Suva, however, lacks tourist-quality beaches. Pacific Harbor is the nearest tourist-quality beach to Suva. Despite the high amounts of garbage and fecal coliform discovered in the water, the beach at Apted Park (at the foot of Laucala Bay Road) and the kitesurfing-friendly beach (on Queen Elizabeth Road, near the National Stadium) are popular with residents.
Local rugby and soccer matches may be thrilling and riot-free events. Rugby matches are usually hosted at Albert Park, just across from the Suva Lawn Bowls Club. Soccer games are often held at the National Stadium on Laucala Bay Road. International hockey (field hockey) games are held in the National Hockey Stadium, which is located near the University of the South Pacific and the National Stadium.
Suva is one of the most shopper-friendly towns in the Pacific, famed for its low and unusual goods, which are often duty-free. Suva Central is a retail district in the city that provides a shopping heaven. Clothing, jewelry, food, gadgets, medications, and other items may be found on Cumming Street and Marks Street. Handicrafts and local wares may be found on Terry Walk and at the Flea Market. Nearby, massive, modern retail complexes like as MHCC, Tappoo City, and Suva Central dominate the canal region. The basic outlying portions of this radius include communications and electrical retailers, a tourist favorite – Jack’s – and sports equipment stores.
Every year in late October, Suva hosts Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW), which is normally hosted in Suva and a reduced version in Nadi. The events include the work of local and international designers, as well as shows focusing on wearable art.
Gardens and parks
Suva is home to a variety of parks and gardens. Albert Park in the city center is well-known for hosting various national-historical events such as Fiji’s independence, Kingsford Smith’s landing on the Southern Cross, and several parades and carnivals. Sukuna Area, situated in the CBD, is a popular leisure park with monthly performances and activities. Thurston Gardens, the city’s principal botanical garden, also houses the Fiji Museum. Queen Elizabeth Drive is well-known for its lovely promenade along Suva’s shoreline. Many city dwellers visit the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve, which is a short drive from the city center, to swim under the waterfalls.
Many concerts are staged in Suva, with visitors traveling from all over the globe to see world-class performers. On a monthly basis, concerts and performances are often held in one of the aforementioned locations. UB40, Lucky Dube, O’Yaba, Sean Kingston, and many more well-known musicians have performed in Suva.
Suva provides a diverse and exciting gastronomic experience, with almost all, if not all, major cuisines represented. Chinese, Indian, Fijian, and Italian cuisines are particularly popular. Food booths and businesses cater to the city’s nightlife at night, particularly on weekends.
Suva has arts, music, and commerce festivals throughout the year, although on a modest scale. Annual celebrations include the Hibiscus Festival (the biggest carnival in the South Pacific islands), the New Years Street Party, and the Fiji Show Case exposition, which features carnival rides, cuisine, and magic and circus acts.
Suva has an active nightlife, with most nightclubs and bars opening in the late afternoon and staying up until 5 a.m. Suva’s nightlife appeals to a wide range of interests, moods, and preferences. Food stands are open all night, and the city is properly policed at night. Aside from nightclubs, there are lounges and pubs for individuals looking for low-key entertainment.
The seedier side of Suva is Victoria Parade, which is home to nightclubs such as Signals Night Club, East Court Restaurant, and Angel Night Club.
The Damodar Brothers own the Village Six movie complex in downtown Suva. The Sharan Brothers’ Regal and Phoenix theaters, which were renowned cinema/theatre haunts before the new century, have since closed. The Damodar city complex (also owned by the Damodar brothers) at Laucala Bay’s commercial district will contain six more screens, as well as shopping and dining outlets and cafés, and is planned to be completed in early 2013.
Suva hosts a number of regional and national sports events. The Coca-Cola Games, the world’s biggest secondary school sports event, is a particular highlight. The Capital City’s rugby, netball, and soccer teams all compete in major sports events.
Suva hosted the inaugural Pacific Games in 1963. In 2003, the Games returned to Fiji’s capital for the first time in forty years, with a complete program of 32 sports presented for the first time. In 1979, Suva hosted the games for the second time. Suva has hosted the Pacific Games more often than any other city, having hosted the event three times.