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Monday, April 24, 2006

Field trip to the old capital of Fiji: Levuka (Ovalau Island)

Bula again from the land of fejee. As we always said, we are committed to post news and reports of field trips that our TARD members have participated in as part of their programmes of study in Fiji. This is aimed at motivating our North Malaita students to work harder in their school work, as well as informing our leaders and supporters abroad of what our students have undertaken.

During the past weeks, one of our TARD members was fortunate to go on a class field trip to the historical island of Ovalau which hosted the old capital of Fiji, Levuka. The field trip was part of the course work for a Geography Course known as Physical Geography. The objectives of the field trip include:
- To observe important coastal processes that occur in the study sites on Ovalau.
- To study the hydrology of particular areas on Ovalau Island.
- To determine the physical geomorphology of the volcanic remnants in Ovalau Island.

According to the Solomon students who went on that trip, it was an enjoyable trip that was filled with fun and educational activities. They departed Suva Port on an inter-island ferry and travelled for about 2-3 hours before reaching Ovalau. During the last night before they travelled back to Suva, students were hosted to a kava session by the local community and Pacific Island students presented cultural dances as well during that time.

Ovalau is an ancient volcanic island just east of Viti Levu, where Suva is situated. On the east coast is the town of Levuka, the original British colonial capital. The center is the volcanic crater ringed by jungly mountains and home to the village of Lovoni. It is one of the best tourist destinations in Fiji because of its important historical background and natural sceneries.


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