Read our pocket guide to Fiji
Fiji: A pocket guide
Fiji is a volcanic archipelago of 333 islands, 110 of which are inhabited, midway between Tahiti and Australia. Its rugged, mountainous landscape is rimmed by smooth coastal plains and palm-lined beaches, and it is blessed with a year-round tropical climate that guarantees long sunny days and balmy evenings. Its climate, incredible natural beauty and exquisite luxury accommodation on private islands make it a perfect vacation paradise.
Gateway to Paradise
The chain stretches into both the Koro Sea and the South Pacific Ocean—their waters blend and then disperse into salty blue veins that form a nebula of deep lagoons. Its white sandy beaches are among the most pristine on the whole planet. Viti Levu is the main island and the international gateway to the rest of the islands, which are reachable either by ferry, private charter or plane. The 10,389 square kilometer island is home to around 70% of the total Fijian population. The interior of the island is dense in forest and features the extinct volcano of Mount Tomanivi, the highest point in all of Fiji at 1,323 meters and a popular place for mountain trekking. The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a botanical haven of orchids and lily ponds created by Raymond Burr, the actor who played Perry Mason. The city of Nadi also has a great open-air market, the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple and excellent restaurants.
Pristine Beaches, Aquamarine Waters & Lush Forests
Those seeking unbelievably beautiful beaches should venture northwest of Vitu Levu to the Mamanuca Islands. Movie fans will marvel at its Monuriki island, the setting of the Tom Hanks movie Castaway. Nature lovers should be sure to include lush Taveuni Island, much of which is protected within the Bouma National Heritage Park. It’s home to rare orchids, prehistoric tree ferns and the amazing 180-meter Tavoro waterfalls.
The northern Lau group of Islands brings together the best of Fiji’s treasures. The islands are dense in tropical forests filled with an array of flora and fauna. They are bordered by incredible beaches, turquoise waters and secluded, rustic chic private villas.
A highlight of any visit to Fiji is interacting with their friendly residents, considered some of the happiest on the whole planet. They give visitors the warmest welcome and offer the chance to learn about their fascinating culture through village tours and other community based activities.
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