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Vanua Levu, the island Namale Fiji was built upon, was first sighted by Abel Tasman in 1643. Back then, it was known as Sandalwood Island because of the bountiful supply of sandalwood harvested from its dense forests. Shaped like an elongated crocodile, this island is the second-largest in Fiji and is surrounded by virgin waters that are teeming with marine life. In fact, the seas surrounding the island are home to the Namena Marine Reserve—a diving mecca.