Once known to wary outsiders as the Cannibal Islands, Fiji is now one of the friendliest nations you could ever visit. Way out in the South Pacific Ocean and lying on the 180 degree meridian where the dawn of each new day occurs, are the 300 or so islands that make up this small country.
Only a 100 or so are inhabited – the rest are left as pristine nature reserves – and almost all are ringed by coral reefs. These are as varied and exciting as you would expect to find anywhere but the most compelling reason for scuba diving in Fiji is to see the corals. It isn't hard to see why it was nicknamed the soft coral capital of the world.