Gau (pronounced [ˈŋau]) is an island belonging to Fiji's Lomaiviti
Archipelago. Located at 18.00° S and 179.30 °E, it covers an area of
136.1 square kilometers, with a total shoreline of 66.3 kilometers,
making it the 5th largest island in the Fijian archipelago. Its
maximum altitude is 738 meters.
A 5,200 hectares (13,000 acres) area covering the entire forested
interior (just over 50% of the entire island) is the Gau Highlands
Important Bird Area. It contains populations of the critically
Fiji petrel, and vulnerable Shy Ground-dove and Collared
Fiji petrel nesting habitat on the island contributes
to its national significance as outlined in Fiji's Biodiversity
Strategy and Action Plan.
It has one airstrip at Lovu at the southern tip of the island, which
receives planes from Nausori International Airport.
A marine research facility was established on Naviavia beach on the
western coast of Gau in 2005 by UK based
NGO Frontier, commissioned by
Dr. Joeli Veitayaki of the University of South Pacific, a native of
Malawai on the eastern coast.
Rugby sevens legend and former player-coach of the Fijian national
Waisale Serevi is a native of Qarani, a large village to
the north-west, which also contains a post office and nursing station.
^ "BirdLife Data Zone". datazone.birdlife.org. Retrieved 29 May
^ Ganilau, Bernadette Rounds (2007).
Fiji Biodiversity Strategy and
Action Plan (PDF). Convention on Biological Diversity.
pp. 107–112. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
Coordinates: 18°4′S 179°19.99′E / 18.067°S
179.33317°E / -18.067; 179.33317
Islands of Fiji
Vanua Levu Group
Viti Levu Group
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