At around 18 million years old, MANGAIA is the most ancient island in the Pacific. It's not a beautiful island in the usual sense, but it is an island of great beauty. And tourists from the UK can expect a particularly warm welcome from residents who still call themselves British!
Excitement is mounting as the Islands prepare to celebrate 50 years as a self-governing nation
WHAT'S ON IN JULY
4: House of Ariki public holiday TE MAEVA NUI (Constitution celebrations): 23: Official opening, National Stadium
24: Float parade, Avarua town
25-3 Aug: Music and dance performances
26: Church and choir performances
27: Trade Day 2015 calendar