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Fiji

Centuries ago the world knew "the Fejee Islands" only from the journals of explorers, traders and missionaries, who wrote mostly about the archipelago's fearsome cannibals; none of the great romantic writers who waxed rhapsodic about its South Sea neighbors showed up to chronicle Fiji's charms. But now more and more of the world's travelers are discovering what these early writers did not: Fiji is a place of incredible beauty. Today's visitors are finding that with 300 islands to visit and explore, Fiji literally has something for everyone.

On tiny islets ringed by powdery sand sit 20th-century Shangri-las - sublime resorts that are setting new standards for world-class service and sophistication. On private islands pampered guests live in luxury's lap, sipping champagne, eating lobster and basking for hours on exquisite beaches, accompanied by the sound of the surf and the sight of palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze.

But Fiji is not famous just for its luxurious resorts. It has a fantastic, pristine ecosystem: its rain forests are filled with exotic tropical flora and fauna, including the pink-billed parrot finch, the giant honey eater and the banded iguana. Its seas are home to four of the world's seven turtle species as well as playful dolphins and the once-celebrated delicacy beche de mer, or sea cucumber.

In the northwestern Yasawa group of islands, where Brooke Shields once frolicked for the cameras in The Blue Lagoon, ships cruise from one perfect landfall to the next, dropping anchor in aqua lagoons so that their passengers can swim ashore to enjoy deserted beaches. On the easterly island of Taveuni, teeming Technicolor reefs attract divers from around the world. In the hills of the southern isle of Beqa, firewalkers test their mettle -and astonish their visitors - by strolling on fiery hot coals. And all of this is only the beginning. For when all of these islands have been seen, Fiji still has hundreds more to explore.

Years ago, when travelers were just beginning to discover its myriad marvels, the country's slogan was "Fiji - the way the world should be." As most anyone who visits will tell you, the words still hold true.

 

 

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