Kings Freeway Fiji – A Highway Considerably much less Travelled

For sometime I’ve desired to journey to Suva from Nadi by way of the Kings Freeway. Regrettably the likelihood has not offered itself. However conditions can modify and proper earlier than you already know it you’re travelling alongside the Kings Hwy to Suva.

Nadi Firm Station the choice was constructed

We have been being checking the tyres for our journey to Suva by way of the Coral Coast (Queens’s Hwy) and simply as we had been ready to flip right collectively the Queens Hwy, Gary (my boss) questioned me if I’d you prefer to go by way of the Kings Hwy alternatively? (Foolish dilemma) “Properly that is the deal”, he talked about “If all goes properly and we’ve got an excellent tour it truly is my technique but when points change pear-formed it may be your fault”!….I can live with that. So we turned nonetheless left on the freeway much less travelled. We have now been driving on frequent freeway until we arrived at Ba we skilled been there the 7 days simply earlier than wanting on the beautiful gold jewelry.

Rakiraki listed right here we arrive

The rain began out in earnest now pelting on the windscreen, completely nothing was stated however maybe this was not this type of an ideal plan. Then the rain dissipated and a silent sigh of help was felt. The road was honey-combed in some sections with potholes which is portion of dwelling in Fiji. Instantly after you recover from the preliminary shock of the purpose out of the roads in Fiji you simply get on with it. It was Sunday and there was extremely little site visitors on the Kings Hwy, most Fijians have been at church listening to their Sunday sermon. We almost had the streets to ourselves.The shoreline was wonderful despite the dreary issues think about what it will be like with sunshine and apparent skies. The vegetation was lush and a vibrate environmentally pleasant, sugarcane arrived correct as much as the roadside and gently swayed on the hillside it’s lovely nation.

Skipped the change for the coast route

Our intention was to stay on the shoreline freeway and flip off throughout Matawailevu Village, it will have been advantageous if we had a “appropriate road map” as a substitute of a vacationer map with minimal depth. Previous to we understood it we have been being heading inland and passing via Rokovuaka Village it was as effectively late to flip again. It had taken us 3 hours to get this far with the inclement local weather situations, so we retained going.The place was now getting mountainous and to our ultimate was a speedy flowing and muddy swollen river that appeared by means of the vegetation. Looking out at our constrained map reference it indicated that there have been sections the place by the freeway and river met. As much as this concern the road skilled been a difficult tarred floor with simply a few areas of gravel. All this was about to change.

Mud preserve monitor of – highway deteriorates

The superior robust space speedily evaporates and we’re all the way down to grime monitor! With proceed to a substantial distance to go instantly virtually every thing turns pear-formed. The freeway abruptly narrows now it may be solely an individual lane, with a deep ravine to the correct and muddy brown h2o flowing quickly beneath. The mud monitor which is the King Hwy normally takes a pointy right and stretched previous to us is a really lengthy slim a single lane timber bridge resembling a factor you might see on the Discovery Channel within the Amazon crossing some raging river with impenetrable jungle on every sides. The slim timber bridge in entrance of us was scary.

  • No guard rails
  • Perched substantial above a rapidly relocating physique of consuming water
  • Crosses nailed to the side precisely the place one other particular person had happen to a sticky conclude!

Gary negotiated the bridge… we skilled no various it was far too late to rework once more. Two lengthy regular raised timber tracks the width of a automotive’s wheel base ran parallel to guideline your wheels all through. The one drawback was the timber bridge was muddy and slippery. The van could not get greater than sufficient traction on the timber monitor and held slipping off. So we completed driving above on a slight angle the passenger aspect seeing extra of the consuming water then I’d have favored. I forgot to thrust historical past on the video digital camera, however I did get the long run bridge. The longer term pair of bridges did not seem like so horrifying, it really is unbelievable how swiftly you possibly can change, however then I wasn’t driving thank goodness!

The relief of the journey to Suva was uneventful

Quickly after our tangle with the timber bridges the remainder of the journey was uneventful. There’s upgrading getting location with abroad monetary loans. Extra alongside the freeway massive sections of rainforest and hillside skilled been eradicated to make approach for a considerable replace of the Kings Hwy with a number of of big bridges now produced. For those who intend to generate to Suva by way of the Kings Hwy examine forward of hand with the neighborhood authorities.

We travelled on a Sunday and all roadwork had been halted, however if this skilled been a Saturday or weekday there would have been substantial delays. It took us over 5 hrs to reach at Suva velocity was all the way down to 60km and beneath in some sections of the Kings Hwy.Conversing to some individuals who skilled negotiated the coast highway to Suva, they acknowledged the views have been breathtaking however the highway was atrocious it was 4WD push the dust monitor was slender and muddy, however what an journey was the remark!

Catch you in a while…

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