Suva Charm Awaits
Suva is the capital and indeed the heart of Fiji and its metropolitan area is home to almost half of Fiji’s population. It is the largest city in the South Pacific and serves as an important hub and regional centre, with an urban milieu that is rich in the culture and traditions from almost every Pacific Island.
Located on a peninsula some three kilometres wide and five kilometres long, it overlooks Laucala Bay to the east and Suva Harbour to the west. Most of the peninsula is hilly, with a narrow strip of land that runs beside the Harbour on the western edge of the town where you’ll find Suva’s main street, Victoria Parade, the home to many of the city’s restaurants, shops, clubs, historical buildings and also the Grand Pacific Hotel.
Suva cannot be defined by a single purpose. Visitors travel and stay in Suva for business, for schooling, for fun, to explore, as a stopover on a longer journey, or for a hundred other reasons. It is a destination unlike any other and offers an experience that constantly evolves from its greater Pacific influences.
Downtown is as diverse architecturally as the populace is culturally. A potpourri of historic and evocative colonial buildings, modern shopping plazas, abundant eateries and a breezy esplanade overlooking the harbour all form the compact central business district.
Small laneways and passages transport you to a city somewhere in India with curry houses, sari shops and bric-a-brac traders, whilst Bollywood and Hollywood square off at the local multiplex cinemas.
One of the great must visit attractions is the Suva Market. Within easy walking distance or just a few dollars taxi ride from Grand Pacific Hotel, this is probably the largest in the Pacific and a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning when it is at its bustling best.
Another attraction not to be missed is the Fiji Museum, located immediately adjacent to the hotel in Thurston Gardens, which tells the story of Fiji in its extensive and fascinating collection of artefacts and memorabilia.
Suva enjoys a tropical rainforest climate and, temperatures are relatively constant throughout the year, with an average high of about 28°C and an average low of about 22°C. It can also have somewhat unpredictable weather, but some of the most amazing sunsets that you will see anywhere.
Do make sure that you allow some time during your visit to this vibrant and bustling city to dip into it and discover its delights.