In stark contrast to the dense rainforests of the eastern highlands, the Nausori Highlands ascend into the interior in a panorama of grassy moguls. Massive folds of pale green tussle and tumble into the background as the coastline diminishes along the horizon. Patchy areas of forest and small villages are scattered in the hills. The more remote the village, the more traditional the villagers are in their ways. Sunday is a day of rest and worship, so visits to the two main villages of Navala and Bukuya on this day may be disruptive and unappreciated. The villagers in Navala are Catholic and the villagers in Bukuya are Methodist.
If you have your own transport, the loop from Nadi or Lautoka to Ba, then via Navala to Bukuya, and then back down to Nadi – or down to the Coral Coast via the Sigatoka Valley – is a scenic, fun and usually easy, though long, day trip. You’ll need decent weather, a 4WD and a picnic. Check road conditions before heading for the hills.