The Fiji islands used to be called the “Cannibal Isles”, and indeed, a ferocious culture of cannibalism once was de rigueur here. But relax, human flesh left the menu in the 19th century, and Fijians are far more hospitable to visitors these days. Its economy is based in tourism, But Fiji still feels mostly untainted by the outside world.
The Fiji islands are situated in the South Pacific. About 300 islands make up this nation of sparkling white sand beaches, blue skies and coral reefs resplendent with marine life. Fiji is mainly mountainous, a result of volcanic activity. Fiji has been an independent nation since gaining its independence from Britain in 1970. Accommodations ranging from luxury resorts to hostels and huts make Fiji an affordable vacation destination. Among the island groups within Fiji are the Lau Group, a popular diving area, and the Mamanuca Group, which have luxury resorts and ample opportunities for hiking, diving, snorkeling and sunbathing. The Yasawa Islands host adventure travel opportunities, which are owned and operated by local Fijians. Cruise trips escort travelers through the Yasawas. In the city of Suva, one can learn of Fijian history and customs at the Fiji Museum, or shop for local handcrafts.