Are there any special landmarks in Fiji?

Fiji is a country with a rich history, and there are many historically significant places to visit. Here are a few:

Sacred Heart Cathedral

The main Roman Catholic Church in Fiji, this beautiful cathedral was built in 1902 from sandstone milled from Australian quarries. It features striking ornaments and stained glass as well as a basement crypt. Located in the capital city of Suva on Pratt Street, this cathedral is a must-visit.

B26 Bomber Wreck, Beachcomber Island

For history buffs who also love diving, the B26 Bomber Wreck is a perfect spot. Located near Beachcomber Island in the Mamanucas, this crash site on the seafloor holds the remains of a World War II B26 bomber plane. The wreckage is scattered throughout the ocean floor, but wing sections and propellers can be clearly seen on a path led by a rope to guide divers.

Warrior Burial Cave, Taveuni

The Warrior Burial Cave in Taveuni is an extensive cave system named after the Taveuni warriors buried there. The burial site was once considered the site of highest honour for the area’s original inhabitants. The cave system acted as a hiding place for the remains of great soldiers, helping to keep them from desecration by invading armies.

Naihehe Caves, Sigatoka

Fiji’s largest cave system, the Naihehe Caves, historically served as a fortress to keep ancient tribes safe from invading armies. Visitors should seek permission from the Bete, the traditional protector of the cave, upon entering. Legend has it that if you don’t, you could be trapped in the cave forever. It even features a secret entrance through wild vines that enabled it to stay hidden.

Momi Bay Gun Site

A key location in World War II, the Momi Bay site was established in 1941 to protect against Japanese forces and features two 6-inch anti-aircraft guns. The area was chosen for its uncompromising panoramic views of the only channel in Western Fiji that large ships could traverse. There are also barracks and other historical markers for visitors to see.

Udre Udre’s Grave, Rakiraki

The grave of Fiji’s most prolific cannibal, Udre Udre, is a sight to behold. Udre Udre was a tribal chief in northern Viti Levu who, stories claim, had eaten more than 800 people in his lifetime. This simple grave features those 800 rocks, and some say his spirit lingers.

NAAG Mandir Temple, Labasa

In this ‘snake temple’ lives the Sacred Cobra Rock that some locals claim can cure sickness and infertility. The temple isn’t without its historical lore, however, as the 3-metre-high rock has reportedly grown so much since the 1950s that the roof of the temple has had to be raised four times.

Tavuni Hill Fort, Sigatoka

This ancient fort sits on the site of brutal battles between Tongan invaders and British troops. Established as a stronghold on the steep hillside, this fort served as the base for the Tongans, who would ultimately be driven out in 1876 by British forces. The structure and items inside have been preserved and can be seen alongside guides who are actual descendants of the original inhabitants. The lookout points overlooking the Sigatoka River and Viti Levu Coastline are ripe for photo opportunities, making this historical site an excellent place to visit

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