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Orchid Falls, Sabeto
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These waterfalls in the jungle in the foothills behind Nadi are readily accessible via a well maintained path, accompanied by one of the local guides on site. Orchid Falls, Sabeto Above: Orchid Falls in Sabeto during the dry season (Order this image)

Orchid Falls consists of two sets of waterfalls. The first is a cascade with a fan at the bottom that spills into a small pool. The pool is popular for swimming, and offers respite from the humidity of Nadi.
The second set of falls are located direction to the right of the main falls, and tend to only flow during the wet season and in the early part of the dry season. These are a series of steps with little alcoves underneath each step. Orchid Falls, Sabeto Above: The tiered waterfall adjacent to the main falls (Order this image)

The walk to the falls is only a few hundred metres, with a little detour to view a giant boulder along the way. The path is quite wide, with a concrete base, and the jungle is kept well back from the path. So apart from some mosquito repellent, you don't need any special equipment to reach these falls.

This spot is also home to a local zipline operator that offers ziplining through the jungle.
Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Visit at the start of the dry season, or anytime after rainfall, when the waterfalls will be flowing well Anytime during daylight hours is fine
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Sleeping Giant Zip Line, off Sabeto Road, 12 km (approx. 20 min drive) north-east of Nadi International Airport
Latitude:-17.714527 Longitude:177.526059 (to the car park)
Getting there: The easiest way to get here is by taxi or with a tour company, but here are directions if you are driving yourself. From Nadi, head north along Queens Road and turn off at Sabeto Road (roughly pronounced Sam-bay-toe). Drive for 8 km, through the Sabeto village, including sections of unsealed road that were passable by 2WD in dry weather when I visited. Turn left through the cane fields at the sleeping giant sign. After going over the bridge, turn left and drive very slowly, right through the middle of a smaller village with its free-range chickens and roaming children, and up the hill until you reach the car park.
Water source: Two local creeks
Approx. height: 5-10 metres.

Approx. width: 1 metre
Approx. length: 5-10 metres
Swimming available at the falls: Yes, see my swim here
Facilities: Toilets, car park, kiosk, picnic tables, zip line.
Entrance fee: Up to around FJD$50 per person, but can be cheaper for couples and families or if you are part of an organised tour group.
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Shade available at the falls
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No prohibitions specified on site
Accommodation Options: You can try accommodation in nearby Nadi.
Managing authority: Sleeping Giant Zip Line
Nearby attractions: Sabeto hot spring and mud pool
Before you head out, make sure you read the waterfall safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the pool.
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