Welcome to Tavua
Tavua is a small, quiet agricultural town with lots of temples, churches and mosques. There are plenty of old houses and an air of faded glory – the town's fortunes have risen and fallen with the Emperor Gold Mining Company which mined here from the 1930s until 2006 when the mine was closed. Until then, most of the mine’s 1800 workers lived in Vatukoula, a purpose-built town 9km south of Tavua. The mine reopened on a much-reduced scale in 2008, but the town continues to struggle with the resulting economic hardships.