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Suva, Fiji

The tropical paradise Suva lies on a beautiful peninsula on the Island of Viti Levu (pronounced Vee-tee Lay-vu), the largest island and the hub of the entire archipelago of Fiji. A city rich with colour, life, and exuberant energy, Suva is Fiji's most concentrated confluence of ethnicities and cultures, mixing Indian, European, Chinese and South Pacific Islands. The city centre is a jigsaw of colonial buildings, modern shopping plazas, abundant eateries and a breezy esplanade. Retaining a charm of its own, there are plenty of things to do in Suva to keep you busy during your visit.

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Suva, Fiji

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Sporting adventures

With pristine white beaches and crystal clear warm waters, one can only imagine the host of water sports available in and around Suva, Fiji. Venture to Bega Divers Fiji, a short drive outside the city and a team of experts can take you diving in the Bega Lagoon. For those yearning to catch the big waves, there is a surf break near the Suva lighthouse. Sailing is also a popular activity in Suva, with the Royal Suva Yacht Club located in Suva Harbour at Korovou

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

An excellent place to visit is the Fiji Museum on Ratu Cakobau Road. Full of exhibits and artefacts on display, this museum offers some wonderful insights into Fiji's rich and intriguing history, culture, people, languages and religions found here. The museum also takes a look at cannibalism in Fiji and the tribal conflicts and rivalry that often resulted in bloody feuds. There is a large striking drua on display here as well. A drua is a traditionally-built catamaran. On the first floor of the museum is an art gallery featuring local Indo-Fijian artists.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Journey outside city limits to the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, home to many of Fiji's rare and endangered plant and animal species. The sub-tropical rainforest features a number of tracks, which lead to a series of waterfalls.
  • The city has a number of parks and a few gardens that are worth a look. Albert Park, in the city centre has set the stage for many national-historical events and Thurston Gardens is the city’s main botanical garden.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Food in Fiji is just as diverse as the residents that call Fiji home. Though Fijian curry is the Island's delight, you'll still find the city dotted with restaurants that offer many different cuisines and dining experiences. For a taste of Fijian cuisine that will excite your taste buds, try meals that include kakoda, rourou, duruka, lovo, kassaua and breadfruit.

Shopping for Bargains

Head to the Municipal Handicraft Centre and peruse rows filled with Fijian wooden carvings, straw goods and Fijian handicraft souvenirs. Don't be afraid to test out your negotiating skills with the shop owners to haggle a better price.

Local Currency

The Fijian Dollar (FJD) is the official currency of Fiji. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.

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