Activities in Suva You Can’t Miss
The bustling hub of the South Pacific is a destination well worth adding to the itinerary when doing a road trip around Fiji. Situated on the southwest coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, Suva is Fiji’s administrative capital. With that, it’s also a hub for a diverse array of cultures with an interesting blend of colonial architecture with a Fijian flair. The city also has a number of attractive spaces, from waterfront parks to its very own rainforest national park only 10 minutes away. So what are the must-dos in Suva? Take a look at the list below!
1. Visit the Fiji Museum
Don’t miss an obligatory visit to Fiji’s national museum, the Fiji Museum. Situated in the heart of the tropical Thurston Gardens (see below), the Fiji Museum is teeming with relics of Fiji and the South Pacific, some dating back as far as 3,700 years! Sea-faring canoes, cannibal forks, Fijian weapons, cooking utensils and much more make up the interesting displays of this well-curated museum. What’s more, it certainly won’t burn a hole in your wallet with adult admissions less than FJ$10. See more affordable activities like this in our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Suva.
2. Go for Walk in the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
Dedicate at least one of your days in Suva to exploring the city’s backyard national park! The Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, located along Princess Road just 10 minutes out of the city, hosts a myriad of walking trails to various waterfalls and picnic spots. The cooler climate offers a refreshing break from the city, as does the swimming holes located along the trails. There are two main car parks well-signed along the road. The park is also easily accessible by taxi or by taking the Tacirua bus. If you feel like getting a local insight, guided walks of Colo-i-Suva are also available with Kay Services Tour.
3. Do Some City Sightseeing
Suva is unlike anywhere else in Fiji, so take the time to wander and snap up some amazing architecture. The city is fairly compact, making it easy to get around on foot, so do a self-guided walking tour to sights such as the bure-style Parliament House, the Sacred Heart Church, the University of the South Pacific, the Grand Pacific Hotel and much more! Get more sightseeing tips in our Guide to Suva on a Budget or take a private sightseeing tour – more info in our Luxury Guide to Suva.
4. Indulge in a Spa Treatment
What did you expect in a country renowned for rest and relaxation? Suva has its own selection of day spas to unwind with a massage. A popular option is the Pure Fiji Day Spa, home of the famous spa product brand, or how about the luxurious Bliss Spa at the Grand Pacific Hotel? There are even Thai and Indian spas, so Suva really offers a range of experiences when it comes to rejuvenation. See our 6 Best Day Spas in Suva for more recommendations.
5. Try Some Great Eats
Classic Fijian cuisine, cheap curry houses, teppanyaki restaurants and even fine dining: it can all be found in the city of Suva. If you were only saving your tastebuds for one place in Fiji, make it Suva, as eating out is definitely one of the must-dos. While there are too many places to recommend right here, take a look at our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Suva, as well as our The Foodie Guide to Suva where you’re sure to find something to excite your palette.
6. Visit Orchid Island
A fabulous attraction for all ages, Orchid Island is a cultural centre showcasing the best of the culture, flora and fauna of Fiji. See Fijian craft demonstrations, wildlife such as the Crested Iguana, a 50ft (15m) Bure Kalou Fijian temple, demonstrations of rituals and so much more! Orchid Island is located only 10km outside of Suva in Veisari, accessible by car, taxis, buses and tours like this one. For more family-friendly activities like this one, take a look at our 10 Things to Do in Suva with Kids.
7. Do a Guided Trek Through the “Real Fiji”
Discover the highlands, waterfalls and Fijian villages on a hiking tour through the heartland of Fiji. That’s right, hiking tours start right here in Suva with Talanoa Treks offering one to four-day treks. Choose one of their pre-made trips climbing the highest peak in Fiji or immersing in landscapes of waterfalls and caves. Alternatively, the hiking company offers tailored trips and private tours just for your group.
8. Shop & Mingle with the Locals at the Suva Markets
Markets are an integral part of the city lifestyle here in Fiji. Local farmers and craftsmen gather at Suva’s markets to sell their wares, which just happens to be a fascinating cultural experience for visitors! Browse an impressive array of tropical fruit and vegetables at the Suva Municipal Market, get the freshest catch at the Suva Fish Market, or buy some souvenirs at the Suva Flea Market. Stallholders are friendly and often keen to share knowledge on how to cook their produce.
9. Enjoy the Views from Mt Korobaba
Another one for the active traveller, a great adventure awaits at Suva’s highest peak, Mt Korobaba. A rough track behind the cement works in Lami, just outside of the city, might be a mission to find, but those who are successful are treated to a stunning walk through lush tropical forest. But the real treat is the view once you reach the top overlooking the city, South Pacific Ocean, Beqa Island and beyond! The walk takes three hours to complete.
10. Wander Around Thurston Gardens and My Suva Park
Finally, Suva is blessed with picturesque parks dotted around the city. But if you only have time to visit a couple, make it the Thurston Gardens and My Suva Park. Thurston Gardens, located beside Albert Park and the Fiji Museum, is made up of manicured lawns and botanical gardens of tropical trees and flowers. The walking trails, bandstand and clocktower are some of the highlights. Additionally, on the shores of Laucala Bay, My Suva Park provides fun for all ages. Kids will love the playground, while adults will enjoy a walk along the waterfront, ponds and impressive thatched bure standing proudly in the middle of the park.