This isn’t the most beautiful part of Taveuni, but it holds most of the island’s facilities. It’s also politically important – Somosomo is the largest village on Taveuni and headquarters for the Tui Cakau (high chief of Taveuni). The Great Council of Chiefs’ meeting hall (bure bose) was built here in 1986 for the gathering of chiefs from all over Fiji.
Just south of Somosomo is Naqara, Taveuni’s metropolis – if you take metropolis to mean a few supermarkets, a budget hotel and the island’s only bank. Head another 2km down the coast and you’ll hit Waiyevo, which is Taveuni’s administrative centre and home to the hospital, police station, more ferry links and a resort. About 2km further south of Waiyevo is Wairiki village, which has a general store and a beautiful old hilltop Catholic mission.