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Levuka, Fiji

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Levuka, Fiji: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

William Russell
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What do I need to know before moving to Levuka?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Levuka, they said:

"Levuka is a small town on the eastern coast of the Fijian island of Ovalau, known for its historical significance as the first capital of Fiji. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with many buildings dating back to the 19th century. English is widely spoken in Levuka, as it is one of the official languages of Fiji, but learning some basic Fijian phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living in Levuka is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to note that wages are also significantly lower. The local currency is the Fijian dollar, and while credit cards are accepted in some places, cash is the preferred method of payment, especially in smaller establishments. The climate in Levuka is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round, but it can be quite humid and there is a rainy season from November to April. It's important to prepare for this weather by packing appropriate clothing and being ready for potential tropical storms or cyclones. Healthcare facilities in Levuka are limited, with only a small hospital and a few pharmacies available. For serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to Suva, the capital of Fiji. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The pace of life in Levuka is slow and relaxed, which can be a big change for those used to a fast-paced city lifestyle. The local culture is friendly and welcoming, with a strong sense of community. Respect for local customs and traditions is important, including dressing modestly and behaving respectfully. Internet access in Levuka can be unreliable and slow, which could be a challenge if you're planning to work remotely. It's also worth noting that the town is quite isolated, with limited options for shopping and entertainment. However, the natural beauty of the island offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, such as hiking, snorkeling, and exploring local historical sites. Public transportation in Levuka is limited, so you may want to consider renting or buying a car for getting around. However, the town is small enough to walk around easily. Finally, while Fiji is generally a safe country, it's always important to take standard precautions to protect your personal safety and belongings," explained one expat living in Levuka, Fiji.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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