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Myths surround Leleuvia island

Ropate Valemei
Monday, December 16, 2013

LELEUVIA Island Resort is a perfect getaway for families judging from the environment, white sandy beaches and perfect smiles of the staff members.

However, it is also full of myths and legends of the 1800s that interests tourists.

One can say that the natural beauty of Fiji and its history stay and remain on the island.

In the 1800s, the island was a melting pot of cannibalism where sacrifices were prepared and cooked specifically on this island for chiefs on Bau Island.

Leleuvia belongs to Bau Island and is now converted into a resort where nature conservation and culture are vital.

It is surrounded by the chiefly islands of Bau, Moturiki and Ovalau.

It is poised as the perfect base to explore these islands steeped in mythology, warfare and ancient tribal rights, where one may discover and walk upon the very tracks made by the indigenous people of the land, its tribal warriors, chiefs, the first settlers and the missionaries.

As part of its activities, guests can walk from the resort to a large metal "Kannibal Pot" in the middle of the island.

Resort staff member Peni Vunaki said the site attracted many tourists and locals on the island where they learnt history about the island and cannibalism in Fiji.

The resort still preserves this site very well as it was in the olden days right in the middle of the island.

Mr Vunaki said the pot had a large metal hollow that could cook two people if they were cut into pieces.

However, cannibalism practised in Fiji at that time quickly disappeared as missionaries gained influence.

When Ratu Seru Cakobau accepted Christianity in 1854, the rest of the country soon followed and tribal warfare came to an end.

Meanwhile, the resort says tourists and locals enjoy what the island offers today, from swaying in a hammock to the beat of lapping waves or taking a walk through the island's jungle pathways to the shrill of bird-life or stroll its tree-clad shoreline.

And walk the giant sandbank at low tide or free-dive and snorkel the waters as transparent as air or dive the Davetalevu Passage — do as much or as little as you like.