Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji, and has an even better market than Nadi.
In addition to gorgeous flowers, live and freshly caught seafood, colourful vegetables and tropical fruits, ready-to-drink coconuts and pounded-on-the-spot kava, at the Lautoka Market you’ll find some local handicrafts for sale as souvenirs. As at any market in Fiji, we recommend the roti rolls (tuna or potato curry filled wraps) sold at the market (approx. $1). The beautiful Indian sweets sold in carts by the bus stop are highly recommended too. Another sight in town is the pretty Masjid-Ul-Anwar mosque.
The Botanical Gardens in Lautoka are a bit of a hidden gem – there are a lot of openings in the fence, but few signs, and it’s not particularly well advertised. The garden is a bit overgrown in places and seems to have suffered some damage in the 2016 cyclone, but it remains a gorgeous place to visit with some unusual plants and trees, beautiful tropical flowers, and a large pond. We took a picnic lunch here from the excellent Hot Bread Kitchen – make sure to try the cream buns!
Naturally, Fiji is famous for its beaches, and while the mainland beaches aren’t in the same league as those on the islands, there are some places around Lautoka that you can enjoy the ocean. Saweni Beach is a favourite of mine, and Vuda Point (“Vunda”) is stunning also.