A cog in Fiji’s history: Site links ancient kingdoms

Salt water intrusion at Vunisavisavi
Salt water intrusion at Vunisavisavi

One account of the origins of Vunisavisavi begins with a young chief setting out from the pre-European kingdom of Verata which was, at the time, a dominant political force.

With his retainers, the chief left his home on the east coast of Viti Levu - Fiji’s largest island - and sailed into the Koro Sea before being blown towards Waikava.

Through the reef they sighted and landed upon a small island, Cakaudrove-i-Wai, which became their base until it was necessary to land on the mainland to find food and permanent lodging.

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