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10 Fun Things to do in Suva

Fun Things Suva City Fiji

In my recent quick guide to Fiji, I briefly talked about Suva, the country’s capital as well as the business hub and Nadi (pronounced Nandi), the tourism central. Many travelers opt out of visiting Suva as most tourist destinations are close to or concentrated in Nadi. In fact, expats call Suva ‘not the real Fiji’ and recommend visitors to explore outside the capital in order to experience the ‘real paradise’. Although Suva may not be home to crystal clear waters and sandy beaches one might expect to see in postcards, there are still plenty of unique attractions that only the largest city in the South Pacific can offer. I’ve put together a list of fun activities you can do in Suva below. Happy exploring!
 

1. Visit the Fiji Museum & the Thurston Gardens

What better place is there than a museum to learn about a country’s history and culture? The Fiji Museum is the only museum in the country located in the very heart of Suva city and surrounded by the beautiful botanical Thurston Gardens. The Museum houses cultural items of indigenous groups and other inhabitants and preserves archaeological artifacts dating back to 3,700 years. After the tour, enjoy a cup of coffee at Ginger Kitchen right outside the museum overlooking the flora and the lush green of the Thurston Gardens.

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Museum hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm (closes at 4.00pm on Friday)
 

2. Drop by the Suva Municipal Market

I absolutely love my weekly trips to the Suva Municipal Market! You can find fresh produce at a very affordable price and the profit goes directly to the vendors. Rise early in the morning to grab the freshest fish and seafood and avoid purchase in the afternoon as it won’t be so fresh. Walk around the market and ask the vendors about their organic, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Remember to refrain from plastic bags by bringing your eco bags (trust me, you’ll need more than one bag!).

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3. Stop by the monthly ROC Market

Speaking of market, you’ll want to check out the ROC Market that takes place on the third Sunday of every month. Named after the initials of the Republic of Cappuccino coffeeshop, this monthly gathering of vendors and sellers takes place at Dolphin Plaza in town. There’s live music and entertainment while you visit the stalls proudly displaying handmade crafts, cosmetics, pot plants and paintings. And of course, if you’re like me,Β you can sample homemade food and desserts at a reasonable price.

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ROC Market hours: third Sunday of every month, 9am-3pm
 

4. Run/walk along the Sea Wall

There’s no better way to stay fit than to run next to the ocean, right? Well, running has never been my cup of tea so I just like to take slow walks by the sea wall and capture the sunset with my camera.

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5.Β Buy souvenirs at the Handicraft Centre

You can easily spot the Handicraft Centre as you run (or if it was me, walk…) along the sea wall. These handmade Fijian artifacts are pieces of fine craftsmanship you can only find in the Pacific. They also make great gifts for your family and friends!

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6. Go to the movies

Did you know that Fiji has earlier release dates for most movies before the western world? Tickets are also incredibly cheap so make sure to take advantage of it!

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7. Stroll around Albert Park

Again, if you’re into running or walking, Albert Park might be a good place for you to hang out. There are people playing sports or jogging around the park almost every evening.

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8. Take a free tour of the Parliament

Located across the street from Albert Park, the Parliament complex is a historic landmark in Suva that’s worth a visit. Free tours are offered if they’re arranged in advance.

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9. Pamper yourself at the Pure Fiji Spa

Pure Fiji is a famous beauty brand sold widely across the world. If you’re in Suva, pay a visit to the Pure Fiji Factory Outlet and purchase their popular products at a discounted price. The Outlet opens once a week on Saturday and it’s advised to go early as the items sell out quick. Some of their top-selling products include sugar scrub (my personal favorite!), body lotion and candles. I LOVE their insect repellent lemongrass candle (keeps the ants away…a must-have item for houses in Fiji). After you’re done with shopping, treat yourself to a foot soak and a massage at the Pure Fiji Spa next door.

