The islands are located in a tropical sea environment with no extremes of heat or cold. Hurricanes sporadically pass over the islands between November and April each year. Storms are common during these months when temperatures can reach the mid-thirties Celsius. Temperatures in the lower 20s Celsius are ordinary in the milder months of May and October. The total land area is 18,333 square kilometres, with the two major islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu accounting for 87 percent of the total land area. Taveuni, Kadavu, Rabi, Vatulele, Beqa, and Qamea are the other major islands. There are also a few notable clusters of islands: Rotuma (8 islands), Lau (57), Moala (3), Lomaiviti (12), Mamanuca (10), and the Yasawa group (20).
We are overwhelmingly Melanesian throughout, and the early ocean meanderers’ strength resulted in a mix of ethnic types and communities, Melanesian and Polynesian, even on the principal islands. Apart from the fact that Fijians are a happy people, our way of life also reflects the best aspects of Melanesia, Polynesia, India, China, and other ethnicities, which makes us unique. There is a love for nature in its forms and terror, creativity, happiness, and giggling. Native Fijians and Rotumans possess 88 percent of the land, with the state owning 4% and private freeholds accounting for the remaining 8%.
Suva, the capital, is one of two urban areas on Viti Levu’s main island, one on the south-eastern and the other on the western. While this site refers to Fijians and Rotumans as one, it should be noted that the islands of Rotuma, located 600 kilometres north of us, were rarely conquered but were given to the British by her rulers in the 1880s to suppress internal factional fighting among her ethnic groupings. To be sure, Rotuma is currently under Suva’s control and serves as a gateway to the gathering. Our relatives have subsequently intermarried and shared many pleasant memories. Swap the frantic pace of Nadi or Suva for the quiet community spirit of communities like Sigatoka and Savusavu, and that’s only the start. There are a few exciting towns to visit in Fiji, ranging from Fijian communities with traditional South Pacific engineering to retail shopping centre locations to even a city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Navala, the only Fijian hamlet with fully covered Bures (cabins), is an image of perfection nestled amid the green mountain backdrop of Viti Levu’s interior. While there is a convenience store near the settlement, the most popular way to visit is on a road trip, with a guided tour, such as with Rosie Holidays. Remember to bring a sevusevu (gift, such as kava roots) to deliver to the boss if you are coming freely.
See the town of Levuka, a notable settlement in Fiji. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fiji’s first capital has resulted in nicely preserved provincial architecture to admire. Levuka is located on the eastern edge of Viti Levu, 20 kilometres (12 miles) off the coast of Ovalau Island. There are a few inns, cabins, visitor houses, unique stores, a gallery, and remarkable places of worship. The city is also a good starting point for exploring the rest of the lush volcanic island and going on kayaking and boat excursions to the nearby coral reefs.
Sigatoka, the heart of Viti Levu’s famous Coral Coast, offers a charming, simple community vibe to any travellers who wish to stay in Viti Levu. Sigatoka, pronounced “Sing-a-toka,” is located along the Sigatoka River, which serves as the starting point for exciting inland waterway adventures with Sigatoka River Safaris and Mick’s Fiji Tours and Transfers. The town is also fantastic for shopping, with duty-free stores, handicraft shops, and a bustling produce market, and the Indo-Fijian cafés are among the best in Fiji. Within a short driving distance, there are inns as well as resorts.
Savusavu is one of the main settlements of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest but undoubtedly less-visited island. Savusavu, which sits on the edge of the Savusavu Harbor, has a good and varied selection of places to eat, underground aquifers to see, and is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding jungles cascades, sea coastlines. The sky is the limit from there. There are a few budget cabins and inns in town, and some of Vanua Levu’s most prestigious hotels are only a 15-minute drive away.
Denarau, an artificial island with only lavish occasion mansions, five-star resorts, and condos, has a modest community setup. On the harbour, Port Denarau is a well-kept town unlike any other in Fiji, with a title-style fairway and a range of stores and eateries. As one of Fiji’s leading tourist destinations, you’ll find a plethora of excursions to the unspoiled Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.