FIJI Islands & Island Groups
The country of Fiji is comprised of 333 tropical islands spread across 709,660 square kilometers (or about 200,000 square miles) of the southern Pacific ocean. The islands offer a diverse range of geography and topography, including an array of mountains, rainforests, rivers and waterfalls on the interior land surrounded by white sand beaches.
Most of Fiji’s islands are remote and uninhabited, while the rest of the islands vary greatly in terms of commercialism – Fiji’s national population is only about 830,000.
As far as tourism activities and vacation destinations, the larger islands have well established resort areas and offer visitors great options at any budget.
For those looking for a more secluded retreat, vacation accommodations can be found outside of popular tourist zones, as a number of Fiji’s resorts are on privately owned islands.
Viti Levu – Fiji’s *Big* Island
The main island is home to these popular places and tourist destinations:
– Fiji’s capital city.
Pacific Harbour / Beqa
– adventure activities zone less than 1 hour from Suva.
– bustling city and home of the primary Fiji airport (NAN).
– a popular destination resort area just 10km from Nadi.
– the northern coast and shoreline of Viti Levu.
– 50 mile stretch of beaches on Viti Levu’s southern coast.
Vanua Levu- Fiji’s Second Largest Island
Savusavu is a popular port of call for those cruising or sailing around the Fiji Islands. The island’s Wasail Nature Reserve boasts a tropical rainforest with spectacular views from hiking trails. Exploring the Hibiscus Highway is a popular activity for visitors.
Taveuni – The Garden Island of Fiji
Home to Bouma National Heritage Park, Tavoro National Park and a number of other nature reserves filled with Suva (waterfalls), hiking trails, surrounded with lush native plants and perfect spots for wildlife viewing. Over 100 species of birds inhabit Taveuni Island.
There’s also an established Marine Park at Waitabu and other popular dive sites Eel Reef and the Great White Wall for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Taveuni is also the site of the International Dateline on the 180th meridian – you can literally straddle it and be in two different days at once! The entire nation of Fiji is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, but does observe daylight savings from November to February.
A chain of 20 islands, close to Nadi and Denerau, this area is one of the most popular resort regions in Fiji, with a variety of activities and accommodations for every type of traveler.
The Mamanuca Islands are best known as a location for filming Hollywood movies such as Castaway and the reality television series Survivor.
The Mamanuca island group is also home to world-famous surf breaks and scuba diving sites including Big W and Gotham City.
Yasawa Islands – Eco Retreat
Less commercial and less crowded as a result, the grand topography of the Yasawa Islands makes them popular with backpackers, as does the number of affordable lodging accommodations, rustic retreats and eco-friendly resorts.
Lau Island Group
Remote and fairly undeveloped, this small group of islands is far off on Fiji’s far eastern edge. There are no luxury hotels or resorts, only two islands have rustic guesthouses (bures). Adventurous travelers are most likely to come by boat, but if they come ashore, they’ll be greeted by warm Fijian hospitality.
Lomaiviti Island Group
The perfect area for travelers to learn of Fiji’s colonial past, with Levuka serving as the nation’s first capital. At Levuka, visitors can tour the Unesco World Heritage site.
One of Fiji’s most southern island groups, it is an unspoiled paradise teaming with traditional Fijian culture. Though a naturalist paradise with rainforests and few roads, there are a number of resorts and lodging accommodations available to host such adventurous guests.
These islands are home to some of the most popular scuba diving spots in Fiji, with the Great Astrolabe Reef.