Suva is the capital of Fiji
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Lying in the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is marked by political instability caused due to the strife between the indigenous Fijian and the ethnic Indian communities who are descendants of contract labourers brought to Fiji by the British in the 19th century.
After remaining a former British colony for a century, Fiji became independent from the foreign yoke in 1970. Since then two military coups have taken place in the country. In 2014, Frank Bainimarama, who had seized power in 2006 in a military coup by ousting the then democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, won the elections and was sworn in as prime minister.
Out of the Fiji’s 322 islands, only about 100 of them are inhabited. Viti Levu, the largest of them, is home to country’s highest point, Mt Victoria.
Home to 50 percent of the country's population, Suva, Fiji’s capital, also happens to be the country’s largest city. Located on the southeast side of Viti Levu, the largest of Fiji’s 322 islands, Suva is known for some wonderful attractions including the Fiji Museum, Municipal Handicraft Center and Thurston Gardens.
Located on the island of Viti Levu, Nadi is another important town in Fiji. The international airport in the town handles almost 95 percent of passengers coming from foreign countries. Hence it is no surprise that this ramshackle town is a convenient base for visiting different parts of the island nation. Nadi is famous for its Bula Festival, held in the month of July.
Levuka comes lauded as Fiji's first World Heritage Site. Levuka is the reminiscent of a European-style town, with elegant colonial buildings St. John's College and St. John's Church evocative of another era.
Lautoka, Fiji's second-largest city, It built its fortunes on the thriving sugar industry, which earned it the nickname "the Sugar City". There are not many attractions that should detain you. However, you can spend some time in the city to explore its tree-lined streets and colonial buildings and shop for traditional Fijian handicrafts in the market.
The fifth largest town in Fiji, Ba is known for the country’s racecourse. If you happen to be in Fiji in the month of September, don’t miss the bougainvillea festival.
Travel to Fiji
Fiji is a famous destination for international tourists, with outbound foreign tourism to Fiji having grown exponentially by in the past decade. The reason is not far to seek. The golden sunsets, silver beaches, astounding landscape of cascading waterfalls, tropical rainforest and friendly nature of the people make Fiji a wonderful destination.
If you have not been in Fiji, you have not experienced underwater world in the truest sense of the term. The shores of Kadavu are popular among the visitors for sea kayaking.
Exploring the ecotourism village of Abaca and hiking the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park will be an experience of a lifetime.
The Fiji Museum in Suva is a good introduction to the story of the country. The museum is definitely worth a visit when in Fiji is indeed an attractive stop on your Fijian itinerary.
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