Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Sculptured through the workings of wind, water and vegetation, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes stand out as one of Fiji's most unique wonders. In 1989, 390 acres of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes was established as Fiji's first National Park- The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. A key contributor to its protection is the archaeological treasures buried beneath the dune sands. These artefacts have contributed to the history of man's first arrival in Fiji. Today, evidence of this past continue to be unearthed by the wind. The Park is home to a unique Dune forest which is now home to a myriad of wildlife. Some notable inhabitants of this forest include the Fijian Swallow tail Butterfly, the fruit bats, the Goshawks, the giant stick insects and cryptic Pacific Boa. The National Park is a Fijian heritage, rich in both natural and cultural attributes.
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  • Eduardo Pereira
    San Jose, California194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You MUST do this when you visit Fiji!
    If you are vacationing in Fiji and you love the outdoors, especially while hiking or witnessing incredible scenes of nature and wildlife, then visiting Sigatoka Sand Dunes is a MUST. It is a relatively short hike assuming you don't make many stops. The gentleman who worked the front desk said that the longest trail was about 4 hours total if I can remember correctly. However, if you are like me then you are probably going to take the entire day to experience this park since I love to photograph everything while exploring as much as I can. What I loved about this park is how you go through different types of environments in one trek. It starts off as a nice, grassy field leading you into a lush jungle. Eventually you reach the amazing sand dunes which take you onto a stunning, scenic beach. At some point you pass by the witch teepees and go through another jungle area where you meet the "tree huggers." It was all so incredible, it has to be one of the most beautiful parks I've ever been to. If that wasn't enough to make for an excellent hike, what I also loved when visiting Sigatoka was all the really cool wildlife and critters that my girlfriend and I got to see in our journey. Lovely butterflies were everywhere and would flutter all around making it seem so surreal. There were lots of pretty birds and flowers adding to the variety and natural beauty of this place. if you love insects and spiders then be prepared to see some pretty big ones if you have a good eye. My girlfriend and I got lucky enough to see a HUGE giant orb weaver!! (see my pictures). On top of that, there were fruit bats near the end of the trail that were just hanging around right above us in the trees, they were making a whole lot of noise with their shrieks and it was totally awesome!! 🤘 If you plan on going to this wonderful park please don't forget to take sunblock and a hat since there is no shade once you reach the dunes and the beach area. The day my girlfriend and I were there the wind was very strong so the sand was being blown all over us and by the end of the hike we were covered in it, so I would suggest wearing something to protect your eyes, face, and your skin. If you plan to stay at this park for a while like we did, I would also suggest bringing a foldable beach chair, plenty of water, and some snacks to replenish your energy. And most importantly of all, have fun and enjoy the scenery because it is certainly worthwhile!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Bobby N
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sand Dunes
    Absolutely amazing trip amazing venue, peaceful quiet the operators of the Sandune's were so kind and generous and always smiling and accommodating us. Be sure to book ahead, as they sell out really fast we stayed in sigatoka at the Intercontinental Hotel, so it was close for us, but in the mornings, which is the best time to do it because it's a lot cooler the roads do tend to get packed up with local traffic. But heck you're on vacation so, who cares?
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Robert L
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Excellent stop for a walk to the ocean. Relative easy walk. Part sun and part shade. Signs need to be upgraded as it’s typically Inland style. Bits of post and bits of signs 😀. Highlight were the hundreds of fruit bats that we saw on the return walk from the beach. They are huge!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 June 2024
  • Cat on m
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great half day trip
    A great half day trip, well worth seeing if you are staying near Sigatoka. The local bus will stop here on request, and the entry fee is $10pp. The reception includes a museum area. Make sure to take a picture of the map there as along the dunes the trail isn't well marked. After the dunes, just walk along the beach towards the reception and look for a sign that says 'this way'. There are options for 1 & 2 hour trails with shortcuts along the way. We did the 2 hour trail, which wasn't difficult, although you do have to scramble up the dunes. I definitely would recommend it.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2024
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Angela S
Sydney171 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We attempted to visit the Dunes on the 24th of January. The person present informed us that they had been directed to be closed for the 24th and 25th of January (2022). No reason was given for the closure. They thought that they would be back open on the 26th. I would recommend calling to make sure you can get in before you book a tour or drive there.
Written 24 January 2022
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Michael L
22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
It was a bit challenging to find this park because Google Maps was a little bit off and steered us to a nearby village.

When we arrived, there was no one on duty inside a very run down visitor's center and there were no paper maps to direct us.

So we decided to try to walk out onto the dunes and towards the ocean without any maps. The signs were poorly marked and in disrepair but we were able to find our way.

Once we reached the dunes and the ocean it was a beautiful setting and these were the largest waves we had seen since arriving in Fiji. This is definitely an area where you do not want to try to swim as the waves are strong and dangerous so it is best to view them from a distance.

The ocean view was so nice that we wished we could have stayed there longer but we were getting close to closing time and did not want our rental car to get locked inside the parking lot.

As we were leaving, a taxi finally entered the parking lot and we paid the entry fee of 10 FJD per adult to a person who told us he was the visitor center host.

While the facility and signs are run down, you'll love the natural beauty of the sand dunes and the ocean!

Written 5 January 2024
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Shivy
Viti Levu, Fiji157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The place offers few walk routes to choose from. The guide will show you the map and the route you need to take. We went on a 2 hour walk but exceeded the timeframe. First you have to go through a spooky jungle before you get to see the dunes. We took a walk around mid day when the sun was right on top of our head (not a recommended time). The sand was very very hot. Once you make a big climb all is easy down hill. The cool ocean breeze will cool you off.

