Ovalau the principal island and location of local government of the Lomaiviti Islands in Fiji.
Towns and Villages
There are 24 villages and settlements on the island, Levuka is the only town and acts as a market place and service centre for the people of the island of Ovalau
- Levuka - a town on the eastern coast
- Arovudi - a small seaside village on Ovalau Island
AIR: Pacific Sun (Reservations Ph: +679 6720 888) has three flights weekly from Suva to Levuka (Bureta airstrip), flying time of approx.12mins. Check first, as there were no flights available in December 2010 so this may not be an option at the time of your travel.
The airstrip, approx. 40 minutes from the town, is on the western side of the island and is serviced by a local bus**.
SEA: Patterson Brothers shipping (Ph: 3315 644, e: [email protected]) has a daily (sometimes on Sunday) bus and ferry service from Suva to Levuka. The trip takes 4.5 hours, and is recommended for its experience.
The connecting bus leaves Suva from the bus stand opposite the flea market at 1 pm and arrives at Natovi at 3.30 pm. The ferry departs from Natovi jetty at 4.00 pm and arrives at Buresala jetty (Ovalau Island) at 4.50 pm. The connecting bus departs Buresala at 5.00 pm arrives at Levuka at 5.45 pm. The ferry back to Suva departs Buresala jetty (Ovalau) at 5.45 am. You can also take your own car on this ferry service. Bookings should be made (for any trip) at least four days in advance. Cost is $25 FJD one-way.
Turtle Transport no longer provides a service to Ovalau (current at December 2010). It used to leave Suva Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from main bus station in Suva at 8.00 AM, arriving in Levuka arround 1 PM. F$ 18 one way.
Historical Town Sights;
- Cession Stone- commemorating the signing of the Deed of Cession between Fiji and Great Britain
- Anniversary Bure- built for Prince Charles to entertain dignitaries when he came to grant Fiji her independence in 1970.
- Queen Victoria Memorial Hall
- War Memorial on Niukaube Hill
- Levuka Museum
Situated on the north west coast of Ovalau, 10 km from Levuka town. Sights here include white coral sand beach, local village life, village green, church and the temple of spiritual worship.
The village of Lovoni lies in the center of the islands volcanic crater and is a lush and fertile valley.
Sports and activities;
- Scuba Diving; Whether is be all types of sharks, coral, small sea creatures or manta rays; all are possible here. Try Ovalau watersports for info on diving locally.
- Snorkeling; Around the local beaches of on teh reefs along side divers there are great locations near ovalau.
- Fishing; Hand line and trawling, both big game and small
- Hiking; to cultural sights and ruins
- Leleuvia Island; A beautiful coral cay about a 45 minute boat ride from Levuka
- Epi's tours, Lovoni. Epi comes from Lovoni, the village in the middle of the crater that makes up Ovalau. Married to an English woman, he has been taking people on tours to Lovoni for around 16 years. The tours vary depending on the weather and what you want to see or do, but includes a traditional Fijian lunch using local produce, and a tour of the village and the surrounding countryside. Epi's tours can be booked through your accommodation on Ovalau (by phone or email), or Ovalau Watersports. edit
The only restaurants on the Ovalau Island are located in Levuka town, or at the Ovalau Holiday Resort 4 km north of Levuka.
However visitors may be offered food and drink when passing by a village. This is Fijian custom and should not be abused
The only bars or clubs on the Island are in Levuka. In the villages the only drink is Yaqona (Kawa).
- Ovalau Holiday Resort, about 4 km north of Levuka, simple basic seaside bungalows reached by taxi or carrier from Levuka, Price for whole cottages (sleeps 4) start at around F$90, Phone +679 3440329
- Silana Village backpackers and cottages, Arovudi, reached by taxi or carrier from Levuka, Tentsites dorm and cottages available near white coral sand beach, Price from F$20pp, Phone +6793440166, email : [email protected], 
- Bobo's Farm, near Ruku Ruku, . A family home in the middle of the rain forest. The owner will take you to the beach, sandbanks, nearby islands, snorkeling, spear fishing and has an extensive knowledge of the surrounding flora and fauna. The journey to Bobo's Farm can take a bit as it's literally on the other side of the island but is well worth doing. edit
- Levuka Homestay, . Levuka Homestay is run by a laid-back Australia couple, John and Marilyn. There are four rooms, three with a double bed, and one with a double and single bed. Each room is on a separate level and has its own verandah. The rooms have polished floors, ceiling fan, refrigerator, ensuite bathroom, outside veranda and your own private entrance. A very full breakfast is included. edit
- Royal Hotel. The oldest hotel still standing in Fiji, this hotel has plenty of character and authentic old furniture and decorations throughout. Each room is different, and is good for the budget traveler. edit