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1. Statement of significance


Levuka is Fiji’s first capital and site of not only Fiji’s cession to England but also the beginning of modern day Fiji’s economic, financial and political history. Today, Levuka has a rich and diverse history and its historical significance is to be protected and promoted

2. Overall development strategy objective

  • Spread the economic base to avoid reliance on one major source of income
  • Tourism to play a supplementary role to the town’s major industry i.e. the fish cannery. This could result in other cottage industries, which may in turn become export industries e.g. Bula bear.

    Niche tourism markets such as fishing, sports tourism and education-based tourism

3. Role of cultural resources in overall development strategy

Planting cash crops such as taro and yagona, which is a good money earner in the local market and also for export purposes. Special Crafts Cottage industry, Bula bear and Mat weaving.
Creative Arts and Performing arts.

Remittances – Many families have relatives living abroad or in other parts of Fiji who send money back. This form of assistance has often been used in certain family projects like house building, renovation, purchasing capital items like boats etc.

4. How to sustain resources that are being exploited?


Levuka is reliant on the sea as a major source of income. If this resource is to be protected the following are recommended.

  • If game fishing is to be a viable niche market, then sustainable methods such as ‘Catch and Tag/Release’ will need to be practiced
  • Minimize fish poaching both by locals and international fishing boats
  • Consultation with stakeholders on all matters including terrestrial resources
  • Training of local graduates in areas of heritage conservation and tourism
  • Technical and administrative assistance in the preservation of the buildings. The need to set up a local counterpart program
  • Maintain links with the expatriate Levuka community
  • Establish a strong research administrative structure to enable a strong research and monitoring rol

5. Contribution of tourism to development strategy and protection of resource


Supplementary industries, which could result in other cottage industries, that may turn out to be export industries.
Niche markets are fisheries and archaeology.

6. Education

  • Education for environmental management
  • Education on public awareness
  • Research potential
  • Educational needs. Often the inappropriate training encourages people to leave once they graduate


Restoration of Fathers Wharf



Father’s wharf is located along Beach Street in front of the Catholic Church. It is used to play a major role for the locals as a berthing site for villagers on Ovalau and the Lomaivit group of islands. Fishermen bringing in their catch to sell and yacht owners who anchored offshore also used it. Boats bringing in tourists from the island resorts also used the wharf. The wharf was partially destroyed during a hurricane some years back and although attempts have been made to repair it, nothing concrete has been done.


Presently seafarers who want to visit Levuka dock at the main wharf and are greatly inconvenienced due to the restricted operating hours at the main wharf and security at the wharf gates.

Lead Agency


The Levuka Heritage Society

Estimated Cost: $80,000 - $100,000


Time frame: 6 months to 1 year

Sources of assistance


Levuka Town Council for administrative support and construction
National Trust for Fiji – assistance in sourcing funds and backup assistance
Expatriate Levuka community overseas – funding source
Ports Authority of Fiji – jurisdiction covers marine coastal areas as designated under their Act
Tui Levuka – local chief whose fishing rights covers the Levuka foreshore
Department of Town and Country Planning – approval of plans
Marine Department
Marine Engineer – to Formulated an engineering plan for the structure



Restoration and adaptive development. To recreate the former structure and add and extension for more practical activities in terms of usage