Always take less
Most upmarket hotel rooms offer luggage storage for all but the largest cases but if you are travelling/moving from hotel or hotel or particularly out to the islands, you are probably better taking a smaller bag, and making it soft rather than a hard case. As is typical of most beach type holidays, you always end up taking more than you need/wear. Take lots of cotton items, mix and match and even in winter you won't need jeans or heavy sweaters.
Fiji has over 300 islands in its archipelago, each fringed with coral reefs and lapped by warm azure waters - the diving and snorkelling are superb. Amid its wealth of natural beauty, Fiji's true magic lies in its people and the fascinating blend of their diverse cultures.
Fiji is an interesting blend of Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, Indian, Chinese and European influences. For nearly 50 years, until the military coup of 1987, the indigenous people of Fiji represented an ethnic minority in their own land.
Fiji was the trade centre for the South Pacific during the 19th century, and the British claimed it as a colony in 1874. During the century or so that Fiji remained under British colonial rule, tens of thousands of indentured Indian labourers were imported to work on sugar plantations. Indigenous Fijians, however, managed to hold onto their traditional rites and practices - meke (narrative dance), bure (house) construction, kava ceremonies, tapa-cloth making and pottery.
Full country name: Republic of Fiji
Area: 18,300 sq km
Capital City: Suva (pop. 358,500)
People: Indigenous Fijian 50%, Indo-Fijian 45%
Language: Fijian, English
Religion: 53% Christian, 38% Hindus, 8% Muslims, and 1% Sikhs
Head of State: President Ratu Josefa Iloilo
Head of Government: Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase
Major Industries: Sugar, tourism, gold, fish, lumber and clothing.
Major Trading Partners: Australia, Japan and New Zealand