Taveuni

Taveuni IslandTaveuni, Fiji
Taveuni (pronounced ) is the third-largest island in Fiji, after Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, with a total land area of 434 km2.wikipedia
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Fiji IslandsRepublic of FijiFijian
Taveuni (pronounced ) is the third-largest island in Fiji, after Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, with a total land area of 434 km2.
Some geothermal activity still occurs today, on the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

Cakaudrove Province

CakaudroveCakudrove ProvinceCaukadrove
It belongs to the Vanua Levu Group of islands and is part of Fiji's Cakaudrove Province within the Northern Division.
Cakaudrove is one of fourteen provinces of Fiji, and one of three based principally on the northern island of Vanua Levu, occupying the south-eastern third of the island and including the nearby islands of Taveuni, Rabi, Kioa, and numerous other islands in the Vanua Levu Group.

Vanua Levu Group

It belongs to the Vanua Levu Group of islands and is part of Fiji's Cakaudrove Province within the Northern Division.
Among the other island in the group, the most important is Taveuni.

Somosomo Strait

The cigar-shaped island, a massive shield volcano which rises from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, is situated 6.5 km to the east of Vanua Levu, across the Somosomo Strait.
The Somosomo Strait is the strait that separates Taveuni island and Vanua Levu in Fiji.

Qamea

To the north of Taveuni lie in close proximity the islands of Qamea and Matagi with their surrounding reef systems.
Qamea (pronounced ) is one of three islets lying to the east of Thurston Point on the island of Taveuni, Fiji, the others being Matagi and Laucala.

Mount Uluigalau

UluigalauUluigalau, Mount
About 150 volcanic cones dot the island, including Uluigalau, Fiji's second highest peak at 1,241 m, and Des Vœux Peak, next in height at 1,195 m. There have been at least 58 volcanic eruptions since the first human settlement around 950-750 BC, all of which affected the southern two-thirds of the island.
Mount Uluigalau is the highest mountain on the island of Taveuni in Fiji.

Matagi Island

Matagi
To the north of Taveuni lie in close proximity the islands of Qamea and Matagi with their surrounding reef systems.
It is one of three tiny volcanic islands grouped to the east of Thurston Point on the island of Taveuni, the others being Qamea and Laucala.

Somosomo

The largest urban area, however, comprises the twin villages of Somosomo and Naqara.
Somosomo is a chiefly village in Taveuni, which is the island where the International Date Line crosses on land in Fiji.

Tavoro Creek

Tavoro Creek, Somosomo Creek, Waimbula River and the islands most notable waterways.
Tavoro Creek is a river of Taveuni, Fiji.

Somosomo Creek

Tavoro Creek, Somosomo Creek, Waimbula River and the islands most notable waterways.
Somosomo Creek is a river of Taveuni, Fiji.

Waibula River

Waibula River (Taveuni)Waimbula River
Tavoro Creek, Somosomo Creek, Waimbula River and the islands most notable waterways.
Waimbula River (Taveuni) is a river of Taveuni, Fiji.

Vanua Levu

Sandalwood IslandVana LevuVanua Levu Island
Taveuni (pronounced ) is the third-largest island in Fiji, after Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, with a total land area of 434 km2.
The Paramount Chief, who is based on the nearby island of Taveuni, holds the title of Tui Cakau. Only two population centres - Labasa and Savusavu - have been incorporated as Towns.

Indo-Fijians

Indo-FijianFiji IndianIndian
As the traditional fiefdom of the Tui Cakau, one of Fiji's highest-ranked chiefs, Somosomo is regarded as the capital of the Tovata Confederacy, while Naqara, an Indo-Fijian settlement, is the island's commercial centre.
In January 1879, thirty-one Indians, who had originally been indentured labourers in Réunion, were brought from New Caledonia to Fiji under contract to work on a plantation in Taveuni.

Cyclone Ami

AmiSevere Tropical Cyclone Ami (2003)
In January 2003, Severe Tropical Cyclone Ami crossed the island.
Ami made its first landfall at Vanua Levu, before subsequently making another landfall on Taveuni.

