Suva, Fiji

The city of Suva is not exactly what people imagine when they think of Fiji. When you say Fiji in the western world people think about the picture on Fiji water: of white sandy beaches, sun, turquoise waters, coral reefs, and big waves. Though you can buy lots of Fiji water in Suva you can find barely any of those other things in Suva.

In front of Suva Harbour. It is not really a swimming area and VERY deep as the huge cruise ship to my right can fit.

The nearest beach that you can really swim at is 45 min away. This is because, though Suva Harbor used to be beautiful and even had coral reefs, it has been polluted since. There is rubbish everywhere. Even on campus; it’s disgusting.

Most of the time it is cloudy here or at least cloudy for half the day and it is often rainy. We have something like 60 days of sun the whole year. I actually only even see the ocean maybe a couple times a week. The city itself is a little run-down although plenty lively during weekdays and saturday. It smells like smog and unwashed bodies and makes me miss the fresh air of country.

Of course there are things about Suva that are pretty awesome. The nightlife is amazing, there’s always places to dance Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Personally I like going to O’reilly’s around 11pm and then if I’m still feeling it Traps around 2pm. The market is also amazing with tons of fruits and veggies. There’s Hot Bread Kitchens, Bread Lovers, and other bakeries that sell yummy pastries such as cream buns and lamingtons. The bus and taxi system are very accessible and cheap. There is always party music on the radio. The people love to dance, sing, and laugh.  There’s also a decent amount of coffee shops that cater to both the locals and population of ex-pats in the area.  There’s also super yummy random hot dog stands around.

This happens quite a lot in Suva… be prepared and bring your umbrella EVERYWHERE and try not to lose it like I did…


But this is not quite the tropical paradise people think of when they think of Fiji. So be forewarned if you’re planning on coming to Fiji.  But also know that you do have AWESOME access to that tropical paradise just a few hours away.


About Meg LaFollette

I studied abroad in Fiji for 5 months in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with traveling! I went to New Zealand right after and then Peru this summer. When not traveling (and sometimes during) I love healthy, environmentally conscious living. Animals, biology, horses, and behavior are other passions of mine.
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