A Tropical Paradise
The Fiji archipelago is at the crossroads of the South Pacific. There are about 330 islands in the Fiji Group, of which only four are of significant size. The largest (and also the most populous) is Viti Levu, followed in size by Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu.
All of the islands offer beautiful beaches and a variety of accommodations from high-end resorts to low budget backpacker havens. The friendly Fiji islands have recently experienced increasing interest as a wedding destination, where privacy, beauty and courteous service blend into a desirable package.
The big island of Viti Levu offers a wealth of tropical scenery, from rushing mountain rivers and waterfalls in the depths of the rainforest to palm-fringed beaches. Along with pristine tropical beauty, Viti Levu features several large towns and the bustling capital of Suva. More than 85 flights land at Nadi Airport on Viti Levu every week. From there it is only a quick seven minute hop to one of the offshore island resorts, or less than an hour of flying time to Vanua Levu or Taveuni.
The vast majority of Fiji's land mass is volcanic in origin, with some reef-formed limestone and coastal sedimentary formations. The major islands are generally mountainous in the interiors, which creates a rain shadow effect. The western sides of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are drier and less thickly vegetated than the eastern areas. The difference in the rainfall between the two sides is striking. On any given day, chances of getting wet are much greater on any of the larger islands' eastern sides.
Fiji's varied terrain provides a variety of habitats for flora and fauna. These include lowland and mountain rainforest, mangroves and swamps, mixed grasslands and inland waters. The ocean environment includes coral reefs, lagoons and deep pelagic areas, all of which teem with fish. In Fiji's rich reef system one may find a great variety of marine life all within a few square meters.
A variety of plants and animals occupy the terrestrial areas, including birds, reptiles and amphibians. Some of the better-known introduced plants are synonymous with the South Pacific and include orchids, Plumeria and the coconut palms.
Fiji also offers unequaled water sports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and boating in pristine Pacific waters.
There is hope that Fiji's natural heritage will remain intact. As eco-tourism becomes more popular, some land is being set aside for hiking, camping, bird watching and other recreational activities. Many of these focused programmes are funded by grants from the New Zealand government. The National Trust of Fiji is also making inroads in conservation activities.
The tourism sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Fiji Economy. It is the largest gross foreign exchange earner and contributes substantially to employment and Gross Domestic Product. Accordingly, the government places great importance in assisting and promoting the growth and sustainable development of tourism in Fiji. Tourism Fiji (TF), the government’s tourism promotion arm is responsible for all aspects of promoting and marketing Fiji as an exotic tourism destination to Fiji’s target markets around the world
Gross earnings from tourism continue to be Fiji's major source of foreign currency. Fiji’s earnings from tourism in 2012 reached an estimated at F$1.30billion (approximately ETB 10.30billion) with a total arrival of 660,592 visitors. Statistics reveal Australian visitors contributed F$702.8m or 53.9 per cent of the earnings from tourism with F$216.6m or 16.6 per cent attributed to New Zealand visitors.
There are several options for those wanting to travel to Fiji from Ethiopia. Four of these options involve travelling east and this can be either via Australia (through Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne) and New Zealand, Hong Kong and Seoul, while a new route has recently been opened in April with the direct route through Singapore.
The fifth option is much more expensive and much longer through Buenos Aires, Argentina and Chile and on to Fiji via New Zealand or through Los Angeles, USA.
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