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River of Eden – Amazing choice of the natives of the upper Navua River

Join filmmaker Pete McBride, a National Geographic Freshwater Hero, on a journey into the Fijian Highlands to discover why the locals said “no” to easy money from resource extraction, and how they turned to tourism to fund a conservation area that protects one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth.

Slicing through the island’s tropical highlands, the Upper Navua Gorge is unparalleled. Sheer walls rocket 150-feet skyward as green, roiling waters sleuth through 20-foot-wide natural canals. Waterfalls and a misty spray dance from the jungle above, keeping this oasis glistening with life. When native Fijian guides aren’t singing or laughing, they share legends of warfare and love that are intertwined with each bend in the river. The Upper Navua represents one of the most unique conservation cooperatives in the world, which prevents logging, mining or roads within 200 meters of the river’s lapping waters.

Created in 2000, with the help of a small rafting company and nine local land-owning families, two villages, a logging company and a government entity, it is one of the only protected rivers in the South Pacific. But, as the people of the Fijian Highlands now know, conservation is a fight that’s never over.

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5 comments to River of Eden – Amazing choice of the natives of the upper Navua River

  • ecobiz

    many, many moons ago I explored this river wonders of Fiji for whiter olympics and I still remember the rafting Nate team that just started the adventure up Navua rivers then … still is the very best with nature conservation taking the lead … all the very best on this special Fiji Day

  • Ian Moase

    I toured the Navua about 20 years ago. What a spectacular place – I’ll never forget it! Happy Fiji Day! Moce

  • Bill Haley

    My wife and I spent a few days hosted by Epeli Tui, at a beautiful cabin about 2 hours boat ride up the Navua river last year. No phones, TV or computers, absolute paradise. The scenery is breath taking, honestly, and the cabin at Up River Lodge is beautiful. Do yourself a favour and see the real Fiji, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Awesome & have shared your story Pete McBride.
    Thank you & Vinaka Vakalevu 🙂

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