Viti Levu Travel Guide

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The heart of Fiji's 333 islands (106 are inhabited) is a 4,020-square-mi island of verdant mountainsides encasing volcanic peaks and lush river valleys running out to barrier reefs. The English-speaking former British colony is home to 75% of the country's population and Fiji's only two cities. The inhabitants are a unique mix of Melanesian Fijians (about 51%), Indo-Fijians, whose ancestors came from India as indentured laborers (about 44%), and a small number of Europeans, Chinese, and other Melanesians. Although not heavily industrialized, Fiji is a nation of "shop-keepers," with an eager, white-collar economy epitomized by storefronts, table service, and taxi cabs. The country as a whole is seeing a trend toward urbanization; cities and larger towns tend to have large Indo-Fijian populations while most Melanesians remain in the same close-knit villages and even the same houses inhabited by their families since long before European contact. Fiji's Melanesians have a strong tradition of hospitality in complement to their communal lifestyle and are considered to be among the friendliest people in the world.

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Viti Levu Hotels

Viti Levu is notable among the Fiji islands for its abundance of large four- and five-star resorts. Families in search of a... read more

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Viti Levu Restaurants

Seafood is Fiji's star ingredient. Countless locals make their livings as divers and fishermen, keeping the local... read more

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Viti Levu Experiences

  • Viti Levu's Top 5

    Shark Diving. Observe the sea's greatest predator feasting in its natural environment. Firewalking. Natives of Beqa Island... Read more

  • Legend of the Beqa Firewalkers

    On the island of Beqa, there lived a famous storyteller who often entertained his tribe, the Sawau. It was customary for the people of the... Read more

  • If You Like

    Viti Levu's magnificent landscapes are unmatched anywhere else. You can raft or kayak between the 300-foot-high black volcanic rock... Read more

  • Making Amends

    One of the last persons to be eaten in Fiji, as the many tribes bowed to pressure from Christianity, was the British missionary Reverend... Read more

  • On the Horizon

    Democracy may not be present in the nation's capital but investors and developers have confidence enough in Fiji's future. The city's... Read more

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