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Labasa Town is the administrative centre of Vanua Levu with a purposeful bustle to its daytime affairs. The dusty main street of Nasekula Road is lined by colourful Indian trader stores and between May and December you’ll see trucks and tractors overloaded with sugarcane filing through the town centre making a beeline for the sugar mill, four kilometres east of the river.

The finest scenery around Labasa is east of the Labasa Sugar Mill where the countryside opens up to a sharp ridge like mountain range to the north with sweeping views southwards towards the cluster peak of the three sisters. Along the scenic Wainikoro- Dama Road is the Hindu shrine of Naag Mandir, better known as the snake temple. Seventy years ago, the cobra shaped rock which devotees pray to apparently was only a metre high. Over time the rock has grown, the roof covering it has been raised three times, and at almost four metres high the shrine is quite an impressive formation, garlanded in fantastically colourful plastic flowers and showered in turmeric powder..

The Wainikoro- Dama Road continues ten kilometres inland hugging the Bucaisau River Valley where it turns to dirt and meanders through endless remote cane fields eventually climbing up through dense rainforest emerging at Natewa Bay at Wainigadru Village . There’s no access road north to the long thin Udu Point, renowned for its fishing, but the uninspiring dirt road continues south along Natewa Bay all the way to the south coast of Vanua Levu and on to Savusavu. It’s a long rather featureless haul, best accomplished on the daily Waiqele Bus from Labasa departing at 9am and arriving in Savusavu 7hrs 30mins later at around 4.30pm. The 2hr 30min direct run between the two towns over the mountains is a better option..

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