Fiji is a dream destination of white isles, clear seas and pristine rainforest. Explorers will find a high standard of affordable accommodation, where they can do almost anything in this paradise whether it be surfing, soft coral diving, deep sea fishing, shark diving, jet boating, zip lining, sailing or simply finding the perfect spot on a beach. The beautiful coral islands tick to their own gentle rythm and the genuine warm 'Bula' welcome of song and smiles will soon put guests in the right frame of mind. Fiji islanders are naturally friendly, cheerful and fun loving people and seek to draw visitors into their culture.
Fiji is a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific, lying about 4,450 km (2,775 mi) southwest of Honolulu and 1,770 km (1,100 mi) north of New Zealand. Of the 333 islands and 522 smaller islets making up the archipelago, about 106 are permanently inhabited.
According to Fijian legend, the great chief Lutunasobasoba led his people across the seas to the new land of Fiji. Most authorities agree that people came into the Pacific from Southeast Asia via the Malay Peninsula. Here the Melanesians and the Polynesians mixed to create a highly developed society long before the arrival of the Europeans.
The European discoveries of the Fiji group were accidental. The first of these discoveries was made in 1643 by the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman and English navigators, including Captain James Cook who sailed through in 1774, and made further explorations in the 18th century.
The islands of Fiji provide one of the world’s most outstanding tropical marine environments.Fiji comprises of around 844 highlands, cays and islets, occupying an area of around 1.3 million sq. km. The extent and remoteness of its shallow tropical marine habitats, from oceanic reefs to near-shore fringing reefs, mangrove forests, sea grass beds, lagoons, estuaries and deep oceanic drop-offs, make it an area of high marine biodiversity, with many species unique to Fiji. Fiji is also home to the Great Sea Reef, the third longest barrier reef in the world.