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Explore Suva, Fiji Islands

Suva is the capital of Fiji and is a harbor city built on a peninsula reaching out into the sea. It has a mix of modern buildings and traditional colonial architecture. It's perched on a hilly peninsula between Laucala Bay and Suva Harbor in the southeast corner of Viti Levu. Suva had a population of roughly 85,691. It’s Fiji's main port city - the commercial and political hub of Fiji as well as the largest urban area in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand.

The mountains north and west catch the southeast trade winds, producing moist conditions year-round. Noted for its considerable rainfall, it has a markedly higher rainfall than Nadi and the western side of Viti Levu, which is known to Suva citizens as "the burning west."

  • Swim or snorkel sparkling South Pacific waters on your Fiji island cruise.
  • See traditional fire-walkers from Beqa Island.
  • Be a castaway on Monuriki Island, where Tom Hanks’ Castaway was filmed.
  • Enjoy international restaurants and boutique shopping in Nadi.
  • Climb the dunes in Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

A South Pacific nation of more than 330 islands, Fiji has a treasure trove of things to do and see. You can climb a giant sand dune, watch traditional Fijian dances, hike to rainforest waterfalls, and explore the radiant deep seas. Or simply sit back and soak in the beauty of one of the world’s tropical Edens on Fiji cruises.

  • Browse the stalls of fragrant flowers, spices, and fruits at the Suva Municipal Market.
  • Enjoy the famous Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef in Taveuni.
  • Visit actor Raymond Burr’s lush and colorful private garden.
  • Sample the calming local kava, a milky drink made from a plant root.
  • Hike to the Bouma waterfall on Taveuni Island.

Fun Facts

  • Traditional Fijian feasts, called lovo, feature a whole roast pig wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an earth oven over hot stones for several hours.
  • During traditional dance performances, islanders wear costumes of printed bark cloth called tapa with complex geometric designs.
  • Only about 100 of Fiji's 300-plus islands are inhabited.

Beyond the Port Area

This nation’s heady cultural stew shows up in its traditional fire-walking ceremonies, which you can witness via Pacific Harbour Cultural Extravaganza excursion. Get a feel for the culture by tasting its Indian restaurants, and visiting the Chinese supermarkets found in Suva, the capital on Viti Levu Island, where your Carnival cruise to Fiji docks. On Fiji’s main island, you can experience the rich history of the island on a guided tour with Sightseeing Historic Suva. Walk on endless miles of windswept, undulating sand—some dunes as high as 60 ft.—at Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park.

Take a zipline ride with Forest Flying Fox Adventure, where you’ll experience the emerald green tropical forest from high above. In Suva, spend hours at the Fiji Museum, which vividly tells the country's story. It has a terrific collection of war clubs, cannibal forks, tanoa bowls, and shell jewelry. Visit actor Raymond Burr’s lush private garden, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, just north of Nadi.

Beaches in Fiji

Swim in the warm bays of the Yasawa Islands, past some of the nation’s top resorts on a Fiji cruise. The Mamanuca Islands have vivid blue seas and stunning coral reefs. The Coral Coast, on Viti Levu’s western edge, has breathtaking beaches lined with tony resorts.

Mamanuca Island

The Outer Islands are droplets of creamy white sand in turquoise seas, and the sunny, secluded beaches of Monuriki are all about complete escape.

Shopping in Fiji

Suva is one of the top shopping cities on Fiji cruises, with many of its stores along Victoria Parade and on Cumming Street. Tropical produce is for sale in the Suva Municipal Market, Fiji’s largest and liveliest market. Nestled in Suva’s Botanical Gardens, the Fiji Museum has an excellent shop selling reproduction Fijian wooden platters and bowls, red-clay pottery, “cannibal” forks, and charming model Fijian canoes.

Viti Levu

The Government Handicraft Centre, also in Suva, has a selection of locally hand-crafted goods by rural artisans. Look for woodcarvings, woven goods, pottery, and masi cloth. At the Fiji Spice Gardens, on Viti Levu, you can see where vanilla, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger are grown and buy vanilla extract, black peppercorns, and cinnamon powder.

Other Islands in Fiji

Fiji is famous among scuba divers as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World" and the waters here support an enormous number and variety of colorful coral. The Great White Wall and the Rainbow Reef is located on Fiji's third-largest island, Taveuni. You can also enjoy the waterfalls in Bouma National Heritage Park.

Scuba diving

Enjoy pampered indulgences while experiencing total relaxation at Fili’s Pearl Resort with an excursion from A Tropical Delight-The Pearl South Pacific Resort.

Travel Tips


  • English is Fiji’s official language, although many people speak Fijian.
  • The Fiji dollar is the official currency.
  • Fiji enjoys a balmy tropical climate. Average daytime temperatures range from 83 degrees F to 88 degrees F. The dry season is June through September. October through May is the wet season, when you can expect rainy periods between days of intense sunshine.
  • Your cruise to Fiji anchors in Suva, the nation’s main harbor city.