The Garden of the Sleeping Giants sits on the foothills of the Naosori Highlands, and is home to Fiji’s largest orchid collection. Another hidden gem surrounded by the rich forestry that Fiji has to offer, it’s a great escape and calming walk that shouldn’t be missed.
All photos courtesy of my iPhone 5s.
Started in 1977 by the late Raymond Burr of Perry Mason fame, it was originally created to house his personal orchid collection. It has since grown to become one of the most popular attractions in the area, now housing more than two thousand different kinds of orchids, spanning 20 hectares.
Walking at your own pace through this garden can be relaxing yet captivating, as you soak in the natural sounds and scents of your surroundings. I didn’t realize it at the time, but you are more than welcome to have a guide come with you, explaining to you the different flowers that you encounter. The garden is also full of beautiful lily ponds. After our walk, we were given a most refreshing juice to drink and further relax in the shade.
I’m not the most enthusiastic person when it comes to flowers, but I have to admit, I did enjoy this particular garden! If you’re ever in the area, be sure to make a stop by the Garden of the Sleeping Giants to soak in one of Fiji’s hidden treasures.
For more information on the Garden of Sleeping Giants, head over to their website, or to their Facebook page!