The Fiji Museum is hidden inside the large Thurston Gardens that are surrounded by
a yellow fence. This garden is a botanical garden with lots of interesting plants and many very old trees. So you simply have to take the entrancegate at Victoria Parade and walk to the back of these gardens, where you will see the clocktower and the Fiji Museum.
These are the exhibits of the first hall of the Fiji museum: you will see some of the traditional Fijian doublehulled canoes, that are considdered to be the most seaworthy of the large voyaging canoes of Oceania.
There is no entrancefee to this museum, but you will find a box for donations at the entrance.
You will find more photos of this museum in my travelogues !
This is the largest church that I saw in Suva: The cathedral of the Sacred Heart,
a catholic church that is also worth to take a look inside - see my next tip !
This church is open all day for visitors and prayers, and taking photos inside is
also no problem.
You can even ring the bell, if you want to : take a look at my 3rd picture, that string is for ringing the bell, BUT be aware, the police-station is opposite of the church !! ;-)
Take a look inside the cathedral, its doors will be open all day for prayers and tourists and it is also a place to cool down a bit on a hot day.
Under the cathedral, in the basement of the church you will find also some
public toilets, the entrance to them is from the side, outside of the cathedral
The Suva Carnegie Library is an interesting building that you will pass by on
your way to the national museum. Take a look at the roof that is a strange construction
with various collumns holding the roof.
For tourists it might be interesting to know, that you will find also an internet-cafe
inside that library: it is open Mondays till Fridays from 09.30am till 05.30pm and
Saturdays from 09.00am till 12.30. The fee for half an hour is 1,50 of the local currency.
This large building is the Government House of Suva and all of the Fiji Islands,
a large building with a small park in front of it. You cannot enter the building, but walk around of it if you like to.
In the Fiji Museum you will be able to see the only remain of the Bounty: It is a part of the Rudder that was raised in Bounty Bay in the Pitcairn Islands in 1932. There is not much left of it now, as lots of souvenir-seakers have taken away a lot of bits of it, while it was stored at the post-office of the Pitcairn Islands,waiting to the shipped to Fijis.
Shame on you, you lousy souvenir-hunters !!!
I am sorry for the reflections in my pictures, but there was no better way to take photos there ! ;-((
This beetle is the 2nd largest beetle-species on earth and you will find it only in the Fijis. It is called Xixuthrus Heros, or Fijian giant long horned beetle with a length up to 15cm.
You will hardly ever see it in its natural surrounding as a lot of them were hunted by bug-collectors and it is also considdered a totem animal for some local tribes.
In order to give you an idea of its size, I put a local bill next to it (my last picture)
There are also some butterflies shown in the Fiji museum, that are living only on the Fiji Islands. (my 3rd and 4th pictures).
b.t.w. the largest beetle on earth is just 2cm larger: the Titan beetle (Titanus giganteus) is living in the Amazonas Rainforest.
Dont miss to take a look into the 2nd hall of the Fiji-museum in Suva as well, because you will find a lot of exhibits there about the local history and wildlife of these islands.
There are some more photos of this part of the Fiji-museum in my travelogues !
You will find this great clocktower right in front of the Fiji-museum and inside the Botanical Garden / Thurston Gardens . This tower was built in 1913 in memory of O.J.Marks - the first Mayor of Suva, who lost his life in the sinking of a ship, the "SS.Empress of Ireland" in the St. Laucence River in Canada.
A great way to learn more about Fiji, its inhabitants and its history is to visit the Fiji Museum.
Exhibitions probably aren't as slick as those you see in other countries, but they're still very informative.
The new parliament House was opened in 1992 and is built in a form reminiscent of a Fijian family house. The fittings reflect the Fijian culture and style. The landscaping is really quite lovely.
I believe that at the time of our visit, Parliament House was closed to tourists. We certainly were not allowed past the front gates which were securely locked. This of course is due to the political unrest there at the present time.
Still, it was good to at least have the opportunity to stop and take a pic.
The original Government House was built in 1882, but was struck by lightning in 1921. In 1928 it was rebuilt. It is today, the home of the President and stands in the beautiful Thurston Gardens on the main promenade overlooking the ocean.
The building is probably the most prominent attraction in all of Suva and not so much for the builing itself but because of the guard posted at the front gate around the clock. He is known as the only man in Suva who never smiles.
My blog, http://promotingsuva.blogspot.com/, provides information on activities, events and accommodation in Suva, the capital of Fiji. It also has posts about Suva residents and past visitors to the city. Read on.
Beaches are by far the best thing in Fiji, my suggestion if you are not staying on a beach resort and for some reason are staying in Suva, Is to get at least a couple of hours out of the city, and relax on the beach with a good book.