Fiji is a Melanesian archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. It is made up of about 300 islands of which 100 are occupied. White sandy beaches, clear blue sky, warm aqua seas and abundant palm trees create the enticing scene that is Fiji.
Most of Fiji’s islands are either volcanic or coral islands. Volcanic islands are distinguished by rocky mountainous terrain with a largely uninhabitable interior. Viti Levu, Fiji’s biggest and most populous island – accommodating about 70 per cent of the population and the country’s two cities, including the capital, Suva – is an example.
Coral islands are distinguished by white sand beaches, lush green cover over a flat interior and a plentiful supply of coconut trees. The popular Beachcomber Island, known as Fiji’s party capital, is a coral island.
Such is the beauty of Fiji’s islands that it is the location of many world-famous films, including Castaway and the 1980s hit The Blue Lagoon.
Fiji is known as the ‘soft coral capital of the world’. The best diving in the Pacific happens off the Fijian coast. It is also known as a surfing haven and has excellent rafting and sailing.
Fiji is a developing economy that depends largely on subsistence farming. It is, however, one of the most developed economies in the Pacific Realm. Its abundance of natural resources, sugar exports and tourism account for most of its income. It also grows coconuts and ginger.
When to go:
The best time to visit Fiji is in from May to October. Fiji’s wet season is from November to April.
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