Fiji, A State of Being
From early rule by the British monarchy to its gaining of independence in 1970, Fiji has achieved a great deal of success economically and especially in development of its Tourism potential. Fiji presents the desirable mix of eco, socio, cultural and tropical ingredients.
The area of Fiji is approximately 18,333sq km and the population of the entire island is approximately 870,000. 52% of the population are indigenous Fijians and 34% are Fijians of Indian descent. Fiji’s major income earning industries are tourism, sugar, mineral water, gold, fishing, garments and timber.
There is a distinctive mix of cultures present in Fiji. There is a base of traditional Fijian values anchored with very strong Christian beliefs. There are significant Hindu and some Muslim religious groups, with a significant number of Asians, Islanders and Europeans.
The capital of the Fiji Islands is Suva, located in the southeastern side of Viti Levu. The Nadi International Airport is the main entry for passengers who are travelling in airplanes. The Nausori Airport near Suva also handles international flights.
Many islands in Fiji are still relatively untouched and have beautiful reefs, lagoons, harbors and vegetation. The ocean environment has its own ecological niche where you can experience spectacularly beautiful coral reefs and deep pelagic areas. Some divers claim Fiji has the most colourful reefs in the world.
Fiji Backpacking will allow you to easily explore Fiji and take part in numerous activities that mainstream visitors are unaware of when taking the backpack path, don’t be surprised if you find Fiji to be much more than what you ever expected.