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Overview to Fiji: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Fiji is stranded thousands of miles from Hawaii and New Zealand but, along with neighboring Tonga and Samoa, it has enough attractions to make a traveler really sit up and take notice. Its recent history may have been slightly unsettled in the past, calm has returned to this pacific paradise.
Occasionally referred to as the Fiji Islands, away from the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, only about a third of the 332 islands that make up the archipelago are populated. Much of the rest of the area is given over to deserted beaches, swaying palm trees and stunning reefs.
Choosing which island or islands to visit is perhaps one of the hardest decisions visitors will have to make, because there’s so much on offer. Its tropical rainforests and untouched natural wonders make Fiji the ideal destination for any aspiring ecotourist.
With the third largest barrier reef in the world, diving and snorkeling naturally feature highly on the list of things to do. Although the whole area offers some of the world’s best diving, top sites such as Somosomo Strait and the ‘Rainbow Reef’ of Taveuni teem with life.
The surfing, too, is highly prestigious: Viti Levu’s Coral Coast and the southern islands of Kadavu and Beqa boast some of the best breaks to be found anywhere on the planet. However, it’s the island of Tavarua – home to the legendary ‘Cloudbreak’ wave – that really stands out.
Whether it's scaling one of the many volcanoes, hiking through its jungles, diving in its sparkling waters or simply relaxing on its secluded pacific beaches, with an array of natural wonders as endless as Fiji’s, there’s rarely a dull moment.