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Papageno Resort to Naivakarauniniu – Kadavu, Fiji

A mangrove tree on the path from Papageno Resort to Naivakarauniniu.

A mangrove tree on the path from Papageno Resort to Naivakarauniniu.

The village of Naivakarauniniu is about a one mile hike east from Papageno Resort on Kadavu Island on a well-marked trail that can still be slippery and muddy if it has been raining.

The path winds past a mangrove cluster and the over a murky stream with a rocky bridge. The trail slopes gently up and down, although it never rises more than about 70 above sea level. Most of the trail is through the rainforest and the ocean is only visible at the beginning.

Unless you have made arrangements with the village elders, it’s recommended that you stop when you see the village’s cemetery and turn back to respect the villagers’ privacy. They are extremely friendly to guests but would prefer to know of their arrival in advance.

  • A single palm tree juts out of the rainforest near Papageno Resort.
  • A morning glory on the path from Papageno Resort to Naivakarauniniu.
  • A bridge crossing a stream near the village of Naivakarauniniu.
  • A mangrove tree on the path from Papageno Resort to Naivakarauniniu.
  • The east end of the beach near Papageno Resort, near the trailhead leading to Naivakarauniniu.

Directions: Walk to the far east end of the Papageno beach to see the trail start off into the forest.

Elevation profile:

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