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Fiji, sometimes called the Fiji Islands, is a country in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand and consists of an archipelago that includes 332 islands of which approximately 110 are inhabited.
Fiji lies just east of 180 degrees longitude and the international date line, making Fiji time the slowest in the world.
Bula Fiji (http://www.bulafiji.com/) is the official visitor's bureau site.
Map of Fiji
Ports and harbors
Fiji has long been considered an attractive tourism destination.
Internal political events in the recent past resulted in a reduction in tourism. The Fiji tourism industry has responded by lowering prices and increasing promotion of the main resort areas that are far removed from the politics in and around the capital, Suva.
Tropical marine; only slight seasonal temperature variation. Tropical cyclonic storms (The South Pacific version of Hurricanes) can occur from November to January.
Mostly mountains of volcanic origin
Fiji became independent in 1970, after nearly a century as a British colony.
Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987, caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century).
A 1990 constitution favored native Melanesian control of Fiji, but led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. Amendments enacted in 1997 made the constitution more equitable.
Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a coup in May of 2000, fronted by Melanesian Fijian George Speight, ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government with Melanesian Fijians in control. Ongoing political fallout hints that the May 2000 coup was merely a side show of an ongoing power struggle within the Melanesian Fijian leadership.
Nadi International Airport is Fiji's main international airport. Suva airport also has some international flights. From the USA the only direct flights are LAX to NAN or HNL to NAN.
English is spoken by most in Nandi and Suva and any other major tourist area. On a few of the less touristy islands, English may be spoken with some difficulty. English is taught in grade school. Fijian or Hindustani is spoken by most adults and children.
Inflation in Fiji is relatively high - it has increased an estimated 12%pa since the last Lonely Planet guide books were published. Expect to pay prices similar to those of Australia in tourist regions.
A very popular drink in Fiji is Yaqona (Yang-go-na), also known as "kava" and sometimes referred to as "grog" by locals. Kava is a peppery, earthy tasting drink made from the root of the pepper plant (piper methysticum). Most Fijians drink kava every evening. Its effects include a numbed tongue and lips (usually lasting only about 5-10 minutes) and relaxed muscles.
Kava drinking in Fiji became popular during the fall of cannibalism, and originated as a way to resolve conflict and facilitate peaceful negotiations between villages.
University of the South Pacific 2 (http://www.usp.ac.fj), Suva
Fiji is a relatively safe place. There is very little major crime at all. Most takes place in Suva and Nandi. Fijian culture encourages sharing and sometimes small things like shoes will be "borrowed". Often by speaking with the village chief it can be arranged to get things returned.
Fiji operates a secret political blacklist of journalists and others in the media who may be considered politically undesirable visitors. Those whose employment involves reporting controversial political activities should take extra care to ensure that their visas are in order before visiting Fiji.
Also, be aware that homosexual sex is still a crime in Fiji. While Fiji claims to welcome gay travelers, there has been a recent case where a visitor to the country was jailed for over 2 years for having homosexual sex.
Fiji, like many Pacific Island states, has a strong Christian moral society; having been colonised and converted to Christianity by Church Missionaries during the 18th century. Do not be surprised if shops and other businesses are closed on Sunday.
Also, dress modestly and appropriately. While Fiji is a tropical country, beach-wear should be confined to the beach. Take your cues from the locals as to what they consider appropriate dress for the occasion. When visiting towns and villages, you should be sure to cover your shoulders and wear shorts or sulus (sarongs) that cover your knees.