May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Paddling the Rainforest
Outfitter Price Accommodations
800-346-6277, www.oars
$1,100 camping, rustic lodging
Destination Wilderness
$1,800 camping, rustic lodging

The Route: Who knew there was an inland Fiji? A weeklong journey into this diving Valhalla's tropical heart — rafting the Class III-IV Navau River and floating via inflatable kayak down the waterfall-spangled Class II Luva.

When to go: Year-round

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: To catch the flow at its highest, go during the rainy season of September through March. And consider customizing your trip: the outfitters can fit in as much beach camping, sea-kayaking, and snorkeling as you like.

High/low points:

  • Getting doused by falls in Navua Gorge, where 100-foot black volcanic walls rim a narrow seven-mile-long ribbon of water.
  • Underestimating the inebriating effects of kava, the local brew made from the roots of a native shrub.

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