Geographical Fiji Islands Location
Fiji is an archipelago which lies in the continent of Oceania. It is not considered to be part of the seven continents because of its distance from the continents. It is classified as being the part of the continent of oceans. Covering an area of 18,274 Kilometers, it is the 158th largest country with respect to land mass. It is made up of 333 islands and 522 small islets, it lies in South Pacific Ocean between 176° 53’ East and 178° 12’ west.
Where is Fiji Islands : The volcanic islands of Fiji lie about 4,450 km southwest of Honolulu and 1,770 km north of New Zealand. The estimated population of Fiji was estimated to be 850,000 people in 2012. The islands of Fiji are about 11 hours away from Los Angeles and 4 hours away from Australia via air.
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Out of the 333 islands and 522 small islets, only 106 are completely inhabited. Viti Levu is the largest island of Fiji covering about 57% of the country’s land mass. It has the two official cities of Fiji namely, Suva which is the capital of the archipelago and Lautoka. The town Nadi, which boasts of having the international airport of Fiji also lies on this island. The names of the major town which are located on the Isle of Viti Levu are Nausori, Vaileka, Ba, Tavua, Kororvou, and Nasinu. The island of Viti Levu houses about 69% of the total population of the Fiji.
The island of Vanua Levu, which is the second largest island of the Fiji covers up to 30% of the total landmass of the Fiji islands is inhabited by 30% of the Fijian population. The main towns of Vanua Levu are Labasa and Savusavu. The island of Vanua Levu lies about 64 km to the north of Viti Levu. To the northeast of Vanua Levu lies Natewa Bay which carves out the Loa peninsula.
The 12.5% land area is covered by small islands and island groups and houses about 16% of the whole population of the Fiji islands. Among these islands Taveuni which lies to the southeast of Vanua Levu and Kadavu Island which lies to the south of Viti Levu are the third and the fourth largest islands of the Fiji respectively. The famous tourist’s destinations of Fiji are the Mamanuca Group of islands which is just off Nadi and the Yasawa Group of Island which lies to the north of Mamanuca group.
Both the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are mountainous with peaks which rise to up to 1300 m abruptly from the shore. The mountains are covered by the dense tropical rainforests. The islands get heavy rainfall up to 304 cm annually.
The western portions of these islands called the lowlands, are protected by the mountains and have a significant dry season; the dry season makes the island favorable for growing sugar cane which is the most profitable crop in the country. The currency of Fiji is the Fijian Dollar.