How to get there?
There is two international airports in Fiji:
- Nadi International Airports has direct flights with a lot of destinations! Connecting with the major hub of the Asiatic Region (Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea…), Fiji in itself is also a major hub for the whole Pacific region and connect with Sydney, Auckland, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Micronesia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, Salomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga. The national companies (Fiji Airways) often offers the best fares along with an excellent on-board services and brand new aircrafts…! From Nadi to Suva you can either catch a taxi (200 Fjd for 3 1/2 hours ride along the beautiful Coral Coast) or take a bus (16-25 Fjd). Buses departs from the arrival terminal (3 minutes’ walk).
- Nausori International Airport, also known as Luvuluvu, is located 23 km away (30-45 minute) from Suva. Fiji LINK (Fiji Airways local carrier) connects directly to Suva – Nausori Airport five times daily (approx. 250 Fjd return). From Nadi International terminal go through customs and immigration, then walk to the local departure. There is also direct flights a couple of times a week to Auckland, Tonga and Tuvalu.
The ‘’Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge’’ conference will be held at the University of the South Pacific campus, in Suva, Fiji.
Once in Suva, the easiest way to get to USP campus is to get a taxi-ride to USP campus. Taxis are affordable and easy to access.
In Suva, there is accommodation and food options to suit all budgets.
If you are planning to attend all the sessions we would recommend to stay in one of the hotel in town. If you are looking for a full range of services and accommodating options we would recommend you to book in advance at the Grand Pacific Hotel – GPH (Victoria Parade), Holiday Innn (Victoria Parade) or the Tanoa Plaza (Gordon St).
For cheaper accommodations, you can look at Peninsula Hotel or Suva Motor Inn, book in advance!
Close to the USP campus, the commercial centres of Damodar and Sport City host a full range of food options that can suit all budget.
Suva Municipal Market: right in Suva town are these fruit and vegetable markets. Sells all kinds of different tropical fruit and vegetables.
Municipal Handicraft Centre: to the left of the fruit and vegetable markets are the Suva handicraft markets. Rows full of Fijian wooden carvings, straw goods and Fijian handicraft souvenirs. Don’t be afraid to bargain with the shop owners for a better price!
The Fiji Museum: costs $7 FJ, a nice place to get the history of Fiji and see artifacts from all around the South Pacific.
Things to do:
Make sure you see a local rugby match if possible.
Hike to waterfalls, swim in the pools and fling off the rope swing at Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve.
There are very little beach-related pastimes in Suva, though there are some beaches used by locals on the east side of the peninsula. If you want to lie by a pool by the seaside, your best bet is to have lunch at the Holiday Inn then use their pool.
The local cinema (the Damodar next to Tapoo) plays current Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters. Tickets are relatively inexpensive (FJ$6.50 for adults). Buy tickets on the right-hand side of the building before going in. The theatres are air-conditioned so are a good way to pass a hot afternoon.
Besides handicrafts, tourist t-shirts and bula shirts, interesting shopping is fairly limited. However, if you’re doing an extended trip to remote places, it is a good place to stock up on things from the grocery store (biggest one at MHCC) and the chemist.
Eat in Suva:
The Indian influence from the significant population in Suva is evident in the food. The Indian food is town is authentic, tasty, and good value.
Singh’s Curry House, Corner of Gordon Street & Victoria Parade, Suva. Sells cheap and delicious authentic Fijian curry. Eat in or takeaway.
For something upscale, try a restaurant inside one of the fancier Suva hotels, such as the Tanoa Plaza, the Southern Cross, or the Holiday Inn. For a quick economical meal in pleasant surroundings, go to the food court upstairs at the Harbour Centre and choose from a great variety of local and Chinese dishes (and you get to look before you buy) and sit and enjoy the view, or get a sack of fish and chips and sit by the waterfront or at the botanical garden.
Ashiyana. A good Indian restaurant.
Maya Dhaba. This is more up-market than Ashiyana, but has great food. The prawns malabar, butter chicken and naan bread are good bets here.
Fr, Queen Elizabeth Drive (Just down from Suva Grammar School). The best fish & chips in town. The location also features a bar and a coffee shop. $8-10 FJD.
Scott’s, Southern Cross Hotel. High-end European cuisine. The best steaks in town.
Palm Court Bistro, QBE Centre, Victoria parade (next o ANZ Bank building), 7am-5pm. Outdoor Cafe, relaxed atmosphere. Palm Court Bistro has an all-day breakfast menu, however they are renowned for their freshly made sandwiches made to order from the sandwich bar. $7-$15fjd.
Bulaccinos. This is a western style coffee shop with excellent food. They make the best bread on the island, which can be purchased to take away. Open for breakfast and lunch only.
There are food courts at the top of MHCC and Tapoo. They offer excellent value for money and can be very good.
Suva does have several western-style fast-food outlets available, including two McDonald’s.