Viti Levu is easily the largest island in Fiji. About 70% of the total population or 600,000 people, approximately, live here. As the country’s commercial center, Fiji is home to the important cities of Suva (capital city) and Nadi (where the international airport is located). Other than tourism, its sugar and dairy industries are thriving and beefing up the country’s economy. In the center of Viti Levu is a rich and lush forest, which includes the 1,300-meter-high Mount Tomanivi also known as Mount Victoria, Fiji’s highest peak. Also, the island is known as the exclusive habitat of the Giant Fijian long-horned beetle, the world’s largest insect.
The Fiji archipelago consists of more than 300 amazing islands. Since this is a volcanic archipelago, many of its islands are shapely odd, creating picturesque landforms and a ton of white-sand beaches. There are also tiny coral atolls that are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Tourists normally just pass by Viti Levu en route the many island attractions in Fiji. Other than Viti Levu, the top Fijian destinations are Mamanuca Islands and Yasawa Islands. But Viti Levu can hold its own, with its many tourist attractions, including the following: the Colo-i-Suva forest park in Suva, Fiji Museum inside the Thurston botanical gardens, Coral Coast, Garden of the Sleeping Giant (a vast orchidarium with the picturesque Sleeping Giant mountain in the background) in Nadi, Kula Eco Park in Coral Coast, beautiful Natadola Beach and Natadola Harbor in Nadi, Navala Village at the Nausori Highlands, Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool in Nadi, Siagtoka sand dunes, the pastel-colored Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Hindu Temple in Nadi, and the Suva Municipal Market.
Notice that this list includes all that the country has to offer: a lush forest, white sand beach, cultural site, urban center and a traditional village.
The Navala Village is considered by many to be the most important tourist stop in all of Fiji. Nestled between green mountains and secret caves, this traditional village is home to 1,000 residents living in 200 traditional thatched homes called “bure”. A bure is a single room structure with ornately designed thatched roof and bamboo woven walls. Its kitchen and toilet are separate rooms located at the back of the bure. Strolling along this native village and meeting the super friendly villagers is quite an experience. Tourists are typically invited to a traditional welcome ceremony and made to drink yaqona wine.
For the nature lovers and eco enthusiasts, the Kula Eco Park and Garden of the Sleeping Giant should not to be missed. Fiji is known to be a rich habitat for exotic birds and plant life. A number of endangered animals that are endemic to the Pacific are found in Kula Eco Park. They include the Fiji Flying Fox, Fiji Crested Iguana, and Long-legged Warbler Trichocichla bird, among others. On the other hand, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is home to 2,000 different kinds of orchids.
To get to Viti Levu, there are regular flights arriving at the Nadi Internaitonal Airport from Los Angeles, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hawaii, Tokyo and Seoul. The island is only four hours from Australia and New Zealand, but more than 10 hours from LA.