Ba Activities and Attractions
When doing a road trip on Viti Levu’s Suncoast region, don’t miss the town of Ba. A short detour off the Kings Road brings you into the bustling centre which exists from its prolific sugar cane industry. With that, Ba offers an interesting cultural point of interest with the museum, historical landmarks and eateries to prove it! It’s also the gateway to one of the must-visit Fijian villages in Fiji. Find out more with this list of the best things to do in Ba!
For more trip-planning talk, head over to The Complete Travel Guide to the Suncoast.
1. See Traditional Bures in the Village of Navala
Let’s start with one of the most iconic attractions of Fiji’s main island, best accessed through Ba, the village of Navala. The living village is one of Fiji’s most picturesque with traditionally thatched bures set among the Nausori Highlands. When you arrive, present your sevusevu (gift) to the village chief – see What to Do When Visiting a Fijian Village – and pay a fee of around FJ$30 each to enter the village and hire a guide. Otherwise, join a tour like Fiji Eco Tours (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) and they’ll do the customary introductions for you.
Location: Approximately 25km (15.5 miles) from Ba on the main road crossing inland. Note that the road is a gravel road.
2. Mingle with the Locals at the Ba Market
In a huge undercover open-air market building, the Ba Market is a bustle of activity and a must-do. Browse stall after stall of fresh local fruit and vegetables and talk to the friendly locals. Need inspiration of what to try? Take a look at the 10 Exotic Fruits in Fiji.
Location: By the bus station, Ba town.
3. Check Out the Ba Civic Museum
The Ba Civic Museum tells the stories of Fiji’s most populated district. See mock-ups of Fijian bures, how the early Indo-Fijians lived when they arrived as labourers for the sugar trade, and much more in this fascinating museum in Fiji.
Location: Opposite the Ba Market, facing the road.
4. Try an Indo-Fijian Curry
Thanks to its Indo-Fijian population, Ba is home to some unmissable curry houses! Spice up your palette at restaurants such as Indiques Restaurant serving vegetarian and meat curries, as well as thalis at a very affordable price. Pick up a thali take-away pack from Mummums Eats and Treats or stop by Masters Curry House or Awez Restaurant & Lounge.
Location: See the locations of each recommendation in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants on the Suncoast.
5. Make an Obligatory Stop at the Rarawai Sugar Mill
Finally, see an important piece of the Ba’s history at the Rarawai Sugar Mill. The sugar mill, opened in 1886, was the first constructed during British governance in Fiji, making it an iconic symbol of colonial Indian settlement in the region – see A Brief History of Fiji to learn more. The mill is still running to this day.
Location: On the Ba Riverside just south of the Ba Civic Museum.