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Fiji Geography

By Remote Concierge

Located north of New Zealand and southwest of Honolulu, Fiji is made up of over 330 islands, of which about 106 are inhabited.  The largest island is Viti Levu and is home to the city of Suva (capital) and Nadi (home of Fiji's international airport).  The large island of Viti Levu is home to nearly 70% of Fiji's population. 

Fiji's northern islands are Vanua Levu and Taveuni island (both a 1 hour flight from Nadi).

Vanua Levu represents 30% of Fiji's land area but is home to just 15% of Fiji's population.  Vanua Levu's main towns are Labasa and Savusavu.  Savusavu is known for it's yacht club and has a number of tourist resorts while Labasa is a more agriculture and government center of Vanua Levu.

Vanua Levu is very mountainous, with peaks up to 1300 metres and with rainfall of up to 120 inches annually, it is covered with tropical forests on the southeastern side.  The western side is more sheltered with a dry season and sugarcane crops.

Southeast of Vanua Levu is Taveuni Island, Fiji's third-largest island (after Viti Levu and Vanua Levu).  Taveuni is known as the Garden Island. The somosomo strait separates Vanua Levu and Taveuni and is home to the famous Rainbow Reef and Great White Wall, the crown of Fiji diving.

The Mamanuca Island group and the Yasawa Islands are both accessed via Nadi and are the most popular tourist destinations in Fiji, with many resorts and cruise options available.