The Bouma National Heritage Park of Fiji is located in the island of Taveuni. It covers 80% of the entire island, which includes a rainforest and coastal forest in an expanse of about 150 square kilometers (57 sq miles). Also inside this national park are three magnificent waterfalls called the Tavoro Waterfalls, each with its own natural swimming pools. The first waterfall is 24 meters high and near a flat cultivated path, which makes it easy to reach. Farther away and through a steep path is the second and smaller waterfall. Visitors typically spend their entire morning or afternoon swimming at the cool pools and then eating at the picnic areas. Other leading attractions inside the park are the Vidawa Rainforest Trail, De Vouex Peak, Lake Tagimaucia, and Waitabu Marine Park.
Located in the South West Pacific, the country of Fiji is made up of 322 islands, only 110 of which are inhabited. It is a popular summer destination for vacationing Australians and New Zealanders since it is only about 4 hours into the Pacific Ocean. Americans and Europeans also come to Fiji. It is known for its pristine white beaches and world renowned dive sites spread amongst the many amazing islands. The capital city is Savu in Viti Levu, the largest and most important island. Aside from Viti Levu, Fiji has eight other island groups, which are Vanau Levu, Kadavu, Mamanuca Islands, Yasawa Islands, Lomaiviti Islands, Lau Islands, Rotuma, and Taveuni.
In 1990, the Bouma National Heritage Park was established by the people of Bouma in cooperation with the Fijian government and the New Zealand government. From its northern boundary 15 kilometers south of Matei, the park protects a wide array of rare exotic birds and plants inside an ancient rainforest. The park is the exclusive home of the rare Tagimaucia Flower.
The national park also houses four local villages, each protecting a specific attraction within the park. The Waitabu village, the first to be seen coming from Matei, is tasked to protect the marine park, thus it is called the Waitabu Marine Park. Second along the way is the village of Vidawa, about 4 kilometers deeper into the park. Vidawa watches over the rainforest trek and an ancient ruins site on top of a hill. This is one of the most interesting places inside the park. Next is the neighboring Korovou Village that takes care of the Tavoro Waterfalls. Finally, located 15 kilometers at the end of the road is the fourth village, the Lavena Village. It protects the coast and offers visitors a relaxing walk by the coast and kayaking. Also nearby are Lake Tagimaucia, De Vouex Peak and another waterfall.
Finally, to make this trek through the park even more memorable, the park has friendly guides who are very knowledgeable about the many plants and animals that are encountered along the way, as well as stories about the park and the islands.
When in Fiji, tourists must make it a point to visit the Bouma National Heritage Park for its many natural attractions. Park entrance is very cheap at F$20 considering the priceless natural attractions within. Nearby resorts are the Matangi Island Resort, Paradise Taveuni, Bibi Hideaway and Garden Island Resort.