Wainuta Falls

Namosi Highlands, Viti Levu Island, Fiji

About Wainuta Falls

Hiking Distance: tour
Suggested Time: 8 hours

Date first visited: 2005-12-27
Date last visited: 2005-12-27

Waterfall Latitude: -18.0845
Waterfall Longitude: 178.06812

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Wainuta Falls is a gorgeous 30m waterfall in the Luva Gorge.

In order to see this waterfall, we had to take a kayak and river tour onto the Lower Navua River within the Luva Gorge (or Wainikoroiluva).

This tour also included a bit of an adventurous drive into the Namosi Highlands, where we visited an authentic Fijian village called Nakavika Village.

Wainuta_Falls_008_12262005 - Wainuta Falls
Wainuta Falls

We even partook in a welcoming ceremony where we were greeted by the village chief while also having a ceremonial drink of kava.

As for the water part of the tour, we kayaked some distance downstream before we stopped the kayak at the proper riverbank.

Then, we did a short 15-minute walk right to the base of the waterfall where some of the tour participants as well as the guide himself swam.

The way we did this excursion was by booking a tour with Rivers Fiji (called “A Day on the Luva”).

This tour provided all the kayaking equipment as well as all the transport as they picked us up from the Hideaway Resort when we did this trip.

The kayaking was very easy because they provided very robust inflatable kayaks made for beginners.

Wainuta_Falls_015_12262005 - Julie and our guide checking out Wainuta Falls
Julie and our guide checking out Wainuta Falls

Thus, first timers like Julie and I were able to do it.

The overall experience here was so educational and interactive that we considered this to be one the highlights of our Fiji trip back in 2005.


Wainuta Falls 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.

Namosi_012_12262005 - Looking back at the mountains
Namosi_018_12262005 - Driving between mountains in the Namosi Highlands
Nakavika_001_12262005 - Some village kids happily posing for a picture
Nakavika_002_12262005 - Walking to the ceremonial house in Nakavika Village
Wainuta_Falls_003_12262005 - First look at Wainuta Falls from the garden
Wainuta_Falls_007_12262005 - Here's another look at Wainuta Falls with some people already at its base for a sense of scale
Wainuta_Falls_012_12262005 - Getting very close to Wainuta Falls
Wainuta_Falls_013_12262005 - Some folks at the base of Wainuta Falls for scale
Wainuta_Falls_019_12262005 - A local swam right underneath the falls fronted by a rainbow

Since we did this as an organized tour, we didn’t need to concern ourselves with logistics other than allocating a whole day to do it.

Rivers Fiji is based in Pacific Harbour, which is on the Coral Coast in Southern Viti Levu (144km or 2.5 hours drive south of Nadi). Since we stayed at the Hideaway Resort further west, they had no trouble providing ground transport to their office where they equipped us and had us ride a different vehicle well equipped for the dirt roads leading to the Namosi Highlands.

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Tagged with: namosi, coral coast, pacific harbour, rivers fiji, fiji, western division, waterfall, luva, kayak, nakavika, viti levu

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