Welcome to Viseisei & Vuda Point
According to local lore, Viseisei village (12km north of Nadi) is the oldest settlement in Fiji: the mataqali (extended family) here are descendants of the first ocean-going Melanesians who landed 1km north of here around 1500. Fiji’s first Methodist missionaries also landed here (1835); the village's Centennial Memorial is the focal point for 10 October (Fiji Day) celebrations. The ceremonial bure opposite the memorial is still used on important occasions; Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles have been received here. To look around you’ll need to pay $5 to the ladies who run the tiny craft market, remove your hat and wear something that covers your shoulders and knees. A bypass on the Queens Road skips Viseisei; if you’re travelling by bus, be sure to check it actually calls by the village.