Fiji Rafting, Kayaking & Multi-Sport Adventures
The peaceful island nation of Fiji shelters a little-known core of remote rainforest highlands, opulent gorges of green and crystalline jungle waters all but unseen…until now.
Ni Sa Bula. Pronounced “ni sahm boola” – “hello” in Fijian-a greeting you’ll know well, after only a short time in this friendly South Pacific paradise. As large as its legend for soul-soothing hospitality, Fiji’s seascape is the stuff of surreal chronicle. Waters of midnight blue, azure and turquoise hug white silk shores, protect rainbow coral reefs and serve as home to a magic myriad of fragile ocean life forms. The nation of Fiji is revered for its surf, sailing and scuba bounty. But there’s even more, up on high, in Fiji’s highlands.
And that’s where OARS takes you on our Fiji rafting and Fiji adventure vacations. Atop Viti Levu, the largest island in the Fijian archipelago, where rivers run, all but unknown to the outside world until recently. The Upper Navua Gorge is a spectacular little piece of Fijian paradise offering 12 miles of narrow canyon slicing through black volcanic walls, with dozens of spectacular waterfalls, lush tropical vegetation, side canyons worthy of exploration and fun Class II-III whitewater. Paddle down a river framed by 150-foot shear canyon walls that in many places are barely wider than the length of your raft. This spectacular river canyon is brought to life by at least a hundred little trickles and cascading waterfalls. Friendly native Fijian guides make rafting the Upper Navua unlike any other whitewater rafting experience OARS offers. This rafting one-day rafting trip in Fiji as well as our Middle Navua River Kayaking adventure is extremely accessible for active adults of all ages and families with children as young as 8 years.
Guests on our eight-day Highlands to Islands: Ultimate Fiji Explorer not only experience the Navua River, but also enjoy plenty of time to relax poolside, stroll on white sandy beaches, sea kayak, snorkel, zip-line through a forest canopy and visit a local village.
A Model for Ecotourism in Fiji
In 1998, with the dedicated support of OARS president & founder, George Wendt, Rivers Fiji set up low-impact commercial whitewater rafting trips on the Upper Navua and ‘Luva Rivers in Fiji, and they worked with native landholders to establish a conservation area to preserve a segment of the Fijian highlands. In the fall of 2000, Rivers Fiji signed the final papers for a 25-year lease of the land extending 200 meters on either side of the Upper Navua River to establish the Upper Navua Conservation Area in Fiji. The lease precludes logging, road building or mining in the fragile river corridor and contributes to the ecological preservation of the area and our long-term commitment to the integrity of the Upper Navua Gorge. All guides are native Fijians, hired locally with a stake in the long-term sustainability of the region. To date, the indigenous community has earned more than $1,000,000 through lease payments, trip fees, guide pay and related financial contributions. Additionally, each year Rivers Fiji organizes a group of doctors and engineers from the U.S. to offer free medical clinics and to build facilities to improve water quality and the company sponsors a number of river trips for youth from local villages.
To date, we are unaware of any other freshwater resource in the world being protected and conserved solely by the benefits of a sustainable whitewater tourism-based operation. This commitment by the mataqali, the Great Council of Chiefs, the Native Land Trust Board, and our company to protect and conserve this area have established one of the most unique conservation cooperatives anywhere in the world.
Why choose OARS for Fiji rafting & adventure?
Again, we can lay claim to a pioneering effort of sorts in Fiji, one that includes an environmental stewardship effort and the well-being of local Fijian communities. We were the first company to set up low-impact commercial whitewater rafting trips in Fiji and we helped create a conservation area that will save a segment of this incredible environment forever.
Traveling to an unfamiliar country doesn’t have to be challenging. With more than 150 years of combined experience in the adventure travel industry, our staff of knowledgeable adventurers has taken out the guesswork and added our guarantee. A trip to Fiji with OARS is a true adventure. The country offers a unique mix of adventure, natural phenomenon, and cultural attractions and it is renowned for its hospitality. As you journey through Fiji, you can be confident you’re traveling with one of the most trusted and experienced adventure travel companies in the world.
For more than 45 years, OARS has led travelers of all ages and abilities to some of the most stunning locations on the planet. We thrive on creating adventures that take you off the beaten path and away from the crowds to magical landscapes, rivers and coastlines. National Geographic, Outside, Men’s Journal and Sunset magazines along with NBC, CNBC, Forbes Traveler and SmarterTravel.com have all recognized OARS for serving up some of the “Best Trips on the Planet.”
We also provide the best guide-to-guest ratio in the adventure travel business so you can feel at ease from the moment you step off the plane, to every new experience that awaits you on your Fiji adventure. Going above and beyond at any chance, our friendly local guides will ensure your questions are answered and your concerns are given the personal attention you deserve, all while sharing their extensive knowledge of their beloved island country.