The Garden Island
Taveuni Island, Fiji
I was unprepared for just how beautiful Taveuni island would be. A mountainous landscape covered by tropical rainforest and plenty of hidden waterfalls to explore.
Nicknamed â€śThe Garden Islandâ€ť due to the incredible amount of vegetation youâ€™ll find there, Taveuni is the 3rd largest of Fijiâ€™s 300+ islands. Compared to others it has very little development.
A majority of Taveuniâ€™s flora fauna are protected by two nature preserves and a national park.
Visiting is usually accomplished in a small propeller plane, and doing so allows you to see Fijiâ€™s numerous colorful islands from the air. This is a worthwhile experience in itself. Taveuniâ€™s Matei Airport is just a shack with a few benches under a roof acting as a terminal.