Four less-travelled dirt roads provide a really genuine insight into rural Viti Levu. None of the routes mentioned here is served by buses, and although all can be navigated by a regular car with good suspension in good weather, 4WD is recommended. Before you leave, check your tyres (including your spare) and take plenty of drinking water – yaqona roots are also good to carry as a sevusevu in case you decide to visit a village. Each of the following routes takes around five hours to drive but there are overnight options in villages along the way and it’s worth taking longer to explore:
Nadi to Ba via Bukuya
Start from the Nadi Back Road, climbing into the grassy hills of the Nausori Highlands. The scenery is barren and very remote, with panoramic views along most of the road. The route passes through two fascinating villages: Bukuya; and Navala with over a hundred traditional thatch bures.
Navua to Suva via Namosi Highlands
Start from Namosi Rd along the Queens Rd, 11km east of Navua Town. The road meanders through dense tropical forest into the Namosi Highlands, past traditional villages with stunning mountain views along the way.
Suva to Tavua via Monasavu Dam
This route journeys through the heart of Viti Levu, past the lush Sovi Basin and Monasavu Dam towards Mount Tomanivi, Fiji’s highest mountain, before heading downhill into the farming valleys surrounding Tavua.
Korovou to Rakiraki via the Tailevu Coast
Travels along the secluded and winding coastline of Tailevu, passing rivers, seldom-visited villages and scenic bays.