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Fiji

Fiji

Fiji

Each island is a honeymoon paradise lined with white sandy beaches and fringed with coral reefs in warm, turquoise waters - the diving and snorkeling are especially superb. Officially known as The Sovereign Democratic Republic of the Fiji Islands, the Fiji Islands is an independent nation consisting of more than 300 islands in its archipelago surrounding the Koro Sea in the South Pacific Ocean.

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Highlights
Fiji's mixed racial background contributes to a rich cultural heritage. Many features of traditional Fijian life survive; they are most evident in the elaborate investiture, marriage, and other ceremonies for high-ranking chiefs. These ceremonies provide a focus for the practicing of traditional crafts, such as the manufacture of masi, or tapa cloth, made from the bark of the paper mulberry; mat weaving; wood carving; and canoe making. Drinking of yagona/yaqona (kava, made from the root of Piper Methysticum) is a part not only of important ceremonies but also of everyday life.
Geography/Environment
The Fiji Islands are largely the product of volcanic action, sedimentary deposit, and formations of coral. Viti Levu accounts for more than half of the Fiji Islands' land. A rugged dividing range, the Nakauvadra, running from north to south has several peaks above 914 meters (3,000 feet), the highest being Mount Tomanivi (formerly Mount Victoria) at 1322 meters (4,341 feet). The main river systems the Rewa, Navua, Sigatoka, and Ba all have their source in the central mountain area. Almost half of The Fiji Islands' total area remains in forest, while dry grasslands are found in western areas of the large islands. Only 16% of The Fiji Islands' land mass is suitable for agriculture and are found mainly along the coastal plains, river deltas, and valleys.
Activities
The beach, pool and lagoon are the usual focal points of a Fiji vacation. Recreational water sports activities include swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, water-skiing, wind surfing, sailing, para flying, jet skis, kayaks and paddle boards, and excursions. Onshore activities include volleyball, bowling, golf, archery, horse trekking, aerobics and jogging. Fijians love sport and are the current World Champions in seven-a-side rugby. Organized sports in Fiji feature rugby, touch rugby, soccer, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, hockey, netball and basketball. Track and field events are also popular, and Fiji takes part in international sporting events including the Olympics.
Climate and Weather
Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate. Maximum summer temperatures average 31ºC (88ºF) and the mean minimum is 22ºC (72ºF). The winter average maximum is 29ºC (84ºF) and the mean minimum is 19ºC (66ºF). These are much cooler in the uplands of the interior of the large islands. A cooling trade wind blows from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning.
Other Important Information
Resources
For more information on the Destination, pick up a copy of Moon Handbooks: Fiji at Amazon.com.
Also check out Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling in Fiji at Amazon.com.
Destination Wedding Information
A Fijian marriage is valid in the United States.
  • Couples apply for a marriage license on arrival in Fiji, at the Registrar General's office in Suva or Lautoka.
  • There is no waiting period.
  • No Blood test are required.
  • Couples will need valid passports and, if possible, birth certificates.
  • If you or your fiance are under 21, a parental letter of consent is required.
  • If previously divorced, a decree of dissolution will be required by the Registrar General.
  • The cost of a license is FJ$20.00 or about US$10.20.
Fiji offers a wide range of wedding choices, from private intimate ceremonies on a beautiful sun drenched white sand beach to a full traditional Fijian ceremony with Fijian wedding attire.
Fiji Reviews
Your Wedding on your own Private Island in Fiji!
by Teresa Nelle last updated on 12/05/2013
Just the 2 of you – that’s all you need or want for your romantic, private wedding! Escape to your own tropical, romantic island paradise, Wadigi Island. It is nestled in the Mamanuca group of islands just off the Fiji's western coast. Protected...
Fiji
by Betsy Rafail last updated on 10/21/2008
Pristine white sand between your toes; warm ocean breezes rustling palm tree fronds overhead; sweet aromas of tropical flowers wafting through the air; distant sounds of drums and harmonious singing; stunning sunsets reflecting off turquoise water. Yes...