Wear a good pair of comfortable walking shoes (2 from our group had their shoes ripped off). Carry at least a liter of drinking water with you. Wear sunscreens and take camera cause the view is too photogenic. Oh and you might want to carry a quite sneak as well. Follow the signs carefully. We almost got lost but I highly recommend to take this walk on your own without a guide. Just be careful of the unstable dunes which is kinda fun to play around.
Written 25 January 2021
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Salsgang
Freeport, ME134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
Very nice walk at Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. $10 FJD per person. It was fairly hot mid-day the day we went, so we opted for the 1 hour "short route". The 2 hour longer route brings you to bigger and more impressive sand dunes, but the short route is still quite scenic and you get a sense of the sand dunes. The vistas and views from the hills are quite impressive. We saw a number of birds even mid-day, a hawk, and also towards the end of the hike we say hundreds of Pacific Flying Foxes (aka Large Bats) hanging from the trees. Most impressive! Some hills need to be managed and bring lots of water, sunscreen and hats, but this is a most impressive park. Well worth the visit!
Written 1 June 2023
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Bobby N
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Absolutely amazing trip amazing venue, peaceful quiet the operators of the Sandune's were so kind and generous and always smiling and accommodating us. Be sure to book ahead, as they sell out really fast we stayed in sigatoka at the Intercontinental Hotel, so it was close for us, but in the mornings, which is the best time to do it because it's a lot cooler the roads do tend to get packed up with local traffic.
But heck you're on vacation so, who cares?
Written 3 October 2023
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JupiterB
Fiji121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
The dunes and the beach are one of the best places to visit in Fiji. They are both famous for their formations and more recently a training location for the world beating Fiji Sevens!

Be prepared to spend at least two hours here and try to act the middle of the day as the sand becomes baking hot, with little shade from the sun

The ocean is not slowed down be a reef, which results in large waves crashing onto the shore, definitely not a place for swimming.

The geography, geology and ocean are truly mesmerising!
Written 26 September 2020
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Eduardo Pereira
San Jose, CA194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If you are vacationing in Fiji and you love the outdoors, especially while hiking or witnessing incredible scenes of nature and wildlife, then visiting Sigatoka Sand Dunes is a MUST.

It is a relatively short hike assuming you don't make many stops. The gentleman who worked the front desk said that the longest trail was about 4 hours total if I can remember correctly. However, if you are like me then you are probably going to take the entire day to experience this park since I love to photograph everything while exploring as much as I can.

What I loved about this park is how you go through different types of environments in one trek. It starts off as a nice, grassy field leading you into a lush jungle. Eventually you reach the amazing sand dunes which take you onto a stunning, scenic beach. At some point you pass by the witch teepees and go through another jungle area where you meet the "tree huggers." It was all so incredible, it has to be one of the most beautiful parks I've ever been to.

If that wasn't enough to make for an excellent hike, what I also loved when visiting Sigatoka was all the really cool wildlife and critters that my girlfriend and I got to see in our journey. Lovely butterflies were everywhere and would flutter all around making it seem so surreal. There were lots of pretty birds and flowers adding to the variety and natural beauty of this place. if you love insects and spiders then be prepared to see some pretty big ones if you have a good eye. My girlfriend and I got lucky enough to see a HUGE giant orb weaver!! (see my pictures). On top of that, there were fruit bats near the end of the trail that were just hanging around right above us in the trees, they were making a whole lot of noise with their shrieks and it was totally awesome!! 🤘

If you plan on going to this wonderful park please don't forget to take sunblock and a hat since there is no shade once you reach the dunes and the beach area. The day my girlfriend and I were there the wind was very strong so the sand was being blown all over us and by the end of the hike we were covered in it, so I would suggest wearing something to protect your eyes, face, and your skin. If you plan to stay at this park for a while like we did, I would also suggest bringing a foldable beach chair, plenty of water, and some snacks to replenish your energy. And most importantly of all, have fun and enjoy the scenery because it is certainly worthwhile!

Written 3 October 2023
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anneliseblackburn
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The Sand Dunes National Park is a great excursion albeit a hot one! But the views make up for the effort. We opted for the 1hr walk with majestic views and a dramatic stretch of coastline. And the cherry on top was the last part of the walk through a cool mahogany forest with dozens of fruit bats flying above us. Excellent outing!
Written 24 January 2020
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Tupi
Viti Levu, Fiji27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
I live at the very end of this National Heritage Site (Yadua Village) and I don't ever get tired of walking to the dunes.

The landscape changes every time you visit and it's a place I call my Gethsemane. I love spending my Sundays at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes as it offers the peace and quite that every being desires on a resting day and just like any other day, the white long stretch and breathtaking view is a bonus.

Not often will you see trekkers or hikers at the dunes and if you're someone who like his own space, meditation and some time alone, this is the place for you.

This is A MUST DO!
Written 9 December 2022
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catrionabikes
Homer, AK567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Fiji's first National Park (1989)* has been on my radar since we started planning this vacation 3 years ago.
It was fully worth exploring and we had the place to ourselves.
The ranger at the visitor center showed us where we could continue on the beach instead of going back up the trail to the visitor center.
That detour took us around a point to a sheltered lagoon where we could swim.
We picnicked, read, swam, and napped. Then on the walk off the beach we got waylaid by some locals who shared beers** with us before we hiked up to the road to catch a bus home.

*UNESCO has declared Sigatoka Sand Dunes as a World Heritage site with historical significance. With remains and artifacts still being discovered, universities from Fiji and around the world come to study and learn more about the historical significance.

**Sharing and hosting is a very Fijian way of life.
Written 30 September 2022
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