Fran and Dave from Christchurch, New Zealand – our intrepid explorers of the month.
Many of our guests at Daku enjoy strenuous hikes, and I knew these two were up for a challenge by the way they skipped up and down the steep muddy slopes of our waterfall path (which we have subsequently re-cut with their advice).
So it’s Fran’s picture that now graces the description of the trip to the Nakabolou hot springs, and the photos on this blog of the Bagata hydro-electric system are taken by Dave.
The hydro system is up a very lovely valley outside the village of Bagata, about a 25 minute drive from Savusavu. The main plant is fed by a water reservoir that you climb 137 steps to reach. Dave actually ran ahead of us to get the photo. Intrepid or mad? Whichever, they are great photos.
The reservoir is fed by a huge pipe that runs back up the valley for about 3 km to a small dam. Dave explained how it worked and my physics lessons of so many years ago seeped back into my understanding: water always flows from a high point to a lower point, even if it has to go up for part of the way. Thus the pipe started high up the valley, ran down and finally shot back up the 137 steps to the reservoir – but that point was still lower than the source. (Hope I’ve got that right!)
The Bagata hydro makes a very pleasant part of the trip to Nakabolou. The drive takes in stunning scenery and great views on a dirt road which runs alongside a stream. You’ll pass villagers walking to their farm plots and horses wandering into the water and you’ll see profusion of vegetation and lushness of landscape found only in the tropics.