Suva

In 1870, Australian settlers were sent by the Polynesian Company to camp along Nabukalou Creek on land bought from Chief Ratu Seru Cakobau. When efforts to grow sugar cane failed, the company convinced the British to move their headquarters to Suva.

Since 1882, Suva has been the capital city of Fiji.

Suva pulsates with life the myriad diversions to entice the traveler. From the plethora of duty free stores, malls to the local shops and special boutique shops, serious shoppers will have much to enjoy. Suva has also become renowned for its many bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

Suva has its own international airport (Nausori).

Suva is home to Holiday Inn, Tanoa Plaza, Novotel Suva, Capricorn Hotel and a range of home-stays and is approximately a 3 hour drive from Nadi Airport.

 

Highlights

Once in Suva, getting around on foot is easy enough and is a great way to see local attractions.

Doing the Clubs: So you’re a bit of a party-goer eh! Not a problem. Let’s go on a tour of Suva’s nightlife and find out exactly what’s up Doc and what’s hot and what’s not. Party nights in Suva, and mostly for the rest of Fiji, are Friday and Saturday nights. That’s when everyone puts on their glad rags and gets set to boogey the night away.

Colo-i-Suva: Around 20 minutes from Suva heading on the back road to Nausori, Fiji’s Colo-i-Suva Forest National Park is waiting to cool you down and give you a taste of Fiji’s forests where you can picnic and swim to your heart’s content.

Thurston Gardens – Site of Suva Museum: The Suva Botanical Gardens occupy the site of the original Fijian town of Suva, whose former inhabitants moved across the bay in about 1882. Colman Wall, first Curator of the Fiji Museum in 1919 states: 'Twenty five years ago the moat and rampart were practically intact.

 

Tourist VAT Refund Scheme

The Tourist VAT Refund Scheme (TVRS) allows a tourist to claim a fund (subject to certain conditions) of VAT paid on goods purchased in Fiji and taken out of Fiji via Nadi International Airport or Suva Wharf. To be eligible for the scheme, you must satisfy the following:

  • Spend a minimum of F$500.00 (VAT inclusive) in any of the approved licensed retailer outlets in a day and take the goods out of Fiji within 2 months from the date of purchase. 
  • Carry the goods with you as check in baggage or hand luggage. 
  • Purchase the goods from an approved licensed retailer. You must ask the retailer for a refund form and a tax invoice(s) for goods purchased. 

Note that only approved retailers are licensed to sell goods which are eligible for refund under this scheme.