Western Division, Fiji

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Map of Fiji showing Western division.

The Western Division of Fiji is one of Fiji's four divisions. It consists of three provinces in western/northern Viti Levu, namely Ba, Nadroga-Navosa and Ra. [1] The largest city is Lautoka.

It also includes a few outlying islands, including the Yasawa Islands, Viwa Island, and Mamanuca Islands. It has a land border with the Central Division on Viti Levu, and sea borders with the Northern Division and Eastern Division.

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Nadroga-Navosa Province Place in Viti Levu, Nadroga-Navosa

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Ra Province

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References

  1. "Fiji (map)" (PDF). Department of Field Support. UN. August 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2013.

Coordinates: 18°00′S177°30′E / 18.000°S 177.500°E / -18.000; 177.500