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  • View of Ovalau Island from ferry. width:640;;height:257
  • One coast-hugging road circles the island, helping residents and visitors get around. Most locals walk short distances or take a pick-up truck taxi between towns and the ferry terminal. width:640;;height:480
  • Ovalau's main town is historic Levuka, one of Fiji's first European-settled towns and the country's original capital in the 1800s. width:640;;height:355
  • This welcoming sign greets visitors to charming Levuka town. width:338;;height:480
  • Levuka's Sacred Heart Parish  and other original buildings are situated in the shadows of tall jungle-clad mountain peaks. width:579;;height:480
  • The Marist Convent School was founded and run by the church in the 1880s. width:640;;height:462
  • Local island residents stroll past a lovely wooden house on the outskirts of town, en route to/from Sunday church services. width:640;;height:396
  • This large field at the edge of town serves as Levuka's sports field as well as location of festivals and events. width:640;;height:480
  • From mountain peaks behind Levuka there are dizzying views of town and Ovalau Island's coastline. width:640;;height:480
  • Ovalau is surrounded by a fringing coral reef, little dived or disturbed by humans. width:640;;height:370
  • On particularly calm and sunny days, views from Ovalau to nearby islands are dazzling. width:640;;height:213
  • This traditional-style community meeting house still stands on the edge of Levuka and is still used for important meetings. width:640;;height:480
  • Front view of the traditional community hall. width:640;;height:439
  • View of its sturdy thatched roof. width:640;;height:480
  • The unusual design includes outer walls covered completely in thick green leaves, a thickly  thatched roof and a wooden door. width:640;;height:480
  • A row of cut treefern posts lines the road in a small village near Levuka. width:338;;height:480
  • ...and are topped by gorgeous seashells. width:360;;height:480
  • One interior road turns inland to a village situated in the center of the island. width:640;;height:480
  • A remote house is nestled in thick jungle on an interior  mountainside. width:640;;height:480
  • This lush valley opens up in central Ovalau, surrounded by volcanic peaks. width:640;;height:480
  • The valley is incredibly lush with plenty of flowing streams, dense vegetation and beautiful trees. It's an ideal location for a small town. width:360;;height:480
  • A few traditonal thatched houses still stand in Ovalau's central village, accessed by a lone dirt road. width:640;;height:480
  • Ovalau's flippant weather changes from sunny to cloudy to rainy, all within a few hours. So it's best to take advantage of bright blue skies when they arrive. width:640;;height:370
  • A final view from Ovalau of the surrounding sea and nearby mountains on a clear, calm day. width:640;;height:349
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