Set in a tropical paradise with inviting beaches and glorious countryside all around, Suva is a bustling national capital with all of the conveniences and attractions that a city needs, without being overwhelming.
The city itself is full of surprises, from the vibrant fruit and vegetables market (which also sells superb Fijian handicrafts), to the Fiji Museum, which tells the national story and has gathered together an engaging collection of items from across the Pacific region. Visitors can also catch a rugby match – a very popular sport in Fiji, and there are all of the cinemas and shops that you would expect from a major city.
Another great thing about the city is its multicultural roots. Many of the local people descend from Indian migrants who arrived in the 19th century, bringing with them their food culture. This means that the city is dotted with excellent Indian restaurants.
However, most people who travel to Suva will want to get out and see the country of Fiji in all of its beauty. Rent a car and make the easy journey down the coast to the town of Nadi which offers plenty of beaches and places to relax in the tropical sun. The more adventurous will also want to visit Pacific Harbour, a resort which specializes in activities like scuba diving, has a wonderful man-made beach and an excellent golf course as well.
Eco-tours of Fiji’s highlands can also be arranged from Suva and make for a fascinating window into local culture. Head up to sites like Nalesutale to visit the thermal springs, try horse riding, visit local temples and take guided treks through pristine rainforests.
Hiking is another great attraction of Fiji’s highlands, and Suva is the ideal base for a walking holiday like no other. Take a trip to the Colo-i-Suva reserve where you can hike to scenic waterfalls and pass by local villages in the glorious Fijian weather.
As a tropical destination, Fiji has distinct wet and dry seasons. The peak tourist period occurs during the dry season (July to September) when you can expect mild, bright weather. Wet season is generally warmer and more humid, while the weather is extremely unreliable. Try visiting in April or May, or in October for bargain accommodation and good weather.
Taxis are extremely cheap and plentiful, and as long as you work out a fare before travelling, they will be the best way to navigate the streets of Suva. However, buses are also available (and even cheaper). Renting a car provides better access to the coast, as the best beaches are around 45 minutes from the capital by road.