Ovalau ,Levuka

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Ovalau,roughly oval in shape,is the principal island of the Lomaitivi group.This small(13 kilometers long and 11 km large),volcanic island with little flat land, is located just off the East coast of Vitu Levu,the main island of Fiji(Nadi,Suva the Fijian capital).

Ovalau is a fascinating destination because it is the place where Fijian nation came into being with Levuka,the old colonial capital of Fiji.

THINGS TO DO IN OVALAU:

-Hiking around Lovoni,the village in a crater with Nox,a gardener of LevukaHomestay or with Epi's Midland Tour Phone:602 1103

-Watching for whales from May to September.

-Diving in Levuka Passage and Levuka wharf with Ovalau Watersports(www.owlfiji.

com )

-Snorkelling around Caqalai and Leleuvia with Ovalau Watersports

-Wandering in Levuka's colonial streets and  meeting the residents with a friendly Bula.

HOW TO GET THERE:

BY BOAT DONT FLY AIR FIJI! they are unreliable:(We had cancelled flights at the last minute).

Patterson Brothers Shipping,a ferry service ( phone 344 0125 in Levuka,331 5644 in Suva)  situated Beach street in Levuka,near the Bomber's building,offer a bus/ferry trip from Suva to Levuka.This involves about three and

a half hours on a bus and one hour on a ferry,departing Suva at 1.00 pm and the return bus to Suva

departs Levuka at 4.

The seawall in Levuka and the wharf
30 am!!

  

LEVUKA,off the beaten tourist track has the ambience of a 19th century town with its old colonial buildings,narrow streets,number of

churches,including Methodist,Catholic,Anglican,Assemblies of God,Seventh Day Adventists,Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Days

Saints,Jehova's Witness,Hindu and Muslim...

There is no real beach in Levuka.

 

 

The first European sandalwood traders stopped there in 1806 and settled in 1830.

Despite burnings by the Lovoni people,Levuka grew and flourished,attracted traders,cotton growers,beachcombers,missionaries,coconut planters...

In 1874,Fiji became a British colony and Levuka the first capital of Fiji(the capital was shifted to Suva in 1881).

At the end of the 19th,trade was also shifted to Suva and in the late 1950s,Levuka lost its last trade,the coprah trade.

But fortunately in 1964,a  Japanese firm built a tunna cannery(PAFCO) employing  now,after a joint venture with the Fijian governement  in 1976 over 1000 people(mostly women), in freezing and canning tunna exported to Canada and Europe.

Sacred Heart Church
 and kept the community going.

 

THINGS TO DO IN LEVUKA:

-Wandering along Beach street,especially on Sunday!

-Going to church?

-Having a drink in the Royal Hotel www.royallevuka.com ,the oldest hotel of South Pacific managed for 2 generations

by the Ashleys .It's load with atmosphere,especially on a rainy Sunday!

-Enter the Levuka Community Centre and Museum,situated in an old store belonging to Morris Hestrom and Co

-Visit the Sacred Heart Church ,with its French clock,built by the Marist Fathers

-See the Levuka Public School(1879),the oldest public school in Fiji and

-The Ovalau Club,in a colonial house,don't worry about the Member's only sign!

-The Nasova House ,1 km south of the wharf ,once the governor's residence and the Provincial Bure where the Prince Charles ,during the transition to independance in 1970,had his headquarters.

-The first Masonic lodge in South Pacific,burnt in the 2000 coup

-The chief's House with its particular roof

-Climbing with the permission of the Chief ,Gun Rock and get a great Levuka overview....

The MOON GUIDE is the best for Fiji!

bernard69 says:
No,we spent only 3 nights on a very rainy week-end(without mosquitoes!) and nobody was playing rugby,they were all in the church!
Posted on: Nov 01, 2008
pyrrho says:
Did you get to see any rugby in Levuka? I spent an afternoon watching them play, whilst getting bitten by lots of mosquitoes.
Posted on: Nov 01, 2008
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Beach street
Beach street
The seawall in Levuka and the wharf
The seawall in Levuka and the wharf
Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church
Taro
Taro
Masonic temple
Masonic temple
Going to the church
Going to the church
Marist Convent School 1882
Marist Convent School 1882
In Levuka homestay
In Levuka homestay
Another church
Another church
Chiefs House,look at the roof!Peo…
Chief's House,look at the roof!Pe…
kava
kava
Kava roots
Kava roots
Breadfruit
Breadfruit
Danielle and Nox,her funny but laz…
Danielle and Nox,her funny but la…
Western house!
Western house!
Behind the chiefs house
Behind the chief's house
Nasova house 1869
Nasova house 1869
The only French touch!
The only French touch!
The wharf with no boat!
The wharf with no boat!
Price per kg (under 7 euro)in Fidj…
Price per kg (under 7 euro)in Fid…
Going to Caqalai Island
Going to Caqalai Island
Caqalai Island
Caqalai Island
Caqalai resort!
Caqalai resort!
Rustic accomodation!
Rustic accomodation!
Seasnake in Caqalai Fiji
Royal hotel
Royal hotel
Inside the Royal Hotel
Inside the Royal Hotel
Royal Hotel billards
Royal Hotel billard's
Inside the Royal hotel
Inside the Royal hotel
a customer in Royal hotel
a customer in Royal hotel
Levuka community centre and Museum
Levuka community centre and Museum
The ferry to Suva DONT FLIGHT AIR …
The ferry to Suva DONT FLIGHT AIR…
Levuka Hotels & Accommodations review
Wonderful people ,breakfast and accomodation
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Levuka
photo by: pyrrho