An extinct volcano in the northern highlands on the main island of Viti Levu, Mount Tomanivi, formerly Mt Victoria, is the highest peak in Fiji. Standing at 1,323m, ascending to the summit of this mountain is a popular adventure activity for visitors to the Fijian Islands for a stunning view over the natural scenery.
Your trekking journey up Mount Tomanivi begins and ends in the Coral Coast village of Navai, which is 90 minutes' drive from the closest town of Tavua. To reach Navai from here, you'll need to hire a 4WD and a guide for about FJ$20. It's also customary to meet the village chief and offer gifts and a monetary contribution to the village of around FJ$20 before embarking on the trip up the mountain. The six-hour return trip is up an easy path however the rugged terrain is usually muddy and rocky and traverses humid and dense rainforest. Be aware that the upper portion of the hike is quite steep and could test an inexperience climber. Be sure to pack water and wear appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking.
Once you reach the first summit you will see the crater of the now-extinct volcano and pressing onwards, you'll be rewarded with climbing the peak to look down onto the village of Navai, Viti Levu and the surrounding islands of the Yasawas. The trek can take up to six hours to complete, depending on the weather and it's best to attempt climbing the mountain early on a sunny day.
To visit the village of Navai and hire a guide to climb Mount Tomanivi, it's a mostly DIY endeavour whereby you'll need to hire transport to the village and a guide. You can book online or turn up to the village on the day to arrange a guided excursion up the peak.