IT was once known in the iTaukei language as the waqa tabu or sacred canoe best known for its superior craftsmanship and powerful navigation of its seafarers back in the 1800s. Today, the last surviving canoe of its kind lies in the Suva Museum, now home to a rich heritage of Fiji’s cultural artefacts.
The Ratu Finau is the only complete example of the Pacific double-hulled canoe that once roamed freely across the Pacific either for wars, trade or exploration. It was built by people in the southern Lau Group for the Fijian nobility and sought after by the Tongans.
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