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Suva (population 141,000) is the capital of Fiji.
Suva is on southeast coast of the "main island" of Fuji, Viti Levu. Suva became the capital of Fiji in 1877. Fiji's tallest building, the Reserve Bank of Fiji Building, is in Suva.
The Fiji School of Medicine and one of the three campuses of the University of the South Pacific are in Suva.
Suva tends to be the major commercial and political centre of Fiji, which Nadi is the major tourist centre.
Use a taxi as they are affordable and easy to access.
Suva Municipal Market Right in Suva town are these fruit and vegetable markets. Sells all kinds of different tropical fruit and veges. Municipal Handicraft Centre To the left of the fruit and vege markets are the Suva handicraft markets. Rows full of Fijian wooden carvings, straw goods and Fijian handicraft souvenirs. Don't be afraid to barter with the shop owners for a better price!
Make sure you see a local rugby match if possible.
The Indian influence from the significant population in Suva is evident in the food. The Indian food is town is authentic, tasty, and good value.
For something upscale, try a restaurant inside one of the fancier Suva hotels, such as the Tanoa Plaza, the Southern Cross, or the Holiday Inn. For a quick economical meal in pleasant surroundings, go to the food court upstairs at the Harbour Centre and choose from a great variety of local and Chinese dishes (and you get to look before you buy) and sit and enjoy the view, or get a sack of fish and chips and sit by the waterfront or at the botanical garden.
Suva is a friendly city however do be very careful of pickpockets and thieves. Be very wary of people who approach you asking for your name and where you're from. They often want to lead you to a shop and then try to sell you some overpriced souvenirs they have handcraft themselves. Prices for their goods are very overpriced and you are not obliged to purchase anything from them. Do not let anyone lead you off to another location to see something such as a ship from your country, this is an attempt to isolate you and put you in a weak position, it will result in an attempted scam or outright robbery-remember as anywhere else, offers of anything free are probably anything but free, even in friendly Fiji.