Pure Fiji Factory Outlet hours: Saturdays 10am-1pm

Note: pictures are not allowed inside the Pure Fiji Factory Outlet
 

10. Dine out

Suva = capital of international business = wide variety of international cuisine, amirite? From the food stalls in the streets to themed restaurants, there is plenty to choose from. Fijian, Indian and Chinese cuisine are the most popular and widely available in Suva. Fijians enjoy a meat-based diet but don’t worry, there are ample vegetarian options available as well. You can read more about Fijian food here. Try out different restaurants and discover the best delicacies in town!

 
Have you been to Suva? Are you an expat here? Let me know in the comment below if I missed anything!Β 

 
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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Maria
    November 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Fiji has such a humble but cool vibe! It’s a beautiful place indeed and yet in the simplest of ways πŸ™‚ The municipal market looks so fun to grocery shop at! everything looked good and fresh!

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      susie
      November 12, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      I know right? I love the market because you can get fresh produce and interact with the local vendors as well. The boy in the picture re-arranged his fruits for me when I asked if I could take a photo πŸ™‚

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    Sarmistha Goswami
    November 13, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    The photographs are beautiful and the post is really informative and fun at the same time! Love reading these kinds of travel posts. Thanks for sharing.
    Do drop by my blog as well : http://styleovercoffee.com πŸ™‚

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      susie
      November 13, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚ I’ll be writing more travel posts like this so please visit again! Will check out your blog as well πŸ˜€

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    Moni Rani
    November 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Nice Place to Visit. I Want to Go There once in this place.

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      susie
      November 13, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      You should visit one day! πŸ™‚

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    karina
    November 13, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve nece been to Fiji but always wanted to go thanks to your post it’s on my bucket list now

    • Reply
      susie
      November 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      You should definitely visit Fiji πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by Karina!

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    Om Trips Blog
    November 13, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I just found your blog and really liked it! Wonderful post! Keep up the good work!

    Greetings from Bulgaria!
    Moni

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      susie
      November 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Greetings from Fiji πŸ™‚ Thanks so much Moni for your kind words! Feel free to subscribe πŸ™‚ will check out your blog as well

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      Kalina
      November 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      So cool to see someone from Bulgaria – I was born there!

      Kalina | wanderlustvita.com

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    All blogroll
    November 14, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Helpful trip guide. Thank you for the share.

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      susie
      November 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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    Tracey
    November 15, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Suva looks like my kind of place, thanks for sharing!

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      susie
      November 15, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      You’re welcome Tracey, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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    Kalina
    November 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Love this post! I would love to visit one day!

    Kalina | wanderlustvita.com

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      susie
      November 15, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Kalina, I hope you get to visit as well πŸ™‚

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    anshul
    November 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This is a nice city guide. Would love to visit this place some day.
    Also, your pictures are lovely

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      susie
      November 15, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks so much Anshul! Suva is a great place to practice photography πŸ™‚

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    Anindya Rakshit
    November 15, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Lovely pictures and great write up on such a detailed tour of Fiji…..loved your blog and your post….:)

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    Oyibo ugbo
    November 15, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Suva seems like a lovely and nice place to tour. The environment looks lovely and calm… Very well narrated post and beautiful pictures. Am sure you had a great time over there.

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      susie
      November 15, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words πŸ™‚

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    Mirela
    November 15, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    A very nice and useful post! I have never been tu Fiji, but I would love to visit this beautiful place. I love your pics πŸ™‚

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      susie
      November 15, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks Mirela! I wish you’d visit Fiji sometime πŸ™‚

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    Jolina S. | Dipkiss Travels
    November 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Lovely post and photos πŸ™‚ Cool list of recommendations — hope to make it to Fiji someday. I especially love the Handicrafts Center – lots of nice souvenirs to choose from!

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      susie
      November 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks Jolina! I love visiting the Handicrafts Centre, so many gift options for the holidays!

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    Crystal
    November 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I loved this post. Thank you for sharing. I need to add this place to my travel list.

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      susie
      November 18, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Crystal! Can’t wait to share more of my travels πŸ™‚

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