Lautoka is 24km up the coast from Nadi Airport. Many tourists only get there because it’s the departure point for Blue Lagoon Cruises and some of the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. It’s a nice harbor front town with duty free shopping and markets but not exactly a holiday destination. Lautoka is known as the ‘Sugar City’ because of its mill and wharf access. The annual Sugar Festival is in September. Incidentally, the name ‘Lautoka’ comes from a legend that two local chiefs were fighting on Farquar’s Point - one chief found himself on the receiving end of a spear and screamed ‘Lau-toka’, which means literally, ‘spear-hit’.