The first European to step in the island was Abel Tasman in 1643. The island then became a British colony until it attained its independence in 1970.
Fijian culture is based on Indian, Chinese and European cultures.
The crops grown in the country are copra, sugarcane, ginger, tropical fruits and vegetables.
The most popular dishes are kokoda, rourou, lovo, coconut bread, cassava cake, palusami, topoi and lolo buns.
Common wildlife animals found in the country include dolphins, whales, eels, sea turtles, sea snakes, hawksbill, loggerhead and green Pacific Ridley.
Annual events/ celebrations/ events
The common festivals held in the country are the festival of colours on March, the festival of the friendly north, Festival of lights, Fiji International Jazz and Blues Festival and Bula Festival.
Things to see
Mamanuca Islands are a volcanic archipelago located on the west of Nadi and the south of Yasawa Islands.
Qalito Island is of the group of Mamanuca and has a tourist resort at its western side.
Garden of the Sleeping Giant is an attractive garden located at the bottom of Nausori Highlands near Nadi.
Other must-visit sites are Mana Island, Tavarua and Malolo.
It is the most popular sport in the country is Rugby.
It is one of the few countries which have three official languages; Fijian, English and Fiji Hindi.
Fiji comprises of 333 islands and 110 of them are inhabited.
It is bordered on the west by Vanuatu, on the southwest by New Caledonia, on the southeast by New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands, on the east by Tonga, on the northeast by Samoas and France’s Wallis and Futuna and on the north by Tuvalu.