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In Suva for 1 day

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In Suva for 1 day

We are excited about the coming visit to Fiji via Royal Princess .

3Nov24. Suva, Fiji

5Nov24 Lautoka, Fiji

Our ship is expected to arrive at 8am and we have to be back by 5pm, same day. Just 2 of us and maybe more later with new friends we may meet on the cruise.

We loved to visit the beaches, villages, market and try local food. Am waiting for some tour operator to reply on their offerings. I am not sure if the mud bath option should be taken with the tour from Lautoka or Suva ? Any suggestions here ?

Noted that the Suva cruise terminal is next to the city. Is it possible to explore town on our own ? Just like Penang Town (Malaysia).

Does anyone has a route to recommend, along with market, local resturants and places that we can DIY walk on our own?

Food wise. How can we spot a place that serves local food and whats the must try items (and estimated cost?). We don't do offals (inside of animals) or sharp tasting stuff (eg with vinegar)

Thank you for reading this and your replies.

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1. Re: In Suva for 1 day

Bula Snoopy and welcome to the forum.

This thread may assist.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g294337-i4282-k14475265-Resort_Day_Pass_near_Suva-Suva_Viti_Levu.html

Hope it helps.

Reno, Nv
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2. Re: In Suva for 1 day

Welcome, Snoopy168.

Lots of suggestions of tours/activities mentioned in the above post. Hope some are of interest.

Since The Sabeto Mud Pools are located between Nadi and Lautoka, it would be best/easiest to do the tour when you dock at the wharf at Lautoka rather than from Suva. You can also arrange for a village or other tour around Nadi.

https://sabetohotspringandmudpooltoursfiji.com/book-direct/

A village/school tour is a must do IMO and will give you a glimpse into the daily life of the Fijian people. It is considered rude to wander in on your own and is best to take an organized tour. The smiles and laughter of the children melted our hearts. Protocol for entering a village requires that women have their shoulders and knees covered. No swimsuits or bare midriff tops. Sunglasses, and hats worn by both men and women are to be taken off before entering. Do not touch children or anyone else on the head as it is considered an insult. Though not required, if you can, take some school supplies: crayons, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, etc. For the teachers, chalk, flash cards, and stickers for a job well done. Anything you take will be greatly appreciated. If you want to purchase souvenirs from the village women, you will need FJD. It is recommended to have some bills in small dominations as the women may not be able to make change.

There are fruit/vegetable markets in both Lautoka and Suva. There aren't many recent reviews but thought you might find them helpful.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297566-d3398123-Reviews-Lautoka_Market-Lautoka_Viti_Levu.html

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294337-d307815-Reviews-Suva_Municipal_Market-Suva_Viti_Levu.html

Hope this helps to answer some your questions.

Safe travels, good weather, and enjoy your short stay in paradise.

Reno, Nv
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3. Re: In Suva for 1 day

Sorry Snoopy168. Meant to include the below links with restaurants and other tours in/around Suva.

https://fijipocketguide.com/10-super-things-to-do-in-suva/

https://fijipocketguide.com/guide-to-the-best-eats-restaurants-in-suva/

Shopping in towns/cities can be done on your own. However, be aware, if you decide to go shopping, stick to the main street and avoid going down alleys. Store owners can be aggressive/pushy trying to get you into their shops. If not interested, smile, politely say no thank you, and keep walking. There have been instances where tourists have been approached on the street, and invited to have a kava ceremony, a ceremonial drink. Once inside the shop, and after having kava, they were pressured to purchase souvenirs at very high prices before leaving. Also, don't call anyone you are with by name. There have been times when the name was carved on a wooden item, then shopkeepers expected it to be purchased.

This has been an ongoing problem for years. It doesn't happen in all shops, and not meant to alarm you. Just some advice, and something to be aware of.

Edited: 02 May 2024, 05:36
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4. Re: In Suva for 1 day

We had a similar situation with a wood carving item some years ago when we visited Sigatoka Markets and one of the storeholders asked for the children's names then engraved then on the side of the wooden boat which we then had to buy as it was useless to anyone else.

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5. Re: In Suva for 1 day

Thank you everyone for the quick replies.

@greytravellerSydney - I had read that review earlier and reached out to the transport companies listed there. The other information didn't help me much as the discussions were about day-use passes @ resorts.

@E&CinReno - Deeply appreciate the details & tips. I will save this info for a re-read later. Am contacting the Mud Pool operator for more information. Had Googled and found fijipocketguide earlier. Was trying to get my bearing on the island and the port. Will do a re-read of those pages later.

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