FIJI is an island nation east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu at the crossroads of the South Pacific Ocean. The country occupies an archipelago of 333 islands, ranging from coral atolls to large volcanic islands, making for an exciting adventure or peaceful repose aboard a superyacht.
About 100 islands are inhabited, while many of the rest are used as fishing bases and planting grounds. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population. The International Dateline runs through Fiji, although most of the islands are just west of 180°.
Fiji is the perfect superyacht cruising destination: it has beautiful islands, secluded anchorages, welcoming people, excellent marinas and a mature superyacht support service industry. Viti Levu hosts the capital city of Suva, and is home to nearly three quarters of the population.
Other important towns include Nadi (the location of the international airport), and Lautoka (the location of a large sugar mill and a seaport). The main towns on Vanua Levu are Labasa and Savusavu. Other islands and island groups include Taveuni and Kadavu (the third and fourth largest islands respectively), the Mamanuca Group (just outside Nadi) and Yasawa Group, which are popular tourist destinations, the Lomaiviti Group, outside of Suva, and the remote Lau Group.
The Fijian Islands are an excellent superyacht destination. Fiji is thus rapidly becoming the superyacht hub of the western South Pacific; a fact being demonstrated with the number of large superyachts that have visited the country in the last few years, as visitation and chartering regulations have been relaxed.
Captain’s log: Cruising the Fijian Archipelago