The Republic o fFiji is an island nation in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,300 miles northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. The country comprises an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and amounting to a total land area of 7,100 square miles. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population of almost 850,000.
Viti Levu Island
Viti Levu is the largest island in the Republic of Fiji, the site of the nation’s capital, Suva, and home to a large majority of Fiji’s population. Other important towns, all around the coast, include Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Nausori, Rakiraki, and Sigatoka. One major road has been built around the perimeter of Viti Levu. Well-known localities include Natadola Beach, Pacific Harbor (a resort center about 50 kilometers from Suva).
Vanua Levu Island
Vanua Levu, formerly known as Sandalwood Island, is the second largest island of Fiji. The island’s main population centers are the towns of Labasa, in the north, and Savusavu. Savusavu is a popular center for tourists owing to its diving and yachting facilities. Tourism is now becoming a major industry on Vanua Levu. Source
Weather and Climate of Fiji Islands
The weather in Tahiti is tropical, with the best months being March through to November. Maximum temperatures rarely move out of the 31°C to 26° C range all year round. As can be seen, winter is a term, not a season. A cooling trade wind blows from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning.
Rainfall is highly variable and strongly influenced by topography, with the prevailing south-east trade winds bringing moisture onshore and causing heavy showers in the mountain regions.
The wet season is from November to April and results from the southerly movements of the South Pacific Convergence Zone. The wet season is characterized by heavy, brief local showers and contributes most of Fiji’s annual rainfall. Annual rainfall on the main islands is between 2000 mm and 3000 mm on the coast and low lying areas, and up to 6000mm in the mountains. The smaller islands receive various amounts according to their location and size, ranging from 1500 mm to 3500 mm.
Cyclones are mostly confined to the period November to April, with greatest frequency in January and
Fiji Island Temperature
To enter Fiji visitors must have:
A passport valid for 6 months after their departure date
Nationals from the following countries do not need a visa to visit Fiji:
Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium,
Visas are granted upon arrival visas and are valid for 4 months. Visitors must have a passport valid extensions can be made up to 6 months on condition that they hold a passport valid for 3 months)beyond the intended stay, and outward ticket and sufficient funds to pay for accommodations during the stay.