In the shadows of Sleeping Giant Mountain in the Nausori Highlands, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a horticultural paradise, bursting with flowers, lily ponds, and lush rain forest. Founded in 1977 by actor Raymond Burr, it’s now one of Nadi’s most popular attractions and home to more than 2,000 varieties of orchids.
Visitors can explore the Garden of the Sleeping Giant independently, following the boardwalks through the rain forest, or learn more about the exotic plants and flowers on a guided walking tour. The garden is a popular feature of Nadi sightseeing tours, and half- or full-day tours often include nearby attractions such as the Vuda Lookout, the Sabeto Valley mud baths, and Namaka Market in Nadi.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is an entrance fee for the garden and optional guided walking tours are included.
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, and mosquito repellent.
- Plan to spend at least an hour to explore the gardens, or pack a picnic and make a day of it.
- The garden is not wheelchair accessible, as there are steps along the boardwalks.
How to Get to There
The Garden of the Sleeping Giant is located just north of Nadi, on the way to the Nausori Highlands. The site is best reached by car or taxi; it’s about 15 minutes’ drive from the city.
When to Get There
The garden is open daily year-round, but it’s only open during the morning on Sunday. Floral displays vary from season to season, but the most vibrant periods occur from June to July and November to December, when orchids are in full bloom.
Orchids at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant
The magnificent orchids are the stars of the garden and the collection is one of the most diverse in the world. Look for spider orchids, bee orchids, and dancing lady orchids, as well as Cattleya hybrids and dozens of Asian varieties.