The Lomaiviti Group is an archipelago off the east coast of Fiji. The Lomaiviti Group’s seven main islands are surrounded by a collection of smaller ones. “Lomaiviti” means “middle Fiji,” and indeed at one point in history, one the archipelago’s main islands was home to Fiji’s capital. Today, the Lomaiviti Group is a contradictory mix of high end resorts, untamed nature, and intriguing local culture.
Levuka, once capital of Fiji during the 19th century, is the Lomaiviti Group’s largest city. It’s on the island of Ovalau and is the Lomaiviti Group’s most developed area. Beach Street is the main thoroughfare, lined with local shops and restaurants. The Lomaiviti Group outpost of the Fiji Museum is on Beach Street. It displays photos and artifacts from many periods of Levuka’s history, including war clubs and cannibal forks from the Lomaiviti Group’s more aggressive past.
Visitors can also enjoy more rustic walks in and around Levuka. Gun Rock is one of the highest points in the hills behind Beach Street and provides an expansive view of city’s lovely harbor.
Outside Levuka, you can visit local villages on Ovalau and other islands in the Lomaiviti Group. They’re welcoming of visitors and proud of their local culture. Anyone wishing to enjoy the water should the Lomaiviti Group’s Caqalai or Leleuvia islands, south of Ovalau. Here you can rent kayaks, go snorkeling, or just enjoy the beach. For a taste of local culture on Leleuvia, you can visit “Kannibal Pot” at the island’s center.
The only hotels in the Lomaiviti Group are on Ovalau. They range from exclusive resorts frequented by celebrities, to simpler accommodations that are quite inexpensive. There aren’t many mid-range accommodations.
There are two daily flights from Suva to the Lomaiviti Group, which arrive at Ovalau’s Bureta Airstrip. You can also arrive to the Lomaiviti Group via ferry out of Suva to either Lekuva or Buresala, another town on Ovalau island.
When you do arrive to the Lomaiviti Group, make sure you have cash. Other than at hotels, on cash is accepted on the Lomaiviti Group islands. There are two banks on Beach Street where you can cash traveler’s checks or exchange foreign currency.