Ovalau, Lomaiviti.... ...the heart of Fiji
Living in Levuka
- Fiji's first capital
Experience Levuka and be part of a living
Levuka is a trip back in time, to a Fiji that is still untouched from mass tourism and commerce....
it's still the way Fiji used to be in the old days.
"Levuka Historical Port Town"
In June 2013, Levuka has been declared a
UNESCO World Heritage Site for beeing "an outstanding
example of late 19th century Pacific port settlements, reflects
the integration of local building traditions by a supreme naval
power, leading to the emergence of a unique landscape".
Founded by trader and settlers as early as 1830, Levuka
was the first permanent European settlement in the
pacific islands. the place flourished
and attracted cotton and coconut planters, sandalwood
and beche de mer traders. Merchants arrived to set up
shops, bars and hotels. Ships and
sailors visited and Levuka turned
into a rowdy place. Local chiefs had
trouble to maintain control. In 1874 the
king over Fiji "Tui Cakobau" and his fellow chiefs ceded
the islands to the queen and Fiji became a British
colony in 10 October 1874 and Levuka became
Fijis' first capital. Law and order took over and very
soon the first school of Fiji was build.
A few years later,lack of space
hindert economic growth of Levuka as a capital it was
decided to move. So in
1882 the capital was officially moved to
Suva, businesses and many people
left and Levuka seemed to be doomed to stand still in time.
is the principal town in the Lomaiviti group
has infrastructure including
supermarkets and grocery stores
stocked with "European" foods as well as beer, wines and spirits.
There are bakeries, hardware & appliance stores.
market vendors selling vegetable, fruit and fish.
Cinema, clubs, café and restaurants, churches, schools, museum,
library, local government, post office, document and freight
couriers, internet access, banks, police force, customs &
immigration and a new modern hospital. Accommodations, tours
and activities, daily ferry and flight services.
A guide to Levuka and Ovalau
Levuka, Ovalau, Fiji Islands
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