Welcome to Fiji’s capital and the largest and most populated city in the South Pacific. Unlike its more far-flung islands, Suva offers a buzzing cosmopolitan atmosphere, brimming with colonial buildings, modern shopping plazas, a plethora of restaurants, farmers markets and entertainment, culminating in a truly exotic urban metropolis. Delve into the rich and diverse cultural influences that thrive here; a wonderful blend of Indian, Fijian, Chinese and Japanese culture. Full of history, Suva is well worth a visit when you land in Nadi before moving onto the other islands, to find out more about the island nation itself; from its remnants of colourful colonial architecture to the Fiji Museum showcasing the archaeological, linguistic, political and cultural history of the Fijian archipelago. For the foodies, Suva offers an eclectic range of dining spaces, from affordable cafes and hangouts, to fine dining restaurants. As the day turns to night, Suva boasts an admirable selection of bars and clubs, with the O’Reillys bar reigning as a popular spot amongst locals and visitors.
For exploring the city, the Tropic Towers Apartments couldn’t be more convenient and affordable; great for families, business travellers, tour groups or holidaymakers, this is the perfect base from which to soak up all of the cultural, historical and cosmopolitan experiences you’re sure to have here. Convenience is the name of the game here, and Holiday Inn in Suva not only boasts harbour views, but is just steps away from the best of the city’s attractions. For those looking for an added grand touch, the captivating Grand Pacific Hotel gives guests a taste of colonial grandeur and impeccable service and is widely recognised as a gem of the South Pacific, delivering the wonder of old-world charm. There’s something for everyone in Suva.
Local rugby matches can be a lot of fun, so try to catch one when you visit. Participating, however, might not be a good idea because you could get hurt unless you know what you are doing. If you want something less rough, you can head to the golf course for a round, or one of the many swimming pools for a relaxing swim.
You can catch local, Bollywood and Hollywood movies at the Damodar Theater at a very low cost and enjoy air conditioning if you want to get away from warm afternoons on the street. Beach and beachside activities are not very common and easily available.
For shopping, you can check out either the municipal market or visit one of the many flea markets around the city. They offer interesting and beautiful good at great prices, but you will have to bargain a lot before buying to ensure you are not being overcharged.
The local cuisines has strong Indian and Chinese influences that are evident from the cuisines and the number of restaurants with these cuisines on their menu. A good chuck of the population in the city is India, and their influence on the restaurant culture does not go unnoticed. From street and small food places like Singh’s Curry House, to more upscale restaurants like Ashiyana and Maya Dhaba, there are a lot of places to get authentic and tasty Indian food.
Scott’s is known for its steaks, which are considered to be the best in all of Suva. It serves high end European cuisine. There are places where you can buy excellent fish and chips, bistros with all day breakfast menus, and coffee shops with great snacks and finger foods. If you are looking for something less expensive, head to the food courts at Tapoo and MHCC. They have a good variety in cuisines and are very affordable. McDonalds also makes its presence felt in the city with two outlets.
Suva is a very vibrant and interesting city that seamlessly blends local culture with modernisation. Some of the major attractions that you cannot afford to miss while in Suva:
Fiji Museum is a well-appointed museum with a detailed history of the city and the country for history buffs. The building also has artifacts collected over the years from all over the South Pacific region.
Nabalesere Waterfalls is just a short hike away from the city and can be a welcome break from the tropical heat. There are professional guides who can take you there and back.
Colo-I-Suva Forest Park is a little green haven in the city. You have to move inland to see this beauty. Hiking and walking trails crisscross the park and you will be able to hear and spot a number of tropical birds. There are natural pools where you can go for a swim.
You can also visit the Parliament Building and the Sacred Heart Cathedral which are known for their majesty and beauty.