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Farewell to FIJI!

Bula!

It's a word you hear many times a day in Fiji. It means "hello" and is pronounced either 'boola' or 'mboola' and always pronounced with a smile.

This is the view of a small island we passed over as we were in a helicopter flying to the west coast of the main island of Fiji to Nadi International Airport, where we were to catch our plane home to New Zealand.

We had had a wonderful time here and look forward to coming back again one day - soon I hope!

Fiji is an archipelago of over 300 islands (about 100 are inhabited) scattered across 200,000 square miles of ocean. The islands are primarily volcanic in origin with high rugged terrain. Other smaller islands are of coral or limestone origin. The largest island and population centre is Viti Levu, and Fiji's international airport is located at Nadi in the north-west. Fiji is blue lagoons, stunning white beaches, colourful fish-filled reefs, lush forests, and is home to around 780,000 friendly people. The population consists of approximately 50% Fijians, 46% Indians with the remainder being European, Rotuman, Chinese, and other Pacific Islanders.

Climate:
Fiji enjoys a warm and pleasant temperature throughout the year - average 72°F / 22Cin the mild, dry season of May through October, and 78.5°F / 26C in the warm, wetter season of November through April. Dress for Fiji is cool and casual, though swimsuits and brief attire should be confined to beaches and hotel swimming pools.

Area Covered:
Latitude: 12.21 S
Longitude: 176 E.178 W.

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