Levuka Historical Port Town

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Oniviro Cottage is located at Oniviro about 1km north of Levuka.

Gun Rock cliff, is a landmark in Ovalau’s history. The cliff was targeted in 1849 by Captain Erskine of the HMS Havannah to impress the Fijian Chiefs with the power of his ship’s cannon.

The cliff was shot at again in 1874 by the naval guns of the H.M.S. Pearl under Commodore Goodenough during the annexation ceremony of Fiji to become part of the British Empire.

The scars in the rock face are still visible.

Levuka was designated a historic town in 1989 by the National Trust of Fiji. It has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 for its significance as a historical port town and has been the first permanent European settlement amongst the Pacific islands.
Levuka was Fiji’s first capital from 1874 until 1883 when the capital moved to Suva.

Ovalau Islands is a lush tropical volcanic island of about 100 square kilometers surrounded by large coral reefs. Today the population is approximately 3000 and it is still the administrative, educational, and agricultural center of the Lomaiviti group.

Levuka and Ovalau are still off the main tourist track, but it’s a destination to experience the real Fiji. Even it appears to be a place off 100 years ago, all-important infrastructure is found in Levuka.

In town are a couple of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, a hardware & appliance store, clubs, café and restaurants, churches, museums and libraries, post office, document and freight couriers, internet access, banks, customs & immigration, and a new modern hospital.
Accommodations, tours and activities, daily ferry and flight services.

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Levuka/Ovalau weather is a coastal tropical maritime climate with no extreme temperature fluctuations.
The summer from November till April is warm and humid with calm and sunny days often with short but heavy afternoon or night showers. The warmest and calmest is February/March with Temperatures are around 30 Celsius.
Winters from May till October bring dryer south-east trade winds that can cause the evenings to be cool and windy. August usually is the coldest month temperatures can drop just under 20 Celsius on overcast days.

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