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The mountainous, tropical Melanesian archipelago is home to heavenly beaches and fascinating sea beds. It offers a lively, thriving culture and is the perfect spot if what you want is a colourful, authentic, faraway place.
You do not just travel to Fiji by chance. This archipelago, independent since 1970, is hidden away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in the farthest reaches of the world. With its 830,000 inhabitants, the country comprises almost 400 islands tucked away in an isolated spot between New Caledonia, Tonga and New Zealand. It is definitely worth a visit. Fiji, with its lush vegetation, rocky outcrops and white sandy beaches, is one of nature’s wonders and has been protected from mass tourism by its native culture which is protective of the countryside. Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are the two largest islands. The first is home to the capital, Suva, and more than three quarters of the population. To the west, the town of Nadi is the main tourist destination in the archipelago. Nearby, Lautoka accounts for Fiji’s other main resource after tourism: sugar cane. The second island, mountainous Vanua Levu, has remained virtually unspoilt, with the exception of the towns of Lambasa and Savusavu.
These larger islands offer every opportunity to get to know Fiji’s intricate culture. Dance, music, kava-tasting (national drink) and ‘walking on white-hot stones’ (on Beqa Island), reflect the flourishing traditions of people who cohabit, not always without difficulty, with an Indian minority. Off the coasts of both islands, Fiji offers a myriad of tiny islands and atolls for seaside holidays, underwater diving and water sports. Some, like Dolphin Island, have been turned into hotels. Not only do they offer comfort, but the ideal opportunity to discover the exceptional richness and beauty of the sea bed and the marine wildlife.
Hotel and restaurant on a private island. A short cruise from Viti Levu, surrounded by crystalline waters, fringed by palm trees, Dolphin Island offers an authentic South Pacific experience for exclusive-use guests. Warm and friendly Fijian staff took after you as much, or as little, as you require. The thatched main bure, with infinity pool, is the hub of entertainment, relaxation and dining. This is flanked by four thatched, en suite guest bures. These romantic, beautifully appointed, air-conditioned suites have been designed for comfort and relaxation. As every day becomes uniquely your own, and as you select fresh seafood from a local fisherman for your next delicious Fijian-fusion meal, you know that your return to the real world is going to be hard. ... Learn moreless