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Consisting of more than 300 volcanic and coral islands, the Fiji archipelago is at the cross roads of the South Pacific. In the days of sailing ships, it was known as The Cannibal Isles and cautiously avoided by mariners because of its fierce warriors and treacherous waters. More recently, Fiji's tropical climate and location on Pacific air routes have made it a perfect spot for tourists.

However, a coup by native Fijians in 1987, followed by a further coup in 2000, caused immense harm to the tourism industry and to Fiji's international reputation. Resentment over the 2,000 coup persists, with bitter divisions over a proposed bill that would give amnesties to those involved in it. Although the islands now enjoy reasonable steadiness, nothing has been done to address the underlying causes of Fiji's political problems.

Fiji's population, which resides mostly on the 2 main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, is divided almost equally between indigenous Fijians and Indo-Fijians, the descendents of indentured labourers brought from India. Mixing between the 2 groups is minimal, and informal segregation runs deep at almost every level of society.

Regardless of the troubled past of the archipelago, Fijians are known as some of the friendliest people in the world. They are not judgmental of other people and will seldom express a negative opinion. Customs still exist in the more traditional villages, especially those distant from towns and urban centres. And of course, Fiji is where the Cloud Breaker, the incredible 6 metre wave was found offshore at Tavarua, a place which still draws surfers from around the world.
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Lonely Planet Guide to Fiji from lonely planet