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Rotuma is an island in Fiji. Although it lies approximately 465 km to the north of the Fiji Islands, its culture is much more in common with Polynesian Tonga and Samoa than Melanesian Fiji. It is a volcanic island of approximately 43 km², with a few, much smaller, surrounding islands. The island has been politically part of Fiji since 1881. Because of their Polynesian appearance and distinctive language, Rotumans now constitute a recognizable minority group within Fiji. Rotuma’s population is 2,000 but twice as many Rotumans now live abroad (on the other islands of Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe) than live on the island, especially young people.
In 1985, over 85% of Rotumans voted against allowing organized tourism on their island, so to this day, although it is easy to visit, there are very few travellers on the island. Most travellers have either been invited or are expatriate Rotumans revisiting home. Visitors have to arrange accommodation with families.

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