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Suva (population 141,000) is the capital of Fiji.

Understand

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.

Get in

Get around

Use a taxi as they are affordable and easy to access.

See

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!


The Fiji Museum. Costs appx $5 FJ, a nice place to get the history of Fiji and see artifacts from all around the South Pacific.

Do

Make sure you see a local rugby match if possible.

Buy

Eat

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.

  • Singh's Curry House, Corner of Gordon Street & Victoria Parade, Suva. Sells cheap and delicious authentic Fijian curry. Eat in or takeaway.

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.

  • Ashiyana. A good Indian restaurant.
  • Suva does have several western fast-food outlets available including McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
  • Fr, Queen Elizabeth Drive (Just down from Suva Grammar School). The best fish & chips in town. The location also features a bar and a coffee shop. $8-10 FJD.
  • Scott's, Southern Cross Hotel. High-end European cuisine. The best steaks in town.


Drink

Sleep

  • Holiday Inn Suva, Victoria Parade, (679) 330 1600 (fax: (679) 330 0251), [1]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Approx. $FJ 340.
  • Tanoa Plaza Suva Hotel (Tanoa Plaza Suva), (679) 331 2300 (, fax: (679) 330 1300), [3]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: 11AM. Doubles: $FJ 210.


  • Colonial Lodge, (fax: (679) 330 1300). Big dorm room, but very enjoyable/familiar atmosphere and also some long-term guests. Breakfast incuded and dinner possible. Definitly a nice place to stay longer and socialize.

Stay safe

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.

Cope

Embassies

Get out

  • Nadi is 3 hours drive away towards the west of the island. Coral Sun run air-conditioned buses twice a day between Suva and Nadi (7.30AM and 4PM) also stopping by request at the resorts along the way. Buses depart outside the Holiday Inn in Suva and from the airport in Nadi. Costs $20 one way. Ph. (679) 672 3105
  • Pacific Harbour is a 45 minute drive from Suva (towards Nadi).This is the adventure capital of Fiji offering Scuba diving, snorkeling, cultural tours etc. There are shops, cafes, a championship golf course, a man made beach called the Tiki pools and a big cultural centre. There is a range of accommodation here including private villas, backpackers and apartments. [5]
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