THE SIGATOKA SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
In a country blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty,the Sigatoka Sand Dunes stand out as one of the more unique wonders of Fiji.
In July 1989, the dunes were designated as Fiji's
first National Park under the management of the
National Trust of Fiji Islands.
This distinct feature covers an area of 650 hectares
and offers a rich combination of
geomorphological, ecological, cultural and
The National Park is of great importance for
educational and recreational use and is a
milestone in Fiji's drive for environment
The dunes contain a diverse mixture of endemic
and introduced plant species. The National Park
also plays host to 22 species of bird, eight of
which are endemic to Fiji, including the
Fiji Bush Warbler,Fiji Goshawk, Orange-breasted
Mycenaean, Skinks, Lizards, Geckos and Fruit
bats find refuge in the park's diverse habitats.
La pita History
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes are famous for their rich archaeological history. The first significant clues to man's arrival in fiji were discovered at the Park in the late 1980's when a team of archaeologists uncovered an ancient burial site. to date over 50 individuals have be excavated and their arrival has been dated to approximately 2600 years ago. Scatters of pottery shards and other cultural materials found within the dunes have led experts to believe that these early inhabitants are of Lapita origin. Lapita takes its name from an archaeological site in New caledonia where similar pottery was first discovered.
The Sand Dunes have produced the largest collection of complete and near complete Lapita pots from the Pacific region. Today evidence of the past is clearly visible throughout the dunes system as stone tools; human remains and pottery continue to be uncovered by natural processes. Many unearthed artifacts are on display at the Fiji Museum in Suva.