01 February, 2007

Cruise ships come to Suva

Things must be almost back to normal again with 8 cruise ships being expected in Suva this week. Tourist numbers went down after the events of 5 December 2006, however, with the rigorous marketing efforts by the Tourism Action Group and the Fiji Visitors Bureau, tourist numbers are beginning to rise again. Most operators have offered discounts of up to 40% off their normal rates in efforts to attract tourists. Suva's weather has been bright and sunny for the last few days and is expected to remain so for a while (read earlier post on weather forecast). We therefore hope that those tourists and anyone who finds their way to Suva will enjoy their stay. While you are here, you may wish to check out the following places :
  • the Suva Bus Terminal;
  • the Suva Flea Market (opposite the Bus Terminal) for handicrafts, sarongs and other items;
  • the Suva Municipal Market (next to the Bus Terminal) for fresh fruits;
  • the Suva Handicraft Centre (along the seawall and behind the Suva General Post Office) for assorted handicraft items;
  • the Fiji Museum (on the other side of Albert Park) for its historical collection and art galleries;
  • Thurston Gardens (next to the Fiji Museum) which forms a large part of Suva's history;
  • a view of Government House (along Queen Elizabeth Drive and next to the Fiji Museum and Thurston Gardens) where the President lives;
  • the Great Council of Chiefs complex just down the road from Government House (with its "bure" structure);
  • Parliament House (along Ratu Sukuna Road) with its traditional structure using modern building items and the scene of so much activity in our history.

There are many other places to visit in Suva if you have the time.

Note from GV : For those that wish to stay for a few days in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog. The discounted rate is now F$600.00 per week and will run until end April 2007. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.


Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I was talking about your useful blog with a couple of Australians here and one asked if there was a Fiji website that provides brief, to the point info about current events of interest - what's on re rugby, festivals, etc. Something to hand out at Nadi also. Often visitors just do not know what's on in the week/weeks they are in Fiji. Does the Fiji Visitor's Bureau do this?

Gilbert Veisamasama, Jr said...

Bula Wendy. I'm not so sure. There is www.kulchavulcha.com but it also only provides information on what is happening around Suva. Have you tried the Fiji Visitors Bureau website, www.bulafiji.com? It might have a list of activities being scheduled over the whole of Fiji.