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Suva, the Capital of Fiji, was developed in the late 1800s and retains much of the character of the colonial period. Its many attractions include shopping, restaurants, markets, museums, and nightclubs. You can enjoy a walk around the central city area, which will uncover numerous surprises. A leisurely stroll down Victoria Parade (the main avenue) will take you past an array of restaurants and department stores. Here you’ll see the blending of traditional, early 20th-century South Pacific buildings juxtaposed with modern high-rise structures. Towards the end of the Parade are the Government Buildings, which open onto Albert Park, Thurston Gardens,…

Getting to and around the Suva


Aerial View busy street Suva Fiji people
Aerial View busy street Suva Fiji people (Image: pixel) | Image: Supplied

Ground transportation is very well established across the capital, with excellent bus services within the city and surrounding suburbs with scheduled departures from the main bus depot every 15 to 30 minutes.

Taxi ranks are dispersed across the city and are plentiful and modestly priced.

There is an air-conditioned coach service that operates (Typically every hour) every day of the week between the capital city of Suva and Lautoka City in the western division, navigating its way up the Queen’s Highway with scheduled stops at the main tourism hubs and metropolitan areas.

Another coach service weaves its way up the backroad (Kings Road), through Nausori Town to Raikairki (Suncoast). This service is less frequent but provides a more direct service to the villages and towns on the eastern side of the island.

Nausori Town, about 23 kilometres from Suva City Centre, is an upcoming tourist hub, home to the second international Airport servicing Fiji, aptly named Nausori International Airport. With expansion plans for the airport and surrounding areas interwoven with the cultural heritage of the area, this is a destination that is well worth considering when visiting the main capital.

Distances to Major Fijian Towns and Cities

Suva to: (via Queens Rd)Suva: (via Kings Road)
Pacific harbour – 49 kmNausori –  20 km
Korotoga –  118 kmKorovou – 118 km
Sigatoka – 125 kmRakiraki – 162 km
Sanasana – 158 kmBa –  218 km
Nadi –  190 kmLautoka – 236 km
Denarau –  192 km
Lautoka – 215 km
Table: The table above displays the distances in Kilometers from Suva and major towns and cities distributed around Viti Levu, Fiji. (1 mile is equivalent to 1.6 kilometers)

Suva Weather & Climate


MonthMin Temp *Max Temp **Water TempPrecipitationRainy DaysSunshine Hours
January22.0°C (71.6°F)31.0°C (87.8°F)28.0°C (82.4°F)300mm (11.8in)17214
February23.0°C (73.4°F)31.0°C (87.8°F)28.0°C (82.4°F)303mm (11.9in)18184
March22.0°C (71.6°F)31.0°C (87.8°F)28.0°C (82.4°F)324mm (12.8in)19190
April21.0°C (69.8°F)30.0°C (86°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)173mm (6.8in)14198
May20.0°C (68°F)29.0°C (84.2°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)80mm (3.1in)9212
June19.0°C (66.2°F)29.0°C (84.2°F)26.0°C (78.8°F)62mm (2.4in)5206
July18.0°C (64.4°F)28.0°C (82.4°F)26.0°C (78.8°F)47mm (1.9in)4218
August18.0°C (64.4°F)28.0°C (82.4°F)25.0°C (77°F)59mm (2.3in)5231
September19.0°C (66.2°F)29.0°C (84.2°F)25.0°C (77°F)77mm (3.0in)7215
October20.0°C (68°F)30.0°C (86°F)26.0°C (78.8°F)103mm (4.1in)8227
November21.0°C (69.8°F)30.0°C (86°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)139mm (5.5in)11222
December22.0°C (71.6°F)31.0°C (87.8°F)27.0°C (80.6°F)159mm (6.3in)15225
Table: Suva Weather & Climate – Usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night ** – The average maximum daytime temperature °C – Celsius, also called centigrade, scale based on 0° for the freezing point of water and 100° for the boiling point of water. °F – Fahrenheit temperature scale, scale based on 32° for the freezing point of water and 212° for the boiling point of water, the interval between the two being divided into 180 equal parts. Primarily used in the United States

Colo-I-Suva Forest Park Bird Sightings


Peales Pigeon Ducula latrans
Peales Pigeon | Image: Supplied
Spotted DoveGolden DovePeale’s Imperial-Pigeon
White-rumped SwiftletMasked Shining-ParrotCollared Lory
Duetting Giant-HoneyeaterPolynesian TrillerFiji Whistler
Fiji WoodswallowStreaked FantailSlaty Monarch
Vanikoro FlycatcherLayard’s White-eyeJungle Myna
Pacific KingfisherWestern Wattled-HoneyeaterRed-vented Bulbul
Fiji Bush WarblerFiji ParrotfinchRock Pigeon
Orange-breasted MyzomelaChestnut-throated FlycatcherFiji Goshawk
Fiji ShrikebillPacific RobinMetallic Pigeon
Island ThrushCommon MynaPacific Black Duck
SilvereyeMany-colored Fruit-DoveFan-tailed Cuckoo
Peregrine FalconPacific SwallowPolynesian Starling
Red AvadavatSwamp HarrierLong-legged Thicketbird
Shy Ground DoveBlack-throated ShrikebillWhite-faced Heron
Pacific Golden-PloverPacific Reef-HeronBarn Owl
Java SparrowPink-billed ParrotfinchGreat Crested Tern
Bristle-thighed CurlewWandering TattlerBlack-naped Tern
Red Junglefowl
Table: Colo-I-Suva Forest Park Bird Sightings

Historical Snapshot – Thurston Gardens


Governor of Fiji, Sir John Bates Thurston Suva
Governor of Fiji, Sir John Bates Thurston | Image: Supplied

Experience Fiji’s flora and see various palms, gingers, water lilies, and other local flora at the gardens. Originally called the Botanical Gardens, its name was changed to Thurston Gardens in honour of the fifth Governor of Fiji, Sir John Bates Thurston, who was Governor from February 1888 to March 1897. Thurston Gardens is located in central Suva, between Albert Park and the Government House.  It is built on the original site of the town of Suva that was burnt in 1843 in one of the bloodiest fights in Fiji’s history. Many of the inhabitants were killed and eaten by the people of Rewa. In 1879, Sir John Thurston invited and asked John Horne (Botanist), the Director of Forests and Botanic Gardens in Mauritius to visit and make recommendations for a Botanical Garden

Rewa Delta History


Thakombau Chief of the Fiji Islands-1817-1883
Thakombau Chief of the Fiji Islands-1817-1883 | Image: Supplied

When travelling from Suva to the delta, day tours are available to sites that have great historical significance.  Many visitors enjoy the bus ride from the commercial site of the area – Nausori to places like Bau Island, the home of the paramount chieftain of Fiji who was responsible for the ceding of Fiji to Britain, Ratu Seru Cakobau.  Bau had a population of 3000, hundreds of war canoes guarded its waters and more than 20 temples stood on the island’s central plain.

After the battle of Verata in 1839, Ratu Seru Cakobau and his father, Ratu Tanoa presented 260 bodies of men, women and children to their closest allays. Fifteen years after the incident, Ratu Seru converted to Christianity. When Ratu Seru accepted Christianity in 1854, Methodist missionaries resided on Viwa Island, just across the water from Bau.  In 1867, he became a sovereign, crowned by European traders and planters who wished to protect their interests.

The first Fijian New Testament was printed in 1847 here with the translation carried out by Reverend John Hunt.

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