Kings Highway Fiji – A Highway A lot less Travelled

David Beckam

For sometime I have needed to vacation to Suva from Nadi by means of the Kings Freeway. However the opportunity hasn’t introduced alone. Nevertheless circumstances can adjust and prior to you know it you are travelling together the Kings Hwy to Suva.

Nadi Service Station the determination was built

We were examining the tyres for our journey to Suva through the Coral Coastline (Queens’s Hwy) and just as we had been prepared to flip ideal together the Queens Hwy, Gary (my manager) asked me if I would you like to go through the Kings Hwy in its place? (Silly concern) “Well this is the deal”, he claimed “If all goes very well and we have a good journey it’s my plan but if issues turn pear-formed it is your fault”!….I can stay with that. So we turned left on the highway much less travelled. We were driving on common road till we arrived at Ba we experienced been there the week before searching at the attractive gold jewelry.

Rakiraki listed here we appear

The rain started out in earnest now pelting on the windscreen, practically nothing was stated but possibly this was not such a fantastic concept. Then the rain dissipated and a silent sigh of relief was felt. The highway was honey-combed in some sections with potholes which is portion of dwelling in Fiji. Right after you get above the initial shock of the point out of the roads in Fiji you just get on with it. It was Sunday and there was quite minor targeted visitors on the Kings Hwy, most Fijians had been at church listening to their Sunday sermon. We pretty much experienced the roads to ourselves.The shoreline was spectacular in spite of the dreary circumstances picture what it would be like with sunshine and crystal clear skies. The vegetation was lush and a vibrate inexperienced, sugarcane came ideal up to the roadside and carefully swayed on the hillside it is beautiful region.

Skipped the flip for the coastline route

Our intention was to stay on the coastline street and transform off about Matawailevu Village, it would have been useful if we experienced a “right road map” as a substitute of a tourist map with limited detail. Just before we knew it we had been heading inland and passing through Rokovuaka Village it was too late to convert back again. It experienced taken us 3 hrs to get this considerably with the inclement weather conditions situations, so we saved heading.The country was now becoming mountainous and to our ideal was a quickly flowing and muddy swollen river that appeared via the vegetation. On the lookout at our confined map reference it indicated that there have been sections in which the road and river fulfilled. Up to this position the street experienced been a really hard tarred surface with just a few of locations of gravel. All this was about to improve.

Grime track – highway deteriorates

The great tricky surface swiftly evaporates and we are down to grime keep track of! With nonetheless a sizeable distance to go suddenly anything turns pear-formed. The street abruptly narrows now it really is only just one lane, with a deep ravine to the correct and muddy brown drinking water flowing rapidly underneath. The dust track which is the King Hwy can take a sharp appropriate and stretched right before us is a extended slender 1 lane timber bridge resembling one thing you could see on the Discovery Channel in the Amazon crossing some raging river with impenetrable jungle on both equally sides. The narrow timber bridge in front of us was scary.

  • No guard rails
  • Perched high above a speedy shifting physique of h2o
  • Crosses nailed to the facet wherever a person had come to a sticky end!

Gary negotiated the bridge… we experienced no choice it was as well late to change back again. Two very long continuous lifted timber tracks the width of a car’s wheel foundation ran parallel to guidebook your wheels throughout. The only challenge was the timber bridge was muddy and slippery. The van could not get plenty of traction on the timber monitor and stored slipping off. So we ended driving over on a slight angle the passenger facet observing much more of the drinking water then I would have appreciated. I forgot to drive document on the video clip digital camera, but I did get the future bridge. The following pair of bridges failed to feel so terrifying, it truly is remarkable how promptly you can change, but then I was not driving thank goodness!

The relaxation of the journey to Suva was uneventful

Following our tangle with the timber bridges the rest of the journey was uneventful. There is upgrading getting place with abroad financial loans. Even more alongside the road big sections of rainforest and hillside experienced been removed to make way for a substantial improve of the Kings Hwy with a couple of large bridges currently made. If you intend to generate to Suva by means of the Kings Hwy check out prior to hand with the regional authorities.

We travelled on a Sunday and all roadwork had been halted, having said that if this experienced been a Saturday or weekday there would have been intensive delays. It took us around 5 hrs to reach Suva pace was down to 60km and below in some sections of the Kings Hwy.Conversing to some citizens who had negotiated the coastline street to Suva, they claimed the sights have been breathtaking but the street was atrocious it was 4WD push the grime track was narrow and muddy, but what an journey was the comment!

Catch you later on…

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