Location: Abaca Lautoka (about 15.6km southeast of Lautoka) – Viti Levu, Fiji
Attraction type: Nature reserve, National park
Activities: Hiking / Trekking / Accommodation
Contact: Abaca Visitor Centre
Telephone: 664 5431 / 9921517
Abaca National Heritage park, Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, Nase Lodge and Mt Batilamu are all the same place, but known by different names.
Good hiking can be had along some longer, ancient trails-such as those within Koroyanitu National Heritage Park-leading hikers past tempting waterholes, through small villages, and up to green-swathed, panoramic summits such as “Sleeping Giant” Mount Batilamu.
If you are a keen walker or nature lover, the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park in the mountains is definitely worth a visit. There are six villages within the park that cooperate as part of an ecotourism project. They maintain the landscape and tracks and subsequently earn tourism dollars through village stays and manning the office.
Abaca (pronounced am-barth-a) village is at the base of Mt Koroyanitu (Mt Evans). The area has beautiful walks through native Dakua forests and grasslands, bird-watching, archeological sites and waterfalls.
Those who make the climb to the summit of Mt Batilamu, from Nase Lodge, will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Mamanucas and Yasawas. A marked track leads its way up; it takes about Five hours (Return). There is also a two-hour (return) hike that takes in a waterfall, the terraced gardens at Tunutunu and the Navuratu village site. A full-day hike to Mt Koroyanitu visits the remains of a fortified village. A new Waterfall has been discovered which take about three and half hours return hike.
Mount Batilamu Trek (664 5431, 992 1517; fax 664 5431) organises 2.5-day tours up the Sabeto Valley. The tour starts with a 4WD up to the village of Navilawa for a sevusevu 9Fijian Welcoming ceremony). After a night in the village community hall you will be taken on the walk up to Fiji’s sleeping giant (Mt Batilamu, six to eight hours). There you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of Nadi Bay and a bed in Fiji’s highest bure at about 1150m above sea level. On the following day you head down to Abaca and are then transported back to Nadi or Lautoka. Everything will be organised for you, including meals, drinks and transport to and from Nadi/Lautoka hotels for $460 per person, minimum of 2 pax. Trips depart Tuesday and Thursday from mid-April to mid-November.
You can experience highland village culture by staying with a family in Abaca. Village stays are $80 per night, including all meals and can be organised through the Abaca Visitor Centre.
Nase Lodge (camp sites per person $35, dm $50) is an old colonial lodge about 400m uphill from the village. It has 12 bunk beds, a living area, cooking facilities, a cold-water shower and toilet. You can order meals at the village for $13/15/18 to $25 for breakfast/lunch/dinner, but you should also take some groceries as there is no village shop. Make bookings at the Abaca Visitor Centre.
Mt Batilamu Hut (at the peak of Mt Batilamu where you can see the run rise and sun set. $150.00 per person including all meals and a guide to stay overnight with you. A minimum of 2 pax
Getting there & away
There are no buses to Abaca but you can contact George Prince (664 5431, 8605406, 991 6956; firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, who operates transfers from Lautoka to the Village ($30/60 one way/return) per person. And additional of $10.00 per person one way from Nadi and $15.00 per person from Denarau Island. Also Pick up can be from any Hotel around Viti Levu.
If driving from Nadi, turn right off the Queens Road at Tavakubu Rd past the first roundabout after entering Lautoka. Continue for about 6.5km, past the police post and the cemetery, then turn right at Abaca Rd. It is a further 10km of gravel road up to the village, suitable for 4WDs only, and about one hour’s drive from Lautoka.
Research: 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.
- Fijian Entertainment (meke, singing, etc) – $220.00 for the whole group
- Fijian Lovo (cooked food under the ground) – $38.00 per person (min of 5 pax)
- Horse riding (4 hours) – $45.00 per person
Kids under 2 years are FOC (Free of Charge)
Kids between the age of 2 – 14 are at 50%
Kids over 14 will be full adult rate.
Guide for Hiking / Trekking
It is now compulsory to have guide for all Hiking’s and Trekking’s. Rate are from ($15/$25/$40) Water fall / Mt Batilamu day trip / Mt Batilamu overnight) respectively.
There is a one off entry fee of $12.00 per person.