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“Wonderful Heritage Park”

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
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Full-Day Abaca Village and Koroyanitu Park Tour
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Lautoka
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Owner description: This magnificent park has something for everyone: a chance to explore waterfalls and forests, swim in a mountain stream, picnic, hike or take a rigorous mountain bike trip.
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park has the most accessible walking trails of Fiji’s two National Heritage Parks. The park was preserves the area’s natural forests and endemic birdlife from clearing for pine forest and encroaching grasslands. At the Abaca visitor centre you can pick up pamphlets and local information, and you’ll find two walking tracks from here. The most challenging (and our favourite!) was the Batilamu Track, which snaked uphill through forest for two hours until it reaching the Mount Batilamu!

3  Thank KarolaRS
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

During our trip to Fiji, my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to see some of the "real" Fiji. From our hotel in Nadi we took a bus from the centre of town to the city of Lautoka. In Lautoka we found a four-wheel drive taxi driver, who offered to drive us up to the remote village of Abaca (pronounced "Abartha"). As the road to Abaca is essentially a dirt track through the jungle, a normal taxi will not take you there. The taxi ride cost us FJ$80 return, which was fairly steep, but the only option. It took about 45 minutes from Lautoka to get to Abaca. In the village we were greeted by a man who was in charge of tourism in the park. We were offered a guide but we decided against it. We began the hike to the top of Mt Koroyanitu, which was 5 hours return. Unfortunately due to the heat and our own lack of fitness we decided to turn back after about an hour. The climb was very steep and completely exposed to the sun. We made our way back to Abaca and then began the other hike, to the waterfall. It took us about 45 minutes to reach a group of clear swimming holes in the river, and we stayed there for several hours as the water was incredible. The people were so friendly and welcoming and definitely recommend visiting this beautiful place!

12  Thank Toka26
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

Came by for a visit for a university group project on species biodiversity. The staff and groundsmen were very friendly and accommodated us for the 3hours we spent there.
Good collection of exotic plants..worth checking out if you appreciate nature and they have lovely spots for little picnics if you want.

Thank Lelah A
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

We wanted to go to koroyanitu mainly for birdwatching so arrived at Abaca village early in the morning and were taken to the tiny hut that was the visitors center to sign in and arrange a guide,15fjd,s for the park entrance and then we paid for the guide cant remember think that was also 15fjds and was definitely needed...it would be very easy to lose the trail and become very lost,our guide Pali? was telling us about the village and its history and told us about the different uses of plants and picked us a lovely fresh guava from the tree..he was knowledgable and had such a good sense of humour and chatted away as we walked...if you go here wear good walking shoes/boots as tho it can be hot and sunny at the start when you get in the jungle it becomes much cooler and wetter and the path is steep and very slippery in places and we both ended up on our bottoms at some stage which just made us laugh,no damage done!..the guided trail lead us up to a lovely waterfall where u could swim if you wish! On the way back down there were lovely panoramic views of Nadi and Lautoka..the scenery here was amazing! Pali was also very good at spotting birds,he knew the Fijian names but not always the English name, we had a book with us so were able to share and identify easier with him..and we saw jungle mynah, barking pigeon, wattled honeyeater, masked shining parrot, Fiji goshawk, pacific harrier, spotted dove, bulbul, swiftlet, vanikoro broadbill, Fiji white eye, Polynesian triller, golden dove, red avadavat, orange breasted myzomela, giant forest honeyeater, streaked fantail, Fiji bush warbler, island thrush, scarlet robin, white collared kingfisher and Fiji wood swallow... also lots of butterflies...we were very happy! Its an amazing place and we only saw one other visitor on our trail and a small group going up to the high peak in the distance! Its uncrowded natural beauty away from the beach resorts well worth a visit! And its good for the villagers to make a living from the tourists and preserve the life and the park.
When you arrive back at the village there is an option to do a cultural visit in the Abaca village and hav lunch with a family but we had other plans for the rest of our day so did not do this! you can also just pay to hav a wander around the village! One of our best days out! Highly recommended.

10  Thank belsparkles
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Access to the hiking trails in the national park is through the visitor center (there is a small park entrance fee of FJD15 per person) in Abaca village. They are 2 major trails there (in opposite directions), one leading to a waterfall which takes about two hours return and a more ambitious hike up to the top of Mt Evans, which is the second highest mountain in Fiji. You can get a guide from the village (should be around FJD30 per person) We did the hike to the summit and it took us about 4 hours return including half an hour of rest stops/photo time - We had good weather and the views at the top were fantastic! We then had lunch in the village for about FJD10 per person(just let them know before going for the hike). It is very much off the beaten track- there are very few tourists there whether in the park or the village. You can also visit the village (separate entrance fee with a local guide) as part of your day trip, if you haven't done any such village visits.

If you are staying in Lautoka, you can easily either arrange for a carrier van to pick you up (see the contact number in the earlier reviews) for a reasonable fee or you can just ask your hotel or the locals around the Lautoka market area- there will be someone willing to take you up and back. If like us, you are staying in Nadi (or Denarau) you will probably need to rent your own vehicle or get a private transfer/driver to take you all the way to Abaca village and back if you want to do the trek (especially the summit hike) comfortably within one day. Would recommend you start the summit hike as early as you can as the first part of the hike is totally exposed to the sun. Another tip is to wear hiking pants(no shorts/berms) as a large part of the trail is covered with scrubland plants and overgrowth which will brush against exposed skin. Would recommend getting a guide from the village - it dosen't cost much and you you don't need to spend time figuring out if you are going the right way.

11  Thank TimFP
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