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FijiAbout Fiji:

Fiji is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean. Fiji straddles the 180 degree longitude line (which crosses land on a remote tip of Vanua Levu and again near the centre of Taveuni. Fiji is the product of volcanic mountains and warm tropical waters. Its majestic and ever-varied coral reefs today draw tourists from around the world, but were the nightmare of European mariners until well into the 19th century. Fiji is a land of tropical rainforests, coconut plantations, fine beaches, fire-cleared hills. For the casual tourist it is blessedly free of evils such as malaria, landmines, or terrorism that attend many similarly lovely places in the world. Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific due to an abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources.

Fiji volanic mountiansFiji was a Crown colony until 1970, when it gained independence as a Commonwealth realm. A republic was declared in 1987, following a series of coups d'etat. The country's currency is the Fijian dollar. Fiji's local government, in the form of city and town councils, is supervised by the Ministry of Local Government and Urban Development.

Climate: The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate.

Navini Islands,  FijiGeography: Fiji covers a total area of some 194,000 square kilometers. Its closest neighbors 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 France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north. The capital and largest city, Suva, is on Viti Levu. The two most important islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, which account for about three-quarters of the total land area of the country. The islands are mountainous, with peaks up to 1,324 metres (4,341 ft), and covered with thick tropical forests.

Bouma Falls on Taveuni, FijiNature: Fiji  has many amazing waterfalls and streams due to the mountainous nature of the islands such as the famous Bouma Falls on Taveuni. Fiji's unique rainforests spotting brilliant coloured parrots and one  can relax as Fiji is free of Malaria and a chance to running into a poisonous snake or spider are extremely remote. The highest point is Mount Tomanivi on Viti Levu. The vast majority of Fiji’s land mass is volcanic in origin, with some reef-formed limestone and coastal sedimentary formations. A variety of plants and animals occupy the terrestrial areas including birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Suva city view, FijiCapital City: Suva is the capital and the second most populated municipality of Fiji. It is the largest and the most cosmopolitan city in the South Pacific and has become an important regional centre; students from the Pacific region and a growing expatriate community make up a significant portion of the city's population. The administration of the colony was moved from Levuka to Suva in 1882. Suva has municipal status and is governed by a Lord Mayor and a 20-member city council. Suva has many shopping and retail areas, notably Cumming street, which has since colonial times been a vibrant and colourful shopping area. The city is host to more international and regional intergovernmental agencies and NGOs than any other Pacific Island capital.

 

Fiji  sugarcane factoryEconomy: Trade and investment with Fiji have been criticised due to the country's military dictatorship. The South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE) is the only licensed securities exchange in Fiji and is based in Suva. Natural resources include timber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil, and hydropower. Fiji experienced a period of rapid growth in the 1960s and 1970s. Fiji has been the second largest beneficiary of sugar subsidies after Mauritius. The Suva Central Commercial Centre, which opened in November 2005, was planned to outrank the Reserve Bank building at seventeen stories, but last-minute design changes ensured that the Reserve Bank building remained the tallest.

Fiji's divingTourisms: Fiji's attraction is primarily its white sandy beaches and postcard perfect islands with all-year-round tropical weather. The country features significant number of soft coral reefs, and scuba diving is a common tourist activity. It also has a variety of world class 5-star resorts and hotels. More budget resorts are being opened in remote areas, which will provide more tourism opportunities. The Botanical Gardens of Thursten in Suva, Sigatoka Sand Dunes, and Colo-I-Suva Forest Park are three options on the mainland (Viti Levu). A big attraction on the outer islands is scuba diving.

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Today's Rates: 1 FJD = 0.46709 $ 1 FJD = 0.29977 £ 1 FJD = 0.42616 €
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