A Travel Guide to Suva, Fiji
Welcome to a whole new side of Fiji you probably never knew existed. Far from your sandy shores and luxury resorts, Suva is a bustling harbourside city and, indeed, the capital city of Fiji. Rich in colonial architecture, a lively mix of cultures, parks and fantastic eateries, Suva makes an exciting destination to add onto the itinerary when travelling around Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. No matter what type of traveller you are, whether you’re on a budget, looking for luxurious hidden gems, or travelling with kids, we’ll guide you through the sights and accommodations in this complete travel guide to Suva!
Fast Facts About Suva
Location: Southwest coast of Viti Levu (see map below)
Climate: Daily average temperature – 25°C/77°F, yearly average rainfall – 3,065mm/120.7″
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Time Zone: FJT / GMT+12/+13
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How to get to Suva: Direct international flights from the South Pacific islands, Australia, New Zealand and Korea arrive in Fiji at Nadi International Airport. Suva is around 200km (125 miles) drive away from Nadi and can be accessed by air via Nadi Airport or by road via the Queens Road or Kings Road. See 6 Ways to Get to Suva for more information.
Budget Holidays in Suva
The free and cheap attractions, such as the picturesque Suva parks, museum, Colo-i-Suva Forest Park and more, as well as the affordable street food and accommodation, makes staying in Suva on a budget a breeze! If you’re travelling around Viti Levu, then Suva is definitely a place to spend a few days in to replenish your stocks and get some city experiences before moving on. Start planning your budget trip to Suva with The Guide to Suva on a Budget.
Things to Do in Suva on a Budget
- Visit the Fiji Museum
- Go for a walk in the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park – Guided walks of Colo-i-Suva are also available with Kay Services Tour (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
- Do some city sightseeing
- Go shopping in the Suva shopping malls
- Check out the city parks.
For more inspiration, check out our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Suva.
Where to Stay in Suva on a Budget
Compared to elsewhere in Fiji, Suva is a cheap city to stay in. The city has a choice of budget hotels, backpacker hostels and quite an abundance of affordable homestays and holiday homes. Check out our 10 Budget Accommodation in Suva for our recommendations.
Luxury Holidays in Suva
Although there are many divine luxury resorts across the islands of Fiji, contrastingly, there is not much emphasis on luxury in Suva. Nevertheless, you can still stay in Fiji’s capital city without roughing it thanks to the range of up-scale hotels, which offer luxury experiences, such as day spas and gourmet restaurants. Find out more in The Luxury Guide to Suva.
5 Luxury Activities in Suva
- Discover the heartland of Fiji on a private hiking trip
- Enjoy fine dining at the Grand Pacific Hotel
- See the sights on a private Suva city tour
- Indulge in a heavenly spa treatment
- Treat yourself to gourmet food.
Like the sound of those? See more “treat yourself” activities in our list of 6 Luxury Activities in Suva.
Where to Stay in Luxury in Suva
Suva has a limited but fabulous selection of high-end hotels to choose from. Check out your options in our list of 5 Luxury Hotels in Suva.
Family Holidays in Suva
Families visiting Suva with kids will not find it too much of a challenge keeping the little ones entertained. Suva has all your city activities for kids that you would expect, such as playgrounds and cinemas, as well as a few unique activities like the Fiji Museum, the Orchid Island cultural centre and the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park. But for beach holidays and kids’ clubs, it would be better to look elsewhere, even the nearby Pacific Harbour. Take a look at Guide to the Pacific Harbour & Beqa for Families for tips. For more advice for staying in Suva, see The Guide to Suva for Families.
5 Family Activities in Suva
- Play in the playground, build sandcastles and have a picnic at My Suva Park
- Get some splash time in at Damodar Aquatic Centre or your hotel pool
- Have a cultural day at Orchid Island
- Let the kids loose at Tom’s World
- Watch a movie at the cinema.
And the list goes on! Check it out in our 10 Things to Do in Suva with Kids for more inspiration.
Where to Stay in Suva
Find hotels and apartments with family rooms, swimming pools or other child services in our 10 Family Accommodation in Suva.
Adult-Only Holidays in Suva
As you may have discovered when reading our other guides, such as our The Adult-Only Guide to Denarau Island and our The Adult Only Guide to the Mamanuca Islands that there are sections of resorts, complete resorts and even entire islands in Fiji that are “adult-only”. However, you will not find any accommodation with such luxuries in Suva, apart from private holiday homes. But all is not lost, as there are a few child-free zones in some of Suva’s activities for adults – get more advice in The Adult Only Guide to Suva.
5 Adult-Only Activities in Suva
- Unwind with a relaxing spa treatment in one of Suva’s day spas
- Have a cocktail at one of Suva’s trendy bars
- Rejuvenate the mind in a yoga class
- Tackle a multi-day hike through the heart of Fiji
- Party into the night on Victoria Parade.
For more information on each activity, check out the 5 Adult-Only Activities in Suva.
Where to Stay in Suva for an Adult-Only Holiday
While there might not be any adult-only resorts in Suva, your next best option is to choose one of the hotels that attract more adult clientele or has facilities, such as a spa or a bar, that are child-free. Check out our recommendations in our 5 Accommodation in Suva for Adults. Alternatively, staying in a private holiday home will ensure you only spend your time in Suva with who you choose.
Foodie Holidays in Suva
Suva really is a foodie’s paradise. With a wide range of eateries and food-orientated experiences, you’ll learn a lot about Fiji through its flavours. Bustling markets, street food and fine dining make up the food scene in Suva so it’s worth sticking around for a while just to treat your tastebuds. Find out more about foodie travel in Suva with The Foodie Guide to Suva.
5 Things to Do in Suva for Foodies
- Visit the Suva Municipal Market
- Take a cooking class to learn how to cook Indo-Fijian dishes
- Try Fijian-style cuisine at the Old Mill Cottage
- Have a unique dining experience on Tiko’s Floating Restaurant
- Sample something spicy at an Indo-Fijian curry house
- Get a health kick at Highland Natural, the vegan cafe.
And if that hasn’t made your mouth water enough, then check out our 9 Things to Do in Suva for Foodies.
Where to Stay in Suva for Foodies
Looking for a place to stay with a delectable restaurant or even a self-contained apartment so you can spruce up your own creations from the market? Check out our 10 Best Accommodation in Suva for Foodies.
Wedding and Honeymoons in Suva
Again, when compared to the rest of Fiji, Suva seems less exciting as a destination for a Fiji wedding. Nevertheless, if you are looking for city vibes, a tropical garden or a city park to say “I do”, then you have found the place! A few up-scale hotels have attractive wedding venues, as well as luxurious rooms ideal for honeymooning couples. Additionally, there are some activities you could be doing to celebrate a special occasion with your loved one or “just because”. Get more tips in The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Suva.
5 Things to Do in Suva for Couples
- Indulge in a relaxing couples massage
- Enjoy fine dining together in one of Suva’s gourmet restaurants
- Treat her to a beach or forest picnic
- Tackle Mt Korobaba together
- Take a day trip to the Pacific Harbour.
Where to Stay in Suva for Couples
Whether you’re seeking a base for a romantic getaway, renewing your vows or starting the rest of your lives together, we list your best options in our 5 Best Wedding & Honeymoon Hotels in Suva.