Australians make up about a quarter of all visitors to this archipelago. Couples, families and, most recently, schoolies all take cheap flights to Fiji to bask in its Pacific Island gorgeousness.
Flights to Fiji take about four hours from the east coast of Australia, the sun shines year round, the diving is wonderful and our notions of "time" slip away almost instantly.
Fijians are one of the friendliest people on earth; their greeting "Bula!" is four letters that convey "Welcome", "Hello" and "Good health".
The two main islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, but the Yasawa Islands group are dreamy - towering volcanic mountains give way to soft, sandy beaches that are lapped by calm blue waters. Here, local communities hang onto their heritage. It's a world away from the hurly-burly of day-to-day life.