Taveuni isn't Fiji's most common destination, but there are plenty of reasons that you should check out this island. Taveuni is Fiji's third largest island, but it's still quite a bit smaller than Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
Here are 5 reasons why you should consider catching the nearest ferry or small plane over to the island.
1. Experience an Untouched Paradise
While much of Fiji has had land cleared for farmland or development, Taveuni has remained mostly untouched. The island is sometimes known as the Garden Island of Fiji, and considering the rest of Fiji is already so abundant with plant life, it says a lot that Taveuni gets this honour.
Because of this, Taveuni boasts a great array of native fauna and flora including the rare orange dove and the tagimaucia flower. The island is covered with waterfalls, and is popular for hiking, being home to Bouma National Heritage Park and Lake Tagimaucia.
2. See the Rare Tagimaucia Flower
One of the unique residents of Taveuni is the tagimaucia flower, from which Lake Tagimaucia gets its name. It is Fiji's national emblem, but despite this Taveuni is the only place it can be found. It grows all through the mountains of the island.
It's a beautiful flower of red and white, and only grows in altitudes over 600m. It is not often you get the chance to see something to rare.
The tagimaucia flower comes with it's own folklore, a young woman whose tears became the flowers after she feared she would lose her lover. If you believe the stories it's said that seeing this flower can also help determine your one true love.
3. The Rainbow Reef
Rainbow Reef lies in between Taveuni and the island of Vanua Levu, in the Somosomo Strait. It's a beautiful area perfect for diving or snorkelling, and boasting a bright array of coral and fish. It's known as one of Fiji's best spots for diving.
The Rainbow Reef Resort offers diving, snorkling, and other activities around the reef and around Taveuni, and there are also other dive centres that operate on the reef.
4. Stand on the International Date Line
It may not be the sole reason to pop Taveuni on your itinerary, but it's still a bit of fun. Taveuni is one of the few pieces of land that lies on the international date line. While the line was technically moved to avoid the island, there's still a photo opportunity as you stand by the marker.
It might not fill a whole day, but who doesn't want to jump back and forth a la Homer Simpson shouting "I'm in today, I'm in tomorrow, I'm in today, I'm in tomorrow". It's a bit of fun even if it's not technically correct.
The Waitavala Natural Waterslide is a popular spot for tourists and locals. Here the water rushes over the rocks, giving you an exciting ride if you're brave enough to give it a go.
There are usually plenty of locals around showing off their skills, and they'll happily show you how it's done. While the slides aren't huge it can still be a little bit intimidating letting yourself go on the slippery rocks.
Not only is Taveuni beautiful, but it's an island teaming with experiences that can't be had anywhere else in the world. You're missing out if you decide to skip this island paradise.