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The foothills of the Nausori Highlands

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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.2

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  • 3.0Value
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The Garden of the Sleeping Giant is located in the foothills of the Nausori Highlands. The highlight here is the garden's collection of vibrant orchids. Once part of a private collection owned by the Canadian TV actor Raymond Burr, the orchids have thrived in Fiji's tropical climate. Another must-do is the "jungle walk," which wanders past a lily pond and through a native rainforest.

Travelers said that the garden is a gorgeous and peaceful place to visit. They also loved the complimentary drink at the end of their walk. Others appreciated the garden's beauty, but were not sure if it was worth the admission price.

You'll find this garden on the island of Viti Levu, just about a 10- to 15-minute drive north of central Nadi. It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Tickets cost FJ$18 for adults and FJ$9 for children ages 6 to 15 (about $8 and $4, respectively); however, the garden offers a family rate for a flat FJ$45 (about $21). For more information, visit the garden's official website.

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