Regions of Fiji
With over 330 islands in the archipelago that makes up the Fiji Islands, there are plenty of regions to converse. In this website you will find information on four of the major regions of Fiji. Each of these island/island groups are fantastic destinations for a quick weekend trip or a month long adventure.
Fiji has 4 regions or divisions in addition the dependency of Rotuma.These are Central (Serua, Namosi, Tailevu, Rewa & Naitasiri), Eastern (Lomaiviti, Lau & Kadavu), Western (Ba, Nadoga/Navosa & Ra), & the Northern (Cakaudrove, Bua & Macuata) divisions.
The Administrative capitals of these regions respectively are Lautoka, Suva, Levuka & Labasa where each division is headed by a Commisioner.
The Fiji islands are auxiliary subdivided into 14 provinces that endorse cooperation between the provinces and also hold the power to raise taxes and influence national policy.
There are 17 districts, 14 provinces, 1,175 small (traditional)villages and a total of 10 towns exist with special municipal status and an elected mayor. In the villages or koro, village chiefs is appointed by the villagers or king makers while several villages form Tikina’s which are regional forums who in turn form the origin of local government in the 14 provinces.
Viti Levu is Fiji’s biggest and ‘main’ island, in that a majority of Fiji’s population resides on it. It where the nation’s capital, Suva, and is also the fifth-largest island in Oceania.Viti Levu has four main regions: Nadi (the site of Fiji’s international airport), Suva, Rakiraki and the Coral Coast. Its geography and topography differ wildly, with rich river valleys to the south and vast sugar plantations to the north and west and also features mountains, volcanic regions and barren, dry land.
Viti Levu lies in the path of the trade winds, which results in the eastern side receiving as much as 100 inches of rainfall a year; however, the western side is generally dry and sunny. The island is home to approximately 600,000 people, who are mainly indigenous Fijian or Indian.
Suva, the capital of Fiji, is located on the south-eastern coast of Viti Levu island. Suva is also Fiji's main port city, the commercial and political centre, and the largest city in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand. It hosted the South Pacific Games in 2003.
Suva began as a late Victorian village with frame houses and stores along the beachfront and it became the capital of Fiji in 1882, taking the place of Levuka.Today Suva is a very attractive city with a multiracial population mix of Fijians, Indians, Europeans, Chinese and South Pacific Islanders.
Nadi is the third-largest city in the island nation of Fiji which it is located on the western side of Viti Levu, which is the largest island in Fiji, and is the place of Nadi International Airport—the country’s gateway for international visitors.
Nadi is confined by the Nadi River and Viseisei village to the west and the magnificent Sri Siva Subramaniya temple to the east . Nadi is centrally located and is used as a travel hub by visitors to Fiji and it is well connected by road and sea to all the main destinations in the area. As a result, tourism is second only to sugar production as a local industry.
Lautoka, capital of Fiji's Western Division and Fiji's second largest city with a core population of around 50,000, is superbly situated between the Koroyanitu mountain range and the ocean, in the north-west corner of the main island, Viti Levu, close to the airport town of Nadi. Its geographical coordinates are 17-60 S, 177-45 E and approximately 0-50 meters above sea level. It falls in the same time zone as New Zealand, 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 2 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in Australia.
SigatokaTown is the urban centre for Nadorga Navosa Province which has a population of 70,000 and also serves as the transit base for travelers on the queen's highway. Sigatoka is the main commerce and trading centre for the coral coast region of Fiji, with its close immediacy to the resort and tourist attractions on the coral coast, Sigatoka has become a very important centre.
Labasa (pronounced [lamˈbasa]) is a town in Fiji with a population of 27,949 at the latest census held in 2007.Labasa is situated in Macuata Province, in the north-eastern part of the island of Vanua Levu which is the second biggest island in Fiji, and is the largest town on Vanua Levu.