Navua, 10km east of Pacific Harbour on the Suva side of the Navua River, is a dusty market centre with a mix of Fiji-Indian rice farmers from the delta and Fijian villagers from the highlands selling their produce. The only reason to come here is to catch a boat to Beqa Island or to explore the Namosi Highlands, which loom large above the river floodplain.

At the north end of town, between the market and bridge, longboats line the riverbanks and journey up the murky Navua River to the villages of the Namosi Highlands. A local operator offers guided longboat trips, and Rivers Fiji offers whitewater rafting through stunning scenery towards Wainimakatu; this remote region fronts the massive Sovi Basin, an amphitheatre of lowland rainforest surrounded by mountain ridges with an abundance of endemic birdlife – this is Fiji’s largest and most important protected nature reserve.

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