Wainibau Falls

Lavena Coastal Walk / Northern Division, Taveuni Island, Fiji

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 4
Wainibau Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Wainibau Falls (pronounced "wye-nim-BAU") was a very beautiful waterfall at the end of the scenic 5km Lavena Coastal Walk, part of which is in the Bouma National Heritage Park. It wasn't particularly tall (I think it was like 10-15m or something), but I thought it was beautifully situated behind a calm and clear plunge pool lying mysteriously behind a little gorge requiring a swim to get right up to the falls.

The Lavena Coastal Walk would've made for a rather long out-and-back hiking excursion, but at the suggestion of the locals in the Lavena village, we only had to do this as a one-way shuttle hike as they boated us to the Savulevu Yavonu Waterfall before dropping us off at the mouth of the Wainibau Stream. So keep that in mind if you're trying to budget how much time to plan for this excursion on your own trip.

From there, we walked about 1km upstream to Wainibau Falls. Encouraged by the local guide, I joined him in a swim further upstream behind the narrow gorge walls towards the base of the waterfall. It was only here at the base of the falls that I noticed there was a second waterfall to the left of the main falls. Without doing the swim, I don't think there would've been a safe way to see it without getting wet. So I guess it was more-or-less a reward for cooling off and venturing a little beyond the official trail.

After we were done with the falls, we then did the full 5km walk along the eastern coastline of Taveuni Island. Along the way, we crossed over a swinging bridge (I believe a sign here indicated that it was built with help from the Kiwis from New Zealand), past a village, and all the while being treated to gorgeous coastal views, beaches, and lagoons.

Among the coastal sights included some interesting rock formations (such as the Pedestal Rocks) where it was real easy to imagine shapes like mushrooms, little goblins, or other figments of the imagination thanks to the weathering of the ocean giving rise to rocks of unusual shapes.

Moreover, our guide also showed us some of the beach spots said to be where they filed The Blue Lagoon. Having seen the movie, we could definitely tell they were indeed in Taveuni!

All in all, it took us a pretty solid 3 hours to go from where the boat dropped us off at the mouth of the stream responsible to Wainibau Falls to the falls itself, and then return to the trailhead. I'd imagine if you didn't have the aid of the boat shuttle, then the overall walk would be around 10km round trip and would probably require somewhere close to 5 or 6 hours total.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Wainibau Falls plus a companion waterfall (seen only after a swim)Wainibau Falls plus a companion waterfall (seen only after a swim)
Another look at the secluded Wainibau FallsAnother look at the secluded Wainibau Falls
Beautiful coastal views all along the Lavena Coastal Walk leading to and from the Wainibau FallsBeautiful coastal views all along the Lavena Coastal Walk leading to and from the Wainibau Falls
Because Wainibau Falls was on the small Taveuni Island, we managed to catch this gorgeous sunset from near the Garden Island Resort where we had stayed on New Year's Eve and New Year's DayBecause Wainibau Falls was on the small Taveuni Island, we managed to catch this gorgeous sunset from near the Garden Island Resort where we had stayed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Our guide Augustino and I swimming in front of Wainibau FallsOur guide Augustino and I swimming in front of Wainibau Falls

Following our guide as we walked alongside Wainibau StreamFollowing our guide as we walked alongside Wainibau Stream

Still on the forested trailStill on the forested trail

Looking back along the coastline over a lagoon towards the mouth of Wainibau StreamLooking back along the coastline over a lagoon towards the mouth of Wainibau Stream

Now we're at the border of Bouma National Heritage ParkNow we're at the border of Bouma National Heritage Park

Vatuni'epaVatuni'epa - the Pedestal Rocks

Looking back along the coastline as we got closer to Lavena VillageLooking back along the coastline as we got closer to Lavena Village

An inviting beach where our guide said they filmed the Blue LagoonAn inviting beach where our guide said they filmed The Blue Lagoon

An inviting beach along the coastal walkAn inviting beach along the coastal walk


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Lavena Village sits at the end of the unsealed main road in Eastern Taveuni. We self drove from the Garden Island Resort near Waiyevo to Lavena, which was about 44km. However, it is possible to save money and take the shuttle here, but doing so might end up compromising flexibility (like seeing Tavoro Waterfalls on the same day).

From the village of Lavena, that's where you have the option of doing the long out-and-back all-day hike, or do what we did and see other waterfalls along the Ravilevu Coast while turning the Lavena Coastal Walk into a one-way shuttle hike.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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Lavena Coast and the Blue Lagoon 
Bula Johnny, So you walked back to Lavena from the Falls ? I don't want to duplicate. How far down the coast did you get? Did you seen Tino in …

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