SAVU NA MATE LAYA FALLS (AKA BIAUSEVU WATERFALL)
Julie and I got up at left the Hideaway Resort at 6:45am took the rental car east to start the very long circle island drive around Viti Levu. I actually wasn’t sure if we would make it around the island or not and still see the waterfalls we were shooting for. I especially wasn’t certain how slow going the Kings Road would be since I had read it was unsealed and riddled with potholes. Still, I was determined to move forward and really get to see the largest island in Fiji.
Our first destination was the Biausevu Waterfall, which was more formally known as Savu Na Mate Laya Falls. It didn’t take long as we headed east of our resort before we reached the unsealed turnoff that headed inland towards Biausevu. The turnoff was easy to miss and Julie had to stop me and make me turn into a car park of some store before we got on the unsealed road.
The road was a bit rough but very manageable. We had to get around a couple of deep ruts but it wasn’t a really big deal. What was trickier getting around was this dog that was sleeping in the middle of the road. It didn’t bother getting up when we approached and from what we could see it wasn’t dead.
At 7:30am, we reached the signposted Biausevu Waterfall. We proceeded to drive onto their grassy car park and then park the car. As Julie and I got out of the car to get ready for the hike, a lady came out to greet us. We felt bad for making her get up so early as we could tell she was still rubbing her eyes. But we knew she came out so she could collect the fee to visit the waterfall and we gladly obliged.
And with that, Julie and I were onto the hike. Both of us were walking in Chacos while carrying hiking sticks. We also wore long pants even though the humidity of the day was building. But there were mosquitoes waiting to get their blood fix whenever we stopped moving.
The walk was quite well-used and well defined. We were glad we didn’t book a tour from the hotel here as it was perfectly doable on our own. The trail crossed the creek several times, and we tried to count them up to keep us preoccupied. Unfortunately, sometimes the pebbles in the creeks got between our feet and the top of our hiking sandals and that made for some uncomfortable walking. So we would stop and use the creeks to try to wash the pebbles away, but that was when the opportunistic mozzies got their shots at us.
Anyways, the walk proceeded pretty uneventfully for a little over an hour. But finally after the last of at about 13 stream crossings, we were at the head of the valley and stood before the Biausevu Waterfall.
Julie and I spent a good deal of time photographing and just gazing at this pretty waterfall. Being the early birds we were, we had been the only ones here so it was nice to enjoy the peace and solitude.
At 8:15am, we headed back towards the car park, and we regained the car at 9am.