What to Do in Suva
This tropical capital in the South Pacific is where history, modern life and a melting pot of cultures come to life. Suva is Fiji’s capital city located on the east side of the mainland, Viti Levu. Getting there is a breeze with daily flights from Nadi International Airport taking less than 30-minutes, or a scenic express bus trip giving you half a day of sights to see along the way. Since 1882, Suva has been Fiji’s capital, so you’ll find lots of fascinating colonial architecture when wandering around. Mingling with the locals at the markets is another popular activity, as is learning more about Fiji at the Fiji Museum. On top of all that, the city is only moments away from nature experiences with the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park and several off-shore islands on its doorstep. So start making your “must-do” list with these things to do in Suva!
1. Take a Traditional Fijian Canoe Trip
Make like the early Fijian explorers and jump aboard a traditional ocean-going canoe with Dua Experience. This is a unique way of getting out on the water in Suva, which will make you appreciate the bravery of the early explorers using these seemingly simple canoes to embark on travels between the islands. There are several ways you can join Dua Experience: short scenic tours, snorkelling trips, sunset cruises and half-day excursions. Remember to book in advance.
2. Taste the Flavours of Fiji
Flavoursome Indian food, world-class Asian cuisine, inspired European flavours and classic Fijian dishes: it can all be found in the capital city! Suva is a food-lovers’ paradise! We recommend getting out of your resort and sampling some of the street food and restaurants in the city. Not only is it much cheaper, but you will really experience eating like a local. Check out our Best Eats in Suva for inspiration. Plus, you might want to head down to the Municipal Market to mingle with the locals and buy some ridiculously fresh fruit!
3. Check out the Fiji Museum & Thursdon Gardens
Located in the midst of the beautiful Thursdon Gardens, the Fiji Museum is Fiji’s premier museum displaying ancient Fijian artifacts dating back more than 3,000 years! Both Fijian and Indo-Fijian history is represented in this beautifully-curated museum. City tours can also be organised from the museum. After you have had a look around, don’t forget to explore the gardens too.
4. Hike Up Mt Korobaba
For a great vantage point overlooking the city, head to Mt Korobaba! Getting to the mountain is easy enough, just a 10-minute drive out of the city, where all you need to do is simply head toward the prominent mountain in Suva skyline. The walk up the mountain takes you through beautiful forest taking only about an hour to climb, or 1h30min with kids. Those who choose to tackle the steep climb will be rewarded with sensational views of Suva and the coast.
5. Check Out the City Architecture
Suva is full of fascinating architecture which makes for a fun day sightseeing! Grab yourself a city map and enjoy walking from one sight to the next, such as The Grand Pacific Hotel, Government House, Albert Park, the University, the Mariamma Temple, The Triangle, Sacred Heart Cathedral and much more!
6. Get Some Retail Therapy
If you’re in the best place to do some shopping in Fiji, then do some shopping! The Handicraft Centre and Suva Flea Market are a must to grab some original souvenirs or a cheap sarong (Sulu) which you’re going to need if out an about in more towns and villages in Fiji. Practice your haggling skills, then hit the shopping malls, such as the MHCC Shopping Mall where you could literally spend an entire day browsing the clothes, jewellery and trinkets.
7. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
If it’s one thing that Fiji is known for it’s relaxing. With that, there’s a huge offering of spas dotted around the city. Most famously, Pure Fiji’s factory is right here in Suva offering factory tours on Saturdays, as well as the complex having a spa and wellness centre. You’ll find a huge range of treatments on any spa menu, from couples massages to mud or jade stone therapy and more!
8. Visit the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
Nature is never too far in Fiji and Suva is no exception. The Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, just a 10-minute drive from the city, is the ideal place for birdwatching, walking through the forest and relaxing in hidden swimming holes. A must-do walk is to Waisila Falls, a spectacular sight rising 15m/50ft! Swim under the falls and relax in Suva’s most Instagrammable spot! Check out more Instagrammable places in our 10 most Instagramable places in Fiji. For a local insight, guided walks of Colo-i-Suva are also available with Kay Services Tour.
9. Check Out the Latest Festival
Suva really knows how to throw a party, whether it’s the Fire Walking Festival at the Mariamma Temple taking place every July/August or the Diwali Festival of Light celebrated with passion by the Indo-Fijians in late October/early November. There’s also the beauty pageant, the Hibiscus Festival in August and the New Year’s Eve celebrations are some of the biggest in the South Pacific! Learn more in our Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in Fiji, as well as the 10 Biggest Events in Fiji.
10. Take a Trip to Dravuni Island
An island paradise can be found just a quick boat ride from the capital city. Dravuni Island is home to 200 villagers who often greet passengers off the boat with a smiling “Bula!” The stunning island has some fantastic beaches and crystal clear water for snorkelling, although you will need to bring your own gear. Alternatively, a walk up to the lookout is another great way to spend your time on the island. Remember to dress appropriately when going into the village. Check out our Guide to Village Etiquette for more details.
11. Play Golf
Play golf with the locals at the Fiji Golf Club. The views are incredible from this 18-hole course as you play along the seafront for half the course, while the other half of the course faces urban areas. It’s an affordable golf course which is great for a social game, however, you will still need to respect the dress code of shorts or long pants of an appropriate length. Find out more about playing golf in Fiji with our The Complete Guide to Golf in Fiji.
12. Visit the Orchid Island Cultural Centre
History and culture await at Orchid Island, which is best described as an outdoor museum. The centre celebrates all thing Fiji with traditional-style bures, Fijian plants and animals, craft demonstrations, a drua canoe and much more! It’s an attraction that’s fun for the whole family! The Orchid Island Cultural Centre is about 10km/6m west of Fiji on the Queens Road.
13. Take a Scenic Flight
Take to the skies and see Fiji from an awesome perspective. Flights by helicopter can take you over lagoons, islands, as well as the heart of Viti Levu. Talk to the pilot about what you want to see and they can cater the experience to you.