Fiji Visitor Information

Your Invitation to Visit Fiji


Villagers stop what they are doing to wave and smile broadly when tourists pass by, and the genuinely warm welcoming shouts of “Bula” feel like a verbal embrace. Fijians take pleasure in making visitors feel wanted and appreciated. We simply love having guests and making them feel as happy as we always do.

Fiji is so much more than its stunning beaches- its vibrant cultures, rich traditions, lush rainforests, and, above all, genuinely welcoming and friendly people make it an ideal destination. Famed for its high-quality hospitality, Fiji is a very happy and relaxed place- you will feel this as soon as you arrive.

The relaxed mood of the country, the contrasting but soothing colour of the environment, aquamarine shades of the sparkling ocean, the brilliant whites of the sands, the vibrant jade and lime greens of the lush fauna blend seamlessly with the friendliness of the inhabitants and the warm sun and sea to give any visitor to our shore a unique and invigorating experience.

Instant relaxation: From the welcoming smiles at Nadi airport to the serenade of guitars, ukuleles, and singing, you know you have arrived someplace very special.

Where is Fiji Located?


Departure Points to the Fiji Islands
Departure Points to the Fiji Islands

The Fiji islands are in the southwest Pacific Ocean, where they occupy a central locale 2797 km northeast of Sydney, Australia, and 1848 km north of Auckland, New Zealand. Fiji lies wholly in the southern tropics, that is, between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn. The Fiji archipelago forms the eastern outpost of the chain of high volcanic islands of continental origin that extends eastward from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Fiji’s closest neighbor to the east is Tonga and to west Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides). Longitudinally, Fiji is where the new day begins; on the 180th meridian, the International Date Line makes a special eastward bend around the island group so that all of the countries keep the same time.

Fiji consists of 18,376 square km of land and includes about 330 islands (depending on how many reefs and tiny islets you take into consideration), of which about 100 are inhabited.

The territorial waters of Fiji are defined in the deed of cession as all that area ‘lying between the parallels of the latitude of 15 degrees south and 22 degrees south of the equator, and between the meridians of longitude of 177 degrees west and 175 degrees east of the meridian of Greenwich’. In 1965 the boundary was extended by one degree to take in Conway Reef, extending the limit to 174 east. In latitude, the Fiji islands correspond with Tahiti, Townsville in Australia, Zimbabwe, Rio de Janeiro, and northern Chile.

The area included within these limits is approximately 709,660 sq km, about 97% of which is water. The remaining 3% (18,376 sq km) island. The Fiji archipelago includes about 300 islands (depending on how many reefs and tiny islets you take into consideration) of which about 100 are inhabited.


About Fiji Islands


The largest island, Viti Levu, which has 70% of the population and an area of 10,388 sq km, is the hub of the entire archipelago. On it is Suva, the largest city, the chief port, and the capital; Nadi, the site of the international airport; and Lautoka, the second-largest city and the second port of entry.Vanua Levu, to the north-east of Viti Levu, is the second-largest island which, with an area of 5538 sq km, is slightly more than half the size of Viti Levu. Although more sparsely settled than Viti Levu, it is also a center of population. Like Viti Levu, it produces sugar cane and also has large coconut plantations.

Taveuni lies to the east of Vanua Levu, being separated from it by the Somosmo Strait. With an area of 435 sq km, it is verdant, mountainous, and agriculturally rich.  Tied with Taveuni as the third largest island in the archipelago (with an area of 409 sq km) is Kadavu, which lies to the south of Viti Levu. It is a center of traditional Fijian culture and is not often seen by tourists.

All of the remaining islands of Fiji are small and are divided into two main groups, Lomaiviti and Lau. Lomaiviti translates as ‘middle’ or central Fiji, which describes exactly where this island group is on the map.  It is composed of seven main islands, with smaller ones lying off the coasts. Their aggregate land area is 425 sq km. Gau, Koro, and Ovalau are large, each being about 100 sq km or more in area. Ovalau derives its importance from the town of Levuka, which was the earliest European settlement in Fiji and the original capital. Gau is the largest, highest, and southernmost of the group; Koro is a high, wedge-shaped island rising abruptly from deep water.

Nairai and Batiki, to the east of Ovalau, are lower than their neighbors and are surrounded by extensive reefs. Makogai, northeast of Levuka, was once a leper colony serving the entire southwest Pacific. Wakaya, once a plantation, is now an exclusive real estate development. All of the islands can be seen from the old capital of Levuka on a clear day.

National Flag


Fijian Flag
Fijian Flag

Fiji’s flag flew for the first time on Independence Day, October 10, 1970. It includes the red, white, and blue Union Flag of Britain in the top left-hand corner and the shield from the Fiji Coat of Arms on a light blue background on the fly. The flag encompasses Fiji’s own colonial heritage in the Union Flag with a blend of historical continuity in the design of the shield. Fiji’s geographical design is highlighted by the blue background.

National Anthem of Fiji



Blessing grant, oh God of nations, on the isles of Fiji,
As we stand united under noble banner blue.
And we honour and defend the cause of freedom ever,
Onward march together,
God bless Fiji!

CHORUS
For Fiji, ever Fiji, let our voices ring with pride,
For Fiji, ever Fiji, her name hail far and wide,
A land of freedom, hope and glory to endure whatever befall
May God bless Fiji, for evermore!

Blessing grant, oh God of nations, on the isles of Fiji,
Shores of golden sand and sunshine, happiness and song.
Stand united, we of Fiji, fame and glory ever,
Onward march together, God bless Fiji!

Coat of Arms


Fiji’s national Coat of arms

Fiji’s national Coat of arms consists of the images of two Fijian warriors on either side of a shield and the motto “Rerevaka na Kalou ka Doka na Tul” below the shield. These words mean “Fear God and honour the Queen.” The shield from the coat of arms has the image of a heraldic lion holding a cocoa pod across the top. Sugarcane, a coconut palm and a bunch of bananas are represented in three of the shields sections. The fourth contains the reproduction of a dove of peace, the main feature of the Cakobau Government’s flag before cession.


Tourism Destinations


Discover your Fiji and don’t forget to return home to share your lifetime experience.
Discover your Fiji and don’t forget to return home to share your lifetime experience.

Ideal for All: Fiji has a well-developed tourist industry and is able to cater for all genres of traveller. Easy to get around on your own, as most everyone you will encounter speaks English. Many organized tours and excursions of every type. A whole range of resorts to suit any preferences, from small family-run establishments to large top-end resorts with every amenity you can imagine.

Discover your Fiji and don’t forget to return home to share your lifetime experience.

DESTINATIONS BEST FOR:


Viti Levu (Denarau, Nadi & Lautoka, Suncoast. Suva, Pacific Harbour | Urban Fiji, Family-Friendly Resorts and Hiking.

The Mamanucas | White-sand Islands and Surf Breaks.

Yasawas | Desert Island Paradise Dreams. 

Vanua Levu (Savusavu & Labasa) | Exploring Traditional Villages and Diving. 

Kadavu | Off the Beaten Track Adventures. 

Ovalau & The Lomaiviti Group | Historic Buildings and Untouristed Resorts. 

Taveuni | Jungle, Waterfalls, and Hiking.

Lau & Moala Group | Avoiding Other Travelers