HISTORICAL PORT TOWN
Fiji’s First World Heritage Site
The historical port town of Levuka was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013, becoming Fiji’s first World Heritage Site. “An outstanding example of late 19th century Pacific port settlements, Levuka reflects the integration of local building traditions by a supreme naval power, leading to the emergence of a unique landscape”
Late 19th Century Pacific Port
In the mid-1800s, the town was founded by sandalwood and beach-der-me traders of European origin. It became the first colonial capital of Fiji on 10th October in 1874 when Fiji was ceded to Queen Victoria. Levuka is today recognized as a specific and rare type of colonial port town that reflects the 19th century stages of maritime colonization by European naval powers, into a Pacific social, cultural and topographic environment.
Levuka Town Hall
The historic building was built in 1898 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s silver jubilee. It houses Fiji’s first municipality, the Levuka Town Council, established in 1877.
LEVUKA DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES
Cession Site – On 10th October 1874, the Deed of Cession was signed here.
Marist Convent School (1882)
199 Steps – Longest steps in Fiji
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1858)
Levuka Community Centre – Old MH Building
This is the first and original building of the Morris Hedstrom merchant company dating back to 1868. It was started by two ex-pupils of Levuka Public School, Persey Morris and Maynard Hedstrom, and became a successful grocery and drapers, and the first liquor seller in Levuka in 1892. Today the building is owned and managed by the National Trust of Fiji as the Levuka Community Centre.
Go to Levuka Community Centre to collect a brochure of the town, see the town map & read historical information, visit the small museum, or relax and read in the community library.
Visitor Information Centre
Monday- Thursday 8am-4:30pm
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.
HOW TO GET TO LEVUKA
There are two ways to travel to Levuka.
FERRY: takes about 5 hrs from Suva to Levuka at the cost of FJ$29.50/ per an adult.
Patterson Ferry For further information contact “Patterson Brothers Shipping on Phone +6793315644 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Venu Shipping Ferry “St. Mary” For further rinformation contact Venu Shipping on Phone +679 3395000 or e-mail to email@example.com
PLANE: It takes about 12 mins from Suva (Nausori) to Levuka at the cost of app. FJ$ 80/ per an adult.
For further information contact “Northern Air Fiji” on