Want to know more about Lautoka Fiji? It's easy to explore Fiji's second biggest city, being just a short trip (33km north) from Nadi. Get the lowdown on the 'Sugar City' here.
The contents for Lautoka Fiji are:
Lautoka postcard, believed to be from 1956
Lautoka is the second largest city and has a population of 52,000. Situated on the western coast of Viti Levu, it is only 24km north of Nadi.
According to oral tradition, long ago when two chiefs were in a heated argument, one speared the other and cried out 'lau toka'! It means 'spear hit' and thus the town's name today.
In recent history, sugar has been the backbone of Lautoka's industry and hence is given the name 'Sugar City'. Located in a sugar growing district it has the largest sugar mill in the southern hemisphere, opened in 1903, and is also the largest employer in Lautoka by far. You will notice the population is predominantly Indo-Fijian (read the history in our Fiji Indian section) descendants of the indentured labourers brought to Fiji to work the sugar fields.
Sugar train entering Lautoka
Naviti St, perpendicular to Shirley Park (shaded in green on map) is where you will find a selection of eateries. Other important information:
There is not much as far as tourist attractions are concerned and no beaches. The highlights are:
It is recommended that you click 'View Larger Map', also located directly below the map, for a more pleasurable full-screen viewing experience.
There are a few nice accommodation options in Lautoka. Visit our Lautoka and Rakiraki accommodation section.
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