Places to see Levuka, Ovalau
There are plenty of interesting places to see in Levuka, as this town has a rich and colorful history. The Cession Site memorial at Nasova is a good place to start your journey, as it was here that the Deed of Cession was signed in 1874, making Fiji a British colony. Just across the road is the Provincial Bure, which was used for provincial government meetings and ceremonies. In 1970, Prince Charles used this bure as his headquarters while he toured this region. Right next door is Nasora House, which acts as the government headquarters for the Eastern District of Fiji.
In the southern end of Levuka is the Pafco tuna cannery, which is the biggest employer on Ovalau. Established in 1964, this cannery process over 16,000 tons of tuna in a year, which it exports to various countries. As you travel along Beach Street right in front of the post office you will find an original Pigeon Post. Used to carry mail from Levuka to Suva, pigeons were used by the Europeans to create the first postal link between the two islands. The Fiji Museum in Levuka is a small but amazing museum filled with incredible artifacts and plenty of history. You can find plenty of old pictures in the museum capturing the history of Levuka.
There are a number of old religious buildings in Levuka as well. The Sacred Heart Church on Beach Street was built in 1858, while the gothic style
Navoka Methodist Church is one of the oldest churches in Fiji. The Church of the Holy Redeemer is also worth visiting with its beautiful stained glass windows.
A place definitely worth visiting in town if you’re not staying here is The Royal Hotel. The oldest hotel in Fiji, it was built in 1903. Gun Rock lies to the north of town and offers some great views of Levuka. However, you need the chief’s permission to go up here. The 199 Steps of Mission Hill near Nasau Park also offers some lovely views of town.
To have some fun after dark visit the Ovalau Club and the Levuka Club for a drink, while if you want to mingle with the locals and play a game of pool, the Levuka Amusement Center is open from 10 am to 10 pm.