Fiji’s adventure playground

Canyon walls of Fiji's Navua River - photo by Rob McFarland

Canyon walls of Fiji's Navua River - photo by Rob McFarland

It’s Good Friday and I’m being guided by Moses. Ahead of us lies 24km of tumultuous white water, dozens of spectacular waterfalls and an impenetrable canvas of lush, dense jungle.

Moses is a guide with Rivers Fiji and I’m on their Upper Navua rafting trip, an all-day adventure that follows the river as it slices through a chasm of black volcanic rock in the remote highlands of Viti Levu. At times the sheer-sided walls of the canyon narrow to just 7m wide while waterfalls tumble down through a canopy of ferns and bamboo. All around is the unmistakable background music of the jungle.

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Fiji in style

Pool at Sofitel Resort & Spa in Fiji - photo by Rob McFarland

Pool at Sofitel Resort & Spa in Fiji - photo by Rob McFarland

I could get used to this. I’ve got a mojito in one hand, a plate of freshly seared tuna in the other and I’m surrounded by an idyllic vista of azure water and sandy atolls. Attentive crew wait on my every whim, there’s a frighteningly fast jetski at my disposal, not to mention three luxuriously appointed cabins should I need to take a nap. This is how the other half live.

Sadly, I’m not in that half. I’m only on board for the afternoon but for the fortunate few, the 26m MV Bel Mare catamaran can be chartered for anything from a day to a month. Custom-built in New Zealand and one of only two of its type in the world, it’s a floating haven of polished wood, blinding white fibreglass and gleaming stainless steel. If you want to see Fiji in style, this is how.

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