4. Levuka, Ovalau
Fiji’s sole UNESCO World Heritage Site, Levuka is the capital of Ovalau, the principal island of the Lomaiviti group, and it was too the foremost colonial capital of Fiji. This is where the first Europeans colonize in the early 19th century, and its historic center, with age-old timbered structures, attained World Heritage status in 2013. Today, the town is not a flourishing tourist destination; rather, it’s an exotic window into old Fiji, located amid mango trees and coconut palms. Key attractions include the Royal Hotel, commenced in the 1860s and still running today as the most aged hotel in the South Pacific; Sacred Heart Cathedral and Presbytery from the 1860s; and the Morris Hedstrom bond shop. Most tourists to Levuka arrange homestays with the locals and delay a while to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this amicable town.