The township and countryside around La Foa has an intriguing history. Atai, the initiator of the 1878 revolt, came from here, then later, groups of free settlers, convicts, Malabar Indians, Japanese, Indonesians and Polynesians from Wallis and Futuna established communities. You'll know you're hitting town when you look right from the highway bridge and see the Marguerite suspension bridge, designed by the disciples of Gustave Eiffel and opened in 1909.
La Foa township has everything you'll need stretched out along RT1, including supermarkets, restaurants, visitor information and a modern pharmacy. There is a weekly market next to the tourist information centre on Saturday mornings from 7.30am.