Lautoka cruises destination information
|Lautoka itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Jan 13, 2020||Fiji, 14 nights||from $5241|
|Jan 21, 2020||Fiji, 14 nights||from $4033|
|Feb 5, 2020||South Pacific and Fiji , 14 nights||from $2839|
|Mar 21, 2020||Fiji, 14 nights||from $3838|
|Feb 25, 2020||Fiji, 14 nights||from $5212|
|Sep 16, 2020||South Pacific, 12 nights||from $3483|
|Dec 4, 2020||South Pacific, 12 nights||from $3056|
|Oct 11, 2020||South Pacific, 12 nights||from $3483|
|Jan 30, 2021||South Pacific, 12 nights||from $2664|
|Apr 1, 2020||South Pacific Fiji and Tonga, 13 nights||from $9585|
|Dec 28, 2020||South Pacific New Year, 12 nights||from $4251|
|Feb 28, 2020||Australia and French Polynesia, 21 nights||from $2719|
|Apr 16, 2020||Sydney to Vancouver, 25 nights||from $5930|
|Apr 16, 2020||South Pacific Crossing, 16 nights||from $4266|
|Sep 27, 2020||New Zealand Australia and South Pacific Crossing Collector, 40 nights||from $10593|
|Feb 19, 2021||South Pacific, 14 nights||from $4179|
|Feb 21, 2021||South Pacific Fiji and Tonga, 13 nights||from $7480|
|Feb 11, 2020||Pink Hibiscus and Blue Mountains, 18 nights||from $34006|
|Feb 28, 2020||Pacific Wonder, 29 nights||from $47804|
|Mar 13, 2020||Tahitian Traditions, 15 nights||from $16170|
The Stunning Main Port of Lautoka
Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji. It is in the west of the island of Viti Levu, 24 kilometers north of Nadi, and is capital of the Western Division of Fiji. It is a quiet, shady town of broad avenues, shady sidewalks and towering royal palms which run down the middle of Vitogo Parade, the main drag running from the harbor to the heart of town.
The duty-free shops and other stores along Vitogo Parade mark the boundary of Lautoka's business district; behind them are several blocks of stores and the lively Lautoka Market. Handcraft stalls at the front of the market offer a variety of goods, especially when cruise ships are in port. Everywhere you go, shop owners and people on the street are always quick to greet you with a friendly smile. On the other side of Vitogo Parade, there are residential streets which trail off beyond the playing fields of Churchill Park.
Cruise Port: What to do in Lautoka
Lautoka, a city of just over 50,000 people, is the second largest in Fiji. While it's often known as the 'Sugar City' for its abundant sugar crops, its original name carries a much more interesting legend. According to the stories, two local chiefs were battling, when one hit the other in his chest. The attacker cried out ˜Lautoka!', meaning 'spear hit', and thus the legend was born.
Somewhere between the serene tranquility of the spas and beaches, and the busyness of this bustling city and its markets, you'll find a seaside town in which to fall head over heels in love.
Getting around in Lautoka
When you cruise to Fiji, you'll disembark at the port of Lautoka. This is an extremely busy area as it's a major shipping route for goods throughout Fiji and the pacific. The township is a quick drive away, and you'll either take a shuttle into the downtown area (organised by your cruise line), or staff will help you hail a taxi for this short trip.
Once you're in town, you'll either be able to walk to your destination (it's a small town), grab a taxi, or take a public bus. Should you taxi, note that it's common for cabs not to have a meter. Ask a local how much a reasonable fare is and/or agree on a price before you set off on your trip.
There are regular buses running from Lautoka to Nadi and back for a few dollars if you're looking for a day trip out of the city.
Money matters in Lautoka
The Fijian dollar is the currency in Lautoka, and you'll need it on hand should you wish to make any purchases. While many of the larger stores will accept credit cards, you'll likely need cash for any taxi fares, plus market stall holders will generally only accept cash as well.
