Located within the Eastern Division of Fiji, on the eastern coast of the island of Ovalau, is the exotic and beautiful town of Levuka. The island of Ovalau is a verdant tropical paradise, covering around 100 square kilometres and surrounded by stunning coral reefs, teaming with an abundance of intriguing aquatic life. Founded by European settlers and traders in 1820, Levuka became Fiji's first modern town and an important source of trade and commerce. The town was also the capital city of Fiji from 1874 to 1883, when Suva was named as the new capital. Levuka's secluded ambience and lush natural landscape has captured the imagination of travellers for centuries and its intriguing local culture and history is both diverse and fascinating.
Simply walking around town and further afield across the island of Ovalau is a fabulous excursion in itself, as visitors can revel in the spectacular volcanic scenery found all over the region. Group activities on the island include walking tours as well as mountain and coastal hikes. Other activity possibilities include snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and windsurfing in the crystal clear ocean waters.
An ascent up the 199 steps of Mission Hill is worth the climb upon reaching the summit. The panoramic view from the very top is truly spectacular, incorporating the Lekaleka Reef and many of the surrounding islands. The walk leads from a quaint Methodist Church to a collection of buildings which make up the Delana Methodist School.
Arovudi is a small village situated on the Ovalau Island, near to Levuka. The village is worth visiting, as it allows travellers an opportunity to observe the local culture and religious life, the white sandy beaches and clear ocean waters as well as the ruins of Bure Kalou, a temple of spiritual worship, and the ancient tribal grounds nearby.
Levuka Community Centre
The Levuka Community Centre house several excellent attractions to occupy and delight visitors staying on the island of Ovalau. The community centre house a section of Fiji Museum, a library and craft centre, a kindergarten, a squash court and a meeting hall used by many of the local people.
Shopping in Levuka
The centre of town contains several shops and supermarkets selling familiar European brands of food, drink, beers, wine, spirits, baked goods, hardware and appliances. Visitors will also find several local marketplaces, where they can purchase locally produced fruit and vegetables as well as fresh fish. Second hand clothes stores are situated along Beach Street, offering cheap and affordable garments.
Eating Out in Levuka
Visitors will be surprised to discover such a wide range of cafes and restaurants for such a small town located on the tiny Fijian island of Ovalau. Seafood is a local favourite and visitors will find dishes including grilled tuna steak and other Fijian classics in abundance. Other restaurants across the island serve a range of international cuisine from Asia to Europe, alongside charming smaller cafes and eateries, where guests can purchase delicious baked bread, pies and cakes.