Everyone’s idea of a South Pacific Island, but choose carefully when you go because those lush forests in the interior receive high annual rainfall, but the rain forests are some of the best preserved on the planet
When I was there I found the people delightful, although there was a little friction observed between the native Fijians and Indians. Realistically, the Indian immigrants famed for hard working and successful ownership of corner shops etc., whereas the native Fijians are laid back and at the time of my visit were often employed by the Indian business owners.
Fiji is a lush and beautiful landscape with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms and surf breaking on coral reefs off shore. I remember driving to the far side of the island and parking to watch islanders working in the sugar plantation. Suddenly a big burly Fijian came walking towards the car carrying a large machete. In all honesty I didn’t know whether to put up the window and speed away, but I didn’t and a minute later the man arrived and handed me a piece of sugar cane before returning to his manual work on the sugar canes.
Rainfall is 236 inches per year and the wettest month is usually March and the rain usually falls in the afternoon.
Fiji actually consists of 333 islands with about 110 inhabited. The two major islands are Viti Levu with the capital Suva being on that island. The national animal of Fiji is the Fiji Banded Iguana.
To be continued