Rainbow Reef

The Rainbow Reef and Vuna Reef are famous for diving and snorkeling, respectively.
The Rainbow Reef is a reef in the Somosomo Strait between the Fijian islands of Taveuni and Vanua Levu.

Medinilla waterhousei

tagimaucia
It occupies a volcanic crater at an altitude of 800 m, and is the habitat of the rare tagimaucia flower.
Medinilla waterhousei, commonly known as tagimaucia or tagimoucia (tahng-ee-mow-theea), is a species of flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae which is endemic to the highland rainforest of the Fijian island of Taveuni.

Taveuni beetle

Xixuthrus terribilis
Taveuni is also home to the Taveuni beetle, maroon shining parrot, Fiji goshawk, azure-crested flycatcher, Fiji white-eye, Fiji parrot finch, orange dove and the kula parrot, and the Australian magpie, introduced to control coconut pests, has proliferated on the island.
The Taveuni beetle (Xixuthrus terribilis) is known from the island of Taveuni in the Fiji, and is one of the largest living insect species, with specimens around 14 cm long, excluding legs, antennae, or mandibles.

Taveuni F.C.

TaveuniTaveuni Soccer Association
The Taveuni F.C. was founded in 1947.
It is based on the island of Taveuni.

180th meridian

180°antimeridianAnti-Meridian
Of interesting note is that the island of Taveuni crosses the east-west antimeridian so the "north-eastern" portion of the island is located at -179 degrees longitude and the south-western part at +179 degrees longitude.

Lau Islands

LauLau GroupLau Archipelago
In the late 1860s, the Tongan warlord Enele Ma'afu, who had conquered the Lau Islands, was defeated by the Tui Cakau's army in a skirmish at Somosomo.
The Northern Lau Islands, which extended as far south as Tuvuca, were under the overlordship of Taveuni and paid tribute to the Tui Cakau (Paramount Chief of Cakaudrove).

Fijian monkey-faced bat

MirimiriFiji flying fox
The critically endangered Fijian monkey-faced bat is found only on Taveuni.
It was discovered in old-growth cloud forest on Des Vœux Peak, the second highest mountain peak (1,195 m) on the island of Taveuni by William and Ruth Beckon in 1976, and is Fiji's only endemic mammal.

Maroon shining parrot

Red shining parrotProsopeia tabuensisred shining-parrots
Taveuni is also home to the Taveuni beetle, maroon shining parrot, Fiji goshawk, azure-crested flycatcher, Fiji white-eye, Fiji parrot finch, orange dove and the kula parrot, and the Australian magpie, introduced to control coconut pests, has proliferated on the island.
It is endemic to the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni in Fiji and was introduced to the islands of southern Tonga in prehistoric times.

Azure-crested flycatcher

blue-crested flycatcherMyiagra azureocapilla
Taveuni is also home to the Taveuni beetle, maroon shining parrot, Fiji goshawk, azure-crested flycatcher, Fiji white-eye, Fiji parrot finch, orange dove and the kula parrot, and the Australian magpie, introduced to control coconut pests, has proliferated on the island.
It is endemic to Fiji, where it is found on Taveuni.

Balaka seemannii

Ptychosperma seemannii
The flowering plant Balaka seemannii, which is endemic to Fiji, is found on the island.
Balaka seemannii is a species of flowering plant in the family Arecaceae that is endemic to Fiji; growing in mixed forests on Vanua Levu and Taveuni islands.

Fiji goshawk

Accipiter rufitorques
Taveuni is also home to the Taveuni beetle, maroon shining parrot, Fiji goshawk, azure-crested flycatcher, Fiji white-eye, Fiji parrot finch, orange dove and the kula parrot, and the Australian magpie, introduced to control coconut pests, has proliferated on the island.
It is endemic to Fiji, where it occurs on the larger islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu, Gau and Ovalau.