Suva, the South Pacific’s largest city and Fiji’s capital, is the thriving and exciting urban heart of Fiji. The city has all the contemporary touches and facilities you’d expect from a modern mecca, from shopping centres and restaurants to nightlife and entertainment that showcases Fiji’s unique and fascinating culture.
With museums, temples, gardens, and colonial buildings added to the mix, you can be sure that there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city.
The port of Suva is the largest port in the region. It’s both a passenger and a container port, so don’t be surprised by the exciting and fast-paced atmosphere when you disembark.
Suva and its port are located on the island of Viti Levu’s southeast coast. The port sits within a harbour, so passengers will almost instantly find themselves in the heart of Suva once they leave the ship. The city is built on a peninsula that stretches into the South Pacific Ocean. The port of Suva is conveniently located just a 5 to 10 minute walk from the centre of the city.
The infrastructure of Suva’s port is the best of any of the ports in the South Pacific. It includes three separate wharfs with the cruise terminal located at Kings Wharf. Facilities at the port itself are rather limited, but this is not an issue thanks to the port’s close proximity to the city.
Facilities nearby in the city include:
- Shopping centres
- Banks/money exchanges.
How to Get Around
Many of the city’s highlights are easy to get to with a short walk from the harbour. If your itinerary includes any destinations further out from the city centre, taxis are plentiful and readily available. It is advisable to agree on the cost with the driver before setting off, though fares are generally very reasonable.
Alternatively, there are bus services within the city that regularly take locals and tourists alike between several suburbs.
Private hire care is the most advisable option for any travel further inland beyond the city of Suva.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 20 minute journey to Suva Market
- It is a 32 minute journey to Victoria Parade
- It is a 40 minute journey to the Fiji Museum.
- It is a 4 minute journey to Suva Market
- It is a 6 minute journey to Victoria Parade
- It is a 7 minute journey to the Fiji Museum.
- Currency - The currency used in Suva is the Fijian dollar. Notes are available in $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations and coins are available in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations.
- Time Zone – Suva is on Vanuatu Time, which is is 12 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). From early November to mid-January, Fiji swaps to Fiji Summer Time, which is another hour ahead (UTC+13:00).
- Weather – The weather in Suva is typically moderate and humid, given its tropical geography. Average temperatures range from 27 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius, depending on whether you visit during the warm season (November to April) or the cooler season (May to October). Showers in Suva are common and heavy, but also usually brief.
- Fiji Museum - Containing one of the most diverse and significant collections in all of Fiji, the Fiji Museum is an excellent destination for tourists eager to learn more about the island’s social, political and cultural history. There’s all manner of exhibits, from the whale-tooth necklaces of tribal chiefs to the chewed shoes of an unfortunate missionary. The museum is located alongside Thurston Gardens, a small but beautiful park full of well-kept native flora.
- Victoria Parade - Suva is a popular destination for retail therapy, with generous opening hours and all manner of goods available – jewellery, electronics, souvenirs, art, and fashion to name a few. Victoria Parade in particular is home to some fantastic boutique stores and international chains. This is a great location for partygoers as the strip turns into a nightclub district after night falls.
- Suva Curio & Handicraft Market - Located just a short walk south of Kings Wharf, the Suva Curio & Handicraft Market is a vast teeming market full of all things local and handmade. While there are a few stalls selling mass-produced souvenirs, savvy shoppers can find genuine Fijian artwork, carvings, mats, bowls and other handmade local crafts in the bustling aisles. Be prepared to barter in order to get the best price.
- Colo-i-Suva Forest Park - Escape the heat and bustle of Suva in this 2.5 square kilometre lush rainforest park, just half an hour out of the city. There’s over 6.5 kilometres of walking trails through the jungle, most passing by the Lower Pools, a network of cool, inviting swimming holes. The park is teeming with exotic birdlife including stunning sulphur-breasted musk parrots, golden doves and Fiji goshawks.