Emperor Gold Mine
This operational goldmine is located at Vatukola (inland between Rakiraki and Ba). Security is tight around the mine but occasional visits are offered from
Fenced paddocks near Rakiraki are home to 5500 head of cattle. You may also see Fijian cowboys on horses. A thriving mango farm has been established at Yaqara, and Fiji Water is bottled in the area. Fiji's local 'Bollywood' film-making district has also become established here.
The tomb of Fiji’s last known cannibal lies just outside Rakiraki. This infamous warrior chief was said to have dined on 99 other chieftains.
Naiserelagi Catholic Mission
This historic 1917 mission southeast of Rakiraki enjoys a scenic location overlooking Viti Levu Bay. It is famous for its mural of a black Christ, painted by Jean Charlot in 1962.
The hilly little island of Nananu-i Ra, offshore of Rakiraki, is known for its peaceful bays and white, sandy beaches. Just 3.5km square, it is ideal for visitors wanting an offshore island experience without too much travel or cost. The island has good trekking, with beautiful views of the reefs and turquoise waters from its grassy hilltops. There is excellent diving and windsurfing.
Nananu-i-Ra has stunning beaches and bays, with good snorkelling and swimming. You can kayak around the island in about 4-5 hours.
Diving is available in Rakiraki and Nananu-i-Ra. The spectacular reefs off Nananu-i-Ra have some superb dive and snorkelling sites, especially further out in the Bligh Waters. There is coral and plenty of colourful fish, as well as seasnakes on the island’s northern side. Snorkelling trips depart to the outer reefs from Ellington Wharf.
This is popular on the northern side of Nananu-i-Ra and reckoned to be the best in Fiji. The best months are from June to August when the trade winds reach 10 knots or more on most days. Regular windsurfing schools are held.
There are some great sea kayaking trips around the islands and bays, ranging from short trips, to seven-day safaris with local village stays. Departures are from Ellington Wharf.
Abaca Village, inland from Lautoka, and the Central/Nausori Highlands offer excellent day and extended treks.
Local tour operators offer sea kayaking trips and village treks which involve overnight stays at local villages, and these are a great way to experience traditional village life.
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