Another important Island in the South Pacific area is Viti Levu. This is the largest Island in the Fijian Group, accounting for the majority of the population and is considered very much the hub of the country.
Upon arrival into the country you will touch down in Nadi which is one of the major towns on the Island. Suva the country’s capital (and one of the major ports) is also located on this Island. The Island covers a large area of 10,388 sq km, being the sixth largest Island in Oceania. It is close to a circular shape and measures 146km from east to west and 106km from north to south.
There is a main road around the outside of the Island and many smaller roads in the central part of the Island. We did a wonderful trip to take a special Fijian friend back to her village which she hadn’t visited for 15 years. It was to a small village called Korolevu located at the end of the road in the centre of the Island reached by venturing up the Sigatoka valley.
This was an amazing experience, part of Fiji which tourist don’t ever get to see. We did however discover that the central roads marked on the map are nothing more than 4WD bush tracks, with no signs, broken bridges and only enough room for one vehicle the majority of the way.
So just a little piece of advice if you are travelling around by rental car. DO NOT look at the map and think you can take a short cut across the centre of the Island, it is extremely rugged countryside these tracks are used only to link villages together for the local people to use not for tourist to venture on.
Viti Levu also has another claim to fame. It is home to one of the world’s largest insects called the Giant Fijian Long-Horned Beetle. This beetle can grow up to 15cm long not including its legs, antenna or jaws, I must say I don’t think I would ever like to encounter one.
Viti Levu covers a vast variety of terrain and landscapes, from
the picturesque beaches to the tropical rainforest and mountainous terrain in the centre of the island. It also has both a dry and wet side to the Island and a variety of industries which take advantage of the different climates. Sugar is a large economic part of the country and can be seen grown across this island, mainly in the western parts. Other crops including pineapples, bananas, paw paw, and vegetables including eggplant, beans, bok choy, lettuce and root vegetables are grown, the Sigatoka Valley being well known for its fertile soils and production of some of these crops. Fiji also has its own dairy industry located on this Island for production of dairy products for the local market.
Of course one of the major industries on this Island and the around the rest of country is the tourism industry. Resorts are a major feature of the well known Coral Coast, which is located on the sunny part of the Island. There is plenty to do on the mainland with lots of Tourist activities and ventures. There is Jet boating, jet skiing trips, top golf courses, and other activities such as the Cane Train and Eco Bird Park.
If you are an active person or just like exploring and taking in the country I would suggest somewhere on Viti Levu is a great place to stay as you won’t run out of things to see or do.