Fiji History – The origins of the friendliest people on earth
According to Fijian legend, the great chief Lutunasobasoba led his people across the seas from East Africa to the new land (now called Fiji) around 1000 years ago.
The first European discovery of the islands was made in 1643 by the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman. And over 100 years later English Captain James Cook sailed through in 1774. Captain Cook reportedly asked the Tongans the name of the islands to their west. He was told ‘Feegee’, the Tongan pronunciation of Viti: so in the typical English way of easy pronunciation it became ‘Fiji’’.
The first comprehensive mapping of the islands was made by Captain William Bligh who sailed through Fiji after the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789.
The first Europeans to land and live among the Fijians were shipwrecked sailors and runaway convicts from the Australian penal settlements. Sandalwood traders and missionaries came by the mid 19th century.
Fiji gained independence in 1970.
Today The Republic of the Fiji Islands consists 332 islands of which over 220 are still un-inhabited.
You won’t find a more beautifully inhabited island than Castaway Island, Fiji (traditionally known as Qalito Island). Castaway was the first resort to be developed in the Mamanuca Islands. We had the first choice of undoubtedly the best real estate! Read more about our island here...