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Why Visit Fiji? Aug 05

Fiji, belonging to the Oceania group of islands in the South Pacific, consists of over 300 islands and is located about two-thirds of the distance from Hawaii to New Zealand. The Republic of the Fiji Islands is made up of many islands born of coral and volcanoes.  The two largest islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, which are home to the vast majority of the inhabitants. Fijians and Indo-Fijians (whose ancestors were laborers brought to Fiji from India) compose most of the residents on these two prominent islands. Suva, the capital of Fiji, is located on Viti Levu. There is a wealth of history and culture in the islands, which are largely unspoiled by man.

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British rule reigned in Fiji for about 100 years before Fiji declared its independence in 1970. English is one of the dominant languages spoken on the islands and the majority of the citizens practice Christianity.  Commerce is based on tourism, sugar, clothing, processed seafood, silver, limestone, gold, and oil, among other things.

The tropical climate of Fiji has created captivating lakes and waterfalls and intriguing rainforests. The rainy season occurs from November through April.  The months of May through October are considered the optimal times to visit the islands. However, one should keep in mind that travel and accommodation costs are increased during that time period.  June and July seem to be the peak months for tourist and that coincides with the highest rates.

The abundance of activities and places to sightsee make Fiji a must for vacationers and honeymooners alike.  Accommodations consist of variously-priced hotels, bungalows, backpacker hostels, and apartments.  You can find private cottages and tiki hut that are built on stilts above the water, accessible only by boat or long boardwalks. These accommodations are popular with newlyweds and couples celebrating milestones.

The geography of the islands consists of many mountainous regions, most of which are extinct or dormant volcanoes, with the highest peak being Mt. Tomanivi on Viti Levu. Many of the island’s tourists enjoy hiking or biking on the many mountains populating the islands. There are also beautiful rainforests filled with colorful wildlife, and Fiji is also blessed with miles and miles of mesmerizing beaches stretching into crystal blue waters. Scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, swimming, and jet-skis are all the rage in island watersports.

Visitors can get around on the islands by car, taxi, bicycle, and bus. Kayaks, boats, and seaplanes are also popular modes of transportation.   Some tourists opt for leisurely strolls among the many shops, the Fiji Museum, the lovely parks and gardens, and marinas — or catch a rugby game at the National Stadium.

Suva, the capital, offers a vibrant nightlife revolving around theaters, nightclubs, bars, and pubs. One of the areas offering much of the excitement extends from the Civic Auditorium to Albert Park. Dancing, music and performances help to put a perfect end to a busy and exotic day.

There are so many reasons to consider Fiji Holidays; not only is it a beautiful tropical paradise, but there is also much to see and do.

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