One common misconception regarding Fiji is that it is an island – a singular one. Another one is that it is somewhere in Japan on top of a mountain, or that Fiji is in the South Pacific but it’s real name is Fuji and it’s just ignorant people who pronounce and spell it Fiji. I suppose we could forgive most of the geographically challenged who for whatever reason never set foot outside of their own back yard – Amazonian Pygmies, Shetland Ponies, and Texans to name a few – but these misconceptions still run rife with people intending to visit Fiji. And some leave with those misconceptions still intact, which is forgivable only for the mentally challenged.

To help prevent any other erroneous ideas spreading, here are a few facts, some of which are relevant.


Faji is the home page of Olly Butters, and he seems like quite an interesting chap. However, he did not discover Fiji and then do a typo whilst submitting it to Google Earth. Fiji was first “discovered” by Abel Tasman in 1643 a few thousand years or so after the Polynesian migration out of south east Asia. You can check out Olly’s Blog for where he goes on holiday – and it doesn’t look like he’s been to Fiji. Send him an e-mail anyway and make his day – I did !!


Foji, or Foji Gill to be precise, but according to his website is better known as Foji, is a well cool Bhangra singer and songwriter – he’s been on the TV and everything so probably a household name with everyone outside Fiji. I haven’t got any of his albums but may download some of his stuff from iTunes in the very distant future. If you want to book Foji for a festival or curry night then mail him at – mention my name to receive a discount.


The Fugees are not what The Foo Fighters call themselves when they visit Fiji or Fuji or play back-up act to Foji. They might be Olly Butters favourite band but I haven’t checked his musical tastes yet to confirm. He may be big into bhangra and therefore a Foji freak. One of my favourite Foo Fighters vids is Learn To Fly if anyone is interested.


This is actually the original spelling of Fiji when it was first placed on the map by Europeans. It’s an approximation to Viti, the original Fijian name for Fiji, and is a spelling still used today by the backpacker travel company Feejee Experience The main island within the Fiji group is named Viti Levu – levu meaning large or big.


Fiji is a group of over 300 islands spread over 75,000 square miles. Yes – 300 !! Yes – 75,000 !! The islands lie in the South Pacific approximately 4,500 miles from Mount Fuji. The population is predominantly non-Japanese. For more facts about Fiji use Google or visit this blog once in a while – it’s the most informative blog in Fiji.

So, there we have it. Hopefully everything is clear. I wrote this using my 4G internet connection. Did you know 4G was invented in Fiji ?




  1. Tyler Tex Horton

    I could take offense to your Texan comment but I won’t 😉 good blog mate glad to see you are still having a great time!

    • Jonny Wilkins

      Thanks Tyler – my first Texan visitor from Colombia !! You are an exception to my very general generalisation. Hope all is good with you too !

  2. Ron

    Nice , but 1 important fact ,you got wrong…… Fijians are not Polynesian but Melanesian , just saying , they ,I think as a race originate from china or northern India , way before planes were invented.

    • Jonny Wilkins

      Hi Ron – there is archaeological evidence and genetic evidence for both, probably as a number of separate migrations over a period of time. You are right that the Melanesian migration most likely occuring earlier. Fiji, as it is now, was something of a melting pot since migrations were spread over time and in different directions, so it’s hard to classify Fijians as either distinctly Melanesian or Polynesian. Here’s an interesting link from the Oxford Journal of Molecular Biology and Evolution, it’s a few years old and this sort of data is constantly being updated. At the end of the day, we’re all related !!!


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