The Fiji Islands
Our home Fiji is a tropical paradise and a country made up of islands in the South Pacific Ocean 1,300 miles (2,000 km) northeast of New Zealand. Fiji Is an amazing Holiday destination due to it's tropical climate and is a great place to relax and go on scenic holiday tours to Bula paradise. Fiji's closest neighbouring countries are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and Tuvalu to the north.
Fiji is an archipelago of approximately 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited and 500 islets, thus gives Fiji total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The farthest island is Ono-i-Lau. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, have 87% of the population of almost 860,000. Suva is the capital city of Fiji on Viti Levu, and also serves as Fiji's main cruise port. Three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu's in Suva or in smaller urban centres like Nadi (tourism hub) or Lautoka (sugar cane industry). Viti Levu's interior is much more sparsely inhabited due to its terrain.
Due to an abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources, Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the South Pacific. The main sources of foreign exchange are the tourist industry and sugar exports. Fiji has it's own currency which is the Fijian dollar.
Many of Fiji's islands were formed through volcanic activity over 150 million years ago. There is still some geothermal activity that occurs on the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni. Fiji has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was settled originally by Austronesians and later by Melanesians, with some Polynesian influences. Europeans have been visiting Fiji since the 17th century, and after a brief period as an independent kingdom, the British established the Colony of Fiji in 1874. Fiji was a Crown colony until 1970, when it gained independence as a Commonwealth realm. A republic was declared in 1987.
Fiji's Warm Climate
Fiji is a favourite holiday destination as it has a warm climate which attracts many tourists every year. Fiji Holidays Tours & Transfers take advantage of Fiji's tropical marine climate which is warm all year round with minimal extremes. The warmest season is from November to April and the cooler season is from May to October. Temperatures in the cool season still average 22 °C (72 °F).
Rainfall varies a lot, during the warm season you can experience heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though cyclones can occur usually about once a year (10–12 times per decade).
Where On Earth is Fiji?
Fiji Is located in the South Pacific Ocean, refer to the attached link to see where Fiji is on the world map.
How to Get to Fiji Bula Paradise?
How to start planning your Fiji Holiday? What airlines fly to Fiji from the US, Australia and New Zealand?
Approximate flying times to/from Nadi, Fiji
From Australia: Sydney – 3.5 hours; Melbourne – 5 hours; Brisbane – 3 hours.
Auckland – 3 hours.
Los Angeles – 10 hours.
Hawaii – 6 hours.
Vancouver via Honolulu – 12 hours.
Seoul (Korea) – 10.5 hours.
Hong Kong – 10 hours.
Transport Options Within Fiji
The best way to see Fiji on your holiday is to book some tours and transfer services with the local Fijian family run tour businesses that will give you very cultural and localised experiences . These local Fijian family businesses also provide airport and hotel transfers.
The Nadi International Airport is located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north of central Nadi and is the largest Fijian hub. Nausori International Airport is about 23 kilometres (14 mi) northeast of downtown Suva and serves mostly domestic traffic. The main airport in the second largest island of Vanua Levu is Labasa Airport located at Waiqele, southwest of Labasa Town. Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) is responsible for the operation of 15 public airports in the Fiji Islands. These include two international airports: Nadi international Airport, Fiji’s main international gateway, and Nausori Airport, Fiji’s domestic hub, and 13 outer island airports. Fiji's main airline is Fiji Airways.
Fiji's larger islands have extensive bus routes that are affordable. There are bus stops, and in rural areas buses can be hailed as they approach. Buses are the principal form of public transport and passenger movement between the towns on the main islands.
There are also inter-island vessels that can take you between many of the islands in Fiji.
What Language does Fiji Use?
The majority of people in Fiji will speak English, so while you are on your Fijian holiday tour you should not have any trouble communicating if you speak English.
Fijian is an Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian family spoken in Fiji. About 350,000 first-language speakers, which is less than half the population of Fiji. Another 200,000 speak it as a second language. The 1997 Constitution established Fijian as an official language of Fiji, along with English and Fiji Hindi, and there has been discussion about establishing it as the "national language", though English and Hindi would remain official.
There are many dialects that are used in Fiji, which may be classified in two major branches — eastern and western. During the 1840s Missionaries chose an Eastern dialect, the speech of Bau Island off the southeast coast of the main island of Viti Levu, to be the written standard of the Fijian language. The different languages and cultures within Fiji make it a very rich and diverse society.
While holidaying in Fiji you will experience many religions. Based on he 2007 census, 64.4% of the population is Christian, 27.9% Hindu, 6.3% Muslim, 0.8% non-religious, 0.3% Sikh, and the remaining 0.3% belonging to other religions. The Christians are made up of 54% Methodist, 14.2% Catholic, 8.9% Assemblies of God, 6.0% Seventh-day Adventist, 1.2% Anglican, 16.1% belonging to other denominations.