Officially the Republic of Fiji is located in the Pacific Ocean, part of the Melanesian sub-region. The island country is a collection of more than 332 islands, of which only 110 are inhabited. The total land mass of Fiji is 18,300 square kilometres, with a population of 858,038 people. The official languages are English, Fijian, and Fiji Hindi. Its official currency is the Fiji dollar (FJD). Fiji is one of the most developed island countries in the Pacific. The latitude and longitude of Fiji is 18 degrees 00’S and 175 degrees 00’E.
Fiji proudly showcases a wide range of activities for tourists, with the day time allowing for a variety of watersports, relaxation, massages, shopping, hiking, and much more. When the night falls, choose either to dance the night away at a number of nightclubs, visit a range of restaurants or have a quiet night in your chosen resort or hotel.
The culture in Fiji is rich in diversity, where you can observe the mosaic of Indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian and European traditions. View women creating mats, masi (tapa) hats, fans and baskets from natural materials, experience a kava session or get involved in the mekes (traditional song and dance).
In addition to being one of the world's best diving destinations, Fiji also offers a wide variety of other outdoor activities. Visitors can swim with huge harmless manta rays, snorkel over giant rainbow gardens of soft coral, kayak along the shores, or scuba dive in some of the best sports on earth. Trekking excursions and cave tours are just a few activities offered on various islands. A great way to explore the beauty of this country is on a helicopter flying over the islands and the stunning reefs. A more relaxed way to explorer the waters of Fiji offers a half-day or full day islands cruise.
The two major cities on Viti Levu are Nadi and Suva. Suva, the capital of Fiji, with its mixture of colonial era architecture and modern skyscrapers, is a perfect combination of the ancient and the modern world. Guided tours of the capital usually include the Government House, the Fiji Museum, Albert Park, the Botanical Gardens, the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, the Fijian Handicraft Centre, the Moslem mosque, the Hindu Temple, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and the main shopping district.
A highway around Viti Levu, Fiji's main island, connects all the major cities and settlements, all of them with colorful markets, shops, cafés, restaurants, night clubs, and attractions. Along the Coral Coast from Nadi to Pacific Harbor the road meanders through spectacular scenery including Fijian villages, sugar cane fields, Carribean pine plantations, coral lagoons, and beaches.
From Nadi, it's just a quick hop to the islands of the Mamanuca Group, the country's largest resort area. Set among deep blue waters and fringed with coral reefs of turquoise and pastel green, the Mamanuca Islands and the islands of the Yasawa Group offer visitors some of Fiji's most outstanding island beauty. A visit to a traditional Fijian village is a must in order to understand the rich culture of this magnificent country.
Lautoka, Ba & Rakiraki - This is in the heart of Fiji's sugar belt with thousands of small holdings cultivating sugar-cane for the mills located in Lautoka, Ba & Rakiraki. The coastline faces Bligh Water and the Yasawa islands shimmering on the horizon. As well as the production of sugar, the area also has Fiji's goldmine at Vatukoula and green gold in the form of extensive mature plantations of Carribean pine trees, Teak Plantations, other subsistence cropping and Bee hiving. It is also home to Sugar Exports, Pine and tropic wood products, South Pacific Distillery Ltd for your Bounty Fiji Rum, Filming Locations, International Entry Ports for yachts & cruiseliner, Yaqara Cattle Ranch, Fiji Water, Fishing, spectacular Diving, Wind/Kite surfing, cruises, snorkeling, Horse Race, village visit, guided tours and a range of accommodation to choose from, the most affordable, mid range, deluxe to the most luxury.
Kadavu - Fiji's fourth-largest island lies some 50 miles (80 km) south of Viti Levu. It's a typical Fijian island with small villages, low hills, and wonderful beaches. Divers are particularly fascinated by the 31 miles-long (50 km) Astrolabe Reef and surfers rave about Kadavu's waves.
The Northern Islands - Fiji's second and third largest islands, Vanua Levu and Taveuni, as well as the smaller islands of Laucala, Qamea, Matangi, Namenalala, Nukubati and Kaimbu constitute this section and are also home to more than a dozen resorts. Taveuni known as The Garden Island, offers scenic beauty, good birdwatching, world class diving and an amazing underwater habitat including the 19 mile long rainbow reef, impenetrable rainforest, magnificent waterfalls and unhurried pace of life.