Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji
After a period of tribal skirmishes, the Fijians suddenly looked up and found they’d been colonized by the British. The Grand Pacific Hotel, built in 1914, shows just what fun it was to be British back then. Built along the same design as a ship—...
Kings Road, Nasinu, Fiji
Located just outside town proper, the Colo-I-Suva Forest Park offers a place to cool off and have a little peace and quiet and a nice walk. A trail leads from the Upper Pools up to Waisila Falls, with some good swimming holes and a picnic area...
Cakobau Road, Suva, Fiji
The island’s botanical refuge, Thurston Gardens, next to the Fiji Museum, is well worth visiting, and not just for the shade it provides. As with many Pacific islands, most of Fiji’s original ecology was destroyed long ago, with native plants...
Cakobau Road, Suva, Fiji
Albert Park was the site of the original village of Suva, so it’s fitting that it’s now home to the Fiji Museum. You'll see genuine old canoes, steering oars from the classic double-hulled exploring vessels that let the Polynesians conquer the...
Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
The Suva Municipal Market is exactly what you'd want and expect from a local market in the tropics: fruit and vegetables that look like props in a science fiction movie, fresh juice stands and, sooner or later, a glimpse of everyone who actually...
At the happy intersection of good food and great ambiance, Tiko’s Floating Restaurant, on Stinson Parade, is on a permanently moored boat that sways, creaks and makes all those atmospheric boat sounds. As you float in place, fill up on things that...
Eden Bistro, by the marina, has been serving fusion food since before that became a global cuisine. Rather than following a trend, the cook was just trying to keep the locals happy: What happens when a chef gets some Vietnamese ingredients, cooks...
Stinson Parade Rd, Suva, Fiji
The Suva Handicraft Market is big and wild—there’s no telling what you’ll find. Haggle hard for essentially anything that can be carved or woven, but in the end, if you truly like it, you didn’t pay too much for it. (Still, you are permitted to...
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