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Lomaiviti, located east of Viti Levu, is the name of a selection of brilliant dive islands such as Ovalau and Wakaya.

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The group of volcanic islands east of the main Fijian island Viti Levu are called Lomaiviti translated as 'Central Fiji'. They include islands such as Ovalau, Makogai, Moturiki, Koro, Yanuca Levu, Batiki, Nairai and Gau. Levuka, Ovalau, is the largest and best accessed town for the region. It was the former capital of Fiji before they decided that there was not enough space for a capital here and moved to Suva. In Levuka it is easy to arrange tours, accommodation and transport. It is a pretty colonial town with a stunning backdrop of steep green hills perfect for hiking and cycling. The Navoka Methodist Church, green Nasau Park and the architectural colonial hotel the Royal Hotel are worth exploring. You can visit some of its rainforest and book a tour inside one of its volcano craters. The island Makongi offers a look inside a turtle, shell and clam farm. Other small islands, secluded, with the best beaches are excellent stops for picnics. They include Mystery Island or Naigani, the coral island Caqelai, Leleuvia and Yanuca Lailai.

Smaller islands such as Wakaya, Naigani, Namenalala Island and Toberua are transformed to luxury resort islands popular by honeymooners, couples and dive enthusiastic. The many channels and passages provide this region, also known as the Koro Sea, with strong currents and high nutrient waters offering an excellent home to pelagic, mantas and several species of shark. More to the north and south it gets more remote but the diving becomes better and better. Around Vatu-i-ra and Nanaui-ra Island there are new dive sites explored each day. Liveaboard tours north towards Namena Reefs and Bligh Water Reefs in between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are among the best reefs Fiji has to offer, hard to reach but quiet and spectacular. It is one of the last frontiers of Fiji but with such potential that divers around the world are interested.

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