Introduction to Fiji

"Bula!" the locals will shout with a smile as you wander into Nadi's tiny airport. Hello. Welcome to Fiji. An archipelago in the South Pacific. A little slice of sunshine. A place you won't want to leave.

With Tonga to the east and Vanuatu to the west, Fiji is smack bang in the middle of tropical island heaven in the South Pacific Ocean. All up, the island nation comprises 333 islands, of which only 110 are permanently inhabited. Within this region are all the hallmarks of a dream summer holiday; white sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, thriving coral gardens, lush tropical rainforests, coconut plantations, and the list goes on. Resorts are also easily found, scattered mainly around the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands and perfectly hidden by palm trees lining private beaches and sitting just above the water's edge. All together, it's a holiday that will rarely witness a bad photo, a cloudy day or a stressful moment.

The largest island is Viti Levu, where you'll find the capital, Suva, and Fiji's main plane hub, Nadi International Airport. The Yasawa Islands are located to the northwest of Viti Levu and are a popular day-trip or island-hopping destination as are the Mamanuca Islands - tiny islets to the west of Vitu Levu. Other popular regions to visit include the Coral Coast, an 80-kilometre stretch of beaches and bays between Nadi and Suva, and the adventure capital of Fiji, Pacific Harbour.

For all its natural beauty, it's the locals who will make your Fijian holiday. Famously known as the friendliest people in the world, Fijians will welcome you with a warm smile, help whenever they can and if you're lucky, invite you to experience island culture in their villages. "Bula!" they shout with a smile. Welcome to the little slice of sunshine that you won’t want to leave.

 

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