Suva is the capital of Fiji islands and is the main political and commercial center of the country. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in all of Oceania and is less conservative than the rest of Fiji. Suva has been the capital of the country since 1882 and became a major city under the British rule.
The city is very accessible from within and outside Fiji. You can take domestic and international flights regularly to get to Suva. Once in the city, taxis are very convenient to get around. You can also take the public buses to get around, as they are cheaper and well connected.
Suva’s local cuisines
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.
Activities 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.