What Services are Available in Ovalau and the Lomaiviti Islands?
Although just a short flight from Fiji’s capital, the Lomaiviti Islands are blissfully uncrowded. Most of the islands here are rather underdeveloped aside from villages and the odd resort. That’s with the exception of the town that was once Fiji’s capital, Levuka. Located on Ovalau Island, Levuka is the hub of the Lomaivitis, offering a small but convenient selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, a bank, a hospital and a post office. Find out more about them in this guide to the information, shops and services in the Lomaiviti Islands.
For more tips on planning the perfect trip here, check out The Complete Travel Guide to the Lomaiviti Islands.
Useful Services for Tourists
- Public transport – See the Lomaiviti Islands Transport Guide
- Car rental – Car rental is not available in the Lomaiviti Islands
- Accommodation – See the 6 Best Resorts and 9 Best Budget Accommodations in the Lomaiviti Islands.
- Things to do – See the 10 Must-Dos in the Lomaiviti Islands
- Visitor information centres – There are no formal visitor information centres in the Lomaiviti Islands but the Levuka Museum in the Morris Hedstrom Building, Ovalau, offers some information centre services.
Food and Groceries
Most of the Lomaiviti Islands’ shops and supermarkets can be found on the island of Ovalau. The town of Levuka has a small but decent selection of grocery stores, as well as a produce market.
Supermarkets on Ovalau
Most supermarkets can be found in the town of Levuka on Ovalau. You will also find the odd general store or food stall in the village around Ovalau and the Lomaiviti’s other islands. While not a complete list, some popular supermarkets in the Lomaiviti Islands include:
- Dutt’s Retail Store, Beach Street, Levuka
- MH Supermarket, opposite the museum and wharf, Levuka
- Narson’s Supermarket, Levuka
- Tivoli General Store, Ovalau Circular Road, Lot 2, Wainaloka
Learn more about grocery shopping in the Guide to Food Shopping in Fiji.
The Levuka Market
For fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, the Levuka Market is a popular option located along the waterfront of Levuka. The market runs from 7am to 6pm each day except Sundays.
Restaurants in the Lomaiviti Islands
Of course, resorts and accommodations in the Lomaiviti Islands endeavour to keep guests fed through their on-site restaurant or with pre-arranged meals. For casual dining in the Lomaivitis, however, you’ll have to turn to Levuka, which has the following restaurants:
- Whale’s Tale, Beach Street, Levuka, Ovalau
- Kims Paak Kum Loong, Beach Street, Levuka, Ovalau
- Horizon Restaurant, Beach Street, Levuka, Ovalau
- Kara’s BBQ Stand, Hennings Street, Levuka, Ovalau
For more dining recommendations across Fiji, head to our Fiji Food & Drink category.
Hospital and Police
While light medications (like painkillers), baby products and toiletries are often sold in supermarkets in Levuka, prescription medication and health treatments may be dealt with at the hospital. There is also a police station in the Lomaivitis, only found on Ovalau.
The hospital on Ovalau is the Levuka Hospital located on Beach Road at the northern end of Levuka. The hospital receives regular renovations and financial aid from overseas. They are happy to treat tourists for a small fee. Serious cases are transferred to Suva hospital by helicopter.
There is a police station in Levuka located on the corner of Totoga Lane and Garner Jones Road.
Fuel Stations, Banks and Communication
As with the other information, shops and services in the Lomaiviti Islands, services such as fuel stations and banks can only be found on Ovalau. There is, however, a post office on Gau Island.
Fuel stations can be found on Ovalau, including:
- TotalEnergies Levuka Service Station, Levuka, Ovalau
- Pacific Energy – Levuka Service Station, Levuka, Ovalau.
For postal services, money transfers and some retail goods, head to the post offices in the Lomaiviti Islands. There is the Levuka Post Office on Queens Wharf Lane leading to the wharf on Ovalau and Qarani Post Office at the northern end of Gau Island. Phone and fax facilities are also available at the Levuka Post Office.
Internet and WiFi
Your best option for having access to WiFi while in the Lomaiviti Islands is to stay at an accommodation offering WiFi. Such accommodations include Levuka Homestay and the Royal Hotel, both in Levuka. See Where to Get WiFi in Fiji for tips on staying connected.
As there is only one bank in the Lomaiviti Islands, and because many shops and restaurants do not accept card payments, it’s best to bring enough cash with you. The only bank is the Westpac Bank at the southern end of Beach Street. Traveller’s cheques, foreign currency and most major credit cards can be exchanged/are accepted. There is also an ATM there. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm (often closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30pm).