Snakes are widespread in Fijian legend.
About 23 km west of Korovou (216 km from the airport) is a cave (formerly a meeting place for chiefs) known as the Home of the Snake God.
As you approach Korovou from the west, watch for Wailotua village (the first of two villages with the same name) on the left-hand side of the road.
Enquire about the cave and someone will show you around, admission is F$2.00.
Ask to be shown a stalactite known as the six-headed snake.
Nine km past the cave, a small bridge crosses a large stream. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see a wonderful waterfall here.
In Fijian mythology, Degei, enshrined as a serpent, is the supreme god of Fiji.
He is the creator of the Fijian world, fruits, and of men and is specially connected to the Suncoast District, Fiji. He judges newly dead souls after they pass through one of two caves: Cibaciba or Drakulu.
A few he sends to paradise Burotu. Most others are thrown into a lake, where they will eventually sink to the bottom (Murimuria) to be appropriately rewarded or punished.
He is said to have at first moved about freely, but then in the form of a snake to have grown into the earth with his ringed tail.
Since then he has become the god of earthquakes, storms and seasons. Whenever Degei shakes himself fertilising rain will fall, delicious fruits hang on the trees, and the yam fields yield an excellent crop.