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.
Above: Orchid Falls in Sabeto during the dry season
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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.
Above: The tiered waterfall adjacent to the main falls
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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:
|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:
Sleeping Giant Zip Line, off Sabeto Road, 12 km (approx. 20 min drive) north-east of Nadi International Airport
177.526059 (to the car park)
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.
Two local creeks
Swimming available at the falls:
Yes, see my swim here
Toilets, car park, kiosk, picnic tables, zip line.
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.
Shade available at the falls
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No prohibitions specified on site
There is no camping at Orchid Falls. If you want to stay overnight in the area, you can try the following options on the northern side of Nadi, closer to the falls.
All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
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.
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