Nestled among the foothills of Viti Levu’s impressive Sleeping Giant, is a small, but beautifully maintained garden. If you are an orchid lover then this garden is not to be missed on your visit to the Fiji islands. According to Fiji’s tourism website, the garden boasts over 2000 varieties of orchids (although I have to say that from my visit there, that number seems a bit high to me). The garden was once the private collection of actor Raymond Burr but is now open to the public and well worth your visit.
Take a break and relax in this peaceful garden
In addition to orchids, the garden also has a lily pond, banana trees, mango trees, many different kinds of tropical flowers and plants, as well as hammocks and gazebos galore. The staff recommends approximately 30 minutes to walk through the garden, but you could easily spend more time there relaxing or enjoying an afternoon snack on the lawn. The shade trees offer a nice respite from the intense tropical sun, and there are many places to sit and enjoy a peaceful afternoon. There are even swings if you’d like to sit and swing the time away!
Make sure to pack your own food and water
Before I went, I had been under the impression that there was a cafe on the grounds, but there is not, so be sure to pack your own water bottles and any snacks you’d like to have. They will give you a glass of fruit juice when you are finished perusing the garden, but on a hot, humid day, it’s definitely recommended to have your own beverages available. Be sure to wear sunscreen, and bring your camera as well!
Have you been to Fiji before? Did you visit the main island of Viti Levu and stop by the Sleeping Giant and the garden while you were there?