Most food and drink is roughly the same as you would pay in Australia, if not a little cheaper. Note that there is no tipping culture in Fiji.
Local culture in Lautoka
Lautoka boasts a unique and wonderful blend of Fijian and Indian culture. This is thanks again to the local sugar mill, which opened in 1903 and largely ran off the labour of Indians brought to Fiji to work in the sugar fields. Many of these workers were indentured and simply chose to stay or couldn't feasibly return home after their contracts ended, which imported just as much in the way of culture as it did hard labour.
Today, Indo-Fijians are commonplace in Lautoka. This means you'll see saris alongside the sarongs, and a hint of Bollywood about the town. Fortunately, it also means that the food on offer here makes the most of both cultures to create unmissable local dishes.
Going online in Lautoka
There is no public Wi-Fi available, but you will be able to sign on in some bars and restaurants when you order food and drink. Note that like the rest of the country, the connection tends to run on 'Fiji time', so isn't usually particularly fast or reliable.
Things to do in Lautoka
To book independently or through the cruise line
When you're deciding what to do in Lautoka, you'll be able to book directly through your cruise line or by yourself.
The former option is incredibly straight forward and easy, as all you'll have to do is read the description of tours and excursions available at each stop, then fill out a quick form to book it all in. The cost of the trip is added to your onboard account, and each trip is timed to suit the arrival and departure of the ship.
Should you book independently, you may be able to save some cash on the experience. Plus, you'll likely enjoy a smaller tour group and you may even experience a tour that isn't offered through the cruise line. In this case, simply be sure that you have enough time to get there and back before the ship leaves port!
Lautoka Market is a fantastic experience you won't even need to book. This spot is filled with brightly dressed stallholders selling everything from fresh fruits, vegetables and fish to wooden carvings and jewellery. Enjoy a bite to eat and pick up a souvenir or two as you soak up this lively atmosphere.
Vuda Point Marina
Vuda Point Marina is a historic point where settlers first pulled onto Fiji's shores in canoes approximately 3,500 years ago. Today those who take a cruise to Fiji can see a gorgeous yacht marina where you can spend an afternoon checking out the vessels and enjoying a bite to eat in one of the bars or restaurants. The marina is just a 15-minute taxi from Lautoka and should cost roughly $15.
Lautoka Sugar Mill
There are no official guided tours of the sugar mill, but for those interested, you can head along and take a look yourself. So long as you avoid any restricted access areas, you can watch as the train brings sugar into the mill and as workers help move it into the pipeline and onto waiting cargo ships.
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Just an hour inland from Lautoka is the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. This gorgeous natural playground is the place to go to stretch those legs, so bring your hiking boots and prepare for one of the two treks in the park. The Batilamu Track will take approximately two hours to reach the summit of Mt Batilamu, where you'll enjoy scenic views of Lautoka and the Yasawa Islands. Or, try the loop trail to the Savuione Falls and dive in the deep swimming pool at the base to cool off.
Take a stroll through the serene Botanical Gardens just a few minutes from central Lautoka. Featuring flower beds and palm trees, this is a relaxing oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main city.
A sightseeing tour is a great way to get a taste of Lautoka. You'll enjoy a guided tour around the city, which will most likely stop at the top of the hill for a quick break and a scenic view over the city and bay. Your guide will chat about the interesting history and stories of the area and of Fiji along the way.
Nawaka Village tour
A Nawaka Village tour offers the traditional Fijian experience less than an hour's drive from Lautoka. You'll watch dancers and singers perform, try Fiji's infamous kava drink, and stop for a fresh fruit platter. For the bold, you can also take part in the local â€˜Ta Ra La' dance!
On hot days, there's nothing better than getting away from the city and diving into the water to check out the sea life below. You'll take a boat out to a nearby bay or island and discover bright coral and sealife underwater. Most of these tours also offer a snack or lunch service along the way.
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