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Where Is Fiji and What
Is It Known For?


Kayaking in Fiji

The southwest Pacific Republic of Fiji the Islands comprises two mountainous and volcanic islands, Vanua Levu and Vitu Levu (which account for 87% of the population of almost 850,000), and over three hundred smaller islands, amounting to a total land area of ca. 18,300 km2. Fiji lies about 2000 km northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Its more immediate neighbors are Vanuatu to the west, France's New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north.

The climate is tropical and the economy is based on agriculture (chiefly sugar, the main export), fishing, forestry, gold mining and tourism. Fiji offers posh resorts and hotels, good food and accommodations, nightlife, historic sites, hiking, kayaking, camping, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. And of course, Cloudbreak, an incredible offshore 6m (20ft) wave at Tavarua Island, draws surfers to Fiji from around the world.

Travel around Fiji is easy by small plane, catamaran, copra boat, outboard canoe, open-sided bus, and air-conditioned coach. With even a month at your disposal you'll barely scratch the surface of all there is to see and do.

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