Levuka on Ovalau Island, was the first capital of Fiji from 1874 until 1883, before it was moved to Suva. Levuka has been designated an historic town and is short-listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considering its importance in the 19th Century as the first permanent settlement of Europeans in the South Pacific.
The town is located on Ovalau Island, a lush tropical volcanic island of about 100 square kilometers surrounded by large coral reefs. Levuka is the administrative centre of the Lomaiviti Group of Islands which inclue Moturiki, Makogai, Koro, Wakaya, Batiki, Nairai, Gau and Ovalau. The islands are the peaks of deep-sea volcanoes that became extinct millions of years ago.
Levuka and Ovalau are off the main tourist track and offer a chance to experience the "real" Fiji, a trip into the past, "the way Fiji used to be".
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On the Suva-Natovi-Buresala-Levuka route, Patterson Brothers Shipping operates a daily service ($24 one way), which again includes first a bus ride (1.5 hours) from Suva to Natovi Landing, the a ferry to Buresala Landing (1 hour) and a bus to Levuka (1 hour). Buses depart Suva at 2:00pm and Labasa at 5:00am.
Levuka is small enough to walk around, but you can rent mountain bikes if you want to go a little further away.
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