Levuka is a port town located on the eastern coast of the island of Ovalau, Fiji (Lomaiviti Province, Fiji's Eastern Division). The town has a population of around 1,130 people (2007 census), plus 3,270 living in the peri-urban area, approx half of the 8,360 inhabitants of Ovalau.
- Levuka was formerly Fiji's capital. It is the economic hub and the biggest of 24 settlements found on the island. Levuka and Ovalau Island had been seeking recognition as a World Heritage Site from UNESCO for decades, and finally being designated June 2013.
- The status of Levuka as a stopover port for ocean ships crossing the Pacific Ocean came to an end during the 1950s, threatening the settlement with economic extinction. However, in 1964 the PAFCO (Pacific Fishing Company) was established by a Japanese proprietorship, specialising in freezing and shipping canned tuna, mainly to markets in Canada and Europe. A cannery, joint PAFCO-government venture, opened in 1976. Currently, it is the largest private employer on Ovalau Island. Owing largely to the isolation of Levuka, tourism plays a minor role in the economy.
- Levuka Community Centre, housing a branch of Fiji Museum, public library, meeting hall, kindergarten, crafts centre and squash court occupies a renovated store constructed by Morris Hedstrom & Co. (trading company founded in Levuka's early days, still in business in Fiji) in 1878. In 1980 Morris Hedstrom let the building to National Trust of Fiji. Adjacent to Levuka Community Centre lies Queens Wharf, with a max depth of 8 m (26 ft). Upgraded during the 1990s, it is used predominantly by local craft, though foreign ships sometimes dock. Levuka is one of 3 official ports of entry to Fiji (Lautoka and Suva being the other two).
- Other popular landmarks in Levuka include the Sacred Heart Church, legacy of Marist Fathers, who came in 1858; Ovalau Club, which is one of the oldest social organisations found in the Pacific, and Levuka Town Hall, housing Levuka Town Council. It was constructed in 1898 to honour the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Highlights: Ovalau, Colonial buildings
The Levuka cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Levuka, Ovalau Island.
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Port Levuka cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Levuka, Ovalau Island. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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