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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.

Wartime History
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.

Northern Division
The Norther Division spans Vanua Levu Island including the provinces of Macuata, Cakaudrove, and Bua.

Eastern Division
The Eastern Division spans Ovalau Island including the provinces of Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti and Rotuma.

Western Division
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

Central Division
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 Levu Island
Lauthala Bay  Located on the southeastern corner of Viti Levu Island

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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