The City of Suva is a diverse multi-racial city with a rich cultural heritage and atmosphere. Its residents include native Fijians, Indo-Fijians, Chinese, Europeans and mixed-Europeans, and people from other Pacific islands. English is the main language, although Fijian and Hindi are also common in both common speech and media.
The city has many tourist attractions, including many beautiful clean beaches. The city boasts many open spaces and parks, dependable transportation, public libraries, a wide range of restaurants and cafes, and a lively nightlife.
The Fiji Islands are a wonderful place to visit. They have a tropical climate with constant temperatures interrupted only by tropical cyclonic storms from November to January. Created by the growth of Pacific volcanoes, much of the interior of the islands is wilderness with a few roads and trails and many remote villages.
Fiji’s coral reefs were once a nightmare for European ships, but today they are a major attraction for tourists. When they became part of Great Britain’s empire, natives were converted to Christianity, tribal warfare ended, and laborers were imported from India. Modern Fiji is a paradise of tropical rainforests, wonderful beaches, and coconut plantations. It is largely free of the diseases, landmines, and terrorism that plague many similar places.
Internal politics in the past decades has reduced tourist volume, however, and many resort areas have lowered their prices to attract visitors. The capital of Fiji, unfortunately, Port of Suva is the focal point for political strife in the islands.
The Fiji Islands and the Port of Suva have a strong Christian moral culture. Shops and businesses will likely be closed on Sundays, and modest dress is recommended for those who leave the beaches. Both sexes should cover their shoulders and knees, particularly in more remote areas and at churches. Because the islanders consider the head as sacred, it is important never to touch a Fijian’s head with hand or object.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Suva and the Fiji Islands by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises at the Cruise Compete website.