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Sigatoka Sand Dunes

by Jorge Sanchez - 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I had several days left in Fiji before flying to other Pacific islands. I had just been in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands enjoying its atmosphere, and now I wanted to visit cultural places. Fijian friends suggested me to go to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, and I listened to them.

To get to the Sand Dunes, the first designated Natural Park in Fiji (it is included in the Indicative List of UNESCO), you can walk half an hour from Sigatoka (at just 3 kilometers distance), or to take any bus going to Nadi and ask the driver to drop you there. That is what I did coming from Nadi in my way to Suva, and the driver stopped especially for me at the gate of the Natural Park. Entrance fee is very cheap. I was proposed a guide to show me around but I prefered to walk by myself with the help of a map that I was given. There are two options of visit, the first one is short, about half an hour or 40 minutes, and you descend to the beach where the dunes are located, while in the second one you climb some high dunes to enjoy a magnificent view over the sand dunes falling to the beach from a high place. This second option will take you about about one and a half hours.Everything is well signaled, you just follow the tracks, you will never get lost. The Mahakoni forest is beautiful.There are several stops in huts, like wooden kiosks, where you can rest. You will see lovely trees with totems in them, like magical, forming strange forms, looking human beings. The dunes are by the seaside and by following them you will come across primitive huts used by the old Fiji people (known as Lapita People, and also as Fiji's First People), plus pottery and a section with archaeological artifacts having over 2.600 years of age.After my visit I walked all the way until Sigatoka, to have a delicious vegetarian lunch in the magnificent temple of the hindu sect Hare Krishna.



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