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Michael Hodgson

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Born to British parents in Canada, Michael Hodgson had been schlepped back and forth across the pond since he was a toddler. In college, he took the big leap and spent a few months in Kenya – and never looked back. His biology major somehow led him into a writing career, focusing on the outdoors, hiking and gear testing. Building on his lifetime of travel with travel writing was a natural, although he still loves to seek out the wilder side of a mountain – or a city -- for a good story. Michael also is a partner in a consulting business (www.NewNormalConsulting.com) built on a passion to help specialty businesses and brands succeed both domestically and internationally.
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Visit Fiji’s Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. There are so many wonderful places to see in Fiji. On the western side of Viti Levu, Lautoka may be the second largest city on Fiji’s largest island, but don’t just stay in town. To help plan a perfect adventure escape, scroll down through slides featuring some of our favorite moments during a visit we made to the village of Abaca and Koroyanitu National Park in Fiji. Click on any photo below to enlarge it with captions full of useful information to help guide your next “visit Fiji” exploration.  To read a detailed story about our visit to Koroyanitu and Abaca, Discover hidden paradise in Fiji’s Koroyanitu park, Abaca village. If snorkeling is more your thing, then click here to enjoy a peek at some of the colors and wonders to see along the magical coral reefs of Fiji. Or perhaps gardens are more to your liking? Then click here to read Fiji’s Garden of the Sleeping Giant: Orchids forever!

A Koroyanitu National Heritage Park slides

Toyota truck with picnic benches gets you up to Koroyanitu

Toyota truck with picnic benches gets you up to to the park

Taking a break from the Toyota chariot up to Koroyanitu

Taking a break from the Toyota chariot up to Abaca.

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park headquarters

Koroyanitu National Park headquarters.

Abaca Town in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park.

Abaca Town in the national park.

Abaca town laundry in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

Abaca town laundry.

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park hike to Mt Batilamu

Hiking up to Mt Batilamu

Navuratu Track climbing toward Savuione Falls

Navuratu Track climbing toward Savuione Falls.

Batilamu track across open grasslands in Koroyanitu

Batilamu track across open grasslands in the park.

Sitting on the porch of Batilamu Hut in Koroyanitu National Park

Sitting on the porch of Batilamu Hut in Koroyanitu National Park.

Fiji Sleeping Giant View in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

Fiji Sleeping Giant View

Savuione Falls in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

Savuione Falls is magnificent

Koroyanitu waterfalls are spectacular

All of the park’s waterfalls are spectacular

Wonderful swimming hole in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

Wonderful swimming hole off one of the side paths.

Michael reads a sign about the Kauri tree in Koroyanitu

Michael reads a sign about the Kauri tree.

Savuione Falls in the distance in Koroyanitu

Savuione Falls in the distance in Koroyanitu.

Abaca-based Koroyanitu National Heritage Park guide

Abaca-based Koroyanitu National Heritage Park guide and his daughter.

Flat tire, no problem for us returning from Koroyanitu

Flat tire, no problem for us returning from Koroyanitu

What to do in Fiji

In the map below, pins mark the exact location of the sites and places to see mentioned in our articles and travel tips on Fiji. Zoom in or out on the map using the controls. Switch easily from map to satellite view. Click on each pin to pull up a tooltip with the name of the destination or location as well as any additional information, including links to stories and articles. This map is the perfect place to begin planning what to do in Fiji for one, two, three or more days.

Garden of the Sleeping Giant

While we will admit to being fans of visiting botanical gardens anywhere in the world, Fiji’s Garden of the Sleeping Giant is one that is truly special.  Yes, really. Even non-flower lovers and non-botanical garden enthusiasts – and there was one among us – should put this on their Fiji list.

Abaca Village

Abaca serves as the Koroyanitu National Park headquarters on the Lautoka side and is a small village set in the middle of practically nowhere in a tropical and somewhat primeval forest wilderness framed by a backdrop of dark green and brown lava-formed mountains from which ribbons of cascading water tumble down into spectacular swimming holes. In typical “Fiji time” manner, the tiny shack of an office may not be staffed, but somebody will saunter over soon enough to sell you a map, tickets, guides or whatever you want. You may even get a visit from shy but curious village kids.

Heads up! This information on Koroyanitu National Heritage Park was accurate when we published it on HI Travel Tales, but, as we know, traveling is all about changes (and inflation, sadly). Please be sure to confirm prices, transportation schedules, hours of operation, safety and health considerations, request for perfect weather during your entire visit, and any other important details before your adventure.