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Located on the eastern coast of the small island of Ovalau, which lies just east of Viti Levu. It was once the capital of Fiji and still retains many old historic building. It is also Fiji's first World Heritage Site.

Position 17°40'50.99"S, 178°51'21.73"E (entrance to the pass).

http://www.levuka-ovalauisland.com/

Main Street Levuka © Graham Keating

Clearance

Refer to the main Fiji Formalities page for detailed clearance information.

If  the authorities do not answer calls on Channel 16, anchorabout 100-200m north of the wharf and go ashore. All offices are at the root of the pier. You can tie up a dinghy here but it is not suitable to take a yacht alongside.

Currently the Health official is likely to spray the boat to prevent any mosquitos with zika virus arriving from Tonga.

Provincial administration building, where you need to get go to arrange for your cruising permit, is about a 5 minute walk past the fish factory. Here they will fax your details to Suva and the permit will be issued within the hour.

The fee here is about F$168 for Quarantine (it depends on the size of the boat).

There is a small port fee of F$5/night, payable on departure.

Formalities here are usually simpler than Suva, so for boats coming from the east, the detour to Levuka is probably justified.

Note: As of June 2012 it is no longer necessary to clear in and out of each Customs region visited, (Suva: Levuka: Savusavu: Lautoka: Lau Group: Rotuma:). Yachts can now clear out of the Port of Entry with a permit to cruise all Fijian coastal waters within the bounds of their cruising permit. There is however a requirement to report your position and current cruising plans once a week. This can easily be done by:
- VHF Ch:16
- Telephone: 324 3782/3747/3315
- Customs Hotline: 324 3666
- E-mail: [email protected]

Last updated July 2017.

Docking

There are good leading marks (reliably lit) for the entrance into the reef to the east of the town, so a night entrance to the anchorage would be possible.

The anchorage off the town (photo courtesy of Graham Keating)

There is no berthing for yachts here as the wharf is unsuitable due to underwater obstructions. The anchorage is 100m off the esplanade, in the vicinity of the church. The holding can be uncertain and although the reef provides protection, in strong winds from the eastern sector, it can be rolly.

The blue building in the right of the photo is the town diesel generator (which is very noisy) and the buildings to the left are  the tuna cannery which can generate a strong fishy smell at times.

Last updated August 2015.

Jpaulstephens
Jpaulstephens says:
Jul 21, 2017 01:45 AM

Tin Tin Of St Mawes made entry at Levuka and found a good welcome and easy formalities. The Port Authority answered Ch16 immediately and directed us to moor 100-200m north of the wharf. They arranged for Health to visit, and after lunch I brought the official on board and completed his paperwork. The boat was sprayed to prevent any mosquitos with zika virus arriving from Tonga. The Customs and immigration ate on thebafjacent heritage building and were very welcoming. It was too late to get my cruising permit that day but after breakfast I walked the 5 minutes past the fish factory to the Provincial administration building. They faxed my details to Suva and my permit was given to me within 30 minutes. To pay my fees F $168 Health F $5/night port dues there is an ATM close to Customs. Altogether we relished our two days here especially as on our last night we were invited to join fishermen and port officials drinking kava from a bowl made from a large fishing float. The town itself extends back into the hills with beautiful paved trails winding up between the cottages. Everyone was immensely welcoming and our hearts are filled with their kindness and friendship. Good food was had at both Horizon and The Whale Tale on the front, the latter not serving alcohol but allowing it in from the store next door. We also had a very light lunch at the heritage Royal Hotel which is well worth a visit for its unchanged colonial era style.

maunie
maunie says:
Aug 20, 2015 11:44 PM

Levuka is an enchanting town, the old colonial capital of Fiji and now a World Heritage site. The anchorage off the town seawall is reported to have indifferent holding and in strong SE winds the swell can come over the reef and make it rolly. Good provisioning and the museum is worth a visit. We cleared out of Fiji here in October 2014 and it was a very painless, one-office affair.

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