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.
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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