Things to do on Ovalau
There are numerous treks, through the jungle and the mountains with breathtaking views or cool waterfalls. There are also coastal walks and a rather challenging trek up a mountain to the old fortified village of Lovoni, or to the ancient settlement of Silana.
Lovoni Tour with Epi
The village of Lovoni lies in the center of the islands volcanic crater and is a lush and fertile valley. Lovoni is historically significant for many reasons. They were never defeated during the Cakobau Wars and showed their displeasure with the European settlement of Levuka by burning it down three times. Today, well-known tour guide, Epi Bole, recounts this history and much more on his fascinating Lovoni Village Tour. More about Epi’s Tour.
Snorkel right of the beach or join local village people on trip out to the reefs.
Fishing (Handline and trawling)
Fishing Ovalau style is with the local men and women in there very local punts. Traditional fish drives are also occasionally held at Devokula and other villages.
Boat hire for fishing, plus gear available.
Silana Village- Arovudi
It’s situated on the north-west coast of Ovalau, 10 km from Levuka town. Enjoy the coastal scenery whilst relaxing on the beachfront or take a tour of the village to witness a typical Fijian way of life. See at first hand the Fijian village features where the different social structures are identified. There is also the village green and the church where social gatherings are held. The relic of the past such as the base of the Bure Kalou (temple of spiritual worship) is not to be missed.
Take a walk in the bush to enjoy the cool forest air and the scenery from the hills overlooking the ocean.
Around the Island Tour:
Taxis are available to hire for tours around the Island or see the information center for a full around the Island day tour.
Leleuvia Island and Caqalai Island, two beautiful coral islands about a 45-minute boat ride south from Levuka invite you to explore their palm-fringed beaches.
The Museum is the original building of the Morris Hedstrom merchant company dating back to 1868. The Levuka Museum displays an interesting collection of historical artifacts, as well as a large shell collection and also accommodates a library.
Historical Town Tour
This walking tour normally starts at the “Cession Stone”, commemorating the signing of the Deed of Cession between Fiji and Great Britain, see the “Anniversary Bure” built for Prince Charles to entertain dignitaries when he came to grant Fiji her independence in 1970. Also see Fiji’s first Churches, Levuka Public School (Fiji’s first Government school) and The Ovalau Club (Fiji’s first social club), the first Masonic Temple in the South Pacific, Queen Victoria Memorial Hall, The Royal Hotel (Fiji’s oldest hotel), and the War Memorial on Niukaube Hill, where Ratu Seru Cakabau held parliament. As you stroll through town, you will meet many of Levuka’s residents and hear stories of Levuka’s rich and interesting past. The tour takes about 1½ to 2 hours.