Levuka Town 
Photo by: Blair Monk.

On our second day trip in the Captain Cook Cruise, we came to visit the Old Capital of Fiji, A small town called Levuka. Levuka is a town on the eastern coast of the Fijian island of Ovalau, in Lomaiviti Province, in the Eastern Division of Fiji. We arrived on Wednesday morning at the wharf and was debriefed by the Crew of the ship about the island and its long History. So, let’s have a History class shall we? Well a short history lesson that is.

Scared Heart Church Levuka
Photo by: Hosea

Short History Lesson.

Growing up in Fiji, every child in school were taught with the history of Fiji. I remember one of those history lessons we had was about how Fiji got colonized and was ceded to Great Britain. This all took place here in the Beautiful Island of Ovalau in a little town called Levuka. So just to keep it short, When Fiji was ceded to Great Britain in 1874, Levuka became the Capital of Fiji and was ruled by the Colonial Government and became an important port and Trading Post. It remained the Capital until 1877 when the administration was moved to Suva due to its landscape. Later on, Fiji gained its independence and everything is history.

It was just a causal tour around Levuka town when I notice a primary school nearby and I couldn’t help myself from seeing the kids running around playing in the field and just having fun. Some of them came close to us and wanted to shake our hands. I couldn’t help but notice one of the kids were looking at my GoPro and was wondering what it was. So instead of shaking their hands, I gave them the GoPro to play around with it. They took the GoPro and ran off to their friends telling them it was a tiny camera and for them to take pictures with. Those were the memories I really cherished when I was in Levuka. It didn’t stop there, I decided to pay a visit to the school and asked the headmaster if it was alright for me to take a group shot with the kids. Without a doubt, he said “Go For it” and there I went gathering all the kids from different year just to take that Big Group Hero shot and their Big Fijian Bula Smiles.