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Lomaiviti Islands

Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Fiji Lomaiviti Islands

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Introduction

The Lomaiviti archipelago of Fiji consists of seven main islands and a number of smaller ones. They cover a total area of 411 square kilometres. The largest town is Levuka, which was Fiji's first modern town and served as the capital from 1871 to 1877.

The first known European sighting of the Lomaiviti Group was recorded in May 1789 by Captain William Bligh, who was on his epic voyage in a lifeboat to Timor having been cast adrift by his crew in the Mutiny on the Bounty. He revisited the area in 1792 in the HMS Providence to complete his survey of the area.

The islands of Koro, Batiki, and Gau were seized by the United States Navy in 1867 as security for a long-standing debt owed to the United States consul John Brown Williams by Seru Epenisa Cakobau, the Vunivalu (Paramount Chief) of Bau Island who claimed to be King of Fiji. This debt was one of the factors contributing to Cakobau's decision to cede Fiji to the United Kingdom in 1874, just three years after achieving his decades-long dream of uniting Fiji's myriad islands and tribes under his authority.

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Islands

  • Ovalau - the principal island and location of local government of the lomaiviti group
  • Namena - a private island with resort in northern lomaiviti
  • Makogai - government owned island, turtle breeding station
  • Wakaya - private island, location of The Wakaya Club
  • Koro - very fertile and lush, lomaivitis Garden Island
  • Nairai - native island, resort under construction
  • Batiki - stunning picturesc island
  • Gau - the largest of the lomaiviti islands
  • Moturiki - fijian villages, extremelely welcoming to foreigners
  • Caqalai - A small piece of paradise. You can walk around the island in 10 minutes, but there is a small backpacker resort which caters for budget travellers. The staff are amazing and the food is excellent. Unmissable on a trip to Fiji.

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Weather

The Lomaiviti Islands enjoy a mild tropical climate with year-round temperatures around 25 °C with a generally high humidity. Average highs range from around 26 °C in July and August to around 30 °C from Decembert to April. Lows are between 20 °C and 23 °C. May to October is the dry season, also known as the "Fiji Winter". The weather is slightly cooler and less rainfall and humidity make it a good time of the year to visit. From December to April, the islands get a lot of rain and many places get up to 3,000 mm or more a year!

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