Rediscovering Lomaiviti

 

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The Lomaiviti archipelago is composed of seven islands and their surrounding smaller ones, spanning a total land area of 411 square kilometres. The archipelago is home to about 16,461 as of the 2007 census. The largest town in the island group is Levuka, the first modern town in the country and a former capital of the Fiji in the 19th century.

Lomaiviti is one of the fourteen provinces in Fiji and is part of the eastern division and Kubuna Confederacy which is, in turn one of the traditional hierarchies in the country.

Levuka

The town of Levuka is located in the south eastern coast of the island of Ovalau, which is part of the Lomaiviti Archipelago. Levuka is considered an economic center in the island group and is currently working towards getting a distinction as a World Heritage Site from the UNESCO.

The town was created in the 19th century by European traders and settlers. Aside from being the first modern town in the country, it is also known for being the home of other ‘firsts’ for Fiji. For instance, it was the first town in the country to open a bank, school, post office, town hall and a full-service municipal government. It is also the home to the first newspaper in Fiji, the Fiji Times. The newspaper is still in circulation to this very day.

Modern facilities are mostly available in this town in Lomaiviti. This is probably why it is also considered one of the major tourist destinations in the country. For those who want to go sightseeing around the area, places of interest in the town include the traditional village of Levuka, the Fiji Museum and the Queens Wharf. Other notable landmarks include the Ovalau Club, Sacred Heart Church and the Levuka Town Council.

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