Whether by tour bus or on your own adventure, head inland along the west bank of the Sigatoka river. Either side of the road are the patchwork of flat green fields growing the crops that give the Valley its nickname: "Fiji's Salad Bowl." Along the way are the villages of Lawai and Nakbuta, who welcome guests and offer handicrafts and pottery for sale. The drive past Nakbuta is not for those who suffer from vertigo, as the road climbs steeply along a narrow ridge, but the reward is a panoramic view across the winding Sigatoka Valley with its quilt-like fields to the right..The road then winds to the valley floor and Sigatoka Agricultural Research Station, a popular spot for picnic lunches. From here, the roads get rough and are strictly for the four wheel drives, but even for those who turn back, this trip is a once in a lifetime glimpse at the real Fiji.
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is located at the mouth of the Sigatoka River. The extensive dune system extends for several miles along the coast with dunes reaching heights of 60m (200ft). Fiji’s first National Park, this is also an archaeological site where pottery some 3000 years old has been uncovered by the shifting sands, alongside stone tools and human remains. The curious should drop into the Visitor’s centre to learn more about this unique natural location.
Pacific Transport and Sunbeam run continuously - the ‘stopping bus’ does exactly what it says, picking up whoever waves them down from the side of the road, although there are also express services available. If you like adventure then give the Viti Mini Buses a whirl. A fast and furious ride from Sigatoka to Suva will cost you $15.00 one way or the trip to Nadi is five dollars. You can flag these down at the roadside if they have space left and they always seem to manage to jam another person in.