Waibula Falls

near Bouma National Heritage Park / Northern Division, Taveuni Island, Fiji

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Waibula Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Waibula Falls (pronounced "waim-BOO-lah") is an attractive waterfall that we saw towards the end of a tour through a Danish-owned plantation in eastern Taveuni.

I recalled this waterfall was right behind a wired-bridge where each tour participant was being pullied across while suspended above the river. After this rather unique experience, we were then given time to take photos while chilling out and swimming in the water.

We joined this tour through our resort (we stayed at the Garden Island Resort) before we had to fly back to LA. There were other tours that would've taken us to other private waterfalls as well, but this was the only one we ended up doing. I'm actually not sure if this waterfall (let alone tour) would be available going forward because the owners at the time (we were there in January 2006) expressed concern about the instability in the government and expressed a desire to vacate the plantation.

Interestingly, the word "wai" is a common Polynesian word for "water" and "bula" (which you will hear a lot if you're visiting Fiji) means "hello." So if you put the two together, the name of the falls might mean "hello water."

Our tour took the better part of a morning. So if this falls can still be visited as part of a tour through someone's property or plantation, then I'd imagine you'd have to budget a half-day. However, given the fluidity of wishes of ownership, this waterfall may or may not be an option by the time you read this.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

View of the river from within the lush plantation we toured as we made our way to Waibula FallsView of the river from within the lush plantation we toured as we made our way to Waibula Falls
Further down Taveuni's coastline was the Lavena Coastal Walk that took in tidal lagoons, secluded beaches, and even some indigenous villages before reaching the Wainibau WaterfallFurther down Taveuni's coastline was the Lavena Coastal Walk that took in tidal lagoons, secluded beaches, and even some indigenous villages before reaching the Wainibau Waterfall
Looking out towards the Pacific from within the plantationLooking out towards the Pacific from within the plantation

Julie getting pullied across the riverJulie getting pullied across the river

Our guide standing within the fallsOur guide standing within the falls

Last look at Waibula FallsLast look at Waibula Falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since we visited this waterfall through an organized tour from our resort, we didn't need to do any driving or navigating to get to the falls. But since we had already been familiar with the island prior to the tour, we could say that the plantation was on the northeast side of Taveuni (probably 6km north of the Bouma Waterfalls).


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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.


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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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