Fiji - Land of Bula Spirit and home to some of the friendliest people on earth. Bula is a unique concept, it's a feeling as much as it is a definition. It's an ancient tradition here. In the dictionary, "Bula" is defined as the Fijian word for "welcome" or "hello." But in the real world, "Bula" is much more than a mere word. It's really a state of mind, perhaps best-expressed in the smiles on the faces of the people here - and their delight in sharing their tropical paradise with their visitors
There's no place on Earth quite like Fiji. Here, there's no such thing as a "visitor"...only a "guest."
Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands of incomparable beauty, spread over nearly a half-million square-miles of the South Seas, with a mystique as thick as the tropical jungles enveloping it.
Tavarua Island sits within the Mamanuca chain - 20 Fijian Islands that sit closest to Nadi - where the International Airport is.
A bit of history: Myth says that Fiji's story begins about 1500 BC with a voyage of giant war canoes from Taganyika in Southern Africa. Leading the armada on the giant double hull canoe "Kaunitoni" was warrior Chief Lutunasobasoba with a special cargo - a magical box called the Katonimana (the Box of Blessings). Around Matamanoa, Mana and Likuliku, they met bad weather and the “Box of Blessings” slipped into the water. Lutunasobasoba gave orders to let it go, believing it was the will of the gods. Lutunasobasoba then named the 3 Islands Mata-manoa (meaning "eye of the strong wind"), Mana ("Magic') to mark the area where the Box of Blessings fell, and 'Likuliku' because it was here the armada experienced calm waters again. Lutunasobasoba gave specific instructions that no one was to ever try and retrieve the "Katonimana" and predicted that this group of islands would be a great source of prosperity for the Fijian people in the future. To this day, some believe that this box is still buried