Levuka Historical Tour
Fiji Islands

Levuka Historical Tour Fiji Islands
Highlights
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Deed of Cession site
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Levuka Homestay
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Once a wild whaling outpost, diminutive Levuka is now a charming seaside town with a laid-back atmosphere epitomized by its weathered yet colourful clapboard buildings. The town has a rich Fijian and colonial heritage and the best way to learn about it is by walking and talking with the genuinely hospitable locals, either on a guided tour or a home visit.

Some history:

With a protected harbour and a welcoming chief, Levuka village hosted a small band of British and American whalers during the 1830s. In return for shelter, the whalers gave gifts of muskets which the villagers used to fend off the fierce hill people from Lovoni in the centre of the island. Soon to follow were a motley crew of fugitives, black-birders and beachcombers with zealous Victorian missionaries hot on their heals. In the 1860s, following speculation that Fiji would soon become a British colony, Levuka grew rapidly with traders arriving from New Zealand and Australia.

By 1871, when the great warrior Cakobau declared Levuka the capital of Fiji, there were over two thousand European residents and 52 hotels and bars. It was joked the ships would navigate into port by following the bobbing rum bottles drifting on the tide. Levuka's short life as a South Pacific metropolis came to an abrupt end in 1881 when the British moved the capital to Suva, which offered more land for expansion. The town suffered a second blow in 1895 when the north side of town was flattened by a hurricane.