Major credit for the discovery and navigation of the islands is given to Captain William Bligh who sailed through Fiji after the mutiny on the Bounty in 1790.
The first Europeans to live among the Fijians included shipwrecked sailors and runaway convicts from the Australian penal settlements.
Most authorities agree that people came into the Pacific from Southeast Asia via the Malay Peninsula.
Wars ceased abruptly and western clothing was adopted. Epidemics nearly wiped out the population and it seemed as if the natives were doomed.
The colonial government worked to implement health campaigns and the population picked up again.
The summer season (December – April) is the wetter more humid season with temperatures ranging from 72°-96°F.
Proof of yellow fever or cholera immunization is required if arriving from an infected area A valid passport for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel to another country, which he/she is authorized to enter, is required.
The Mamanuca Islands provide sandy beaches, waving palms, crystal clear waters and a myriad of activities.
Made up of twenty volcanic islands of which seven are hidden underwater at high tide.
Traders and missionaries arrived in the area by the mid-19th century.
Cannibalism practices in Fiji quickly disappeared as missionaries gained influence and Christianity spread in the islands.
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These islands are home to exotic, clear and clean reefs attracting many fish species and other marine wildlife.