Monuriki Island (Fiji)

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Australia - New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Islands

-17.60808 S, 177.03333 E

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Monuriki is an uninhabited small island located in the Pacific Ocean, off Viti Levu's coast in a group of islands famous as Mamanuca Islands. Monuriki Island is of volcanic origin. It is approximately 1 km (0.62 miles) long and 600 m (660 yd) wide. Its land area is about 0.4 km2 (0.15 ml2) surrounded by a coral reef on all sides. The highest point of Monuriki Island is 178 m (584 feet). It is part of Atolls islands and relates to a group of 3 islets in the bigger group of Fiji Islands, named "Mamanuca". The islet, which is surrounded by coral reef, also includes lagoons, volcanic rocks and several small beaches.

Following the Mutiny on the Bounty on April 28, 1789 William Bligh sailed through the open area of northern Fiji Islands, and on his way to Kupang became the first European to visit several Fiji group's islands, which is why the sea area north of Fiji island of Viti Levu (crossed here and in Monuriki), is named "Bligh Water".

Monuriki Island was the filming location for 2000 film by Robert Zemeckis, Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, plane wrecked protagonist. Following the release of the film, the island became a popular tourist attraction. In the plot, the island is described as being situated "about 600 miles south of the Cook Islands," though there is no land between southernmost Cook Islands of Mangaia and Antarctica. During the production, over one hundred people in the film team lived on Monuriki.

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