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Vatoa
Vatoa
(pronounced [βaˈtoa]) (known as Turtle Island after Cook's visit) is an outlier of Fiji's Lau Group. Vatoa
Vatoa
was the only island of present-day Fiji
Fiji
visited by James Cook. The island was sighted on 2 July 1774. The next day, a Sunday, the Master and some of Cook's crew went ashore, "thinking to speak with the people not more than 20 in number who were Arm'd with Clubs and Spears, but the moment he set foot on Shore they retired, he left ashore some Medals, Nails and a Knife ..... Near the Reef were seen several Turtle which occasioned my giving that name to the Isle." Cook's chart shows the name Turtle Isle. Vatoa
Vatoa
has varied rainfall and is usually cool because of trade winds. The island has an area of 4.45 square kilometres (1.72 square miles) and rises to more than 50 metres (160 feet) above sea level. It is composed wholly of limestone (Koroqara Limestone, Tokalau Limestone Group), probably Late Miocene
Miocene
in age. There is one village, with population around 300. Interesting old fortifications occupy the highest part of the island. A noted son of Vatoa
Vatoa
is current Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Viliame Naupoto who once served as Director of Immigration and Deputy Commander of the Fiji
Fiji
Naval Forces. Coordinates: 19°49′S 178°15′W / 19.817°S 178.250°W / -19.817; -178.250

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Lau Islands

Northern Lau Islands

Cicia Kaibu Kanacea Mago Malima Munia Island Namalata Naitaba Nayau Tuvuca Vanua Balavu Vatu Vara Wailagi Lala Yacata

Southern Lau Islands

Aiwa Fulaga Kabara Komo Lakeba Moce Moka Namuka-i-Lau Ogea Driki Ogea Levu Olorua Oneata Vanua Vatu Vuaqava Yagasa Levu

Moala Islands

Matuku Island Moala Island Totoya

Outliers

Bacon Island Cakau Lasemarawa Doi Late-i-Toga Late-i-Viti Ono-i-Lau Tuvana-i-Colo Tuvana-i-Ra Vatoa Yanuca

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Islands of Fiji

Principal islands

Viti Levu Vanua Levu

Significant outliers

Conway Reef Kadavu Taveuni Rotuma

Archipelagos

Kadavu Group Lau Islands Lomaiviti Islands Mamanuca Islands Moala Islands Ringgold Isles Rotuma
Rotuma
Group Vanua Levu
Vanua Levu
Group Viti Levu
Viti Levu
Group Yasawa Islands

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