Fiji (sometimes called the Fiji Islands), is a Melanesian country in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies about
one-third of the way from New Zealand to Hawaii and consists of an archipelago of 332 islands, a handful of which make up most
of the land area, and approximately 110 of which are inhabited.
Fiji straddles the 180 degree longitude line (which crosses land on a remote tip of Vanua Levu and again near the
centre of Taveuni). The international date line is configured to pass east of all of Fiji, placing it all in one time zone
and "ahead" of most of the rest of the world. Fiji is the product of volcanic mountains and warm tropical waters. Its varied
coral reefs today draw tourists from around the world, but were the nightmare of European mariners until well into the 19th
century. As a result, Fijians have retained their land and often much of the noncommercial, sharing attitude of people who
live in vast extended families with direct access to natural resources.
Tropical marine; only slight seasonal temperature variation. Tropical cyclonic
storms (The South Pacific version of Hurricanes) can occur from November to April. Temperature sensitive visitors may
wish to visit during the Southern Hemisphere winter.