From Wairiki, a dirt road heads to the telecoms station at De Voeux Peak (1195m). If you’re fit it’s not difficult to walk to the top, but it will take a couple of hours from the turn-off just before the Catholic Mission. Once at the summit, the view overlooking Taveuni, Vanua Levu and south to Gau and Koro is incredible on a fine day. Be warned, though, clouds often obscure the peak and whilst it may be sunny by the coast, rain could easily be falling on the mountain. The birdwatching up here is excellent, with regular sightings of silktails and orange doves, especially in the nesting season (Aug & Sept).
From the summit, it’s possible to continue for another two hours, hacking through bush along the northern ridge to Lake Tagimaucia, a crater lake 823m above sea level where the endemic Tagimaucia flower blooms. A relatively well-maintained but arduous trail leads to the lake from Waiyevo (7hr return) – a guide is essential and can be arranged through most west coast resorts.