Fiji Adventures and White Water Rafting
Why choose O.A.R.S. for Fiji rafting & adventure?
Again, we can lay claim to a pioneering effort of sorts in Fiji, one that includes an environmental stewardship effort and the well being of local Fijian communities.
We were the first company to set up low-impact commercial whitewater rafting trips down the Upper Navua and 'Luva rivers in Fiji. We've also lent a hand in creating a conservation area that will save a segment of this incredible environment forever.
There are two idyllic options here—you can beach it or bust a move (hopefully nothing else).
Few other South Pacific locations can offer the paradise that has made this friendly island nation historically famous. Mesmerizing surf, verdant, magical river gorges and genuine smiles, all just beyond the bow of your boat. Fiji is an O.A.R.S. destination unlike any other; our Fiji adventures invite you to live the truly peaceful island lifestyle for just a while.
The flip side of the coin is a given for adrenaline lovers. Fiji was home to the 2002 Eco-Challenge. There's a good reason for that. The nation's lava rock massifs, dense rainforest and swelling seas are ideal for anyone who's prepared to test their mettle. O.A.R.S.' Highlands to Islands: Ultimate Fiji Explorer tour, including inflatable kayaking, rafting, snorkeling and sea kayaking based out of a luxury beachfront resort just might be your ticket to paradise. But remember, it's a jungle out there.
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Fiji Rafting & Multi-Sport Adventures
The peaceful island nation of Fiji shelters a little-known core of remote rainforest highlands, opulent gorges of green and crystalline jungle waters all but unseen...until now.
Ni Sa Bula. Pronounced "ni sahm boola" - "hello" in Fijian-a greeting you'll know well, after only a short time in this friendly South Pacific paradise. As large as its legend for soul-soothing hospitality, Fiji's seascape is the stuff of surreal chronicle. Waters of midnight blue, azure and turquoise hug white silk shores, protect rainbow coral reefs and serve as home to a magic myriad of fragile ocean life forms. The nation of Fiji is revered for its surf, sailing and scuba bounty. But there's even more, up on high, in Fiji's highlands.
And that's where O.A.R.S. takes you on our Fiji rafting and Fiji adventure vacations. Atop Viti Levu, the largest island in the Fijian archipelago, where two fantastic rivers run, all but unknown to the outside world until recently. Flowing full with jungle rainwater, the Wainikoriluva and Upper Navua Rivers are an integral part of the island's beauty, running through green velvet gorges, past verdant nooks, caves and riverside villages thousands of years old. Here, another Fiji awaits.
The Upper Navua River gorge is a spectacular little piece of Fijian paradise offering 18 miles of narrow canyon slicing through black volcanic walls, with dozens of spectacular waterfalls, lush tropical vegetation, side canyons worthy of exploration and fun Class II-III whitewater. Paddle down a river framed by 150-foot shear canyon walls that in many places are barely wider than the length of your raft. This spectacular river canyon is brought to life by at least a hundred little trickles and cascading waterfalls. Friendly native Fijian guides make rafting the Upper Navua unlike any other whitewater rafting experience O.A.R.S. offers. This rafting day trip in Fiji as well as our Luva River rafting day trip are extremely accessible for family rafters as it can be enjoyed by children as young as 8 years and active adults of all ages (once you get yourself to Fiji of course).
Guests on our eight day Highlands to Islands: Ultimate Fiji Explorer not only experience the Navua and ‘Luva rivers, but also enjoy plenty of time to relax poolside, stroll on white sandy beaches, sea kayak, snorkel, zip-line through a forest canopy and visit a local village.
It is O.A.R.S. mission is to enhance visitors and indigenous peoples' awareness of and appreciation for, the culture and environment by providing activities that promote conservation and preservation through socially responsible and environmentally sensitive interaction with the people, landscape & ecosystems that make the Fijian Highlands so distinct.
In the fall of 2000, with the help of nine mataqali (landowning clans), two villages, a logging company, and the Native Land Trust Board (NLTB), O.A.R.S. successfully established the Upper Navua Conservation Area, extending 200 meters on either side of the Upper Navua River. This unique public-private partnership protects the pristine Upper Navua River Canyon and precludes logging, road building or mining in the fragile river corridor while contributing to the ecological preservation of the area and our long-term commitment to the integrity of Upper Navua Gorge. We employ local guides and pay the lease to local landowners with proceeds generated from our trips in the region. To date the mataqali and villages have earned more than $600,000 through trip fees paid directly to the community and although the real economic impact is difficult to measure, O.A.R.S. and Rivers Fiji have played an instrumental role in establishing ecotourism as a viable economic alternative to resource extraction in the Fijian highlands.
To date, we are unaware of any other freshwater resource in the world being protected and conserved solely by the benefits of a sustainable whitewater tourism-based operation. This commitment by the mataqali, the Great Council of Chiefs, the Native Land Trust Board, and our company to protect and conserve this area have established one of the most unique conservation cooperatives anywhere in the world.