Top 6 things to do in Suva

Visiter Suva

Visit Suva: What are the best things to see and do in one of Oceania’s most beautiful cities?

Suva is the capital of Fiji and the largest city in the South Pacific, with a population of almost 80,000. Situated on the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu, the largest in the archipelago, this former colonial capital has plenty of character and will appeal to all tourists visiting Suva: it has an international airport, all the essential shops, and this English colonial-style port city is striking for the striking contrast between tradition and modernity, all in one place.

Suva, a delightful seaside town open to the world despite its geographical isolation, is a destination of choice when visiting Oceania, particularly the volcanic archipelago of Fiji.

Wondering what to do in Suva during your stay? Here’s the answer with our 6 must-do’s to visit Suva and make the most of your stay here!

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1. Thurston Gardens

Thurston Gardens, Suva, Îles Fidji

Photo credit: Flickr – cnbtravels

Around 15 minutes’ walk from the town center, Thurston Gardens are simply Suva’s botanical gardens, but were renamed in honor of Fiji’s fifth governor, Sir John Bates Thurston.

Here, you can discover local flowers and varieties of sumptuous palm trees, as well as cool off in the shade: the park is a real refreshing break in a sometimes overheated city! There’s also the Fiji Museum, home to a collection of fascinating archaeological relics and many objects from the culture of the indigenous people. Culture buffs looking for something to do in Suva need look no further: admission costs Fijian $8, or less than €3!

2. Suva Market

The town’s municipal market is a must when visiting Suva: here, local producers come to offer their produce at ultra-reasonable prices, and the items are of the freshest quality. Many locals come here to buy fruit, vegetables, freshly-caught fish and succulent seafood, or simply to drink a coconut juice and chat about the rain and the weather, always in the good humor characteristic of the people of Oceania. The market, open from Monday to Saturday, is truly a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local population and discover the extraordinary kindness of the Fijian people.

3. Mount Tomanivi

Formerly known as Mount Victoria -Fiji being a former English colony-, Mount Tomanivi is a popular destination for backpackers and hikers visiting Suva: some 60 km north of the city, it is the highest point in Fiji, and therefore in Viti Levu. It’s part of a mountain range that cuts the island from north to south, and is ideal for those looking to hike or discover the wild beauty of this very special island.

Many tourists make the ascent via the main routes to the summit, and we can’t recommend it highly enough, with breathtaking views for the bravest! What’s more, the mountain’s deep valleys are the source of numerous rivers, all of them drinkable.

4. Colo-i-Suva forest park

Colo-I-Suva Forest Park

Photo credit: Flickr – Tim O’Shea

If your thirst for nature is still not satisfied, we suggest you visit the Colo-i-Suva park: located to the north of the city, this national park offers sublime hiking trails leading to waterfalls where you can swim and take unforgettable selfies! It’s also a popular spot for birdwatchers, as this totally unspoilt area is a reserve for the island’s sumptuous and often endemic birds.

Our advice: as the island – and Fiji in general – has an equatorial climate, with frequent heavy rains, we recommend that you bring a quality poncho to withstand the brief but intense rainy spells!

5. Pacific Harbour beach

Pacific Harbour Beach is an institution on the island of Viti Levu: located just a few dozen minutes from Suva, it is one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, with its crystal-clear waters. Although rather narrow, it’s long enough to accommodate the large number of visitors during the dry season looking for something to do in Suva! Here, you can picnic – barbecues are a staple of Fijian culture – in the company of locals, or take a horseback ride. Numerous typical bars line the beach, and resorts – resort-style hotels – are located at the ends of the beach. Ideal for a good time, alone or with the family!

6. Nukulau islet

If you’re looking to get off the beaten track in Suva, here’s an original idea: take a boat trip to explore theisland of Nukulau!

Ferries run to this islet off the coast of Suva at the very reasonable rate of Fijian $15 per passenger round trip, or… less than €7. Once you’re there, a janitor will ask you to hand over Fijian $2 to contribute to the upkeep of the island. In addition to picnicking at the many picnic spots on the beaches, you can also sleep here: it’s a popular place for backpackers to pitch their tents in this microscopic, unspoilt territory, totally devoid of shops! So it’s a great idea if you’re visiting Suva and want to get away from the main tourist routes.

How to get to Suva

The island of Viti Levu has two international airports – one of which is located some twenty kilometers from Suva – providing the island with regular connections to destinations all over the world. From France, you’ll need to allow for an average flight time of around 30 hours, including two or three stopovers and, for some airlines, an independent connection. And last but not least, as Fiji is as much a paradise as it is a popular destination, you’ll need to factor in a certain amount of money. To find a flight at the best price, consult the comparators like our partner Ulysse, which will select the cheapest tickets according to your departure dates.

Ferries, in the form of fast catamarans, also operate between Viti Levu and the various surrounding islands – including the Mamanucas archipelago and the Yasawas archipelago off the island’s west coast – and using this means of travel is ideal for those looking to visit Suva while enjoying a beautiful boat ride.

Buses and minibuses serve the different areas of Viti Levu but, because wandering around the various parts of the island is definitely one of the best things you can do when you’re looking for what to do in Suva, and the island is pretty spread out, many car rental agencies allow you to use a vehicle to wander around freely as soon as you arrive at the airport.

Where to stay in Suva

On the island of Suva, you’ll find several types of accommodation to choose from, depending on your desires and your budget. As the island of Viti Levu is very popular with tourists and has dozens of hotels, this is obviously the easiest and most flexible solution for the occasional traveller looking to visit Suva. You’ll find your ideal establishment by consulting the offers on this hotel comparator, whatever your requirements.

Young backpackers will appreciate the large number of guesthouses on offer in Suva, where they can indulge in the joys of surfing without blowing their budget! Finally, for the more adventurous, it’s possible to camp on the island during a trek, for example: but given the climate, which is often rainy whatever the time of year, it’s a safe bet that you’ll need a tent!

To find out where to stay in Suva, read our article  » Where to stay in Suva « !

Now you know how to make the most of Suva’s charms and take advantage of the best activities on offer in the South Pacific’s largest city. But which ones will tempt you?

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