Not everyone will want to stay in Suva... it's not what you would call a typical Fijian holiday destination ;-) But for those that want to experience Suva safely, then we have the perfect way for you to do that, a homestay with a local family in one of Suva's nicer suburbs, Namadi Heights.
Meet Simione Daveta and his wife Linda. Their house is huge, 2 storey with an upstairs area that has it's own kitchen, living room, bathroom etc. Plenty of space in a well fenced section if you have small children with you. They can't wander off into the road... and as there are young children here, your kids will have some new playmates.
I remember our first visit to Suva, many years ago. We travelled to the capital from one of the Coral Coast resorts, and found the city to be slightly intimidating. It didn't help that we got rain that day, so the place seemed somewhat forboding with a depressing feel to it. We were glad to leave at the end of the day!
But since then, we have come to love this bustling city. And on a nice sunny day, the place takes on a totally different atmosphere. There really is no end to the sights you can see around Suva, from a visit to the Bilo gun emplacement (wonderful views as well as an interesting history), to browsing the Flea or Municipal Markets.
There is a nice local golf course, with very reasonable green fees (fj$30) and you can hire clubs and a cart... not a bad way to spend an afternoon if you are a golfer.And as Simmie runs the Suva City Tours, he is a wealth of information as to other places to visit, or activities on offer.
If you are visiting an unknown country, then why not try and experience as much of it as you can? A few days in Suva either before or after your resort stay will broaden your outlook on Fiji and Fijians. Suva also gives you much easier access to the eastern island groups, which don't see anywhere near as many tourists as the Western side.
Everywhere you go in Suva, there are markets and craft shops, it's a shoppers paradise. And with over 80 parks and reserves, there are plenty of green open spaces as well (do try to visit Thurston Gardens, which is where you will find the Fiji Museum).
Keep an open mind about Suva, and you will start to see what many tourists miss... the character that makes this city unique in Fiji, and indeed unique in the Pacific Islands. Staying with friendly and knowledgable hosts helps to get the best out of your Suva experience.
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