The Capital of Fiji 

 

No one expects an urban metropolis in the South Pacific, because their mind wanders to deserted beaches and overgrown jungles, but Fiji's capital Suva offers both. 

Just a stone's throw away from some of the world's most beautiful natural wonders, Suva is a thriving city filled with fashionable shopping outlets and organic farmer’s markets, that manages to preserve that distinctly Fijian culture of friendliness and hospitality. Apart from the modern conveniences, Suva is home to a superb display of colonial architecture along with expansive parks, informative museums and a host of outdoor activities. The fun doesn't stop once the sun goes down as Suva is renowned in the region for its vibrant and eclectic nightlife. This South Pacific capital will sweep away even the most sheltered of souls into a mix of culture, cuisine, song and dance that will entrance your senses and intrigue your mind.

Nadi VS Suva Airports

Whilst Suva is Fiji’s capital city, 96% of international travellers will arrive in Fiji via Nadi International Airport. Nausori Airport at Suva is the second International Airport in Fiji and a popular domestic hub for the South Pacific. There are a small number of regional international connections including weekly flights to Nuku’alofa and Funafuti, in addition to domestic shuttles connecting the main island of Viti Levu to Vanua Levu (Fiji’s second largest island).

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Highlights of Suva

In the heart of a tropical paradise, Suva is a cosmopolitan delight that blends the very best in modern luxuries of shopping outlets and farmer’s markets, with the quintessential Fijian natural beauty in the form of its iconic gardens.
 

Suva Municipal Market

Suva Municipal Market is your destination for all fruits of a tropical variety. Back home, you might have had to be content with a slightly off punnet of berries for your vitamin C. Not in Fiji, where delicious, juicy fruits are so abundant, it's hard not to take it for granted. Apart from the wares, the Suva Market is the centre of Fijian life and worth visiting just to soak up the atmosphere. Locals come to gossip, catch up with friends and enjoy the weather. Don't be shy in approaching, Fijians will always greet you with a special warmth and

 

Majestic Gardens

One common criticism of cities is there is too much concrete and not enough nature. That's one problem you never have to deal with in Suva with its stunning assortment of curated gardens. Thurston Gardens, home to European plant and tree life and indigenous tropical flora, is a must-visit even if you don’t have a green thumb. If you prefer gardens with a historical element, add Albert Park to your itinerary. This was the site of aviator, Charles Kingsford Smith's landing on the longest leg of his historic Trans-Pacific flight from Hawaii to Fiji in 1928.

 

Colo-i-Suva Forest Park

Escape from the hustle and bustle to find peace and tranquillity at Colo-i-Suva, one of Fiji’s most renowned national heritage parks, only 10 minutes away from the city. Surrounded by a spectacular rainforest and rushing rivers, this scenic oasis is teeming with tropical flora and fauna waiting to be explored. Venture out to the park for a hiking trek or simply enjoy a delightful picnic under the lush canopy of trees. Buses to the park leave Suva bus station every half hour with average fares around FJ$ 2.
 


More Things to Do in Suva

 

Fiji Parliament House

You might expect this to be just another bureaucratic building, but Fiji's Parliament was built with striking indigenous influences that permeate the entire design. The building itself is modelled off a Fijian family home, complete with airy corridors, masi cloths draped along the walls and sculptures dotted around the facility. Tours are free but must be arranged in advance so visit the website for more information.
 

 

Fiji Museum

Understanding the Fijian locals starts with learning about their history and there's no better place to do that than the Fiji Museum. Boasting an incredible collection of archaelogical material and cultural objects, some dating back 3700 years, this museum is a must-visit in Suva. Don't miss out on the chance to see the gigantic Ratu Finau, Fiji's last remaining double-hulled canoe at over 13 metres long.

 

 

Handicraft Center

There’s no better place to sort out your souvenir needs than at Suva’s Handicraft Center. Situated in the Central Business District, this buzzing marketplace is an absolute haven for those looking to purchase Fijian and Island artefacts and handicrafts. Take a little piece of Fiji back home with you with the wide range of cultural items on offer, including kava bowls, grass skirts, Fijian cloths and drums – all at bargain prices too.
 


Where to Stay in Suva

Suva has a plethora of options when it comes to accommodation. Whether you're in the mood for a sociable, backpacker hostel or want to be pampered to the nth degree at a five-star resort, Suva has got you covered.

Food & Drink in Suva

As Fiji's capital, Suva has plenty of options for dining so don't feel restricted to resort-based facilities. Famed for its take on Indian and Chinese cuisines, Suva will excite your tastebuds. After your sumptuous meal, check out the trendy bars in the area for a delicious cocktail or two.
Governors Museum Themed Restaurant, Suva

Ask any local about the dining hotspot in town and they're likely to answer 'Governors'. The restaurant, a converted colonial bungalow, is a tribute to Fiji's magical maritime history with delightfully fresh seafood to match.

Daikoku, Suva

Although its origins are humble, this small Japanese joint has made a name for itself for exquisite food. Specialising in Teppanyaki, Daikoku has become so popular with locals that reservations are required several days in advance. The tempura prawns and sashimi are two of the must-try dishes.

Restaurant 88, Suva

Yum cha for many of us is treated like a ritual and the best place for it in Suva has to be Restaurant 88. The local Chinese community can't get enough of this place, famed for its authentic cuisine including deep fried squid, steamed buns and BBQ pork.

Maya Dhaba, Suva

Indo-Fijian fusion is a unique cuisine that blends the spices of India with the produce of Fiji and this is the best place in town to try it! Boasting authentic curries, naan and roti, it's easy to see why locals and tourists rave that Maya Dhaba serves up the best Indian food they've ever tasted.


How to Get to & Around Suva

There are several ways to get to and around Suva upon arrival at Nadi International Airport including airport shuttles, taxis, rental cars and buses. 

Some hotels in Suva may also offer complimentary resort transfers and connection services, so be sure to check when booking.
Airport Shuttles
& Charters

Airport Shuttle Fiji operate a 24-hour transfer service between Nadi International Airport and Suva. Airport transfer rates start at FJ$ 228 for one way and FJ$ 410 for return trips.

Taxi

Yellow Taxis are the official airport taxi fleet and can be found outside the arrivals terminal. The starting rate for any journey out of the Nadi International Airport is FJ $5 and a ride to Suva will fare around FJ $200.

Car Hire

A number of international car hire companies (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty) have desks at Nadi International Airport where you can arrange a rental before you head to your accommodation. All operators have online advance booking with options to pick up and drop off vehicles at different locations.

Local bus

Local bus services operate outside the Airport International Arrivals terminal, with trips from Nadi to Suva - simply flag one down. Choose from either Pacific Transport or Sunbeam Fiji, each offering about a dozen trips a day, with frequent schedules to Suva and along the coast.


Practical Travel Tips for Suva

Taxi Meter

When travelling in a taxi, always ask for the meter to be switched on and make sure you can clearly see it.

Souvenirs

Pick up your souvenirs in Suva as it is well-known for its authentic gifts at a fraction of the cost of other regions of Fiji.



Find your flight

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