Ovalau is the principal island and seat of local government of the Lomaiviti Islands in Fiji.


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 is also the former capital of Fiji.

Get in

AIR: Pacific Sun (Reservations Ph: +679 6720 888) has three flights weekly from Suva to Levuka (Bureta airstrip). Flying time: approximately 12 min. 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, approximately 40 min from town, is on the west side of the island and is serviced by a local bus.

SEA: Patterson Brothers Shipping (Ph: 3315 644, e: patterson@connect.com.fj) 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 13:00 and arrives at Natovi at 15:30. The ferry departs from Natovi jetty at 16:00 and arrives at Buresala jetty (Ovalau Island) at 16:50. The connecting bus departs Buresala at 17:00 arrives at Levuka at 17:45. The ferry back to Suva departs Buresala jetty (Ovalau) at 05:45. 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 FJD25 one-way.


Lovoni Village




The only restaurants on the Ovalau Island are 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).


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