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Despite its remote location in the South Pacific rim of Melanesia about 1,400 miles northeast of New Zealand, Fiji has become a popular destination, particularly among honeymooners seeking the romance of the islands. It has many of the features associated with island getaway vacations: wide stretches of uncrowded white sandy beaches, coconut palm trees swaying in gentle breezes, gardens vivid with exotic orchids and lilies, coral reefs animated with colorful exotic fishes, gorgeous sunsets framed by rows of trees heavy with luscious globes of colorful fruits, crystalline turquoise waters, tumbling waterfall cascades sweeping down from polished rock cliffs, breathtaking mountainsides lush with rainforest greenery.

Fiji has taken hold in the popular imagination as a place to escape from the pressures and stresses of the contemporary world. ...

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