Our cruise ended at the Port of Lautoka, Fiji, very near our hotel which was in Nadi. We had a good 36 hours to fill while we waited for our flight home, so more exploring was in order. We arranged a tour to the Sabeto River Valley. This is also known as the Valley of the Sleeping Giant, because the skyline profile looks like a large, sleeping giant. Can you see the outline in this photo? The tallest mound on the left is his head, with his body to the right. Sleeping Giant!
In this valley, we found the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. The garden was once the private collection of the late American actor Raymond Burr. This 50-acre sanctuary features the largest orchid collection in Fiji, It is said to display 2000 varieties of flowers. We took a guided tour through the orchids and then through the georgous and manicured jungle. Just beautiful. Be sure to note the incredible lilly pond and huge frogs in the last photos.
Did I say it was beautiful? Our next stop in the Valley of the Sleeping Giant was the mud pool and hot springs. Next post! And trust me -- you will want to see the photos!