Lomaiviti & Lau Group

Aerial View of the Lau Group in Fiji

The Lomaiviti group of islands, the heart of Fiji, lies off the east coast of Viti Levu and consists of seven main islands and a number of smaller outliers, which cover an area of approximately 410 square kilometres with a combined population of less than 20,000. These islands are rustic and serene, and travellers have ended up staying much longer than originally planned. The Lomaiviti Group, fondly known as ‘Fiji’s Big Fish Capital’, consists of the islands of Namenalala, Makogai, Koro, Wakaya, Batiki, Nairai, Gau, Ovalau, and Moturiki.

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There is a wide range of hotels and accommodations on the Lomaiviti Islands, catering to all budgets and preferences. with a few high-end venues on the Lau Island Group, one of which is the Vatuvara Private Islands resort, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent an enchanted evening when on royal duties visiting Fiji. Whether you are looking for a luxurious resort or a budget-friendly guesthouse, there is something for everyone.

Lomaiviti Group

Aerial Coastal View of Batiki Island in the Lomaiviti Group
Batiki Island in the Lomaiviti Group | Image: Supplied

Table: Lomaiviti Islands

Yanuca LailaiYanuca Levu
Table: Group of Islands in the Lomaiviti Group


Levuka Fiji Colourful Vibrant Street Old Colonial Capital Fiji Levuka Town Ovalau Island.
Levuka Fiji Colourful Vibrant Street Old Colonial Capital Fiji Levuka Town Ovalau Island.

Levuka is a large, 626-metre-high volcanic island just east of Viti Levu. It is Fiji’s former capital, located on the island of Ovalau, with a population of around 4000. Levuka is the most picturesque town in Fiji and one of the very few places in the South Pacific that still has a significant number of quaint colonial buildings.

Levuka is famous for many of Fiji’s ‘firsts’. It was the site of Fiji’s first bank, post office, school, private members club, hospital, town hall, and municipal government. For travellers who want to experience and be part of a living heritage, Levuka is a trip back in time to a Fiji that is still untouched by mass tourism.

Getting to Levuka

There are two main ways to get to Levuka. Fiji Link flies from Nausori Airport to Ovalau, and Patterson Brothers Ferry Service departs from Suva on a scheduled basis. Apart from the usual activities of scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, hiking, and sightseeing, Levuka offers its visitors unforgettable historical and cultural experiences. The historical town tour allows visitors to view historical sites, meet with local residents, and hear about Levuka’s rich and interesting past.


Duavata Members Strengthening Child Safe Community Based Tourism at Leleuvia Island Resort scaled
Leleuvia Island Resort Entrance | Image: Supplied


Wakaya Club Spa
Wakaya Club Spa | Image: Supplied

Wakaya Island is a privately owned island, approximately 2,200 acres in size, and located 20 kilometres east of Ovalau. It is characterised by towering cliffs, ancient forests, white crescent beaches, and endless blue waters. It is approximately 35 minutes by air from Nadi International Airport. The island is also a 20-minute speedboat ride from Levuka.

Lau Group

Table: Lau Group of Islands

CiciaNorthern Lau KaibuNorthern Lau
KanaceaNorthern Lau MagoNorthern Lau
MalimaNorthern LauMunia IslandNorthern Lau
NamalataNorthern LauNaitabaNorthern Lau
NayauNorthern LauTuvucaNorthern Lau
Vanua BalavuNorthern LauVatu VaraNorthern Lau
Wailagi LalaNorthern LauYacataNorthern Lau
AiwaSouthern LauFulagaSouthern Lau
KabaraSouthern LauKomoSouthern Lau
LakebaSouthern LauMoceSouthern Lau
MokaSouthern LauNamuka-i-LauSouthern Lau
Ogea DrikiSouthern LauOgea LevuSouthern Lau
OloruaSouthern LauOneataSouthern Lau
Vanua VatuSouthern LauVuaqavaSouthern Lau
Yagasa LevuSouthern LauMatuku IslandMoala Islands
Moala IslandMoala IslandsTotoyaMoala Islands
Bacon IslandOutliersCakau LasemarawaOutliers
Table: Lau Group of Islands

Forbes Magazine has listed the Lau group of islands as one of the top 12 World’s Most Beautiful Places (2013). Forbes chose the Lau Archipelago for its “mind-blowing array of marine life and a gentle, carefree vibe.”  One of the best sources of information on the Lau Group is from Yacht Help Fiji.. Here is a PDF file they created that goes into great detail about the islands; it is definitely worth a glance. – The Lau Group In-depth.pdf.

Lau Weather & Climate

MonthsMin Temp *Max Temp **Water TempPrecipitationRainy Days
January24.0°C (75.2°F)24.0°C (75.2°F)26.0°C (78.8°F)165mm (6.5in)14
February25.0°C (77°F)30.0°C (86°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)184mm (7.2in)15
March24.0°C (75.2°F)29.0°C (84.2°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)253mm (10.0in)17
April23.0°C (73.4°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)26.0°C (78.8°F)144mm (5.7in)13
May22.0°C (71.6°F)26.0°C (78.8°F)25.0°C (77°F)114mm (4.5in)11
June21.0°C (69.8°F)25.0°C (77°F)24.0°C (75.2°F)81mm (3.2in)11
July20.0°C (68°F)25.0°C (77°F)23.0°C (73.4°F)71mm (2.8in)11
August20.0°C (68°F)24.0°C (75.2°F)23.0°C (73.4°F)85mm (3.3in)10
September20.0°C (68°F)25.0°C (77°F)24.0°C (75.2°F)89mm (3.5in)10
October21.0°C (69.8°F)25.0°C (77°F)24.0°C (75.2°F)88mm (3.5in)9
November22.0°C (71.6°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)25.0°C (77°F)113mm (4.4in)11
December23.0°C (73.4°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)26.0°C (78.8°F)139mm (5.5in)13
Table: Lau Weather & Climate- – Usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night ** – The average maximum daytime temperature °C – Celsius, also called centigrade, scale based on 0° for the freezing point of water and 100° for the boiling point of water. °F – Fahrenheit temperature scale, scale based on 32° for the freezing point of water and 212° for the boiling point of water, the interval between the two being divided into 180 equal parts. Primarily used in the United States
Video: Lau Island Group Aerial View
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