Sovi Basin


Fiji’s Largest Protected Area

The Sovi Basin is Fiji’s largest terrestrial protected area  with 16,344 hectares of forest protected for conservation. Located 35 kms inland from Suva, the entire basin is filled with undisturbed tropical forest vegetation, rivers and streams. This forest is the habitat of many of Fiji’s remarkable biodiversity. 13 species globally classed as “threatened with extinction” have been found in the Sovi Basin.

A Priceless Gift

Following several decades of preparation with  Conservation International, Forestry Department in Fiji, and iTaukei Land Trust Board, Sovi Basin was gifted to the people of Fiji in 2012, through a conservation lease to the National Trust of Fiji (NTF), by the landowners within the Naitasiri and Namosi provinces. The NTF has since worked closely with the Sovi Landowners Committee to co-manage the Sovi Basin.

Biological and Landscape Heritage

Sovi Basin was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 1999, designated as a Key Biodiversity Area by Conservation International and an important Bird Area by Birdlife International. The Sovi Basin is the largest, most diverse and most scenically outstanding of Fiji’s natural forest.



Plant Species

Bird Species

Insect Species

Freshwater Fish Species

Herpeto-fauna Species

Mammal Species

Degeneria Vitiensis (Masiratu)

Vulnerable Endangered on the IUCN Red List

Acmopyle sahniana (Drautabua)

Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List

Long Legged Warbler (Manukalou)

Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List

Samoan Flying Fox (Pteropus samoensis)

Near Endangered on the IUCN Red List

Fiji Tree Frog (Botoniviti)

Near Endangered on the IUCN Red List

The SOVI BASIN is not open to recreational visitors.

Research requests may be submitted on the Research Permit Application Form.