Fiji eco-tourism plays a significant role in attracting travelers to the country. There are nature reserves for bird watching, unique species of iguanas, vibrant tropical rainforest with thousands of plants, most with medicinal value as well as the beautiful Tagimaucia flower which is unique to the high hills of Taveuni. The promotion of such wonderful assets not only encourages the local people to protect their heritage but also helps support the lives of those living in rural areas by giving them employment opportunities.

Fiji has an unspoiled, unique environment of extreme beauty and tranquility Fiji is a nature lovers delight. Adrift for millennia in splendid isolation in the blue of the South Pacific it has escaped the evils of industrial progress, the incursions of dangerous animals, poisonous snakes, spiders and pestilent diseases such as malaria. It awaits your discovery.

The Fiji crested iguana is a large stocky lizard, which was first discovered in 1979. Dr John Gibbons found the iguana whilst researching the, more common, banded iguana (B. fasciatus) that is also found on the Fijian islands. The crested iguana is green with 3 narrow white bands crossing its back, whilst the bands of the banded iguana are much broader and are blue in colour. The crested iguana is also much larger than its close relative and has distinct crest spines along its back that can be up to 1.2 cm long. A further distinction between the two species occurs when the iguanas are aroused; the crested iguana is able to change colour very rapidly from green to black.

In 1980 Mr Trammel Crow of Dallas Texas, donated to the National Trust for Fiji a 13 hectare site 26km South East of Nadi with commanding views of the surrounding coastline and reef, containing the historic WWII Momi Bay Battery.

The site was established by the New Zealand 30th battalion in 1941, because of it’s strategic importance overlooking the Navula passage - one of the few breaks in the reef allowing ships access to the western centres and Nadi airfield. The main feature of the site are the two 6 inch guns.

By August 1942 the New Zealand Battalion was relieved at Momi Bay by the 148th battalion. The site was manned by the battalion until early 1944 when all Fiji's coastal batteries were closed.

This 4-mile stretch of large windswept sandunes along the coast is a protected environment administered by the National Trust of Fiji.

The park has a very informative visitor centre about the ancient inhabitants and ecology of the region. Pottery sherd from the Lapita Era (1000 years ago), buried in time by drifting sands, can be found scattered amongst the sandunes and several archaeological excavations have revealed ancient fishing settlements.

There are several official trails to explore the sandunes which often expose these ancient pottery shards.

A unique feature in Fiji is the rare Tagimaucia flower which is found in the high rainforests of Taveuni and Vanua Levu in the Northern Islands.

The most prolific flowering is around scenic Lake Tagimaucia between October and December. The trail is quite arduous, especially on a hot and humid day.

 

 


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