The hub of the South-West Pacific, Fiji is a tropical haven of postcard-perfect vistas, colourful corals and pristine beaches

An archipelago consisting of about 332 islands – just 110 of which are inhabited – Fiji is a Melanesian country situated at roughly the two-thirds point of the imaginary line separating Hawaii and New Zealand. Well known for its volcanic mountains and tropical climate, the nation’s other major draw cards include its world-renowned coral reefs, though Fiji is equally popular for its white-sand beaches, emerald rainforests and world-class resorts. Viti Levu, the site of the national capital, is the largest, best developed and most populous of the nine groups of islands that make up the archipelago. The other island groups are Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu, Yasawa Islands, Mamanuca Islands, Lomaiviti Islands, Lau islands and Rotuma. Lovers of nature, culture and serenity will find plenty to enjoy in the form of Fiji’s stunning landscapes, remote ethnic villages and tasty and wholesome cuisine. On the other hand, catering for sporty types are tourism outfits offering everything from jetboat safaris, scuba diving and whitewater rafting to golfing, helicopter tours and tandem skydiving.