Biausevu Waterfall

Coral Coast, Viti Levu Island, Fiji

About Biausevu Waterfall


Hiking Distance: 3.3km round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2005-12-28
Date last visited: 2005-12-28

Waterfall Latitude: -18.18007
Waterfall Longitude: 177.73817

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The Biausevu Waterfall (also known as Savu Na Mate Laya Falls) is a pretty 20m waterfall on the Coral Coast of southern Viti Levu near the Biausevu village.

The waterfall slides down in two tiers.

In between the tiers, it looked like the stream actually launched in a small waterwheel before making its final descent.

Biausevu_013_12272005 - Julie checking out the Biausevu Waterfall
Julie checking out the Biausevu Waterfall

Given its accessibility and shape, we thought this was one of the more impressive waterfalls that we saw in Fiji.

It was also one of the highlights of our time in the country’s main island – Viti Levu.

Although we saw organized tours that offered to pick us up at our resort (at least I know the Hideaway Resort offered this back in late 2005), we actually visited this waterfall on our own (see directions below).

We figured that since we already had hired a car to had the freedom of roaming the entire island, we mind as well include a visit here on our own terms.

Hiking to the Biausevu Waterfall

Once we reached the car park area and trailhead, we paid an admission fee (I don’t recall how much it was though), and then hiked for roughly 30 minutes each way (our GPS records indicated that it was roughly 3.3km round trip).

The hike was a pleasant and mostly flat jungle walk involving numerous creek crossings (we counted 9 but there might be more since we lost count along the way).

Biausevu_009_12272005 - Julie traversing one of several stream crossings en route to the Biausevu Waterfall
Julie traversing one of several stream crossings en route to the Biausevu Waterfall

So like most tropical destinations, wearing water shoes or sandals was a good idea.

About the only annoyances about this excursion were mugginess (the air tended to be more stifling within a jungle) and the persistent presence of mosquitoes as they managed to draw blood from us whenever we stopped moving.

Although we were here in the beginning of the Wet Season in late December, the falls still had a nice and satisfactory flow.

I’m not sure if this one flows year-round or not, but as far as we were concerned, it seemed to be one of the more reliable waterfalls in Viti Levu.

Authorities

The Biausevu Waterfall resides on the island of Viti Levu, Fiji. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit the official Fiji Tourism website.

Biausevu_028_12272005 - The pink house and car park
Biausevu_001_12272005 - The Savunamatelaya Waterfall sign
Biausevu_002_12272005 - Julie on the first of many stream crossings
Biausevu_005_12272005 - Julie on another of the stream crossings
Biausevu_006_12272005 - Julie on another of the stream crossings
Biausevu_007_12272005 - At this point of the hike, Julie paused because the water felt so good
Biausevu_008_12272005 - Julie on another of the stream crossings
Biausevu_010_12272005 - Approaching yet another stream
Biausevu_011_12272005 - Julie on another of the stream crossings
Biausevu_022_12272005 - At the Biausevu Waterfall at last!

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From the Pacific Hideaway Resort (roughly 85km or 90 minutes drive south of Nadi), we drove east about 10km on the Queen’s Road (which is the main developed part of the circle island road).

Then, we found an access road inland (to our left), which I believed had a signpost to help us figure out when to turn left.

This access road was unsealed and I think we were on it for about 5-10 minutes or so to a well-signed car park in front of a long pink house.

Our GPS records indicated it was about 3km we might have spent less time on the road or the record shortchanged the actual distance.

A lady walked out of the house to greet us and collect the fee to support maintenance of the trail as well as the village itself.

And as mentioned earlier, if self-driving is not an option, then it appeared that many resorts on the main island of Viti Levu offer organized tours to the Biausevu Waterfall.

I’m sure if you ask your activity desk or receptionist, they’d have info regarding how to go about doing this.

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