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Sandboarding Fiji's Sigatoka Sand Dunes

When you think about it, sand dunes are pretty cool. Rippling waves of sand aren't exactly something you see every day. These sandy waves are formed when an area is lacking vegetation - the wind then blows the sand particles into a field of rolling waves, or, your next playground. That's right, it's time to go sandboarding.

Take a break from surfing the coast and instead visit the Sigatoka Sand Dunes for some sandboarding. Check out these facts about these dunes, and how you can surf them like a pro.

Fiji's famous Sigatoka Sand Dunes

The Sigatoka Sand Dunes are a National Park established in 1987. Here, dunes reach heights of about 20 metres, five kilometres long and one kilometre wide. Sounds a bit like a real wave, doesn't it? The sand is a grey-brown colour, as the dunes have been formed by sediment from the Sigatoka River - a process that has been going on for millions of years. The dune field is filled with old relics such as pottery and even old burial sites! But as long as you stick to the trails, you (likely) won't bump into any of these.

Now that you've got the facts, we'll show you how to shred the sand.

How to properly sandboard the dunes

Sandboarding! It's the equivalent of sledding a snowy hillside or surfing an epic swell. But this is a legitimate sport, and as such you need to master the correct technique before you hit the dunes and embarrass yourself. Some people will take more of a sledding route and just slide down the hill, but if you're interested in a more extreme approach, stick with us.

Those who are already avid snowboarders or surfers will pick up this sport quite quickly. First, you have to pick up a sandboard - but don't go ruining any of your snowboards or skimboards, these boards are designed specifically for the sand with a waxed bottom and special bindings. When selecting your board, you want the board length to up to your mouth for proper shredding.

After that, the motion is very similar to what you're already used to. Ensure your knees are slightly bent and put even pressure on the board so you don't tip over. But just in case you do, you'll want to make sure you have long sleeves and pants on. It might be hot out, but sand can hurt! Also make sure you have protective eyewear on, you don't want to get sand in your eyes. Now you're ready to get going.

When the waves are lacking on the coast, head to the dunes to get your surf fix!