I was coming to Fiji and didn't want to do all the stereotypical touristy-type stuff so I found this as a day trip. I spent the overnight in Latouka at an Air BnB and then arranged to go up to Abaca in the morning.
There's a lot of different information out there about who to book through and I wanted to make sure that I was going to booking through a place that would give the money right to the village and support their tourism project. I got in touch with a woman named Kalolaini (phone number= 8610 394) who arranged a 4WD return pick up from Latouka and the tour through the village and a guide up the mountain for $159 FJD.
The hike up to Mt. Batilamu took about 3 or so hours, with a nice guide from the village and even one of the kids who went barefoot up with us the whole way. The two thirds of the hike I would say are high grasslands (no shade, walking through a field, basically)-- your legs will get scratched up from this!! The last third is rainforest which is cooler temperature wise. The day I went, it was overcast/bit rainy so I didn't actually see anything from the top which was a little disappointing but I enjoy hiking and the exercise.
Then when I came down from the hike, one of the locals cooked me lunch and we ate in their home.
I considered trying to rent my own car and save money but I'm so glad I didn't. The dirt road to Abaca is VERY rough so you definitely need a truck or something with high clearance and I don't think busting up a rental car is worth it. Also not sure about the cell signal/directions to get there.
I would suggest bringing lots of water and a small snack.
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