Where Is Fiji
Fiji officially the Republic of Fiji is an island nation in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Its nearby neighbors are Vanuatu to the west, France's New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas, France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast and Tuvalu to the north.With the exception of Rotuma, the Fiji group lies between 15° 42′ and 20° 02′ south. Rotuma is situated 400 kilometres north of the group, 670 km from Suva, 12° 30′ south of the equator.
Fiji has been inhabited since the second millennium BC. The country consist of an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are enduringly inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of circa 18,300 square kilometers (7,100 sq miles).
Fiji has a pleasurable year round climate without extremes of hot or cold. Land temperatures vary in the summer months (November - April) between 23 - 30 C (73 - 86 F) and in the winter months (May - October) between 20 - 26 C (68 - 79 F). Water temperatures are similary pleasant with a range of 27 - 29 C (80 - 84 F) in summer and 25 - 27 C (77 - 80 F) in winter.
The two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu account for 87% of the population and are divided into four major Divisions, Central, around the capital Suva, Eastern – Levuka, the Lomaiviti and Lau group of islands to the far east, Northern – Taveuni, Savusavu and Western – Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Rakiraki and the island groups of the Mamanucas and Yasawas.
The population of Fiji is habitually made up of indigenous Fijians, who are Melanesian, although a few have Polynesian ancestry, and Indo-Fijians, descendants of Indian contract labourers brought to the islands by the British as indentured labour to work the sugar cane fields in the nineteenth century.Culture of this island is very rich and indigenous having the tradition of Chinese, Indian as well European, having the superstitious beliefs, art & crafts, music, diverse types of dances, architecture etc with the activeness and living hopes.
The bulk of the population resides in the capital city of Suva.Other major towns are Nadi (the location of the international airport), Lautoka (the location of a large sugar mill and a seaport) with major towns on Vanua Levu, Labasa and Savusavu. Taveuni and Kadavu are the 3rd and 4th largest islands in the group.
English is the official language, though Fijian, Hindu and other languages are spoken locally and the major religion is Christian, Hindu and others.
The Yasawas and Mamanucas are main tourist destinations with tourism on the rise in Kadavu and the Lau group. Today Fiji is the most contemporary country with stylish infrastructure, communication, banking and transportation systems and prides herself that tourism as the most flourishing industry in the country.
Fiji is a safe and pleasurable holiday destination with a sensible tropical climate, warm, clean waters, fabulous sparkling white sand beaches .