Your Fiji holiday should be one that’s filled with fun-filled activities. And any holiday includes taking in the sights, sounds and attractions! Fiji has more to offer you than just sun, surf and sand. There are so many cultural, historical and interesting places to visit.
The western side of Viti Levu – Fiji’s main island – is where much of Fiji’s tourism industry is based. And it is also a place rich in history and culture.
And there are daily tours that explore Viti Levu’s West – one such tour takes you to three interesting places – Vuda Lookout/Viseisei Village/Garden of the Sleeping Giant.
For nature lovers (and anyone who loves beauty) – a journey to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a must. Journey into Nadi’s Sabeto Valley to Fiji’s largest and most famous orchid garden nestled at the base of the Sleeping Giant mountain, six kilometers north of Nadi International Airport. For avid gardeners and flower enthusiasts – this is a place after their own hearts.
After being welcomed with a complimentary fruit drink, you are free to wander around the beautiful surroundings. Stunning flowers in brilliant colours set against the backdrop of green landscaped lawns, lily ponds and trickling fountains.
The covered walkways (and the rainforest) just add to the peaceful serenity of the place.
There’s quite a selection of colourful tropical flowers but the garden is famous for its large collection of different Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids.
It’s interesting to note that these flowers were once the private collection of late American actor Raymond Burr perhaps most famous for his portrayal of super lawyer Perry Mason in the TV drama series of the same name.
The garden offers a respite from the heat of the sun (this is after all the burning west) and is a delightful sanctuary just outside Nadi.
About 10 minutes from the Garden is the legendary village of Viseisei. Legend has it that a migration led by Lutunasobasoba landed on the West Coast of Viti Levu at Vuda – their canoe was called Kaunitoni.
Vuda in Fijian means source. Viseisei village is the point from which these first Fijians were said to have gone out and then populated Fiji.
Tradition also has it that Lutunasobasoba actually stayed at Vuda and he is claimed as the ancestor of the yavusa (the Fijian equivalent of tribe) of Western Viti Levu.
Your visit of Viseisei involves a village tour where you can see firsthand how locals live in a communal setting and a chance to peruse the handicrafts sold.
The final part of the tour ends at the Vuda Lookout...