Exploring Macuata and Beyond

 

Macuata is one of the fourteen provinces that make up Fiji. It is located on Vanua Levu, the archipelago’s larger northern islands and spans about 40 percent of the surface area of the island. This province is composed of 114 villages which are divided into 12 districts. As of the 2007 census, the population of the province is 72,441, making it one of the largest provinces in the country.

Vanua Levu

Originally called the Sandalwood Island, Vanua Levu is the second largest of the islands that make up Fiji. Almost half of the island is part of the Macuata province. The island itself is an upcoming travel destination because of its growing range of yachting and diving facilities. It is well known for having some of the best dive sites in the world so a lot of adventure seekers and nature lovers frequent the Vanua Levu.

The commercial centre on the island is Savusavu. The town is considered Fiji’s hidden paradise because of its hot springs. Hotels and vacation homes are currently being constructed all over the area to cater to the growing number of visitors who go there. Near the town, tourists will also find the Nawi island, another beautiful natural landmark.

Other places of interest in Savusavu include the nineteenth century Copra Shed Marina which has been renovated and now houses a café, the yacht club and another restaurant.

As an economic center in the island, Savusavu is an important trading area for copra, sandalwood and beche-de-mer. The government is also looking to tap into the geothermal resource of the town to supply electrical power to the neighboring Macuata and the rest of the Vanua Levu island.

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