Fiji is located in Melanesia in the South Pacific. The major islands include Vitu Levu Island, Vanua Leau Island plus many other smaller islands and groups. To the northeast is Wallis and Futuna.
After the Japanese defeat at Midway, the Japan canceled their plan to occupy Fiji. During the Pacific War, Fiji was used as a staging base for American forces. On July 31, 1942 part of the American force departed Fiji for the invasion of Guadalcanal. In total, eight thousand Fijian soldiers fought with the Allies in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville.
On October 10, 1970, the United Kingdom granted Fiji independence and the country became known as the Republic of Fiji. Fiji is divided into the Western Division and Central Division.
The Norther Division spans Vanua Levu Island including the provinces of Macuata, Cakaudrove, and Bua.
The Eastern Division spans Ovalau Island including the provinces of Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti and Rotuma.
The Western Division spans the western half of
Viti Levu Island including provinces Ba, Nadroga-Navosa and Ra.
Nadi Capital city on the west central coast of Viti Levu Island
Lautoka Located on
the western coast of Viti Levu Island
Saweni Bay Located near Lautoka on the western coast
The Central Division spans the eastern half of
Viti Levu Island including the provinces of Naitasiri, Namosi, Rewa, Serua and Tailevu.
Suva Located on the southeastern corner of Viti
Lauthala Bay Located on the southeastern corner of Viti
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May 3, 2016