Bula Fiji : An excursion to Suva

There is one question that I heard being repeated to the guide by the tourists. Any guesses…………..? The same question was asked in the Nadi tour and another gentleman repeated the question during the Suva trip.

Enroute to Suva
Enroute to Suva

How much does a house cost here in Fiji? Can’t blame the tourists. Fiji is beautiful and very rightly an island paradise. It’s very clean, the people are friendly, things are relatively cheaper, the weather is lovely, peaceful and quiet, magnificent beaches…..an ideal setting. You can’t blame people for falling in love with Fiji and wanting to buy house here; own a piece of the paradise. Love at first sight !!

I got to see more of this island on the trip to the capital city Suva. As shown by our guide on the map, Suva lies diagonally opposite to Nadi across the island of Viti Levu. But we are not going to cut across the island to reach Suva; instead the roads are along the coast and we are going to circle half the island’s coastline.

Viti Levu island map and our road to Suva
Viti Levu island map and our road to Suva

Rosie Holidays again, started off in the morning from the hotel by 8:30 am, the journey will take almost 3 hours. Today’s company in the bus were a couple from Australia, two men from China, a lady and daughter from Australia. When the men from China introduced themselves, our guide remarked that the Chinese are investing in Fiji and enroute he pointed out a hospital build with Chinese collaboration.

First major city along the way was Sigatoka pronounced as Singatoka. The river by the same name had an old bridge that was washed away in the floods, picture below.

Sigatoka river enroute Suva
Sigatoka river enroute Suva

Next stop, at a place called Pacific Harbour, popularly called the Adventure Capital of Fiji. We stopped for 15 minutes and I bought chicken wrap to eat enroute and a bottle of the famous Fiji water.

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We continued onward, the roads were good; two lane, not much traffic. I was glued to the beautiful scenery outside. The road along the coast gave glimpse of the blue waters, loved the ride !!

Enroute to Suva
Enroute to Suva

Soon we reached the capital city and the first sight was a large cemetery. Suva is a city of bungalows, no high rises here.

Cemetery in Suva
Cemetery in Suva

And as we sped across the city, the guide pointed out the High Commission of Australia, the embassy of New Zealand, American embassy and the residences of political leaders of Fiji and the now deserted old Parliament of Fiji.

The Government House, Fiji
The Government House, Fiji

The guard in front of the Government house has to stand in position for 2 hours at a stretch and he can wear no hat to shield from the sun !!

The guard in front of the Government House
The guard in front of the Government House
Grand Pacific Hotel
Grand Pacific Hotel

Next in Suva was the Fiji Museum. A small museum and we set about exploring the place.

Here came across Masi, barkcloth produced in Fiji. Masi is produced from the outer bark of the paper mulberry tree. The bark is soaked in seawater and beaten till the fibres have spread and intermeshed. Fijians believed that the ancestor gods blessed the people of specific regions with the skills and raw materials required to make masi.

Masi : Cloth of the Vanua
Masi : Cloth of the Vanua

Similarly, Fijians, the pioneers of fire-walking, believe that it was a gift given by their ancestor gods and only the people on a specific island have this gift and its passed down the generations.

Shell currency
Shell currency
Whale tooth necklace
Whale tooth necklace

There was also display of Indian art and art was traditionally used to spread religious teachings, mythology and philosophy.

Indian art : Krishna and Gopis
Indian art : Krishna and Gopis

Lunch time and we were dropped off at a shopping mall called Tappoo City. We were given a map of the city and were free to either roam around the city or just the mall; to meet back in the bus by 3:30 pm.

Tappoo City Shopping Mall
Tappoo City Shopping Mall

Surprise, there was a Fabindia store in the mall in Fiji !! Where there are Indians, there is Fabindia 🙂

FabIndia shop at the mall
FabIndia shop at the mall

After some shopping and coffee, I head back to the bus and we were off back to the hotel. It was a fantastic journey. The brochure also mentioned onboard entertainment and that was also met, with the guide playing a guitar and singing couple of songs from Australia and Fiji. Reached back at the hotel by 7:00 pm.

Sunset on our way back
Sunset on our way back

 

 

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5 Comments Add yours

    1. Miles and smiles says:

      Thank you

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  1. Would you recommend the trip to Suva?

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    1. Miles and smiles says:

      If you have a day to spare and curious to see the capital city …..yes I would recommend. The post has the details of what you get to see. It’s a long drive, kids may find it tiring; but you get to see the length of the island. It’s eventually a personal choice. Many would prefer a cruise and an island visit. I enjoyed the trip, Rosie Holidays had a good guide who fed us titbits on Fijian life, so the drive was enjoyable too.

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      1. Thanks so much for the additional information!

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