The Islands were a British Colony until 1970. Since then a number of coups have destabilized and restabilized Fiji.
Blessed with a beautiful climate, Fiji also has forests, fishing, and mining. The biggest income generators are sugar production and tourism. The European Union recently withdrew Fiji's favored nation subsidies unti lfree elections are held.
The gardens pictured are from the grounds of the Sheraton Denaru. Denaru is an island complex of luxury hotels much frequented by Australians and New Zealanders and some Americans.
The hotels have in common balconies that provide restful views of pools, ocean, and flowering gardens.