Factbook: Fiji

  Geography Location: Oceania, island group in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand Geographic coordinates: 18 00 S, 175 00 E Map references: Oceania Area: total: 18,270 sq km land: 18,270 sq km water: 0 sq km Area – comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline: 1,129 km Maritime claims: measured from claimed…


The New Fiji Aggressor

A FABULOUS LIVE-ABOARD FOR FABULOUS FIJI by Stan Waterman Cheeseburgers in Paradise. The refrain of the song, belted out by Jimmy Buffett, carries beyond us and is lost in the distant expanse of pale blue, flat-calm sea. Bahamians would call it an oily glass calm. A maddeningly delicious aroma emanates from the grill on the…


The Nai’a

A marvelous, magical tour of fabulous Fiji By Bonnie J. Cardone It was a glorious day when Nai’a unfurled her sails to run before the Fijian winds. One hundred twenty feet long, she’s very solid and sure in the water and, with only the wind to power her, she slipped silently through the seas. After…


Welcome to My Fiji

Its as if Pieces of Heaven Have Dropped from the Sky by Jack and Sue Drafahl Now, open your eyes and see your dream become reality. Welcome to Fiji! Scattered over the South Pacific, its 330 islands are welcoming more and more dive travelers every year. Once they find Fiji, it becomes embedded in their…


Two Worlds of Fiji

Above and Below the Water, It’s a Feast for the Senses Text and Photography by Jack and Sue Drafahl A beam of light stabbed through the darkness. It seemed to be meticulously searching for something as it moved across the ocean floor. A second light beam appeared just beyond the first, silhouetting the first diver.…


South Pacific Interlude

Exploring new frontiers off Niue TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CASEY MAHANEY AND ASTRID WHITE MAHANEY Divers tend to be natural explorers, always in search of yet another frontier. Having already traveled the world’s oceans, we were excited about an exploratory trip to remote Beverage Reef, southeast of the island of Niue in the South Pacific.…


The Friendly Face of Fiji

It is dark, we are tired from our long journey, and yet our spirits are immediately lifted by the sound of a Fijian welcome song drifting out to our small skiff. Pulling ashore we are greeted with fragrant flowers and hardy handshakes. We have never met before, but we are enveloped like family as the…


A Ride Through the Food Chain

by Clay H. Wiseman We landed in Nadi on the west coast of Viti Levu, the largest of the three hundred islands that make up the archipelago of Fiji. As I moved across the tarmac my head swam with the sights and smells of wild orchids, frangipani, hibiscus, ginger plants and impossibly tall palm trees…