.
• Taveuni Island relishes pleasant conditions year-round.
• Taveuni isle provides rare flowers as well as unusual animals.
• It’s called environmentally a haven or eco-haven.
• Fiji’s national blossom or flower is the red-colored Tagimoucia.
• This national flower is considered holy by many Fijians.
• Taveuni Island has the growth of this flower still in its natural environment.
• It is a high altitude plant.
• When one hikes and reaches on the upper side of the island the bloom that is rare still is found to bloom.
• This island also has the rare elusive Orange Breasted Dove.
• Intrepid natural environment walkers may be lucky enough to help find a view of the Fiji Ground Frog and the extremely rare and indigenous Crested Iguana.
• These species are solely one of their kind.

Geography of Taveuni

• The total island of Taveuni is 42kms in its length and 10.5 kms in its width.
• It is placed on the top of an shield volcano.
• It has erupted from a northeast-southwest trending rift on the ocean floor.
• There are volcanic cones that are spread on the island.
• They are approximately 150 of them. These include:
– Uluigalau
– Des Voeux Peak
– Uluigalau is the second peak that is highest at an altitude of 1241 meters and Des Voeux Peak is the next at an altitude of 1,195 meters.
• The initial human settlement was around 950-750 BC.
• About 58 eruptions have known to take place from then.
• These eruptions have changed and affected the isle on the 2/3rds of the southern side.
• These eruptions took place from 300–500 AD.
• This led to abandonment of this side of the island.
• This was till 1100 AD.
• The most recent eruption on this side of the isle is around 1550.
• Among-st the tourist attractions, one the most popular spot is Lake Tagimaucia.
• The crater of this volcano is about 800 meters in altitude.
• This is where one can find the rare Tagimaucia flower, the national flower of Fiji.
• Fiji’s popular waterfalls are the Bouma Falls.
• These falls are situated in the Bouma National Heritage Park.
• About 10ms rain falls every year on the east side of the isle.
• This is not so on the west side of the isle as this side the southeast trade winds run along the isle.
• The last eruption of Taveuni took place on the South Cape.
• This was about 500 years earlier.
• Here one can find jet black rocks are found.
• On its south side are Vuna village and the lagoon.
• The eruption was spilled into the sea then which lead to these black rocks litter formation.
• Also, known is the Matamaiqi blowhole with geysers.
• These geysers were known to be created by trade winds which splashed or hit these volcanic rocks.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm most of the year round with minimal extremes.
• The warm season is from November till April.
• The cooler season is May to October.
• Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).
• Temperature sensitive visitors may wish to visit during the Southern Hemisphere winter.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

Air
• The Nadi International Airport is situated about 9 km to the north of central Nadi.
• It is the largest Fijian hub.
• Nausori International Airport is located about 23 kms to the northeast of Suva.
• This helps serving mostly domestic traffic.
• Labasa Airport is the main airport in Vanau Levu island.
• It is situated at Waiqele.
• This is to the southwest of Labasa Town.
• The largest aircraft that is known to be handled by Labasa Airport is the ATR42.
• Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) operates 15 public airports in the Fiji Islands.
• These include two international airports.
• Nadi international Airport is the main gateway of Fiji.
• Nausori Airport is Fiji’s domestic hub.
• It is also hub for 13 outer island airports.

Bus
• Fiji’s larger islands are equipped with extensive bus routes.
• They are consistent.
• They are affordable to the common public.
• Buses are the general transport service for the public.
• They form service between the towns on the main islands.
• Rroll-on-roll-off inter-island ferries are also served by buses.
• Bus fares and routes are regulated by the LTA.

Taxi
• Taxis are licensed by the LTA.
• They operator all through the country.
• The prices for regular taxis is F$1.50 and tariff is F$0.10 for every 200 meters.

Ships and inter-island ferries
Inter-island ferries also serve between islands of Fiji.

Some Travel Books about Fiji

Fiji (Country Travel Guide) Fiji (Travel Reference Map) Getting Stoned with Savages

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs/Sites about Taveuni – Fiji

Blogs at lonelyplanet.com
Blogs at en.wikipedia.org
Blogs at sa- travelblog.org
Blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos Taveuni – Fiji

Images at viator.com
Images at lonelyplanet.com
Images at tripadvisor.in
Images at google.com

Videos of Taveuni – Fiji





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