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Suva, Fiji Islands

Suva is the capital of Fiji.

Suva is on the southeast coast of the "main island" of Fiji, 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 center of Fiji, and Nadi is the major tourist center.

While the dress is less conservative in the city than the villages, women should dress fairly modestly (ie shirts for men, no bare stomachs for women).

Climate

Suva features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification. The city sees a copious amount of precipitation during the course of the year, with no true dry season due to no month having an average rainfall below 60 mm (2 in). Suva... Read more

Suva, Fiji Islands

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Suva is the capital of Fiji.

Suva is on the southeast coast of the "main island" of Fiji, 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 center of Fiji, and Nadi is the major tourist center.

While the dress is less conservative in the city than the villages, women should dress fairly modestly (ie shirts for men, no bare stomachs for women).

Climate

Suva features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification. The city sees a copious amount of precipitation during the course of the year, with no true dry season due to no month having an average rainfall below 60 mm (2 in). Suva averages 3,000 mm (118.11 inches) of precipitation annually with its driest month, July averaging 125 mm (4.92 in). In fact, during all 12 months of the year, Suva receives substantial precipitation, such that the term "fine weather" in a weather report simply means "not actually raining". Like many other cities with a tropical rainforest climate, temperatures are relatively constant throughout the year, with an average high of about 28 °C (82 °F) and an average low of about 22 °C (72 °F).

Suva has markedly higher rainfall than Nadi and the western side of Viti Levu, which is known to Suva citizens as "the burning west". The second Governor of Fiji, Sir Arthur Gordon, allegedly remarked that it rained in Suva like he had seen nowhere else before and that there was hardly a day without rain. The most copious rainfall is observed from November to May, while the slightly cooler months from June to October are considerably drier.


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Suva, Fiji Islands: Port Information


Your cruise liner will dock at the port. The city center is within walking distance (5-10 minutes).

Get around Suva, Fiji Islands


Use a taxi as they are affordable and easy to access. The local buses are also straightforward and cost very cheap. 

What to see in Suva, Fiji Islands


Suva Municipal Market Right in Suva town.. 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 bargain with the shop owners for a better price!

The Fiji Museum a nice place to get the history of Fiji and see artifacts from all around the South Pacific.

What to do in Suva, Fiji Islands


Make sure you see a local rugby match if possible.

Hike to waterfalls, swim in the pools and fling off the rope swing at Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve.

There are very little beach-related pastimes in Suva, though there are some beaches used by locals on the east side of the peninsula. If you want to lie by a pool by the seaside, your best bet is to have lunch at the Holiday Inn then use their pool.

The local cinema (the Damodar next to Tapoo) plays current Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters. Tickets are relatively inexpensive. Buy tickets on the right-hand side of the building before going in. The theatres are air-conditioned so are a good way to pass a hot afternoon.

What to eat and drink in Suva, Fiji Islands


Eat

The Indian influence from the significant population in Suva is evident in the food. Indian food in 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 take away.  

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.
  • Maya Dhaba. This is more up-market than Ashiyana but has great food. The prawns Malabar, butter chicken, and naan bread are good bets here.
  • 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. 
  • Scott's, Southern Cross Hotel. High-end European cuisine. The best steaks in town.  
  • Palm Court Bistro, QBE Centre, Victoria parade (next o ANZ Bank building), ☎ 9962251. 7 am-5 pm. Outdoor Cafe, relaxed atmosphere. Palm Court Bistro has an all-day breakfast menu, however, they are renowned for their freshly made sandwiches made to order from the sandwich bar. 
  • Bulaccinos. This is a western style coffee shop with excellent food. They make the best bread on the island, which can be purchased to take away. Open for breakfast and lunch only.

There are food courts at the top of MHCC and Tapoo. They offer excellent value for money and can be very good.

Suva does have several western-style fast-food outlets available, including two McDonald's.

Drink

  • Fr or Fringing Reef, Queen Elizabeth Drive (Just down from Suva Grammar School). This bar and coffee shop is situated literally on the water and has a view that matches its location. Sometimes fish & chips and other food is available from the kitchen. The location is also accessible by walking along the sea-wall path.

Shopping in Suva, Fiji Islands


Besides handicrafts, tourist t-shirts, and bula shirts, interesting shopping is fairly limited. 

Safety in Suva, Fiji Islands


Suva is a friendly city, but there are some pickpockets and thieves. Avoid people who approach you asking for your name and country. They often want to lead you to a shop and then try to sell you overpriced souvenirs they might have hand-made themselves. Goods sold by these people are very overpriced -- tourists are strongly not advised to purchase anything from these places.

Do not let anyone lead you off to another location to see something such as a ship from your country as this is a scam to isolate you and put you in a weak position. You may later encounter something such as a robbery. Offers of anything free are probably not, even in friendly Fiji.

Language spoken in Suva, Fiji Islands


English, Fijian and Hindi are the official languages.

LOCAL TIME

2:32 am
November 18, 2019
Pacific/Fiji

CURRENT WEATHER

20 °C / 68 °F
broken clouds
Sun

22.89 °C/73 °F
light rain
Mon

23.41 °C/74 °F
overcast clouds
Tue

23.66 °C/75 °F
overcast clouds
Wed

23.64 °C/75 °F
overcast clouds

LOCAL CURRENCY

FJD

1 USD = 0 FJD
1 EUR = 0 FJD
1 GBP = 0 FJD
1 AUD = 0 FJD
1 CAD = 0 FJD

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