The second largest city in Fiji
, Lautoka is a pleasant destination set against the backdrop of Mount Koroyanitu. Many visitors use Lautoka as a stopover before hopping off to one of the nearby islands, but you shouldn't miss this magical slice of Fijian culture this city brings. Come immerse yourself in real local life and visit the real Fiji. Don't forget to book your Lautoka hotel!
A nature lover’s first stop has to be the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. Here you can explore the unspoiled natural beauty of the Lautoka Abaca Village that sits at the base of Mount Koroyanitu. Follow one of the walking tracks into native forests and grasslands, and gaze in wonder at the abundance of birds in the wetlands, historical archaeological sites and hidden waterfalls. You can meet the local villagers and get a glimpse into their lifestyle and the culture of their community. Love diving? Hire a boat and head out to one of the neighbouring islands. Lautoka is the best place to use as a base for exploring Fiji thanks to all the great services based here. If you prefer fishing, you're in luck! Fiji is home to some of the best big game fishing in the world, so book a local charter and see if you can catch yourself a delicious dinner.
Lautoka Market is home to an exceptional variety of fresh tropical fruits, local produce, fish and sweets. Visit the Sri Krishna Kaliya temple and marvel at the fascinating artwork on the walls, which combines with the atmosphere to leave you feeling a wonderful sense of peace. Shirley Park is a great spot to sit and enjoy the views out across the water. If you're lucky there will be a couple of stalls selling local handicrafts at the Tui Street end of the park, and at a fraction of the price you would pay in Nadi
. The biggest industry in the region is sugar, so don't leave without a look in the Lautoka Sugar Mill. It opened in 1903 and remains the largest sugar mill in the southern hemisphere. You can see the inner workings of the factory on a guided tour.
Every visitor to Lautoka is left in awe at the raw beauty of Fiji. It's truly an island paradise, where you can escape and enjoy your vacation immensely, whatever you want to do. Find a cheap flight to Fiji
and search through our great range of Lautoka accommodation. You'll be relaxing in tropical paradise before you know it!
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