It stood picturesquely against a timbered background of pines.
Some fine old timbered houses remain in the streets.
At a short distance from the town is a moated Elizabethan half-timbered house, and also an ancient barrow of great extent.
A beautiful timbered house of the 15th century, how ever, survives ire Ockwells, a short distance south of the town.
Of the other islands, Taviuni, remarkable for a lake (presumably a crater-lake) at the top of its lofty central ridge, is fertile, but exceptionally devoid of harbours; whereas the well-timbered island of Kandavu has an excellent one.