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Once notorious as the "Cannibal Isles," Fiji is now the colorful crossroads of the South Pacific. Of the 322 islands that make up the Fiji group, more than 100 are inhabited by a rich mixture of Melanesians, Indo-Fijians, Polynesians, Micronesians, Chinese, and Europeans, each group with a cuisine and culture of their own. Here Melanesia mixes with Polynesia, ancient India with the Pacific, and tradition with the modern world. Fijians preserve an amazing variety of traditional customs and crafts, such as the presentation of the whale's tooth, fish driving, turtle calling, tapa beating, and pottery making.”
Since 1979 David Stanley has authored numerous travel guidebooks to the Pacific Islands, Alaska, Canada, Cuba, and Eastern Europe for Lonely Planet and Moon Handbooks. His travels have taken him to 187 of the 193 United Nations member countries.